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The most effective way to prevent graffiti is to remove it promptly. While this may be difficult, studies show that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of reoccurrence. Consistent enforcement of local ordinances with strict penalties for graffiti vandalism is also effective. If the “tagger” is caught, they will be charged with the cleanup costs for their crime. In Riverside, residents can report graffiti by dialing 3-1-1 from a local phone.
Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, & Domestic Violence
Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Investigations
For more information, please browse to the following locations:
California Attorney General's Child Protection Program
Children's Institute International
Riverside County Children's Protective Services
Investigates reports of child abuse
(800) 442-4918 24-hour
If you have a domestic violence emergency, you should immediately call 9-1-1.
Domestic Violence involves abuse committed against any person, any gender, adult or minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant (intimate), dating or former dating, engagement - current or past, or having a child in common.
The criteria for elder abuse cases include those relationships listed for domestic violence as well as parent/child, grandparent/grandchild and elder/paid, primary or licensed caregiver.
The Riverside Police Department works closely with Adult Protective Services in order to accurately assess the seriousness of each case and provide maximum advocacy services to the victim.
Here are some examples of how your child may react to being exposed to domestic violence:
Eating and sleeping disorders (nightmares)
Aggressive behaviors (anger), regressive behaviors (wetting the bed)
Guilt for not being able to stop the abuse or loving the abuser
Taking responsibly for the abuse
Constant anxiety (that another beating may take place)
Fear of abandonment
The victim becomes a witness for the State and unlike civil court, cannot decide whether or not to prosecute or "press charges." This means that the State may prosecute even when the victim does not want to prosecute. This is in effect so that a batterer will understand that coercing or scaring a victim into requesting that charges be dropped is not an effective means of avoiding criminal proceedings.
Once a criminal case is filed, a victim should contact the Riverside County Family Justice Center.
The Riverside Family Justice Center
The Riverside Family Justice Center provides victims of domestic violence with centralized access to public and private resources in a safe, secure, and private environment.
The services include legal assistance, victim/witness services, court and hospital accompaniment, crisis intervention, emergency assistance, information and referral, and access to law enforcement and prosecutors.
Domestic Violence Victim Resources
Family Justice Center Riverside County at (951) 955-6100 or online at https://safefjc.org/
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the most important piece of federal legislation in the movement to end dating abuse. Contact the Office on Violence Against Women at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/
Alternative to Domestic Violence
24 HOUR CRISIS LINES (951) 683-0829
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Confidential 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Answers to many questions about domestic violence are contained in a consumer education pamphlet entitled "Can the Law Protect Me from Domestic Violence?" published by the State Bar of California. It is on the Bar's website at www.calbar.ca.gov and can be ordered by calling (888) 875-5297.
State and Federal Victim's Information
California Attorney General's Office
Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Resource Page
Consumer Reporting Services (Credit Reports)
Equifax Consumer Reporting Service
Experian Consumer Reporting Service
TransUnion Consumer Reporting Service
Identity Theft Information Pages
The Identity Theft Resource Center
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Identity Theft Prevention and Survival
The California Public Interest Research Group Consumer Protection Program
The Riverside Police Department (RPD) is responsible for investigating all requests for U-Visa and T-Visa certification. RPD’s role in the process is only whether to certify the Form I-914 or I-918 Supplement B by determining whether the person requesting certification is the victim of a qualifying crime, evaluating their helpfulness, and/or any other pertinent circumstances related to the crime, follow-up investigation, or prosecution. These factors are considered in determining whether the Form I-918 Supplemental will be certified.
A supervisor assigned to the Investigations Division will conduct a thorough review of the documents and supporting materials that are submitted as part of a request before a determination is made. A letter will be sent to the requesting person within 90 days.
To apply for a U-Visa or T-Visa certification download the U-Visa request form, fill out completely, and print. Mail the form and a copy of your photo identification to:
Riverside Police Department
ATT: U-Visa Unit
10540 Magnolia Ave., Suite B
Riverside, Ca 92505
1. Consider becoming an Explorer (high school), Cadet/Intern (college), or Volunteer (adults) with your local law enforcement agency. You will be able to interact with other law enforcement personnel and may be allowed to observe criminal investigations.
2. Take basic to advanced photography courses and develop your skills with digital cameras. Photographic skills are critical to Forensics work.
3. Consider completing a certificate program in forensic science or criminal justice. They will train on the basic forensic skills required for the position.
4. Contact personnel in your local Forensics Unit and ask them questions about their job and experiences.
5. Forensics Unit positions do not open frequently, consider a position in a local law enforcement agency that could provide the experience needed to help you promote to a Forensics position.
Additionally, the internet can be a good source of information on the field of Forensics. The following links have additional information about Forensics in general.
Periodically, the Forensics Units allows internship and volunteer opportunities for those that express an interest in this career field. If you are interested in applying for an internship or volunteer position within the department or Forensics Unit, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 951-826-5235 or [email protected]
Special Investigations Bureau
Gangs, Graffiti, Narcotics, Intelligence and Vice Unit
290 PC Compliance Officer
Sex Registrant Compliance
California has required sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agencies since 1947. In addition, California's Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders to help community members protect themselves and their children from sexual predators. Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known registered sex offender who had moved across the street from Megan’s family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. Largely due to their efforts, all states now have a form of Megan's Law.
Sex Registrant Compliance Officer - Responsibilities
The Riverside Police 290 PC/Sex Registrant Compliance Officer registers sex offenders residing within the city of Riverside and may also register sex offenders attending Riverside Community College. The officer also verifies that the information provided on the Sex Registrant application is accurate by performing compliance checks at the specified addresses. In addition, the officer will arrest the violator and prepare the case for prosecution if the sex registrant’s terms have been violated.
Stolen Property Investigations
Once the suspect uses your stolen credit card/check at a business, the business and the bank then become victims of a third and separate crime. However, you should not be held liable for services or goods that were purchased unlawfully. As soon as possible, file an initial crime report with the Riverside Police Department and document the report number for the bank/credit card company and for your own records. If you have further questions about the break-in, contact the Property Crimes Unit at (951) 353-7941. If you have additional questions about the credit card/check or identity theft issues, contact the Economic Crimes Unit at (951) 353-7100. Also, be sure to have your RPD Report Number on hand so the call may be routed to the proper detective.
- If you have a court order, the police department will comply with a valid court order.
- If the case has a disposition, the items of evidentiary value will be held until the case is adjudicated.
- If you have documentation to prove ownership, such as receipts and serial numbers, those items are usually necessary to regain serialized items.
- Along with the above documents, you will need a valid form of picture identification to facilitate the release of property.
Release must be coordinated through the assigned detective. Property Room personnel do not facilitate the release.