What Can I Do about Narcotics in My Neighborhood
It is no surprise that drugs have become a serious problem for communities across America and Los Angeles is no exception. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to combat the use and sales of illegal narcotics.
How to Report Narcotics Activity
There are several ways to report narcotics activity in your neighborhood. Los Angeles provides a “Mayor’s Hotline” to report narcotics activity, 1-800-662-BUST (2878). Each City Council District also has field offices staffed with field deputies. Each field office is equipped to receive complaints of narcotics activity in their respective neighborhoods. These complaints are then routed to Narcotics Division, where they are assigned to the appropriate regional Field Enforcement Section (FES) for investigation.
Narcotics Division FES handles citizen complaints concerning narcotics activity at the street level. The Field Enforcement Section is divided into four units that cover the City of Los Angeles: The Valley Bureau Unit, West Bureau Unit, South Bureau Unit, Central Bureau Unit.
The FES Valley Bureau Unit, 818-756-8361, is responsible for the area encompassed by the following geographic areas. Van Nuys Community Police Station, the North Hollywood and Foothill Community Police Stations, the Devonshire and the West Valley Community Police Stations.
The FES Central Bureau Unit, 213-485-2126, is responsible for the area encompassed by the Hollenbeck, Northeast, Central, Newton, and the Rampart Community Police Stations.
The FES West Bureau Unit, 213-485-4318, is responsible for the area encompassed by the Hollywood, Wilshire, Pacific, and West Los Angeles Community Police Stations.
The FES South Bureau Unit, 213-473-4804, is responsible for the area encompassed by the Southeast, Harbor, 77th Street, and Southwest Community Police Stations.
Are There Any Rewards Offered for Reporting Narcotics Activity?
Generally, rewards are not offered for reporting narcotics activity. The Los Angeles City Council is the entity that determines if a reward will be offered for reporting any criminal activity. Individuals who become “Informants” for the Department are occasionally rewarded monetarily. However, these individuals are much more involved in the investigation. Informants will actually buy narcotics from dealers and will supply information to officers about narcotics activity that would not generally be know to a citizen.
Can I Report Drug Activity Anonymously?
Narcotics activity may be reported anonymously. However, it is generally preferred by Narcotics Division personnel that the identity of the complainant be obtained. This will assist officers if arrests are made and testimony in court is required. If a citizen requests anonymity for fear of retaliation or any other reason, officers will conduct their investigation without the identity of the complainant.
A citizen who has a friend or relative they suspect is selling narcotics may contact their appropriate FES Bureau telephonically and advise them of their situation. It is not necessary for the investigating officer to know the identity of the complainant. If the identity of the complainant is divulged to the investigating office, at the request of the complainant, this information will be kept confidential.
What Specific Information Should I Obtain Before Calling the Police?
Several questions will be asked of the complainant to assist the investigators in resolving the narcotics complaint. The information below will give you an idea of what questions may be asked. You may also wish to print the Narcotics Suspect Information Form [PDF] to assist you in recording information on drug dealers in your neighborhood. The following information will assist us in conducting our narcotics investigation.
- The location of the narcotics activity.
- Whether the narcotics activity is occurring in a house or an apartment.
- The approximate time the activity is occurring
- A complete description of the dealer or dealers.
- The type of narcotics being used (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, etc.)
- Where the drugs are being hidden if the suspected dealer is selling them on the street (if known)
- Whether or not there are lookouts to warn dealers of the approach by police officers.
- A description of the dealer’s vehicle if one is used.
Obviously, some of this information will not be known to the complainant. Investigating officers will still conduct an investigation, even if some of this information is not known.
Receiving Follow-up Information on You Narcotics Related Tip
Citizens may receive follow-up information on narcotics tips by contacting the appropriate FES Bureau Unit with the supplied phone numbers:
- FES Central Bureau Unit, 213-485-2126
- FES Valley Bureau Unit, 818-756-8361
- FES West Bureau Unit, 213-485-4318
- FES South Bureau Unit, 213-473-4804
When contacting the appropriate FES Bureau Unit, you will be put in contact with the officer who actually handled the investigation. The citizen will be advised of the current status of the investigation (i.e., arrest made, narcotics seized.)