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Today was a day I hoped would never come. A senseless act took the life of a young man, co-worker and friend, Ricky Galvez. A decorated Marine veteran and great cop taken way too soon. It's still so hard to believe what has happened. 

I personally wanted to thank friends, family, all of the other police agencies and the great citizens from the City of Downey, who all came together and became ONE community yesterday. Your outpouring of support was amazing and was very much appreciated. 

Through this tragedy comes a huge sign of togetherness and we will ALL get through this as ONE. It's truly good to know we have such great friends, family and support through these trying times. With all the negativity in the world, it's good to know how many truly great people there are out there. 

Speaking on behalf of all of us from the Downey Police Officer's Association, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your graciousness and support. 

RIP brotha, you will be missed. Godspeed Ricky......

-- Corporal Mike Pope 
Downey Police Officer's Association


 Mission Statement



The mission of the Downey Police Department is to preserve the peace and protect and serve all who live or work in, as well as those who travel through, our City, and in so doing, to make a meaningful contribution to the quality of life in our community.

As we endeavor to accomplish our mission, we acknowledge the following:

The Downey Police Department exists because of the community we serve. We are an organization of professionals committed to providing the highest level of police service in a sensitive and positive manner to all, regardless of race, creed, or lifestyle. We recognize the value of human life and the dignity of all people and strive to treat those with whom we come in contact with fairness, compassion and respect.

We recognize the importance of "working together" as members of the Downey Police Department to maintain a work environment which promotes trust, faith, respect and interpersonal support for all.

The badge is a symbol of public trust and we wear ours with great pride. With this in mind we realize it is incumbent upon each of us to adhere to a higher ethical standard to maintain the confidence of our community.

Our Department motto, "Our Community, Our Commitment", characterizes the position we hold. We are committed, in partnership with people of Downey, to the creation of mutual trust which will allow us to work together in preventing crime, in resolving mutual concerns and in establishing a safe and secure environment.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Pride and Cooperation serve as our "value anchors" as we strive each day to carry out our mission.

Corporal Mike Pope
Downey Police Officer's Association