Call the Police Department with the license plate or VIN and they will be able to tell you why the car was impounded and what tow company has the vehicle. When a vehicle has been impounded, a release from the Police Department is required before you will be able to get the vehicle back from the tow company. If there was a registration problem, we will need some paperwork from the DMV showing the issue has been corrected. The vehicle owner will need to come to the Police Department with proper ID and the DMV paperwork. Be sure you or someone with you has a valid driver’s license. You will have to pay an impound fee at the Police Department for the release, present it to the tow company, and pay their charges as well.
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A serious crime in progress or just occurred, such as:
- robbery- burglary- shooting- assault - domestic violence- vehicle theft
A fire, medical or mental health emergency; or a traffic accident that has just occurred.
Please do not call 9-1-1 for non-emergency calls such as:
- a loud party or music- parking violations- barking dogs- road information- minor injuries- time-delayed crime reports - general questions
NOTE: Calls to 9-1-1 for non-emergencies require the dispatcher to divert his or her attention away from real emergencies and may create a delay in responding officers to the scene of a serious crime.
Contact the San Diego County Jail at 619.615.2700 for male prisoners or Las Colinas Detention Center at 619.258.3176 for female prisoners. You may also look up information on the Sheriff's Department website:
You must fill out a request form at La Mesa Police headquarters, 8085 University Avenue. It will take 7-10 days to process your request and the report will be mailed to you. The cost for report copies is 10 cents per page.
You can register a complaint with the Police Department by filling out a Barking Dog Questionnaire. This form can be completed online or downloaded below. You may also pick up a copy from Police Headquarters at 8085 University Avenue.
The La Mesa Police Department can provide individuals with information on their local criminal history, but this would only include records of incidents which occurred in the City of La Mesa. Individuals wishing to review their entire criminal history record from any jurisdiction in California should contact the Department of Justice or visit the Attorney General's website at http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php regarding fingerprinting.
The La Mesa Police Department is a Department of Justice authorized Live Scan site and can assist in obtaining the fingerprints required for a criminal records check.