Q: What are the Hours of Operation of the Arcadia Police Department?
A: The Arcadia Police Department is a 24-hour facility. Some records services may be limited to certain hours. Call the Police Department beforehand or visit the records section of the webpage.
Q: What is the Address and Phone Number?
A: The Arcadia Police Department is located at 250 W. Huntington Drive. The non-emergency phone number is (626) 574-5150.
Q: I am getting stopped by the police, what should I do next?
A: As soon as it is safe, pull over to the right side of the road and stop. Do not stop in the middle of traffic, turn into private driveways, or ignore lights and sirens. After you are safely stopped on the right side of the road, turn your vehicle’s engine off and remain in your vehicle. An officer will then contact you and you will be advised at to why you are being stopped. By law, you are required to present to the officer your (1) Driver’s License – CVC 12951(a), (2) Your Vehicle Registration Card – CVC 4462(a), and (3) Your Proof of Insurance – CVC 16028(a). You could be either warned for the offense(s) you committed, or issued a citation. If you are issued a citation, the Officer will explain what you are being cited for and then ask you to sign the citation. The citation will have the date and time of the violation, your name, the offense(s) you are being cited for, the location of the offense(s), the Officer’s name, and applicable court dates and information. Signing the citation ISN’T AN ADMISSION OF GUILT, IT IS MERELY A PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT. If you refuse to sign the citation, you can be arrested under California Vehicle Section 40302(b) and your vehicle could be towed at your expense.
Q: I have been involved in an accident, what should I do next?
A: If the accident is minor, move your vehicle to a safe location. If the accident is major, turn on your hazard lights and make sure the police is notified immediately. Be sure to tell the dispatcher the location, if there are injuries, and how many vehicles are involved. Under the Vehicle Code Section 20001(a), the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of VC Sections 20003 and 20004.
- CVC 20003: The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person shall also give his or her name, current residence address, the names and current residence addresses of any occupant of the driver's vehicle injured in the accident, the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, and the name and current residence address of the owner to the person struck or the driver or occupants of any vehicle collided with, and shall give the information to any traffic or police officer at the scene of the accident. The driver also shall render to any person injured in the accident reasonable assistance, including transporting, or making arrangements for transporting, any injured person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary or if that transportation is requested by any injured person.
- CVC 20004: 20004. In the event of death of any person resulting from an accident, the driver of any vehicle involved after fulfilling the requirements of this division, and if there be no traffic or police officer at the scene of the accident to whom to give the information required by Section 20003, shall, without delay, report the accident to the nearest office of the Department of the California Highway Patrol or office of a duly authorized police authority and submit with the report the information required by Section 20003.
Who is required to wear a seat belt in a vehicle?
Under CVC Section 27315, everyone in your vehicle must be securely fastened in a safety belt. This is regardless of age, seating location, etc. As the driver of the vehicle, you can be given a citation if you or anyone else in your vehicle is not wearing their seat belt.
Q: When does a child have to be in a Child Safety Seat?
A: Please visit www.carseat.org for more information.
Q: Is it illegal to play my stereo too loud?
A: Yes, under CVC Section 27007, you cannot operate any sound amplification system that can be heard ourside the vehicle from 50 or more feet while on the road; unless the system is being operated to request assistance or warn of a hazardous situation.
Q: How do I contest a parking citation?
A: Please visit the Parking - Regulations, Permits, & Citations page for more information.