Public Safety Programs

Please contact the Department of Public Safety at (562) 929-5732, should you require any of the following services or have any questions regarding the Department of Public Safety and its functions. You can also click on the below links to obtain more information regarding each of the services:

Curfew Enforcement Program

Daytime Curfew
It is against the law for minors under the age of 18 years old to be out of school during school hours without a valid excuse (doctors appointment, ill, etc.). If such a violation occurs, both parents and minors will be cited into Juvenile court and face monetary fines and other penalties, such as required Community Service and parenting classes.

For daytime curfew enforcement, please contact the Public Safety Office at (562) 929-5732. Public Safety Officers will cite the juveniles and contact the schools. Minors are then transported back to school and/or their home.

Nighttime Curfew
It is also against the law for minors to be on the street after 10 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. For nighttime curfew enforcement, please contact the Sheriff's Department at (562) 863-8711. Deputies will cite the juveniles and contact the parents. Minors are then transported back to their home.

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Public Safety Cadet Program

In October 1995, the City of Norwalk Department of Public Safety established the Public Safety Cadet Program. The objective of this program is to give Cadets a sense of responsibility, increase their self-esteem through positive social interaction, leadership development and team building skills, hands-on experience, develop their problem solving skills, encouraging respect for themselves and others, and career exploration activities.


  • Provide assistance at special City events and Community projects
  • Perform non-hazardous duties
  • Provide assistance with traffic/crowd control, parades and community events
  • Fingerprinting-Child I.D. Program
  • Assist with Juvenile Diversion Programs, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch and School Programs.
  • Ride along with Public Safety Officers for field training
  • Assist with office operations, including answering phones, counter assistance, typing, data entry, filing and shredding
  • Field Trips
  • Other duties as requested

This program is open to all youth between the ages of 13-17 years old. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Parents are welcome to attend.
You may visit the Public Safety Office at 12700 Norwalk Blvd., rm. 15 or call (562) 929-5732 to speak to a Cadet Program advisor. You may also email

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Public Safety Volunteer Program

The City of Norwalk Department of Public Safety is responsible for the maintenance of safety and security for all citizens in the community and safeguarding quality of life issues. The Department exists to help and serve and is dedicated to the concept of Community Oriented Policing. Public Safety personnel continually strive for excellence, performing duties with style and taking pride in themselves and the community they serve. The Department continually reaffirms its commitment to professionalism and to making a positive contribution to the field of local law enforcement.

If you are an enthusiastic, community-oriented team player with the skills and ability to interact and deal effectively with a population that is culturally and socio-economically diverse, you are encouraged to apply to become a Public Safety volunteer. High standards of selection and training allow the department to field volunteer personnel of excellent caliber who can perform their duties in a professional, but sensitive manner.

This program is open to all adults over the age of 18 years. All applicants must first pass a background examination and interview process. Each volunteer is required to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per month to remain in the program. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


  • Perform in the capacity of administrative staff providing administrative/clerical support in Department wide operations
  • Provide assistance at special City events and Community projects
  • Assist with Juvenile Diversion Programs and Community Relations Programs
  • Attend field training to perform in the capacity of a Patrol Officer providing enforcement of all Norwalk Municipal Codes
  • Other duties as requested
You may visit the Public Safety Office at 12700 Norwalk Blvd., rm. 15 or call (562) 929-5732 to speak to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. You may also email

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NextDoor.Com - Neighborhood Social Networking

The City of Norwalk is introducing, a neighborhood social network used to allow neighbors to communicate on-line.

For more info, please click on any of the below links:

July 2012 Press Release

April 2012 Press Release



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Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management oversees the City's Emergency Preparedness activities and functions.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
In February, the City of Norwalk Office of Emergency Management began the process of preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan addresses threats from potential hazards and identifies possible strategies to reduce or mitigate impacts. The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is being prepared with assistance from The Dease Group Consulting. A Planning Team will be created in an effort to better utilize the knowledge and resources of the various city departments and to more effectively address the hazards that impact the entire community.

The planning document will focus on potential impacts of natural hazards including earthquakes, floods, and windstorms. Upon completion of the Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, a copy of the document will be available for review at the City of Norwalk Department of Public Safety - City Hall. Following the review period, the Draft Plan will be forwarded to the City Council for approval.

As part of the plan update process, the public will be encouraged to participate and provide input about the plan. A survey is being distributed citywide, asking for information and input. We ask that residents and employees in Norwalk fill out the survey so their opinions are counted. Please click on the link below for a fillable pdf version of the survey.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

SEAACA Animal Control

The Southeast Area Animal Control Authority provides animal services for the City of Norwalk and other neighboring cities. Services SEAACA provides include, sheltering of lost animals, veterinary services, spay/neuter clinic, adoption of animals into new homes, and the enforcement of laws related to animals.

SEAACA was formed in 1975 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the Cities of Downey, Norwalk, and Pico Rivera. SEAACA also began providing services to additional cities on a contractual basis in 1976. Cities that are currently members of the Joint Powers Agreement are Downey, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Bell Gardens, Montebello, Paramount, Santa Fe Springs, and South El Monte. Services are also provided to the following contract cities: Bellflower, Lakewood, South Gate, and Vernon. SEAACA is an independent public entity, governed by a policy board composed of a representative from each member city.

SEAACA Services
Animal Control Services: Available seven days a week. Officers respond to requests from the community for assistance with their animal related needs (including impoundment of stray animals, injured animals, and/or investigating cases of animal cruelty).
Lost Dogs: SEAACA houses animals that are picked up in the cities listed in the first paragraph. Please see Hours of Operation for kennel hours to search for your dog.
Vaccination Clinic: Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Pet Adoptions: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. California state law requires that all dogs and cats adopted from shelters be spayed or neutered. All animals at least eight weeks of age and in good health will be spayed/neutered before release.
Dog Licensing: All of the cities require that dogs over the age of 4 months have a rabies vaccination and a license. License tags must be worn by the dog at all times. Licenses for dogs residing in Norwalk are sold in Room 5 at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Boulevard, (562) 929-5711, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and alternating Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City Hall is closed every other Friday. For current fees, click here.

Hours of Operation for SEAACA are as follows:
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays
SEAACA can be reached at (562) 803-3301

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