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Redondo Beach Police Department Investigations Division
Sergeant Shawn Freeman
Lieutenant Joe Hoffman
Investigations Division Telephone Number
(310) 379-2477 x 1-2714
Hours of Operation
The Investigations Division is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We suggest that you make an appointment to visit an investigator because they may not always be onsite.
How long does it take for the police report to be processed and assigned to a detective?
Most reports should be assigned to a detective within two business days.
This time period can be shorter or longer depending on the type of crime, the number of cases received daily and the priority of cases.
Cases that involve suspects in custody, that have numerous elements to solve the case, involve serious injury to victims, involve ongoing threats to life and property and high financial loss may take precedence.
Why does it take so long?
Officers usually submit the report for approval by a supervisor at the completion of their shift at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.
If approved by the supervisor, the report is sent to the Records Unit.
The Records Unit must:
Type the crime and person information from the report into the Records Management database (victim and witness names, addresses, phone numbers, method of operation, suspect information, etc.)
Process the booking materials and research criminal history, and assemble the documentation for filing your case with the court if a suspect is in custody.
Scan the document into an electronic document imaging system.
The amount of time to complete this may depend on the number of reports submitted per day.
The Redondo Beach Police Department processes a range of approximately 20 to 50 reports per day.
How are criminal cases assigned for investigation by the Redondo Beach Police Department?
A police officer investigator receives the investigation assignment for felony crimes with or without known suspects or with partial suspect information.
A police officer investigator receives the investigation assignment for misdemeanor crimes with partial suspect information or that require additional investigation requested by the City Prosecutor.
A police officer Traffic Investigator receives the investigation assignment for traffic collision related criminal investigations.
The Court Liaison Officer receives the investigation assignment for misdemeanor crimes with known suspects that have been arrested for the crime, that are identifiable with government identification, and that the City Prosecutor deems chargeable for the crime.
Do investigators actively work every case?
No. Investigators must prioritize cases based on their solvability factors.
Many cases lack sufficient information or evidence that would allow officers to proceed with an investigation and expect to realize positive results.
Investigators must choose to work cases that will likely yield adequate information and evidence to allow an arrest and filing in court.
How do investigators classify cases to determine if they will work on a case?
Investigators review the cases and determine a case status based on solvability factors.
The case may intially be classified as:
Cases may remain active or inactive pending being classified as:
Will investigators re-open a case or make an Inactive case an Active case if they receive more information?
Yes, they may.
Cases with no workable information may become Active when officers make a related arrest in another case or when suspect information becomes available.
What does "the statute of limitations" mean, and how might it affect my case?
The law regulates the amount of time that may pass from the date the crime occurred to the date of the information or indictment is filed, the filing of a complaint for a misdemeanor or infraction, or the arraignment of a person for a felony in a criminal case against them in court.
A statute of limitations forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed more than a specified number of years ago.
The purpose of statutes of limitation is to make sure convictions occur only upon evidence (physical or eyewitness) that has not deteriorated with time.
The criminal is essentially free if they are not arrested within the time period defined by the law.
The statutes of limitations for crimes committed in California are found in the California Penal Code, Sections 799 to 805. Refer to these sections for the full listing of crimes and statutes of limitation. A general, simplified description of terms follows:
Other offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment
Embezzlement of public funds
Specified sex crimes listed in PC 290 (c)
Offenses punishable by eight years in prison
Offenses punishable by prison
Misdemeanors and other types of crimes
Misdemeanor violation committed against a minor under 14
Sexual exploitation by a physician or therapist
Acts during which statute does not run, max. extension
Identity theft (PC 530.5) commences on discovery
Case InvestigatorWith whom do I speak about the status of my case?
The Case Investigator will be different based on the seriousness of the crime, if it is a felony or a misdemeanor.
If your case is a felony or if you are not sure whether your case is a felony or a misdemeanor
Please call the Investigations Division at (310) 379-2477 extension 1-2714 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please leave a message with your Case Number, name and contact information for an investigator or staff member to contact you.
If your case is a misdemeanor
Please call the Court Liaison Officer at (310) 379-2477 x1-2338.
How do I determine the name of the investigator and the status of the investigation of the police report that I filed?
If you filed a police report for a felony crime, you should receive at least one telephone call from the Investigations Division staff within about two to fourteen days of your police report.
The caller will tell you the following information or leave it in a message on your answering machine:
The investigator’s name
The investigator’s telephone number
If the caller is not the detective assigned to the case, they will generally not be able to tell you the status of the case.
How may I determine the name of the investigator that is handling my case if I did not get a telephone call, or I did not save the information?
Have your Redondo Beach Police Report number ready.
Report Information Form - The officer who took your report should have given you a Report Information Form.
The Report Information Form is approximately 4” x 5” paper with RBPD Form 236 on the lower left corner.
The Report Number is commonly called a “D.R. number” (Daily Report number) by our staff.
Jail Booking Sheet - The Report Number may be located in the upper right corner, second row of the Redondo Beach Jail Booking sheet if you are using this for reference.
The DR number consists of the year, a hyphen and usually two to four digits.
Example of a DR number: 11-2469.
Report numbers are assigned in numerical ascending order by date by calendar year.
Contact the Investigations Division at (310) 379-2477 extension 1-2714.
Advise your Case Number and request the information about the investigator assigned to your case.
With whom do I speak if I feel that the investigator is not doing enough to solve my case, or I disagree with the decisions made in my case?
If the case is under investigation and an attempt has not been made to file the case with the District Attorney’s Office or the Redondo Beach City Prosecutor’s Office
Contact the Investigations Division Sergeant at (310) 379-2477 extension 1-2309.
If the case was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office (for a felony) or to the Redondo Beach City Prosecutor’s Office (for a misdemeanor) and was rejected
You may have to contact those offices for more information.
The investigator or court liaison officer will give you the information given to them by the reviewing attorney.
General Investigations Unit
What are the crimes typically assigned to the “General Investigations Unit” in Redondo Beach?
The General Investigations Unit investigates felony crimes including but not limited to:
Other theft related crimes
Domestic violence with serious injuries
Special Investigations Unit
What are the crimes typically assigned to the “Special Investigations Unit” in Redondo Beach?
The Special Investigations Unit investigates drug, vice and gang related crimes including but not limited to:
Sales and possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, other controlled substances
Prostitution and vice
Massage establishment enforcement
Court Liaison Officer
What are the crimes typically assigned to the Court Liaison Officer?
The Court Liaison Officer processes misdemeanor cases including but not limited to:
Providing alcohol to minors
Petty theft (theft under $900)
Battery on peace officer
Domestic violence without serious injury
Disobey court order
Contracting without a license
Defraud an inn keeper
Disturbing the peace
Driving under the influence
Driving with suspended driver license
Driving without a driver license
Drunk in public
Park curfew hours
Obscene and threatening phone calls
Obstructing or resisting arrest
Possession of controlled substances
Theft of recyclables
What investigation occurs with my case when the suspect is known by name but has not been arrested?
A police officer investigator receives the investigation assignment for felony crimes when the suspect is known by name but has not been arrested.
The investigator will:
Attempt to confirm the identity and involvement of the suspect.
Review the case and determine whether additional investigation is required (interviews of suspects, witnesses, and victims; forensic analysis and review of evidence; research of information databases; determination of prior criminal history; etc.
Determine if there is sufficient probable cause to make an arrest with or without a warrant.
Prepare additional follow-up reports.
If the investigator determines that there is sufficient evidence to meet the filing criteria with the District Attorney’s Office, the investigator will:
Prepare District Attorney forms and other requirements.
Submit the case to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
Request a warrant for the arrest of the suspect, or
Coordinate with the District Attorney’s Office to order the suspect to appear at court for an arraignment.
When does a police officer investigator receive a misdemeanor crime for investigation?
A police officer investigator receives the investigation for misdemeanor crimes when
The suspect is named but the evidence is inconclusive.
The suspect is unknown, but there is information or evidence that may lead to the identity of the suspect.
The Redondo Beach City Prosecutor requests further investigation to consider filing the case.
The investigator would follow the same steps above with the City Prosecutor’s Office.
What investigation occurs with my case when partial information about the suspect may be known such as a physical description, a description of a vehicle, a partial or full license plate, a first name, nickname or possible address?
The case may or may not be assigned to a police officer investigator depending on the value of the partial information.
The Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit may search for data and possible matches in Federal, State and local databases.
Redondo Beach police officers may know or recognize the partial information about vehicles and persons from prior field contacts.
The police department maintains records of prior contacts with persons and vehicles at locations within the city that may offer opportunities by searching our databases.
The police department shares crime information with other law enforcement agencies and the public that may assist with the identification of suspects and vehicles, even if they are not local to Redondo Beach.
Do officers have to read me my Miranda rights if they arrest me?
If you are a minor, under eighteen years of age, they must advise you of your Miranda rights as soon as practicable after your arrest.
If you are an adult, over eighteen years of age, and in custody, officers do not have to advise you of your Miranda rights if they are not going to question you.
What are the differences between a felony, misdemeanor and infraction?
The differences between a felony, misdemeanor and infraction are defined by California Penal Code 17.
Infraction: an infraction is not punishable by imprisonment. Infractions are minor violations of the law.
A person charged with an infraction:
Is not be entitled to a trial by jury
Is not entitled to have the public defender or other counsel appointed at public expense
Misdemeanor: a misdemeanor is punishable by incarceration in the County jail up to one year for each misdemeanor crime.
Every crime or public offense other than a felony is a misdemeanor except those offenses that are classified as infractions.
Felony: a felony is a crime which is punishable with death or by imprisonment in the state prison.
Wobbler: a wobbler is a term that has been given to crimes and public offenses that may be prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor.
Who prosecutes misdemeanor crimes in court that have occurred in Redondo Beach?
The Redondo Beach City Prosecutor, appointed by the elected Redondo Beach City Attorney, generally prosecutes misdemeanor crimes that occur in the jurisdiction of the City of Redondo Beach.
Who prosecutes felony crimes in court that have occurred in Redondo Beach?
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office generally prosecutes felony crimes that occur in the jurisdiction of the City of Redondo Beach.
Who determines whether a potential felony crime is filed as a felony charge in court?
The Redondo Beach Police Department follows the guidelines of the Los Angeles County District Attorney for the submittal of cases to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
The District Attorney’s Office provides guidelines that determine if a potential felony case is chargeable as a felony.
The rejection of the case or its referral to the City Prosecutor for prosecution as a misdemeanor may be based on:
The lack of corpus (absolutely no evidence other than the suspect’s statements)
Insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt
Inadmissible search and seizure
The victim is unavailable or declines to testify
The witness is unavailable or declines to testify
The case is combined with numerous other cases
In the interest of justice
If further investigation is required
A probation violation is filed in lieu of the new case if the new charge cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt
The case is referred to the Redondo Beach City Prosecutor for a crime that may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony (a “wobbler”).
A wobbler is usually determined to be a misdemeanor based on:
The type and number of crimes allegedly committed
The amount of victim(s)’ loss
The prior criminal history of the suspect
Court Appearance and Timeline
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Where will I go to court if I am a victim of a crime in Redondo Beach and the suspect is an adult?
Where will I go to court if I am a victim of a crime in Redondo Beach and the suspect is a juvenile?
What happens with my case when the suspect(s) were arrested when the crime occurred?
When will my case go to court if it is a felony?
When will my case go to court if it is a misdemeanor?
If a trial does not occur for a misdemeanor, and the suspect pleads guilty; when will they be sentenced?
How do you count court days when attempting to determine the number of days until a hearing or trial?
Testifying in Court
What should I do if I am asked to testify in court?
Always tell the truth.
Listen carefully and answer only the question asked
Answer “yes” or “no” if the question calls for it, and do not volunteer additional information.
Ask the attorney to repeat the question if it is confusing or you do not understand the question;
Do not guess if you do not know the answer.
Be patient and courteous when answering attorneys’ questions – both attorneys are allowed to question witnesses.
Ask to review your prior statements related to the case – such as statements to police – before taking the stand; be prepared to answer questions about them.
If your memory of the facts is different from the statements in the report, talk with the prosecutor before the court proceeding to tell them.
Wait until the judge tells you to answer the question when an attorney objects to a question.
Speak loudly and clearly.
Copy of Police Report
How do I obtain a copy of my police report?
Please jump to the webpage for the Records Unit here for more information about obtaining a copy of a police report including: http://www.redondo.org/depts/police/our_services/records/default.asp#CrimeReports
How do I make a crime report?
Who may obtain a copy of a crime report?
What is required to obtain a copy of a crime report?
What are the fees to obtain a copy of a crime report?
When are copies of crime and incident reports available for release to the public?
If I am a suspect named in the crime report, can I obtain a copy of the crime report from the Police Department?
How do I recover my stolen, lost, or found property if the police recover and hold it?
Please jump to the webpage for the Property and Evidence Unit here for more information about recovering your stolen property if the police recover it including:
What must I do to recover property held by the Redondo Beach Police Department?
Why can’t I recover my property immediately from the Redondo Beach Police Department?
How may I improve the chances of my property being returned to me when it can be released?
What is my recourse if property has been released or destroyed in error?
How may I recover property in police department custody of a family member or friend that died?
If I lost property and someone gave it to the police, how can I recover it?
If I found property and gave it to the police, can I have it when no one claims it?
What do I need to do to have my property released if it was taken as evidence?
How do I recover property that was taken as evidence by the police department?
What happens to the money that I lost or that was stolen from me and is being held by the police department?
What do I need to do to have my property released if it was taken in a search warrant?
Please jump to the webpage for the Property and Evidence Unit here for more information about recovering property taken in a search warrant including:
How can I recover my property that was seized by a search warrant signed by a judge?
Why do I need a court order and when will I receive my property?
Sex, Arson and Drug Registration
Where and how do I fulfill my offender registration requirements if I am required to register in Redondo Beach due to prior sex, arson or drug offenses?
Who must register for sex, arson and drug offenses in Redondo Beach?
Where, how and when may I register, if I live in Redondo Beach?
How much does it cost to register?
How do I determine where sex registrants are living in Redondo Beach?
How do I determine where sex registrants are living in other states?
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What should I do if I am the victim of identity theft, and I live in Redondo Beach?
What should I do if I am the victim of identity theft and 1) I live in another County or State and 2) I believe that the suspect is operating in Redondo Beach?
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How do I obtain victim assistance information?
If I am the victim of a crime, what types of victim assistance may I receive?
Bank Check Crimes
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How do I report a bad check if I receive a Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) or Account Closed check?
Contact the Los Angeles District Attorney **** at ****
Obtain a form at the Redondo Beach Police Department Records Unit
Download a copy of the form and instructions here.
Refer to the Los Angeles County District Attorney website at http://da.co.la.ca.us/badcheck.htm for more information.
Click here to jump to information about Counterfeit Currency crimes including:
What should I do if I suspect that I have received counterfeit United States currency?
Refer to the Secret Service website to learn how to detect counterfeit bills:
If the suspect is present or has just departed from your location, call the Redondo Beach Police Department Communications Unit at 9-1-1 or at (310) 379-5411 to request an officer to respond to your location.
If the suspect is not present, call the Redondo Beach Police Department Communications Unit at (310) 379-5411 to request an officer to respond to your location to make a police report.
Cold Case Unit
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formation – Inmates are housed at the RBPD Jail until the date of their arraignment. Inmates requiring medical assistance will be housed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department until there arraignment. For help in locating an inmate in the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department jail -http://app4.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm. For more information on RBPD Jail see (link)
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Terrorism – For questions regarding suspected terrorist activity, please contact RBPD. For more information or to report directly to the FBI - https://tips.fbi.gov/