Clerical Operations





The modified decimal system is used in Volume 5. In addition, numbering of each section in each chapter of Volume 5 is accomplished by using form title numbers in numerical sequence. To illustrate, the Personal Summary, Form 01.02.00, will be found in Volume 5, Chapter 1.


020. INDEXING OF FORM TITLES. Each form title is listed alphabetically in the Department Manual Appendix.





General. An employee shall complete all reports necessary to the efficient performance of his/her job.


Felony Crimes. Appropriate reports shall be completed when there is reasonable cause to believe a felony has occurred, regardless of whether complete information pertaining to each element of the crime is initially available.


Courtesy Reports. Courtesy reports shall only be completed when the following conditions exist:

  • The person reporting is a Los Angeles City resident; and,

  • Exigent circumstances exist (e.g., there is an active mutual aid task force in operation; travel distance to the concerned jurisdiction is extreme); and,

  • The concerned jurisdiction does not complete a telephonic report; and,

  • Prior approval is obtained from a supervisor or detective.

Note: Courtesy reports shall not be taken telephonically.


030.10 OBTAINING PRIVATE PERSON'S SIGNATURE.  The signature of the person reporting the crime or making the complaint is desirable on the original of all crime reports. When officers complete reports using forms in the Officer's Field Book, the person reporting the crime or incident or making the complaint should read and sign the report. When the person is unable to sign or place a "mark" on the report, the reporting officer shall make the notation that the person is unable to sign. When a handwritten copy is attached and distributed, it shall be considered the original.


Exception: The reporting person's signature is not required on a Combined Crime and Arrest Report.


Note: The above exception does not affect the requirement to obtain the signature of an arresting private person in the body of an Arrest Report (Manual Section 4/216.33).


030.15 RECORD CLERK NOT AVAILABLE. An employee desiring to make a report when the record clerk is not available shall write the report upon the proper form, sign it, and secure the approval of a supervisor. The record clerk typing the report from the handwritten copy shall type in signatures as they appear on the handwritten copy. When the reporting employee does not sign the typed original, the record clerk shall staple the handwritten copy to the typed original and distribute the two as provided for the original copy of the form.


030.20 EMPLOYEE'S NAME WITHIN BODY OF REPORT. An employee who refers to another employee of the Department in a report shall use the name of that employee as it appears on the payroll roster, complete with rank and serial number.


030.25 DETERMINING AREA OF OCCURRENCE.  The area of occurrence is the Area in which the incident occurred, except:

  • In missing-person reports, the missing person's area of residence shall be considered the Area of occurrence.

  • In cases of death, unconsciousness, mental incapability, in the absence of other proof, the area in which the victim is found shall be considered the Area of occurrence.

  • In cases of money‑switch thefts, including pigeon drop, bank‑examiner theft, Jamaican switch, and Latin‑charity switch, the Area of occurrence shall be determined by, in the following order:

  • The Area in which the suspect first contacts the victim. If unknown;

  • The Area in which the money is exchanged from the victim to the suspect. If unknown; and,

  • The Area in which the money is obtained or withdrawn by the victim.

When it is not known definitely in what Area the crime occurred, the Area of occurrence shall be determined by the following, in the order given:

  • Area in which crime probably occurred, determined by where the victim was most exposed to the occurrence, such as parking lots, in cases of theft from auto, crowded areas in cases of articles missing from the person.

  • Victim's area of residence, or a corporation's Area of business, when probability cannot be determined.

  • Reporting District and Geographic Area Boundaries. For reporting purposes, reporting district and geographic Area boundaries shall be the center of the dividing streets unless otherwise indicated on reporting district maps.

030.26 GEOGRAPHIC AREA STATION REPORTING DISTRICT DESIGNATIONS.  The reporting district number of a geographic Area station shall be composed of the geographic Area numerical designation, followed by two zeros.


Exception: The reporting district designation for Central Area station is 110.


The only non‑geographic Area facility bearing a reporting district designation is Police Administration Building. The reporting district designation for Police Administration Building is 100.


030.28 INVESTIGATING DIVISION ON CRIME REPORTS.  Employees completing crime reports shall record the investigating division in the space provided.


If an investigating division is changed after the crime report has been distributed, the commanding officer of the investigating division from which the case is being reassigned shall ensure completion of a Follow‑up Investigation, Form 03.14.00, indicating such change.


030.30 USE OF "X" BOX ON FORM.  The box beside the Phone No. box on Department forms shall be marked to indicate where the individual may be contacted during the day.


030.35 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION.  Clothing. Give name of article to be described. Indicate size, color, maker's label, laundry or cleaner's marks, kind of materials. Give valuation.

  • Men's Suits: State whether double or single breasted; whether two or three piece (coat, vest and pants, or coat and 2 pairs of pants); whether evening, street, or sport; color and type of lining.

  • Men's Coats: State whether overcoat, short jacket, raincoat; single or double breasted. Indicate type of trimming, lining; also, if belted 

  • Women's Dresses: State whether evening, street, or house; kind of trimming, such as fur, lace, metallic, contrasting or self trim; one or two piece.

  • Women's Suits: State type of suit (dressmaker, man‑tailored, or swagger); color and type of lining; number, color and kind of buttons; kind of trimming. If a three‑piece suit (coat, skirt and topcoat matching set), so state.

  • Women's Coats: State whether full length or short; princess type, box type, swagger; whether evening sport or dress type. Give full description of trimming and buttons. Indicate color and type of lining. Give complete and full description of fur coats, kind of fur and lining.

  • Children's and Infant's Clothing: Follow general descriptions as given for men's and women's clothing.

  • Furniture: State what article is. Give complete description (kind of wood or metal, color, kind of material covering, and trimming). If sets, such as bedroom, dining or living room furniture, give number of pieces in set and number of pieces stolen.

  • Pianos, Radios, and Television: Pianos-document maker's label and serial number; state if upright, baby grand, spinet. Radios and Television-document maker's label, serial number, model number, number of tubes; whether console, table model, midget, portable low or highboy type; size of screen. Describe kind of wood or metal, color, and trim.

  • Lamps: State kind (floor, bridge, or table); give kind of wood or metal of the standard; number of globes and whether reflector type. If it has a base light, describe kind, color, and size of shade. If table or boudoir lamps, state whether statuary, glass, china, pottery, or metal base.

Firearms. The description of a firearm shall include the serial number, maker's name, model, caliber or gauge, color of metal, barrel length, type of grips or stocks, any marks or inscriptions. The type of firearm shall be described by the following appropriate categories; automatic, bolt action, carbine, derringer, double barreled, flare gun, gas or air gun, flintlock, semiautomatic, jet propulsion, blank pistol, lever action, machine, launcher, over and under, pump action, antique, revolver, single shot, recoilless, percussion, three barrels, or four or more barrels. State whether revolver, automatic pistol, pump gun, rifle, or shotgun. If shotgun, give number of barrels. Under description of guns may be shown holsters, cartridge belts, cartridges, etc.


Tires. List size, maker's name, color, tread, serial numbers and if mounted alone or on rim with wheel and tube.


Drugs. List actual amount and/or weight in grams or pounds (state whether gross or net), kind, valuation, and any other description.


Cash Registers, Adding Machines, Typewriters, Bookkeeping Machines, Calculators, Check Protectors, and Other Office Machines. Give maker's name, size, model number, serial number, color, and any other marks or inscriptions.


Cameras and Equipment-Projectors and Cases. List maker's name, model number, serial number, lens numbers, and names. Type of camera (movie, Graphlex, box, folding), film size. On projectors, give bulb size and type of cooling system. State kind of material (wood, metal, or leather) of camera projector and case.


Electrical Equipment. List kind of material, size, color, model and serial numbers, wattage, voltage, maker's name, and any initials or other marks or inscriptions.


Jewelry. After listing name of the article to be described, include the following when it is part of the description:

  • Color(s) and kind(s) of metal(s).

  • Number, kind, color, and size of stones.

  • Type of mounting: filigree, plain, engraved.

  • Type of setting: basket, tiffany, sunken box. Inscriptions, dates, engravings, initials, serial numbers, and jeweler's marking.

  • Type of set: costume, antique, or modern.

  • Rings: State kind of metal, kind and number of stones; whether plain, engraved or filigree; and any jeweler's marks, inscriptions, or initials.

  • Watches: State make, movement, case, and jewel numbers; size of watch; type of case (open faced or hunting); number of adjustments; whether plain or engraved or set with stones. If it has chain or wrist band attached, describe, giving type, color, material, and length.

  • Necklaces: State length; whether 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 strand; whether matched or graduated stones or beads; whether strung on thread, or chain (give kind and color); describe clasp.

  • Pendants: Show size, shape; if strung on chain, ribbon, cord or thread; give color and type; describe clasp.

  • Brooches and Bar Pins: State size and shape; whether plain, engraved or filigree; whether pin has safety clasp.

  • Stickpins: State shape and size; kind of stones; whether safety clasp attached.

  • Bracelets: State width; whether link, filigree, solid, flexible, or half-clasp type; whether plain or engraved, or stone set. State whether safety chain attached and type of clasp.

  • Earrings: State styles; lengths; whether screw, clasp, or pierce type; color of stones.

  • Emblems, Charms, Organizational Type Pins: Show size and shape of pin and name of organization.

Household Articles: Give the name of the article being described.

  • Rugs: Give size; color or combination of colors; plain or design; whether domestic or oriental; type of weave; maker's name; cleaners' marks; whether fringed or bordered; also all other marks, such as stains, tears, mends.

  • Bedding: State what article is, then give a complete description of size, color, material, cleaner or laundry marks, and any monograms.

  • Dishes and Glassware: State whether complete sets; give pattern and number of pieces (both china and glass); state whether porcelain, pottery, cut glass, blown glass, plain china, or glass. Give maker's label or mark, monograms or other marks.

  • Silverware: List maker's label, kind of silver (sterling, plated or pewter); owner's initials or other inscriptions; type of pattern, and number of pieces to set.

  • Clocks: List kind, color, size, movement and case number; whether china, porcelain, bronze, iron, wood, plastic, glass, leather. State whether mantel, kitchen, boudoir, grandfather, travel. Give maker's label; whether 8‑day type, chime type (kind of chimes, Westminster).

Building Equipment. List size, color, maker's name, number, or amount of articles lost or stolen, and any serial numbers.


Books. List name of book, publisher's name, author's name, color and kind of material of binding, approximate size of book, as well as any written inscriptions, such as owner's name, bookplates, or author's signature.


Optical Goods. List maker's name, color, material of article and case; serial and model numbers (power number or size of binoculars and telescopes), and initials or other marks of identification.


Doctor's and Dentist's Instruments. Give maker's name, size, serial numbers, model numbers, material, color and marks of identification. Show case size and color.


Musical Instruments. Give color, material, maker's name, number or other marks of identification. Describe carrying cases.


Knives (Other Than Table). Hunting, pocket, butcher. Give color, material of handles; numbers, maker's name, inscriptions. Describe carrying cases.


Pens and Pencils. Give maker's name, color, size, whether man's or woman's, numbers, initials or other marks of identification.


Smoking Equipment. Give color and size of pipes; amount of tobacco; number of cigars or cigarettes (box or package or humidor jar); maker's name.


Sewing Machines. Give maker's name, brand name, serial number of both machine and motor (if electric); whether wood or metal; table, desk, portable, treadle type, and any marks or inscriptions.


Sporting Goods. Give maker's name, numbers, color, kind of material, initials or other inscriptions.


Groceries. Give kind of article; brand label, number of kind lost or stolen, and any other general description available.


Toilet Articles and Cosmetics. Give size, color, material, maker's or brand name, initials, numbers or other marks of identification.


Tools. Give kind of tool, size, serial number, maker or brand name, initials or other identification, and number of tools lost or stolen.


Animals. State kind of animal, size, color, name, age, license number, and any other description available.


Automobile Supplies and Equipment (Other Than Tires). Give size, color, maker's name, serial numbers, number of articles, and other marks of identification.


Leather Goods. List size, color, maker's name, serial numbers, initials, or other marks of identification.


Bicycles. The make, frame number, serial number, gender, and speed of the bicycle must be included on the report. Additional descriptors may include: Color, wheel and tire size, condition, and any other special equipment or marks.


When recovering, impounding, or booking a bicycle, officers shall query the Automated Property System to determine if a bicycle is stolen and document the results of the query on the appropriate report. If a bicycle does not have a make or frame number, that fact shall be included in the report.


Coin and Stamp Collections. Indicate type, date, mint or issue, and condition of individual coins and stamps. Indicate how they are packaged or contained, if applicable. However, when a collection of one type of coin is involved, indicate the type and number of coins in the collection; e.g., "1 set Jefferson nickels, 1940 through 1971, containing coins (show number)." Itemize each coin in the collection, indicating date, mint, and condition, if known. The estimated market value shall be included with the description of the coin(s) or stamp(s). The face value of the coin(s) or stamp(s) shall be indicated in the value column. In the case of foreign coins, currency, or stamps, face value shall not be indicated in the value column but shall be indicated with the description.


Paper money of collection value shall be described in the same manner as coins, including the serial number, if known.


Note: On all articles listed, the maker's or brand name, serial and model numbers, size and color, and valuation shall be shown. Initials or other marks of identification which may have been added after purchase of articles shall be shown.


030.40 LISTING PROPERTY.  General. Employees conducting a preliminary investigation where property is taken or lost shall mark the appropriate check box of the Investigative Report, Form 03.01.00, indicating whether or not the property was marked with an owner applied identification number. If the property was marked, the reporting employee shall explain how the property was marked in the narrative portion of the Investigative Report. All items, including items in suitcases or other containers, shall be listed on the appropriate report. Each item listed shall be numbered.


Initial Reports. Items of property, listed on the following reports, bearing the same DR number, shall be numbered consecutively, beginning with No. 1:

  • Crime reports.

  • Lost Report (IR), Form 03.01.00.

  • Property Report, Form 10.01.00.

  • Release from Custody Report Continuation, Form 05.02.08.

  • Arrest Report, Form 05.02.00.

Note: The number used to identify an item on a crime or lost report is not required to correspond with the number assigned to the article on an evidence or property report.


Additional Reports. Items of property listed on the following additional reports, bearing the same DR number, shall continue the sequence of numbers used on the previous report:

  • Field reports.

  • Follow‑up Report, Form 03.14.00.

  • Continuation Sheet, Form 15.09.00.

  • Victim's Supplemental Property Loss Report, Form 03.04.00.

Note: When using the Follow‑up Report, Form 03.14.00, the correct name of the item and the item number shall be obtained from the Crime and Traffic Reports Unit, Records and Identification Division, when such information is not otherwise available. Both the name of the item and the item number shall be listed in the body of the report.


Reports Requiring Identical Item Numbers. On the following reports, the item number used to identify an article shall be identical to the number assigned to the article on the related report:

  • Follow‑up Report, Form 03.14.00.

  • Property Court Receipt, Form 10.03.00.

Property Sequence. Property shall be listed on all reports in the following sequence:

  • Item Number. Item numbers shall be listed in the column provided.

  • Quantity. A quantity column shall be maintained to the right of the item number column.

  • Article. The type of property being reported shall be listed in this column, located to the right of the quantity column.

  • Serial Number. The serial number, if known, shall be listed next.

  • Brand. The brand name, if any, shall be listed in this column.

  • Model Number. The model number shall be listed to the right of the brand column.

  • Miscellaneous Description. Miscellaneous descriptors shall be listed in this column.

  • Dollar Value. A value column shall be maintained at the right side of the body of the report. The actual or estimated value of each item shall be shown. Depreciation shall be allowed; however, purchase prices or inflated values shall be listed after the miscellaneous descriptors and a dash placed in the value column. Values shall be totaled, excluding purchase prices, inflated values, or unknown values.

Note: When it is impossible to estimate the value, "Value Unk" shall be placed in the value column of concerned reports. If all items have an unknown value, the words "Value Unk" shall be placed where the total figure would normally appear.



1 1-  wrist watch-#J6986- "Omega" -#5557-men's yel/met with Roman numeral dial numbers and the initials "R.M.H." on the back-$250.00


When narcotics are taken, they shall be listed first, followed by money, firearms, identifiable property, and other items.


Note: For the purposes of this section, identifiable property shall be that property marked with serial numbers and/or other inscription.


Exception: No value shall be shown on the Property Report, Form 10.01.00.


030.45 DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECTS. The following shall be used for all types of reports:


Suspects: This is used as a general classification. If a juvenile is involved, indicate by "Juv."


Number: Exact number of suspects; if over 9, use "Gang."


Sex: Male or female.


Vehicle Used: If obtainable, describe year, make, body type, color(s), license number, and identifying characteristics.


Individual Description of Suspect:

  • Name or Alias - If nickname is used, specify in this item. Descent.

  • Age - If exact age is unknown, state between what years, such as 19 to 24.

  • Height - If unknown, give approximate.

  • Weight - If unknown, give approximate.

Identifying Marks and Characteristics:

  • Amputations - Specify portion amputated: arm, finger, hand, leg.

  • Marks - Birthmarks, pockmarks, moles, tattoo marks; specify location and describe.

  • Scars - Specify location: left cheek, right cheek, left arm, right arm.


  • Ear - Cauliflower ear.

  • Eye - Cast, crossed, squints, glasses-thick lens, glasses-dark.

  • Hairlip.

  • Hunchback.

  • Limps.

  • Skin Defects - Pimples, boils, acne.

  • Teeth - Bad, protruding, missing, false, gold.


  • Foreign accent, state kind.

  • Southern accent.

  • Impediment.

  • Deaf mute.

  • Uses profane language.




 Chewed Tobacco


 Dope Fiend


 Handkerchief over Face




 Holds Hand over Face


 Mask over Face (describe)


Clothing: Type and color (Manual Section 5/030.35).


Miscellaneous Clothing-Characteristics:


 No Hat

 Cap or Hat over Eyes

 Wore Glasses

 Overcoat in Summer

 Wore Gloves

 Rubber‑Soled Shoes


Occupation: State if known.


Witness: Statement of witness relating to the crime.


030.48 ABBREVIATION OF ROADWAY TYPES. Two‑letter abbreviations of roadway types shall be limited to the following:


Avenue - AV


Grove - GR


Road - RD

Alley - AL   Highway - HY    Route - RT
Boulevard - BL   Lane - LN   Square - SQ
Circle - CI     Motorway - MY   Street - ST
Corner - CR   Park - PK     Terrace - TR
Court - CT   Parkway - PY    Trail - TL
Drive - DR    Place - PL   View - VW
Expressway - EX   Plaza -  PA   Walk - WK
Freeway - FY    Point - PT   Way - WY


030.50 SYMBOLS. The following symbols shall be used to indicate the working details of concerned personnel on arrest and identification reports and other reports requiring that information:


Office of the Chief of Police

Chief of Police - CP
Chief of Staff - COS
Administrative Section - AS
Community Relations Section - CR
Employee Relations Group - ERG
Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division - RACR/COMPSTAT
Public Communications Section - PCS
Media Relations and Community Affairs Group - MCG
Media Relations Section - MRS


Police Commission

Professional Standards Bureau - ...PSB

 Commission Investigation Division - N  Internal Affairs Group - IAG
 Executive Director - EXEC  Administrative Investigation Division - AID
 Inspector General - IG  Criminal Investigation Division - CID
   Force Investigation Division - FID
   Special Operations Division - SOD


Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing

Office of Special Operations

Governmental Liaison Section - GLS

Emergency Operations Division - EOD

Fiscal Operations Division - FOD

Property Division - PD

Risk Management Division - RMD

Jail Division - JD

Planning and Research Division - PRD

Detective Support and Vice Division - DSVD

Internal Audits and Inspections Division (IAID)

Robbery‑Homicide Division - RHD


Scientific Investigation Division - SID


Gang and Narcotics Division - GND


Juvenile Division - JUV


Commercial Crimes Division - CCD


Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau - CTSOB


Major Crimes Division - MCD


Emergency Services Division - ESD


Air Support Division - ASD


Metropolitan Division - METRO


Traffic Coordination Section - TCS


Investigative Analysis Section - IAS


Temporary Divisions (when activated)

Department Operations Center - DOC

Field Command Post - FCP


Office of Administrative Services - OAS

Assistant to the Director, Office of Administrative Services   Communications Division - CD
Behavioral Science Services - BSS Drug Recognition Expert Unit - DRE
Use of Force Review Division  UOFRD Recruitment and Employment Division - RED
Employee Assistant Unit - EAU Administrative Services Bureau - ASB
Work Environment Liaison Section - (WELS) Facilities Management Division - FMD
Officer Representation Unit - ORU Motor Transport Division - MTD
Personnel and Training Bureau Records and Identification Division - R & I
Training Division - TD Information Technology Bureau - ITB
Police Training and Education - PTE Information Technology Division - ITD
Personnel Group - PG Hiring and Evaluation Section - HES    

Personnel Division - PER

Application Development and Support Division - ADSD


Office of Operations - OO

Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations

Youth Programs
Operations - Central Bureau - CB
Operations - South Bureau - SB
Operations - Valley Bureau - VB

Operations - West Bureau - WB


Areas and Traffic Divisions

Central Area - CENT   Rampart Area - RAMP
Central Traffic Division - CTD 77th Street Area - 77th
Devonshire Area - DEV

South Traffic Division - STD

Foothill Area - FTHL Southeast Area - SE
Harbor Area - HARB Southwest Area - SW

Hollenbeck Area - HOBK

Valley Traffic Division - VTD
Hollywood Area - HWD Van Nuys Area - VNY
Mission Area - MISN West Los Angeles Area - WLA
Newton Street Area - NEWT West Traffic Division - WTD
North Hollywood Area - NHWD

West Valley Area - WVAL

Northeast Area - NE Wilshire Area - WIL
Pacific Area - PAC  
Areas shall use the Area symbol followed by the letter "A."  
Area Detective Division shall use the Area symbol followed by the letter "B."  

Examples: Central Area - CENT A

                   Central Area Detective Division - CENT B



Sections, Units, and Details

 Collision Investigation Unit


 Juvenile Abuse Child Unit - JACU

 One Officer Traffic Collision Investigation Unit - TL  Juvenile Complaint Buy Unit - JCBU

 Two Officer Traffic Collision Investigation Unit - T

 Juvenile School Buy Unit - JSBU
 Detective Section - DS  Juvenile Sexually Exploited Child Unit J - SEC
 Fraud Section - CCD - FS  Juvenile Unit - J
 Auto Fraud Unit - CCD  Los Angeles International Airport Unit - LAX
 Automated Want/Warrant Unit, Records and Identification - CWS  Major Crimes Investigation Section - RHD - MCIS
 Bank Hijack Section - RHD - RHDB  Metropolitan Division Unit - R
 Bunco Unit - CCD - BUNC  Motor Unit  - M
 Burglary Section - BAS - BADB  Motor Unit, Extra Enforcement Unit - MX
 Career Criminal Detail - CCD  Narcotics Division Central Bureau Unit - NDCB

 Central (Downtown) Forgery Section - CCD -  CFS

 Narcotics Division Major Violators Section Unit - Team "A - NDMA

 Civil Defense Assignment - CD

 Narcotics Division Major Violators Section Unit - Team "B - NDMB

 Criminal Conspiracy Section - MCD - CCS

 Narcotics Division Major Violators Section Unit - Team "C - NDMC

 Desk Unit - DESK

 Narcotics Division Major Violators Section Unit - Team "D - NDMD

 Detective Unit - W

 Narcotics Division Major Violators Section Unit - LAX - NDMX

 Drug Recognition Expert Unit (DRE) - DRE

 Multi-Disciplinary Collision Investigation Team  - MCIT

 Emergency Vehicle Operations Course‑TD - EVOC

 Staff Duty Officer - SDO
 Evidence Control Unit-SID - ECU  Station Detail Personnel - STA
 Field Supervisors - FS  Traffic Enforcement Unit, motorcycle - M
 Finger Print Unit - F  Traffic Enforcement Unit, automobile - E
 Footbeat - FB  Two Officer Basic Patrol Unit - A
 Fugitive Section - DSVD - FUG  Two Officer Extra Patrol Unit - X
 Gang Impact Team - GIT  Two Officer Patrol Wagon - B
 Gang Enforcement Detail - GIT, GED  Two Officer Special Assignment - Z
 Narcotics Enforcement Detail - GIT, NED    Unusual Occurrence or Special Event Unit - Q
 Gang Support Section - GSS  Vice Unit - VICE
 Harbor Forgery Section - HFS  Warrant Section, Records and Identification Division - WRT

 Homicide Special Section - RHD - RHDH

 West Los Angeles Forgery Section - WFS



 Police Reserve Corps - PR    Los Angeles Community Colleges Police Department - ...LCPD
 All outside law enforcement agencies - OS  Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse - LA CLEAR
 California Highway Patrol - CHP  Los Angeles Harbor Department Port Warden - LHPW
 California Youth Authority - CYA  Los Angeles Housing Authority - LAHA
 Citizen (private person) - CZN  Los Angeles Unified School District - LAUSD
LAFD Arson - ARSN Other Units - O


030.55 HOW TO SIGN REPORTS. An officer completing a report which directly relates to field activities or which might result in the issuance of subpoenas shall print his or her first and middle initials, last name, serial number, unit of assignment, and unit designation or detail in the signature box.


Example: A. B. Smith               12345               CENT. A.


030.57 HANDWRITTEN REPORTS. Only pencils or ball‑point pens containing black ink shall be used to complete handwritten crime or traffic reports.


Exception: Offset master forms which are completed by hand shall be printed with a ballpoint pen containing black or blue offset reproducing ink.


030.60 APPROVAL OF REPORTS. All reports which require approval shall be checked and approved by a concerned supervisor for propriety, essential information, clarity, and legibility. When available, or in complex arrests requiring additional review, the investigative supervisor giving booking advice shall review all related reports for required content and place his/her initials and serial number at the conclusion of the narrative portion of each report.

  • When offset masters are used, the report shall be approved prior to the duplication process.

  • When penciled reports are used, the approval shall be obtained prior to typing.

  • When pre-stuffed reports are used, or the report is dictated, approval shall be obtained prior to distribution.

Duplicated or typed copies of original reports shall be checked and approved by a supervisor prior to distribution.

  • Copies of offset master reports shall be checked for legibility and quality.

  • Typed copies of reports shall be checked for accuracy and neatness.

  • Carbon copies of reports shall be checked for legibility.

The supervisor who checks the copies shall indicate his/her approval by placing his/her initials on one copy, in the margin below the original approval signature. This copy shall be used as the divisional file copy.


Responsibility for compliance with this procedure shall rest with the watch commander in the division where the copies are made.


030.61 EXTRA COPY DESIGNATION. Prior to approval of a Investigative Report, Form 03.01.00, an Arrest Report, Form 05.02.00, or a Property Report, Form 10.01.00, the approving supervisor shall indicate appropriate extra copy distribution in the space provided on the form. (Manual Section 5/030.66)


030.63 OUT‑OF‑AREA CRIME REPORTS. When a crime report is completed in other than the Area of occurrence, the concerned officer shall place the words "Copies to (Area of occurrence)" in the left margin and circle the reporting district.


030.65 COURTESY REPORTS. A DR number shall be obtained and used on all reports where the location of occurrence is outside the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department.


Distribution. The distribution of courtesy reports, except vehicle reports (CHP Form 180), shall be as follows:

1 -  Original, Records and Identification Division.

1 -  Concerned law enforcement agency.

1 -  Records unit, concerned Area.

1 -  Concerned investigating officers, Area reporting.

4 -  TOTAL



1-   Information Technology Division, if courtesy Stolen Vehicle Report, CHP Form 180.




ABC licensed premises, any arrest on - ABC

Alcohol, untaxed - Treasury Department

Aircraft, Operating under‑the‑influence of alcohol or drugs - ASD

Airline tickets or validation equipment involved - CCD (Not required if forgery arrest)

Air Support assists with arrest - ASD

Altercation, Department employment a factor - Check box or print ALTERCATION

Asian involved as suspect or victim - Asian Crime Unit, GND

Attack on police officer, firefighter, or public building - MCD


Badge or ID card, Department, Involved - Personnel Division (PCU)

Badge, Special Officer's, involved - CID

Bank involved - Specialized Report Distribution Unit FBI

Bullet or cartridge case, discharged, bkd. as evidence - SID


Checks, checkwriting equip., credit card involved - Not required if forgery arrest)

Counterfeiting (IR or Property Rpt. with no arrest) -  Secret Service

County property stolen - LASD

Consular officers and property - COS, SOB, MCD, Media Relations Section‑OCOP

Crimes involving property in the care of an OPG - CID

Cruelty to animals - Animal Cruelty Task Force


Department property lost/stolen/recovered - Supply Section, FOD

Destructive devices (illegal), possession of (bombs, incendiary devices, etc.) - MCD

Disturbing peace of public meetings or schools - MCD

DUI, refused chemical tests - Traffic Auditor


Failing to register (290PC/11590H&S) - *See footnote at bottom

Firearms (illegal), possession of - MCD

Firearms, lost/stolen/booked - R&I Division, Automated Vehicle and Property Section  

      Supervisor, and DSVD, Gun Unit. If Department issued, also indicate copy for Ordnance Unit, Training Division.

Five thousand dollars, property in excess of involved - FBI


Gypsy involved as suspect or victim - CCD


Hatred or prejudice crime or incident - DSVD,CCS-MCD, CRS-OCOP, ITD


Identifiable property lost/stolen -  - CCD

Impersonating an officer involved - CCD


Labor dispute/strike involved - LLLS, OO

Lost Report where pickpocket is probable crime - CCD

Lottery‑related crimes  - VICE


Metropolitan Division, any arrest & related reports - Metro


Narcotics, stolen or booked - Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail (NED)


Police Commission permittee arrested or premises involved (pay parking lot, pawn shop, second hand dealer, etc.) - CID

Prescription forms, blank, lost/stolen/recovered - (Same as Checks)

Public Utilities Driver (include taxi) arrested for any charge (on or off-duty) - Department of Transportation


Racial, religious, ethnic overtones  - MCD

MTA involved, report taken by LAPD - MTA

Reserve Officer arrested - Personnel Division (with Department equipment)


Sex crime with juvenile victim or suspect - Juvenile Division (SECU)

Sex involved, adult or juvenile (not prostitution) - RHD

Shots Fired - Check box or print SHOTS FIRED

Special Officer arrested - CID (with ID)


Threats against California State public officials - California Highway Patrol


Youth serving agency employee (school teacher, scout leader, etc.) involved in sex crime, or involved in any crime with juvenile victim - .Juvenile Division


INVESTIGATIVE UNITS other than geographic detectives. These units handle both adults & juveniles, unless otherwise indicated. GTA/10851 VC arrests are handled by detectives in Area stolen; juvenile runaways are handled by detectives in Area of residence.


Arson - Arson Unit, LAFD


Narcotic (Adult felony) - Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail

Bombing, or threat of - DSVD, MCD

Narcotic (Juv. felony/misd.) - Juv. Unit of occurrence

Bookmaking - VICE

(or geographic vice if Harbor, WLA, Pacific or OVB occurrence.)

Threat against elected City official - DSVD

Child abuse - suspect is parent, guardian, etc. - Juvenile Division (ACU)

Traffic (Adult felony or juvenile felony/misdemeanor).. Detective Section

Counterfeiting - CCD

Vice felony (other than bookmaking in Metropolitan area) - Geographic vice

Forgery - CCD

Warrant, felony (other than LAPD warrant) -  DSVD (Fugitive)

Fugitive -  - DSVD





Auto Theft and Attempt GTA - CCD


Homicide - RHD

Bunco/Fortune Telling - CCD

Narcotics, Adult Furnishing to Minor - Juvenile Narcotic Unit

Burglary (2 copies) - CCD

Narcotic Arrests, Felony & Misd. Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail

Carrying Concealed Weapon (Ex‑con) - .RHD

Pickpocket - CCD

Extortion - RHD

Pimping, Pandering IRs - VICE

Failing To Disperse - .MCD

Receiving Stolen Property - CCD

Forgery (if handled by OVB, WLA, Harbor) - CCD

Riot, Rout & Robbery (Incl. 211 Purse Snatch) -  RHD

Grand Theft (All types) -  CCD

Shoplift - CCD


                                                                                             OUTSIDE AGENCIES





California State Police

 California State Police 

 Executive Protection Bureau

 107 South Broadway, Rm. 7012

 Los Angeles, CA 90012



DCS (Child Abuse)

 DCS MacLaren Hall,

 4024 No. Durfee Av.

 El Monte, CA 91731

 Attn: Inquiry & Referral



DPSS (Elder Abuse)

 Chief Statistical Analyst

 Adult Protective Services

 Research and Statistical Services Section

 Glendale, CA 91205



Department Of Transportation

 DOT, Investigation & Enforcement

 Chief Inspector, Stop 725








 Detective Headquarters Bureau

 4700 Ramona Blvd.

 Monterey Park, CA 91759



Secret Service

 US Secret Service

 300 No. Los Angeles St., Rm. 4324

 Los Angeles, CA 90012



Treasury Department

 US Treasury Department

 ATF Bureau, Main Office

 P.O. Box 1991

 Los Angeles, CA 90053






Copy to employee's commanding officer, employee's bureau commanding officer, and Commanding Officer, Training Division. If Special Officer involved, also send copy to Police Commission.



Copy to Detective Division, Area of Occurrence; Commanding Officer, Training, PLUS:

  • If LAPD officer involved, commanding officers of officer and officer's Bureau; Internal Affairs Group; Office of Operations, Detective Bureau; and OCOP.

  • If Special Officer involved, Police Commission.

  • If Homicide involved and not distributed above, concerned bureau commanding officer and Commanding Officer of Office of Operations; Detective Bureau.


Forward one copy as designated in left margin; except:

  • If Metro, forward 2 full Arrest Reports plus one Face Sheet; and one copy of other reports.

  • If Asian Task Force, 2 copies.

030.67 USE OF XEROX MACHINE. An employee operating a Xerox machine shall determine if the copies reproduced are legible; illegible copies shall not be submitted for distribution.


Xerox machine malfunctions which cannot be corrected by the operator shall be reported to the division watch commander, who shall notify the Xerox service center that is responsible for the geographic area in which the copiers are located.


If vendor service is inadequate or unsatisfactory, the division watch commander shall notify, or cause to be notified, during normal business hours, the Xerox Coordinator, Supply Section, Fiscal Operations Division.


When the repairs cannot be made within a reasonable time, the reports shall be reproduced at the nearest location where a Xerox machine is available.


030.68 DEPARTMENT NOTICES AND BULLETINS-REPRODUCTION FOR DISTRIBUTION. For all notices, bulletins, and other items reproduced by the Mail Unit, Records and Identification Division, that require a distribution of over 200 copies, but not more than 1,000, two masters shall be forwarded to the Mail Unit, Records and Identification Division.


030.69 COMPUTER‑GENERATED DEPARTMENT FORMS. When an official Department form is generated on a computer or word processor, the concerned commanding officer shall ensure the following:

  • Form Title. The title for the form shall be typed as it is found on the form being replicated.

  • Form Title Number. The form number (e.g., LAPD 15.02.00 or Form 15.07.00) shall be recorded in the same location as it is found on the official form.

  • Layout and Size. To enhance recognition and format continuity, the layout and size of computer‑generated forms should resemble the official form as much as possible (including headings, columns, check boxes, and page numbers).

  • Color and Grade of Paper Stock. The replicated form shall not be printed on onion skin paper, and shall be printed on the same color paper as the official form.

  • Quality of Printer Used. The printer on which computer‑generated forms are to be printed shall be a letter quality printer or one with near letter quality print capabilities.

Note: Commanding officers shall periodically audit the computer‑generated forms used within their commands to ensure consistency with form revisions.


030.70 USE OF RECORDING MACHINES. The use of recording machines for traffic collision reports shall be confined to officers assigned to accident investigation units.


030.75 TRANSCRIBING REPORTS. Record clerks shall transcribe reports at the earliest opportunity and in any case, within twelve hours after recording.


030.80 MISSING JUVENILE BROADCASTS. Before a record clerk teletypes a Missing Juvenile Broadcast, the employee shall ascertain whether a previous teletype has been published. If not, the record unit employee accepting the report shall teletype the information.


If information is received by the divisional record unit that the juvenile has returned, the record unit employee receiving such information shall transmit it to the Missing Juveniles Unit for teletype broadcast cancellations.


030.85 REQUESTS BY EMPLOYEES FOR PERSONAL USE. Under no circumstances shall any employee be given a copy of any report, photograph, or fingerprint card for his/her own personal use.


030.90 REQUESTS BY PRIVATE PERSONS. Carbon copies of Department forms, other than the Traffic Collision Report, Form 4.1, shall not be given to persons making reports to this Department.


Blank forms shall not be furnished to any outside person or agency except those specifically noted in various sections of the Department Manual.




040.14 GENERAL INFORMATION. The Division of Records Number is the official file number of the Department, and may be referred to as a DR number. DR numbers shall consist of the last two digits of the year followed by a seven digit number. The first two digits of the seven digit number shall indicate the Area of occurrence identification number followed by five digit sequential number arranged consecutively and issued in numerical order. The Network Communications System (NECS) will automatically generate a DR number based on the ADRIS data input by the records unit. The Area of occurrence identification number will be determined by the Reporting District (RD) of the location of occurrence.


The Vice Enforcement Coordinator's Aide, Vice Division, maintains a register of Vice Report, Form 03.18.00, DR numbers, for manual issuance, allocated for vice.


040.28 EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OBTAINING. Each Department employee completing a report requiring the use of a DR number shall secure and record that number upon the report and any related report.


Exception: When a DR number cannot be obtained through ADRIS, DR numbers may be manually issued by the Area of occurrence records unit. Area records units shall determine, on an individual basis, the necessity for manually issuing DR numbers and shall maintain a log of numbers issued. When ADRIS becomes available, manually issued DR numbers shall be input into CCAD by the Area records unit using the "EVAD" Format.


Manually issued DR numbers will be issued from the sequential series of Area DR numbers. The set of numbers to be manually issued will be determined annually by Records and Identification Division. This set of numbers will normally be a block of numbers assigned to the Area's sequential series.


If the situation does not involve an arrest, multiple DRs, or the need for the services of Scientific Investigation Division, a supervisor may, at the supervisor's discretion, approve a completed report without an assigned DR number.


040.30 ACCESS TO AUTOMATED DR ISSUANCE SYSTEM (ADRIS). Only those employees authorized by their commanding officer shall be allowed access to ADRIS for data input.


040.42 PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING. When a DR number is requested, the requesting employee, upon receiving the number, shall write the number in a designated space on the concerned report and repeat the number to the issuing employee to ensure no error has been made in transcription. When a DR number is obtained for a Vehicle Investigation or a report concerning a lost, stolen or found license plate, the requesting employee shall obtain the name or serial number of the issuing employee and the time of the request for inclusion in the report.


Note: At the time a DR number is obtained all required information shall be entered into CCAD.


DR Number-Non‑Booked Arrestees. A DR number in lieu of a booking number shall be obtained for the following types of arrests:

  • Immediate cash bail out; or,

  • Release from Custody when no booking number is required.

A separate DR number shall be obtained for connecting crime, property or traffic reports and placed in the appropriate DR number boxes.


Officer's Responsibilities. An officer processing a non‑booked arrestee shall obtain a DR number for the arrestee. The number shall be entered as follows:

  • Arrest Report "booking number" box.

  • Non - Traffic Notice to Appear (RFC), Form 05.02.02-Below the RFC number located at the top of the Form.

  • Other reports enter or cross reference as though the number was a booking number.

This DR number shall not be placed in the DR number space of any Department form.


Area Records Supervisor - Responsibilities. The Area records supervisors shall ensure all mandated information from the DVRO or OAH and the DVRO Information form is entered into the DOJ database.


Clerical Personnel Responsibility. Whenever an RFC Report is involved, clerical personnel shall when issuing any type of DR number, be responsible for entering the following information into the ADRIS:

  • Arresting Officer's last name and serial number;

  • In the "Report Type" field, the number "60" followed by the appropriate two digit crime code;

  • In the "Party" field, all appropriate party information;

  • The suspect's last name, first name, and middle initial.

040.56 ISSUANCE OF DR NUMBERS. DR numbers will be issued automatically in sequential order by Area of occurrence. When a report of any type has been assigned a DR number and other reports of related incidents are made, they shall bear the DR number of the initial report.



  • When more than one vehicle is stolen, each requires a separate DR number (Manual Section 5/180-16).

  • A Vice or Narcotics Report requires a separate Vice or Narcotics DR number. Only a related Follow‑up Investigation, Form 03.14.00; shall bear the DR number assigned to the Vice or Narcotics Report (Manual Sections 5/3.18-10 and 5/3.19-10).

  • A Missing Person Investigation, Form 03.16.00, requires a separate DR number. Only a related Follow‑up Investigation, Form 03.14.00; Arrest Report, Form 05.02.00; or Property Report, Form 10.01.00, shall bear the DR number assigned to the Missing Person Investigation (Manual Section 5/3.16-12).

  • When more than one traffic collision occurs, each requires a separate DR number (Manual Section 5/555).

  • When more than one burglary occurs, each requires a separate DR number (see Manual Section 5/3.1A for exceptions).

  • A separate Property Report bearing a separate DR number shall be made for each license plate or set of license plates booked (Manual Section 5/10.1-16).

  • When a DR number is issued to a non‑booked arrestee, a separate DR number shall be obtained for connecting crime, property, or traffic reports.

  • When completing a Forgery and/or Identity Theft report, each victim of a forgery requires a separate report and a separate DR number. Only one report and one DR number are required for multiple documents that are connected by the same account (or identifying number) to the same victim.

040.60 LOCATION FOR OBTAINING. DR numbers shall be obtained from the following locations:

  • Stolen Recovered, Impounded or Lost Vehicle or Boat, or License Plate involved-Automated Vehicle and Property Section, Records and Identification Division.

Note: The Area records unit issues DR numbers for certain impounded passenger vehicles and non-commercial trucks only.

  • All other incidents-

    • Area/division records unit.

Note: If requested by an officer, the Automated Vehicle and Property Section, Records and Identification, will issue a DR number for a stolen vehicle taken during the commission of a violent crime (e.g., robbery, kidnap, rape, ADW).

  • Vice Report, Form 03.18.00, DR-

    • The Vice Enforcement Coordinator's Aide, Vice Division.

  • Narcotics DR-

    • Narcotics Information Network Unit, Narcotics Division.

Note: DR numbers issued by the Automated Vehicle and Property Section, Records and Identification Division, will be computer generated DR numbers following the number sequence of the Area of occurrence.


040.65 DR NUMBERS-SUBSEQUENT REVISION. Data which has been incorrectly inputted into the ADRIS shall be corrected by clerical personnel assigned to the concerned geographic Area or division as soon as practical.


040.70 ASSIGNING TO REPORTS. The following report forms require an assigned DR number:

  • Investigative Report, Form 03.01.00.

  • Forgery/Identity Theft Supplemental (FIS), Form 03.07.00

  • Vehicle Report, CHP Form 180.

  • Death Investigation, Form 03.11.00.

  • Injury Investigation, Form 03.15.00.

  • Missing Person Investigation, Form 03.16.00.

  • Vice Report, Form 03.18.00

  • Narcotics Report, Form 03.19.00.

  • Discharge of Firearm Report, Form 01.67.08.

  • Traffic Collision Reports, CHP 555 form set.

  • Complaint Application, Form 05.15.00, when there is no booking or citation number.

  • Property Report, Form 10.0100.

  • Release from Custody Report Continuation, Form 05.02.08.

  • Arrest Report, Form 05.02.00, when used to book evidence.

The following report forms shall bear the DR number of the report to which they relate:

  • Follow‑up Investigation, Form 03.14.00.

  • Continuation Sheet, Form 15.09.00.

  • Traffic Collision Report (Supplemental), Form 04.03.01.

  • Arrest Report, Form 05.02.00.

040.84 CROSS‑REFERENCING IN REPORTS. Connecting reports shall be cross‑referenced by DR number and type of report.




050.08 SUPERVISING. Commanding officers and section officers in charge shall be responsible for supervising the proper maintenance and disposal of division records by the division record unit, in accordance with Division 12 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code and the Department Records Retention Program.


Obsolete records shall be placed in cardboard cartons, under the direction of an officer, and fastened securely with twine. Each carton shall be marked or tagged, "To be Destroyed," and turned over to the supply truck which delivers division supplies.


Records Retention Representatives. Commanding officers and section officers in charge shall designate a Records Retention Representative within their command who shall:

  • Inventory and appraise all records in their entity;

  • Prepare and maintain Records Retention Schedules for records in their entity;

  • Prepare amendments to Records Retention Schedules when necessary;

  • Cause records to be transferred to storage when appropriate; and,

  • Maintain liaison with the Department Records Coordinator regarding records management procedures.

050.40 POLICE BULLETINS. Police Bulletins shall be transferred at the end of each month from the monthly file to the yearly file and retained for two years.


050.48 POLICE SERVICE LOG, FORM 15.27.00. Police Service Log, Form 15.27.00, shall be stored at the end of the month and retained for two years.


050.56 TELETYPE BROADCASTS. Teletype broadcasts not otherwise filed shall be destroyed after five days.


050.72 DAILY FIELD ACTIVITIES REPORTS. The Daily Field Activities Report, Form 15.52.00, and the Traffic Daily Field Activities Report, Form 15.52.01, shall be retained for two years.


050.80 DAILY WORKSHEET, FORM 15.26.00. Daily Worksheet, Form 15.26.00, shall be retained for two years.


050.88 DIVISION FILE FOLDER HEADINGS. The main headings of subject matter to be filed shall be printed in the upper‑left corner of the folder. Following are some of the headings to be used: (Additional headings may be used at the discretion of the record unit supervisor):

  • Bulletins.

  • Teletype Releases.

  • Budget Requests.

  • Monthly Reports.

  • Automotive Equipment.

  • Forms.

  • Jail.

  • Orders.

  • Correspondence.

  • Vacation Schedule.

  • Property.

  • Daily Occurrences Reports.

  • Felony and High-grade Misdemeanor Records.

  • Traffic.

  • Watch Reports.

  • Miscellaneous.



060.33 PROCEDURE. Preparation of index cards for division files shall be at the discretion of the commanding officer.


060.66 DIVISIONAL EMPLOYEE CARD FILES. Each commanding officer shall maintain an alphabetical card file containing addresses and phone numbers of employees under his/her command. This file shall be controlled by the commanding officer or watch commander and updated by use of the Address and Phone Number Record, Form 01.20.00.


Note: The home address, telephone number, and other personal information concerning Department employees may be released, to persons both within and outside the Department, only with the approval of the watch commander or officer in charge.


065. TIME RECORDATION. The "24‑Hour Clock" system (military time) shall be used for time recordation on all reports requiring time‑of‑day entries. All time entries shall consist of four digits.




070.14 INSTRUCTIONS. Filing shall be done in sequence with the most recent subject to the rear of the file. All reports and records shall be kept in folders in file cabinets, with the exception of teletype reports, which shall be placed on the teletype board located next to the teletype machine.


070.28 CORRESPONDENCE. All correspondence shall be filed according to reference number or subject matter.


070.70 MONTHLY REPORT FOLDERS. A list of required monthly reports shall be placed on the front flap of the folder, indicating the number of copies required and the distribution. A space shall be provided for checking off reports each month as they are made. Each report shall be stapled to the corresponding report for the previous month.




080.08 GENERAL. All correspondence pertaining to Department matters shall be handled in the manner outlined herein. Under no circumstances shall any employee of this Department communicate relative to such matters other than through the commanding officer of the division or detail to which the employee is assigned.


080.12 CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED AND FORWARDED BY THE MAIL UNIT. The Mail Unit, Records and Identification Division, as required, may open U.S. mail addressed to the Department, the Chief of Police (unless marked "personal" or "confidential"), Records and Identification Division, or investigative divisions (unless addressed to the commanding officers). Correspondence shall be forwarded as follows:

  • Correspondence from citizens concerning requests for crime and traffic related documents are forwarded to the Automated Records Section, Records and Identification Division.

  • Correspondence from outside law enforcement agencies or other authorized agencies concerning requests for arrest, crime and traffic related documents are forwarded to the Automated Records Section, Records and Identification Division.

  • Correspondence from individuals requesting their arrest related documents are forwarded to the Discovery Section, Risk Management Division.

  • Other correspondence shall be forwarded to the concerned organizational unit. 

080.16 ADULT CRIMINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Letters concerning adult criminal matters to be forwarded to a detective division shall be processed as follows:


Criminal Records Section, Records and Identification Division. The LA number shall be entered in the right margin of the letter if the person referred to has a local arrest record. The letter shall be photocopied, the original letter filed, and the photostatic copy forwarded to the concerned detective division.


Detective Divisions. Upon receipt of the photostatic copy, the detective division commanding officer shall institute any necessary investigation and prepare a reply, if indicated.


Provision for the signature shall be as follows:

Very truly yours,



Chief of Police


(NAME and Rank of commanding officer)

Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau

The original and one copy of the reply shall be attached to an addressed, unsealed envelope and forwarded to the Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau.


Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau. The Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau, shall sign the original of the answer and cause it to be mailed. The copy of the answer shall be forwarded to the Criminal Records Section, Records and Identification Division.


080.24 JUVENILE CRIMINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Letters and warrants that concern juvenile criminal matters shall be forwarded to the Commanding Officer, Juvenile Division.


The Commanding Officer, Juvenile Division, upon receiving such correspondence, shall:

  • Cause any necessary investigation to be made and, if indicated, prepare a reply.

  • Attach the reply to an addressed, unsealed envelope, and forward to the Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau, for mailing.

  • File the original correspondence and one copy of the reply in Juvenile Records.

Provision for signature shall be as follows:

Very truly yours,



Chief of Police


(NAME and Rank of Commanding Officer)

Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau

080.32 CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED DIRECTLY BY DIVISION. Criminal correspondence received directly by a division shall be forwarded to the Criminal Records Section, Records and Identification Division, for processing.


Exception: In urgent matters, which normally would be handled by that division, a copy shall be made prior to forwarding the original and an immediate investigation instituted. The original shall bear a notation that the forwarding division is handling.


When a division receives a letter directly from the initiator which concerns personnel commendations, suspected narcotic activities, organized criminal activities, or which needs to be translated, the letter shall be forwarded to the Office of the Chief of Police.


080.40 NON‑CRIMINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Unless otherwise directed, replies to non‑criminal correspondence shall be signed by the bureau, area, or division commanding officer beneath the typewritten signature of the Chief of Police as follows:

Very truly yours,



Chief of Police


(NAME and Rank of commanding officer)

Commanding Officer, (Name of Bureau, Area, or Division)

080.45 SUBROGATED PROPERTY CORRESPONDENCE. A notice of subrogation received by the Department shall be forwarded to the Crime and Miscellaneous Reports Section, Records and Identification Division.


080.64 TRAFFIC CORRESPONDENCE. All correspondence pertaining to traffic, originating within the Department and directed to an addressee outside the Department, shall be signed as follows:

Very truly yours,



Chief of Police