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Friday, July 4
The 4th of July is the busiest day of the year for the Downey Police Department. On this day, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, we received a total of 235 calls for service. Of those calls, 185 were fireworks related. In only a six-hour period, the number of service calls more than doubled from the previous Friday evening. In anticipation for this holiday and increase in service calls we deployed 51 police officers to patrol Downey neighborhoods. Officers issued 25 firework citations; 22 were $2,000 citations and 3 were $100 citations. To legally enforce the law it’s required that officers either observe persons in possession and or discharging fireworks. The sheer volume of fireworks and service calls made this task extremely difficult.
Educational efforts noting both the dangers of illegal fireworks and increase in fines were shared with the public in hopes of deterring individuals from endangering themselves and their neighbors. The Downey Police Department will continue its efforts in providing proactive police service and educating the public in the danger of discharging illegal fireworks.
Sunday, June 6
At 8:00 a.m., officers responded to the 7500 block of Adwen regarding a vandalism investigation. Officers spoke with the resident who reported an unknown subject had vandalized his parked truck. The truck was parked in the street directly in front of his residence. Officers observed scratch marks all the way around the car, and what appeared to be a single bullet hole in the hood. No suspects were seen. Detectives are investigating.
At 4:40 p.m., officers responded to the 8500 block of Florence Avenue regarding a theft report. Officers spoke with the owner of a vacant building who reported someone had stolen approximately $2,300 worth of his personal property that he had stored inside of the building. Detectives are investigating.
At 10:00 p.m., officers responded to the report of a dog bite in the 7100 block of Luxor. The 69-year-old victim was at her residence when she was attacked by two pit bull dogs that reside at an adjoining home on the property. The victim sustained a fractured arm and multiple lacerations and abrasions as a result of the attack. She was transported to PIH for medical treatment. SEACCA responded and took custody of the dogs.
Information provided by Downey Police Department.
Published: July 17, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 14