Main goals of the Van Nuys Jail and the Police Department are to reduce crime and the fear of crime, to provide prompt and courteous service, support community policing, to address quality of life issues, to be productive, to provide leadership and management. The Van Nuys Police Department will strive to strengthen the ties between the Van Nuys Area and the business community so that together we forge more effective and lasting Business Watch groups. The staff will also strengthen the ties between the Van Nuys Area and the private security companies working in the Van Nuys area to create a secure environment for the citizens of the various Van Nuys communities.
Van Nuys Jail related files
How do I visit an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail?
An inmate visitation period will be conducted daily in each jail facility from 1000 – 1500 hours. Other visitation hours may be instituted if the Commanding Officer, Jail Division, approves. Inmates are to be permitted a maximum of one visit per day. Each visit will be limited to one person, except when minor children are present. One child may accompany the visiting adult. The visitation period will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. A Jail Watch Commander or supervisor may suspend visitation when staffing levels are too low or other operational needs dictate.
How do I send mail to an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail?
All inmates shall be permitted correspondence privileges in accordance with the
- There will be no limit on the volume of mail an inmate may send or receive.
- Correspondence privileges may be temporarily suspended when staffing levels are too low.
- Department personnel will not read mail except for security reasons and only with the approval of a supervisor.
Inmates are permitted to correspond confidentially with their attorney, any element of the criminal justice system, any public official, elected representative, or member of the Corrections Standard Authority. Mail to or from any of these entities may be opened and inspected only to search for contraband, cash, checks, or money orders. Such inspections will be conducted in the presence of the inmate.
- A maximum of 15 minutes will be permitted for the inmate to complete the correspondence.
- All writing implements and material will be collected immediately.
- The inmate must be provided a white envelope bearing the Department’s return post office box number. The inmate is to be instructed to address and seal the correspondence in the envelope provided.
- All completed correspondence must be placed in the divisional mailbag to be forwarded via Department mail.
- All mail received by an inmate must be collected at the end of the 15 minutes and placed into that inmate’s property bag.
How do I call an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail?
The following guidelines apply to all telephone calls completed by in-custody adults:
- Adults shall be allowed to make telephone calls before and after booking.
- A prisoner’s refusal to cooperate in the booking process shall not affect his or her right to complete calls. In any event, an adult arrestee’s request to make phone calls shall be granted within three hours following arrest, except where physically impossible. A juvenile, upon being taken to a place of confinement, shall immediately be allowed the right to complete the phone calls, except when physically impossible.
- Calls made to a prisoner’s attorney, religious advisor, or licensed physician shall not be monitored, eavesdropped upon, or recorded (636 P.C.).
- Normally, calls completed at City expense shall be limited to those which can be made on a City telephone by dialing “9.”
- Arresting and custodial officers shall document calls made at City expense. The notation shall include the date and time, and the name and telephone number of the person-called.
- Adults. The notation shall be made on the Custody Record page of the Los Angeles Consolidated Booking Form, Form 5.1.
- If City-expense calls are waived in favor of coin operated or calling collect, a notation shall reflect that fact to avoid the appearance that the prisoner’s telephone rights have been denied. The notation shall be made on the custody record page of the Los Angeles Consolidated Booking Form, Form 5.1.
- The concerned arresting officer/custodial detention officer shall be responsible for advising an adult arrestee of the right to complete three telephone calls within three hours from the time of arrest. The calls, if in the local dialing area, shall be made at City expense. If City-expense calls are waived, the arrestee may utilize other available means (calling collect, coin operated, charge card) to complete the calls.
- When a prisoner is to be transferred from a Department jail for arraignment, and the arraignment will be in a court other than where the accusatory pleading (complaint) was filed, he/she shall be allowed three calls in addition to those listed above.
- A prisoner shall be permitted to complete one call, at his/her expense, to a magistrate for the purpose of obtaining release on bail.
- When intoxication is an element of the charge, the arrestee shall be permitted to call a qualified person of his or her choice, at his or her own expense, for the purpose of taking a breath, blood, or urine sample for analysis by an independent laboratory.