Booking is the process by which the Police Department registers and enters charges against a person believed to have violated the law. The process of booking includes recording of the inmate’s personal information and description, photograph (also known as mug shot), fingerprinting, and Department of Justice records check. Additionally, personal property and money is taken from the inmate. Jailers take custody of these items, verify the items, and record all items taken.
Included in the process upon entering the Whittier Police Department City Jail, inmates are asked a series of medical questions to evaluate their physical and mental health. Jailers conducting the booking provide the inmate with an orientation manual and items available to the inmate. Finally, the inmate is allowed to make telephone calls in accordance with California Penal Code 851.1.