I am visiting City Hall, am I required to identify
myself before entering?
Visitors are not required to show identification but may be denied entry
to area’s of City buildings that are not open to the public. All
visitors are subject to a weapons screening, and need to check in at the
security desk before being admitted to City Hall and other designated
If I am visiting the Civic Center, where can I park?
Several public parking lots are available including a lot under the Los
Angeles mall. Additional parking lots on nearby surrounding streets and
metered parking may also be utilized. Be aware that each lot charges a
different rate for usage and when using street parking, pay close attention
to posted signs.
Can Security Officers write parking citations?
Security Officers employed by the Department of General Services are authorized
to issue parking citations.
Do General Services Police Officers have the same authority as
L.A.P.D. or other municipal Police Officers?
Police Officers employed by General Services are not affiliated with the
Los Angeles Police Department, but have the same police powers as any
other police officer in the state, capable of issuing traffic citations,
making arrests and performing other peace officer functions.
What and who is my senior lead officer?
A senior lead officer (SLO) is an officer in charge of one of the seven
District patrol areas in the City. Senior lead officers provide a link
that helps unite the GSPD with the City employees and residents of the
communities it serves. They are responsible for monitoring crime trends
in and around City facilities, working with LAPD and other City departments,
and acting as liaisons to stay informed of crime trends and special problems
within their area. To view the SLO in your area go to the Contacts
How can I contest a traffic citation?
A person who receives a traffic citation may contest it by going to the
court he/she is cited to (listed on the citation) and posting bail (paying
the amount of the citation). After the person has posted bail, the court
clerk will assign a court date. On the specified date, the person will
be able to plead his/her case before a judge and question the officer.
If the judge rules in the person’s favor, the bail they posted will
be refunded. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Los
Angeles Municipal Court Traffic Information and Payment Center at 213-742-1884.
Angeles Superior Court - Traffic Violation Information
I lost my traffic citation - What do I do?
If you lost your traffic citation, you need to contact the courts for
information to resolve your ticket. You can obtain court information by
visiting the Los
Angeles Superior Court Traffic Violation Information website.
How can I contest a parking violation?
A person can contest a parking violation by calling the Parking
Violation Bureau, Department of Transportation, at 213-623-6533.
A recorded phone message provides concise instructions on how to contest
the parking citation. All of the recorded instructions must be followed
exactly, and within the allotted time period, otherwise, the application
for a hearing will be forfeited. Do not bring your parking citation to
GSPD stations. There is additional information online at http://www.lacity-parking.org/laopm/1_800.htm.
I lost my parking violation - What do I do?
Attached to your parking violation is an envelope to mail your parking
violation. If you have lost your parking violation, you need to contact
the Parking Violation Bureau, Department of Transportation. There is additional
information online at http://www.lacity-parking.org/laopm/1_800.htm.
How can I get my car out of impound?
If a person’s vehicle is impounded under a 30-day hold, they must
wait until the 30-day period is over prior to requesting a release. After
the 30-day period has passed, the registered owner must go to the Area
auto detectives to obtain a release for the vehicle (releases are only
given to the registered owner/s). If the registered owner does not have
a valid California driver’s license, he/she must bring along a person
who possesses a valid California driver’s license. If a person’s
vehicle is impounded as a vehicle forfeiture, and the vehicle is owned
by more than one person, the other owner (owner from whom the vehicle
was not taken) should refer to the information contained in the Notice
of Forfeiture Letter that they will receive by certified mail, to obtain
How can I find out if my vehicle has been towed?
A person may call his or her local
police station and give the vehicle license plate number to the desk
officer. The desk officer will run the status of the vehicle and will
inform the person whether or not their vehicle has been impounded.
How can I report a hate crime?
Hate crimes are very serious and traumatic incidents. It is important
for citizens to remember that when these crimes are occurring, they should
be reported to the police immediately by telephoning 911. When a citizen
finds that he or she has been a victim of a hate crime, and it is not
an immediate life-threatening emergency, he or she should phone their
local community police station and report the crime. Once the hate crime
is reported to a local
community police station, a police officer will be able to provide
information on private
or governmental agencies that can provide support for victims.
How can I report child abuse occurring at a park, library or other
Call our 24 hour dispatch at (213) 978-4670 or your local
police department or social services department. In the Los Angeles area,
the phone number is (800) 540-4000.
How can I report elder abuse at a Senior Citizen Center or other
Call our 24 hour dispatch at (213) 978-4670 or your local
police department or social services department. The serious nature of
the problem of elder and dependent adult abuse, coupled with the increasing
numbers of reports of such abuse, has made it vital that the Los
Angeles County Community and Senior Services and law enforcement work
closely together to provide a meaningful response to abuse reports.
How can I get a copy of a police report?
To request a copy of a crime or internal report, you complete a request
for documents form and forward it to Administrative Records Section. You
can only receive a crime report if you are an authorized person such as
the victim, the victim’s representative, or as provided in Section
6254 of the Government Code.
What time do City Parks close?
By ordinance, Los Angeles City parks are open to the public from 5:00
a.m. until 10:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Several parks or designated
areas have been authorized for early closure at sunset. Each park location
is posted with the closure times as well as other regulated activity.
You can view the individual Recreation Center hours by going to: http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/reccenter.htm#s