The mission of the El Monte Police Department Custody Services Division is to provide for the care, custody, and control of those incarcerated in a safe and well-maintained facility. We strive to be fair in serving the community and comply with state and federal regulations.

The Custody Services Division is managed by the Administrative Captain and a Patrol Lieutenant, and is directly supervised by a Custody Supervisor. Eight Custody Officers operate the Type I Jail facility 24 hours a day, 365 days, with approximately 3,500 prisoners being booked per year. Custody Officers are defined under 831 Penal Code, and attend a Corrections Officer Academy approved by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). They are mandated by BSCC-Standards & Training for Corrections (STC) to attend at least 24 hours of annual training.

Department Equipment

We use state-of-the-art equipment to accurately identify prisoners in our custody. We work with both county and local agency jails in the housing and transferring of inmates. We transfer pre-arraigned prisoners to the local courthouse. We also work with state agencies in the booking and handling of prisoners that are currently on parole or probation.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The El Monte Police Department complies with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and has established standards to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse, harassment and retaliation against detainees or inmates in the El Monte Police Department's Type I jail facility.

If you would like to report sexual abuse and sexual harassment on behalf of a detainee or inmate while at the El Monte Police Department's jail facility contact the Jail Supervisor at 626-580-2112.

Locate an Inmate

If you are searching for an individual in the Los Angeles County area, please visit the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website, or call 213-476-6100.

  • Inmates at times can be arrested by the El Monte Police Department and transferred to the Los Angeles County Jail for special housing. Inmates transferred to the custody of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will go to either:
  • Inmate Reception Center (Men) – 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Century Regional Detention Facility (Women) – 11705 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059

If you are searching for a prisoner within the California Department of Corrections, please call 916-445-6713 or visit the California Department of Corrections website for more information.

If you would like information on someone being held in the El Monte Police Department Jail, please call and our Custody Officers will be more than happy to provide public information, such as name, booking number, charges, and next court date.

Inmate Visitation

The Custody Services Division offers inmate visitation daily, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please refer to the Visitation Policies and Procedures before arriving. Visitation is on a first come, first serve basis. Policies, procedures, and laws are strictly enforced.

Inmate Court

The Custody Services Division transfers inmates to either one of two courts:

  • El Monte Superior Court – 11234 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, CA 91731 / (626) 575-4101
  • Pomona Superior Court – 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 / (909) 802-1198

Once inmates are transferred to court they do not return to the El Monte Police Department Jail. Inmates will either be released or transferred to the Los Angeles County Jail for housing.

Inmate Telephones

Inmates housed within the El Monte Police Department Jail have access to a phone twenty-four hours a day. They are provided with free minutes upon booking and are allowed to collect calls once their free minutes are used. The public can purchase minutes for inmates through the inmate phone provider, Legacy Communications, by calling 1-888-PAY-4-FAM (1-888-729-4326) or visiting Legacyinmate.com. Once inmates are released or transferred from the El Monte Police Department their phone minutes are no longer active.

Trust/Truth Act

The Custody Services Division interacts with the Department of Homeland Security – Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) as outlined in departmental policy and procedures, and in accordance with the TRUST / TRUTH Act.

Pay-to-Stay Program

The Custody Services Division offers a Pay-to-Stay Program, an alternative to qualified men and women who have been sentenced to serve time in the Los Angeles County Jail. With the approval of the sentencing magistrate, men and women can serve their jail sentence in our clean and efficiently operated jail facility. Program participants will be housed in separate sleeping quarters from all other inmates and will have access to showers and inmate phones as time and staffing allows. Males and females will be housed separately.

Participants in this program can serve their sentences consecutively or a little at a time. A City fee of $136.86 per 24-hour period is due prior to the first day of a commitment period. Individuals wishing to participate in the Pay-to-Stay Program must undergo a prescreening for suitability in order to ensure that all of the established conditions of the program are met.

Bail Bonds and Cash Bail

The Custody Services Division processes bail bonds and cash bail releases 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Those needing a list of bail bond companies can contact Jail Advertising Network. The El Monte Police Department contracts with Jail Advertising Network to administer and coordinate approved, licensed, and insured bail bond companies for the community.

Visit Document

Please view our Jail Visitation Policies below