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Post Date:06/12/2019 10:59 AM

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For Immediate Release
June 12, 2019


CORONA, CA– On January 31, 2019, a Corona Police Department officer was involved in a traffic stop of a van for speeding (70 MPH in a 45 MPH zone). The driver presented the officer a license from Baja California and advised, through another officer translator, he was in the U.S. visiting and forgot his Passport and Visa at the residence he was visiting.

The initiating officer called the Border Patrol checkpoint in Temecula to verify the driver’s story regarding his Visa, during which time they advised our officer that the driver’s Visa had expired. 

The Corona Police Department has provided officers training on our Immigration Policy (Sec. 428) and Government Code 7284.6 in the past.  The Corona Police Department has, since this incident, provided supervisors with our Policy (Section 428) and Government Code 7284.6, requiring them to brief the policy and law to the officers again.  Also, immediately following this incident, the information was once again provided in quarterly training to all officers.

Chief George Johnstone added, “The Corona Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality service to all members of our community. On becoming aware of this isolated incident occurring on January 31st of this year, an internal investigation was initiated regarding compliance with California law and Corona Police Department Policy. I have met with representatives of the ACLU and representatives of advocacy groups assuring our internal review. As this inquiry is regarding anticipated litigation and a personnel issue, I am unable to provide additional information. I remain committed to providing fair and impartial policing to all members of our community and maintaining dialogue with the ACLU and advocacy groups.”

About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona visit

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