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Dixon Police Department
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs Police Reports

Q: How do I report a crime?

Q: How do I request a Police Report?

Q: How long does it take to get a report?

Q: How much does a report copy cost?

FAQs Property and Evidence

Q: How long is property held?

Q: How do I arrange for the release of my property?

Q: How do I get my property back?

FAQs Traffic

Q: My vehicle has been towed, how do I get it released?

Q: How much will it cost to get my car released?

Q: What if my vehicle has a hold on it?

Q: What do I do if I received a parking ticket?

Q: Where do I go for a citation sign off?

Q: How do I register a bicycle?

Q: Who has to wear a helmet?

Q: Does my child have to use a car seat?

Q: What are the cellular phone laws?

Q: What are some of the laws I need to be aware of around schools?

FAQs Fraud or Identity Theft

Q: What do I do if I am the victim of Fraud or Identity Theft?

FAQs Miscellaneous

Q: How do I request an extra patrol in my neighborhood?

Q: If someone I know was arrested, where were they taken to?

Q: How do I check to see if there is a sex registrant in my neighborhood?

FAQs Police Reports

Q: How do I report a crime?

A: When a crime is in progress, and it is an emergency, call 911 and provide the dispatcher with as many details as you can. An officer will be dispatched to the incident, and a report will be taken as soon as the emergency is over. 

If you need to report a crime that is not an emergency, you can call our non-emergency line (707) 678-7080, and the call taker will take the information. A police officer or community service officer will respond and take the report in most cases. Who responds is decided by the call-taker, based on the information you provide. Remember that emergencies take priority over non-emergencies, and delays may occur in handling non-emergency reports.

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Q: How do I request a Police Report?

A: You may request a copy in person at the front counter of the police department or via mail. Mail to: Dixon Police Department Records, 201 West A Street, Dixon, Ca. 95620. Include with your request your name, the case number, your involvement or the involvement of the person you are representing, your address and daytime phone number. 

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Q: How long does it take to get a report?

A: GC6254 states we have 10 days from the date of the request to respond to the subject requesting a copy of a police report. The 10 days begins when we get their request.

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Q: How much does a report copy cost?

A: Copies of police reports are .05¢ per page after 20 pages.

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FAQs Property and Evidence

Q: How long is property held?

A: Different types of property are held for different lengths of time. For instance: “Found Property” is held for a period of 90 days unless it is claimed by the owner. “Safekeeping Property” can be held for 60 days. “Evidence” items are held until such time as they are no longer needed for trial or the statute of limitations expires. Statutes of limitations vary depending on the seriousness of the crime. Additionally, some items can be released pursuant to a court order or authorization from the District Attorney.  

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Q: How do I arrange for the release of my property?

A: In most cases you will receive notification from the Evidence Office staff of the releasablity of your property. It is important that you keep your address current with the DMV as that is the most common means used for contacting you. You may call the Evidence Office at 707-628-7070 to inquire about the status of your property or notify them of an address change. 

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Q: How do I get my property back?

A: Property is released by appointment only to the legal owner of the property. Legal picture I.D. will be required at the time of the release (driver’s license, state identification card, military I.D. or passport).

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FAQs Traffic

Q: My vehicle has been towed, how do I get it released?

A: You may come to the police department lobby at 201 West A Street, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please be prepared to provide your vehicle’s license plate number, VIN number, or a case number to assist the Records Section in locating the associated paperwork in a timely manner. 

Vehicles are only released to the registered owner on file according to the California Department of motor Vehicles. You will need a valid California Driver’s license, the vehicle registration and any applicable fees to obtain the vehicle. Transfer of ownership through DMV for a recently purchased vehicle must be completed before its release. When the registered owner is unable to come to the Police Department, a “Request Release Form” can be submitted to Records staff. If the registered owner is incarcerated, the jail can provide a vehicle release form for the completion by the registered owner. Both forms give another person permission to obtain the release on the registered owner’s behalf.   

If you do not have a valid driver’s license, you must bring a government issued photo identification and a valid driver.

If your vehicle was stolen and recovered by the Dixon Police Department, you will need the above documents and there is no fee.

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Q: How much will it cost to get my car released?

A: All vehicle releases are $65.00. All vehicle release fees are payable in cash only and do not include the fees accrued at the tow yard. (Exact change may be required.)

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Q: What if my vehicle has a hold on it?

A: Some vehicles may be released immediately and others may be placed on a 30-day hold. When your vehicle has been placed on a 30- day hold and you wish to have it release sooner, the registered owner may request an “Impound Hearing.” The Hearing Officer will meet with the registered owner and after reviewing all the facts render a decision. 

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Q: What do I do if I received a parking ticket?

A: A parking ticket fine can be paid at the Police Department Lobby, or by mailing it to the address listed on the bottom of your citation, Payment can be made at the Police Department in cash, check or money order.

When you believe a parking ticket was issued in error you may request a Police Department “Administrative Review” with in 21 days of receiving the citation; or you may mail a letter of explanation to the Dixon Police Department, 201 West A Street, Dixon, Ca. 95620, attention “Parking Cite Review”. Please include any documentation, pictures, or paperwork that may support a dismissal. Also legibly include your name, address, citation number, and phone number. You will be notified of the finding my mail with in 15 days after your review request is submitted. 

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Q: Where do I go for a citation sign off?

A: A citation sign off can be done at the Police Department Lobby, at any DMV Office or you may flag down a Police Officer. The vehicle for which the citation was issued for must be present at the time of the sign off to verify the correction of the violation.

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Q: How do I register a bicycle?

A: As required by the California Vehicle Code, you must register you bicycle. You may register a bicycle at the Police Department Lobby. The fee for the bicycle registration is $4.00 for a two year period, and $2.00 for a two year renewal

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Q: Who has to wear a helmet?

A: While riding a bicycle, skate board, inline skates, or scooter, a helmet must be worn by everyone under the age of 18.

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Q: Does my child have to use a car seat?

A: California Law will require children to ride in the back seat in a properly secured child passenger safety restraint until they are at least 8 years old or until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches in height.

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Q: What are the cellular phone laws?

A: California Vehicle Code 23123 (a) makes it illegal to use a wireless telephone while driving unless it is hooked up to a hands free listening and talking device.

California Vehicle Code 23123.5 (a) makes it illegal to use any text based communication device while driving.

California Vehicle Code 23124 (a) makes it illegal for any one under the age of 18 years to use a wireless telephone or texting device while driving even if it is equipped with a hands free device.

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Q: What are some of the laws I need to be aware of around schools?

A: Is it legal to drive across double yellow lines or raised markers to pass stopped traffic? 

No. Never drive to the left of these lines unless you are: Turning left at an intersection. Turning into or out of a private road or driveway. (California Vehicle Code 21460 a / d)

When parking near a stop sign how far away must a vehicle be from the stop sign? 

The bumper of a parked vehicle cannot extend into any portion of the rounded corner of an intersection. If there are “No Parking” “No Stopping” signs no portion of the car may stop along the curb beyond the pole the sign is mounted on. It is illegal to park within three feet of a sidewalk ramp for disabled persons or in front of or on a curb which provides wheelchair access to a sidewalk. This applies at all curbs adjacent to the school. (California Vehicle Code 22500 l)

Can I park in the designated loading zone (painted yellow) and walk my kids into the school? 

No, a loading zone is simply that. When the vehicle is unoccupied or not in the process of being loaded or unloaded, it is considered parked. (California Vehicle Code 21458 a)

Can I cross mid block between the crosswalks? 

Yes, it is legal to cross mid block or at an unmarked crosswalk as long as it is done safely and does not impact the flow of traffic. It is not recommended that pedestrians cross any street if a crosswalk is within close proximity or crossing guards are present. (21954 a California Vehicle Code)

Can I make a U-turn in front of the school or in a residential district? 

Yes, if, there are no other vehicles approaching within 200’ and there is a clear, unobstructed view. (California Vehicle Code 22103, 22105)

Can I load or unload my children on the driver’s side of the vehicle?

Depends, if, the door can be opened reasonably safe and can be done without interfering with traffic, and only for a period of time necessary to load or unload passengers. (California Vehicle 22517)

Can I stop within an intersection? 

No. A driver of a vehicle shall not enter an intersection or marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or marked crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle driven without obstructing the through passage of vehicles from either side. (California Vehicle Code 22526)

Bicycle: 

If you allow your child to ride their bicycle to school, make sure they wear their bicycle helmet correctly and properly secured. Also teach your child to follow bicycling laws i.e. riding on the right-hand side of the road (same direction as traffic), stopping for stop signs, and a maximum of one occupant per bicycle.

Pedestrian Safety: 

Teach your child how to cross the street by using the crosswalk and looking in both directions for traffic. When appropriate, use the crosswalks that are staffed by crossing guards.

Driving in school zones: 

Abide by all traffic laws. Remember the speed limits in school zones are 25 MPH when children are present (regardless of the posted speed). Drive cautiously in school zones, children often do not pay attention and may run in front of vehicles. Buckle up yourself and your children.

Parking at the school

Please abide by all parking zones in and around the school; they are strategically placed for you and your child's safety. Especially, do not park in or obstruct a handicapped parking stall (the violation is $280.00.)

Do not leave your child unattended in your vehicle; temperatures can exceed 125 degrees within 6 minutes.

Fire Hydrants: 

Do not park within 6’ (prolongation of the curb line) of a fire hydrant. The fine is $105. The curbs are not required to be painted red.

Driving and parking in school zones can be a hectic time for parents.

Try the following tips:
Arrive early- Even 5 minutes earlier can make a difference.
Car pooling- One seatbelt per child.
Park a block or two away- Walk to the school. Encourage exercise.
Prearrange a location for your child to wait for you- Make sure the location is safe and legal for you to stop in.

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FAQs Fraud or Identity Theft

Q: What do I do if I am the victim of Fraud or Identity Theft?

A: Fraud and forgery

The function of the Investigations unit is the follow-up investigation of cases of check forgery, counterfeiting, and credit card theft. Patrol officers take the initial reports on all these crimes, and are able to close most cases. The Detectives assigned to the Investigations unit are actively involved in specific follow-ups in certain cases which patrol officers cannot easily accomplish. They also assist in educating Dixon businesses and residents in fraud prevention. The following is information on specific programs and current fraud issues:

Non-Sufficient Funds/Account Closed Checks: The Dixon Police Department participates in the Solano County District Attorney Bad Check Diversion Restitution Program. This Program attempts to collect on checks for merchants and private persons who have been victimized by bad check writers. The Program also acts as a clearinghouse for criminal prosecutions related to Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) and closed account check cases. Such reports should be made directly to the Bad Check Diversion Restitution Program at (866) 668-4690 or you can click on the following link:
http://www.co.solano.ca.us/depts/da/

Identity theft: Interwoven with many cases of fraud and forgery is a new crime, Identity Theft. Starting with a stolen Social Security number and a mother's maiden name, identity thieves can open new accounts in your name and obtain goods, services, and money. You first become notified when the bills start arriving or creditors calling looking for bills to be paid. The Dixon Police Department takes reports on identity theft when your identifying information is used to obtain goods and services within the city limits. If your information is used elsewhere, we can take a courtesy report, but investigative responsibility lies where the goods or services were obtained. If you find yourself a victim of identity theft, follow steps as outlined in: Identity Theft

Ponzi schemes and other "too good to be true" frauds: Still a persistent problem, are the old fashioned 'Bunco' crimes. One such fraud involved the "Canadian Lottery." An elderly resident received a call from a man identifying himself as a Canadian Lottery official. The caller told the victim he was a winner of the lottery and he needed to send a check to Canada for payment up front for taxes in Canada. Report such calls immediately to the Police Department. The common theme in all such frauds is that the victim is asked to give money up front for a prize or a gift. Also beware of Investments which promise excessive returns with relatively little investment.

Forgery: Often part of other crimes, forgery of checks is a huge problem. Criminals will steal checks or counterfeit checks by using easily obtained commercial software. The checks are then forged and passed by criminals using counterfeit identification. Banks do not guarantee forged documents, so the business that accepts the check suffers the loss.

Credit Card Fraud: Another huge problem, which leads to higher costs passed onto consumers. Criminals use stolen credit cards- a now growing problem of counterfeit credit cards. Since identification is normally not required, this is an easy crime to commit. Normally the credit card company absorbs the loss, providing the physical credit card was used at the point of sale. If no credit card is presented, such as in a mail order or Internet transaction, the merchant takes the loss. Checking the card to see if it is lost or stolen does not protect the merchant in those cases. Control your credit cards closely, and if lost, report them immediately to your credit card company.

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FAQs Miscellaneous

Q: How do I request an extra patrol in my neighborhood?

A: If you are going out of town or experiencing suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you may complete a extra patrol information form available at the front counter inside the lobby of the Dixon Police Department. Once filled out you may submit the form to the Records Section and the information will be provided to patrol. This is not a guarantee for service. The beat officer in your sector may drive by as necessary when available.

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Q: If someone I know was arrested, where were they taken to?

A: If the person was an adult, and they were not released on a citation, then they were taken to the Solano County Jail located at 530 Union Avenue, Fairfield, Ca. 94533. For inmate information call (888) 506-4215.

If the person was a juvenile, and they were not released on a citation, then they were taken to the Solano County Juvenile Hall located at 740 Beck Avenue Fairfield, CA 94533 707-784-6570 (Administration)

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Q: How do I check to see if there is a sex registrant in my neighborhood?

A: You can click here on “Offender Watch” which will take you to the Solano County Sheriff’s Department Sex Offender web site, or

You may click here on “Megan's Law” which will take you to the California Megan’s Law website.  

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