OPG History

For more than 70 years, the Official Police Garages (OPGs) and their 18 service providers (for 21 police divisions) have provided safe, reliable and cost-efficient impounding, towing and storage to the City of Los Angeles.

OPGs offer the City an array of vital services that collectively help protect the public safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. They facilitate the flow of traffic along major City streets, calming traffic within residential neighborhoods and mitigating the traffic impact associated with new developments. Ultimately, OPGs help keep Los Angeles and Angelenos moving.

The Los Angeles Police Commission and its Commission Investigation Division (CID) oversee the regulation of the OPGs, including state and local regulatory compliance, complaints and the setting of uniform policies, procedures and rates.

During the calendar year 2008, the OPGs towed and stored 165,828 vehicles, while generating over $15 million (inclusive of vehicle release fees, franchise fees, city parking tax, and vehicle forfeiture overages) in revenue to the City.

The OPGs provide 24-hour service to the City, while collectively employing approximately 472 full-time employees at a living wage. In addition, more than 200 trucks and 90 acres of storage facilities remain available to serve the City’s needs under any conditions at no cost.

The current City ordinance allows for OPGs to be contracted for five years with a five-year renewal option. In addition, an OPG operator may only own two OPGs. An evaluation team consisting of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Department of Transportation (DOT) and the City Administrator’s Office administrates the current selection process. The City requires all applicants to compete based on Level of Service qualifications.

The OPGs are dedicated to meeting the needs of the City of Los Angeles, the LAPD and the DOT, while, at the same time, maintaining high standards of quality and safety for our customers.