Department News
Welcome to the Department News section, a collections of news, events and information related to the Downey Police Department.

Ricky Galvez
Downey Police Officer and United States Marine Reservist

Officer Ricky Galvez started his career with the Downey Police Department in 2006 as a Police Aide.  In 2008, Officer Galvez enlisted in the US Marine Corps as a reservist and completed his basic training.  In December 2008, he was activated and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom until January 2010.  In March 2010, Officer Galvez was hired as a police officer for the City of Downey. Recently, in December 2012, he was re-deployed by the Marine Corps and will be serving in Afghanistan.  We are very proud of Officer Galvez’s service to the country and wish him a safe and speedy return. 




Retired Police Officer Matthew Skobel

The Downey Police Department is sad to report the death of retired Downey Police Officer Matthew Skobel.  Officer Skobel began his career with the Downey Police Department in 1960.  Officer Skobel spent his first four years with the department assigned to patrol, and in 1964 he transferred to the Detective Bureau.  Officer Skobel retired from the Downey Police Department in 1983.