Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (05/20/12)

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May 20, 2012



Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Save the Date: 

The Pasadena Police Foundation invites you to an all-day fundraiser at El Portal Restaurant on May 23.  You can enjoy wonderful Yucatan / Mexican cuisine in this landmark Pasadena restaurant while supporting the Pasadena Police Foundation (PPF).  Fifteen percent (15%) of all sales will be donated to PPF.  El Portal Restaurant is located at 695 East Green Street.  For more information, please contact PPF Board Member Sandra Greenstein at Greenstein@charter.net or landline at 626-577-5842 (Source: Sandra Greenstein). 

Men Educating Men about Health is proud to present “Get Healthy-Pasadena 2012,” June 2, from 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Pasadena Senior Center and Memorial Park, 85 East Holly Street.  The event features free health screenings for men and women, food demonstrations, lectures by top health professionals, live music, and much more. For more information and pre-registration, please visit www.memah.org (click on Get Healthy Pasadena) or call MEMAH at 626-389-2759 (Source:  Jimmy Morris). 

The Pasadena Police Department, Air Operations Section will host its annual Open House on June 2, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The event will take place at Benedict Heliport and will feature the Pasadena Police helicopters and a motorcycle skills demonstration. The event is free to the public and food and beverages will be served.  For more information, please contact Lieutenant Michael Ingram at MIngram@cityofpasadena.net  (Source:  Lieutenant Michael Ingram).  

Pasadena Community Gardens is hosting a ground breaking event on June 9, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The garden, with dozens of individual gardening plots, is located on the historic site of former California Governor Henry Harrison Markham’s ranch house, 721 Pasadena Avenue, between Bellefontaine Street and California Boulevard. For more information on the event or to see photographs of the garden, please visit www.PasadenaCommunityGardens.org and Facebook/Pasadena Community Gardens (Source:  Community Gardens Steering Committee Member Eileen Read).    

The Pasadena Police Classic Car Show is scheduled for June 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Paseo Colorado, 300 East Green Street.  The event is supported by the Pasadena Lions Club and will include awards in several categories, including: Police Chief’s Favorite, Paseo’s Favorite, People’s choice, Best in show, and many others.  For more information about the Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, please contact Pasadena Police Sergeant Michael Bugh at MBugh@cityofpasadena.net or 626 744-3871 (Source:  Sergeant Michael Bugh). 

Our Community: 

On May 10, Lieutenant Rodney Wallace and Pasadena Police Foundation Board Member Sandra B. Greenstein attended the Pasadena Lions Club meeting where they were presented with two checks totaling $11,050.00 to support the police department’s Kids Safety Academy and Junior Public Safety Academy. The safety academies are effective programs to help prepare our Pasadena youth for emergency situations.  For more information of the Pasadena Police Department Kids Safety and Junior Public Safety Academy, please visit: cityofpasadena.net/police/community_services. Both programs are sponsored by the Pasadena Police Foundation.  

On May 12, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Cheryl Moody and Phlunte Riddle and I attended the Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MYPD) 5th Annual Fundraiser, which was held at Brookside Golf Club.  Velton Paggett served as the Master of Ceremonies.  Screenwriter, Producer and Director John Singleton provide the keynote address to a packed house to celebrate MYPD’s 10-year anniversary. There were elected local, state, and federal officials on hand offering their congratulations for a successful mentoring and development program.  Several representatives from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses also attended the event showing their support. Tecumseh Shackelford serves as MYPD’s President and Chairman.  

On May 16, the 2012 Region 6 National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) conference was held in Pasadena. The 3-day symposium featured a variety of workshops and lectures.  Along with several chiefs, I served on a leadership panel.  The conference was exceptional and several Pasadena Police personnel and community members helped to coordinate the event or served as panel members, including:  Darryl Qualls, John Perez, Gena Persons, Phlunte Riddle, Domino Scott, Rodney D. Wallace, Cheryl Moody, Carolyn Gordon, Nicole Bazzo, Robert Jenkins, Michele White, Inger Miller, Jill Hawkins, Gerald Freeny, Brian Biery, Mark Franco, Andre Coleman, Tami DeVine, Bill Kisliuk, Betty White, Cameron Turner, Dr. .Eric G. Walsh, Keith Roberts, Dr. Eddie Newman, Kim Rainey, Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs, Frank Wills, Dr. .Monica Wilson, Pastors  Kenneth Baker, Anthony McFarland and John McCall, and Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 to name a few. The classes included topics such as leadership, parole re-entry, working with the media, CSI, violence as a contagious disease (Dr. Eric Walsh), and many others.  

The conference concluded with a banquet.  NOBLE San Gabriel Valley Chapter President Gerald Freeny opened the gala with a few remarks.  Allisonne Crawford sang the National Anthem and Constance L. Rice delivered the keynote speech.  Cameron Turner announced the scholarship awards, which honored our young community leaders.  Elected officials and VIPs included Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, and Councilman Chris Holden, City Manager Michael Beck, and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Community Representative, Lance Tibbett.   

On May 19, Commander Lisa Rosales, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the Frist AME Church-Pasadena Health & Wellness Expo.  The event was well attended and promoted physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness.  While at the expo, I met Ms. Adrianna Allman-Cellins, a senior at John Muir High School’s Business Academy.  Adrianna will be attending college at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) following her graduation from John Muir High School!  She applied for seven colleges (Tuskegee, Albany, Alabama, Jackson, Grambling, Clarke, and Spellman) and was accepted at all of them before selecting FAMU.  

On May 19, Commander Lisa Rosales, Deborah, and I stopped by the DENA Community Business & Arts Expo at the Senior Center. The event featured products produced by local artists, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.  Steven Sneed, Jason Hardin, and Michael Towns co-founded the event. The DENA Community event was presented by S: Claz Productions.  

On May 19, Deborah and I attended the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouts Pack 48 end of the year awards ceremony.  Pack 48 is two years old this year (I had the pleasure of attending their awards ceremony last year as well).  Cubs, parents, and scout advisors received awards and promotions from Pack Leader, Frank Corales, Event Coordinator Kayleen Maya-Aviles, BSA District Representative Joyce Foster, and me. Congratulations to Pack 48 on another successful year! 

On May 19, Deborah and I stopped by the Linda Vista Park – Dancing in the Park picnic. The event was sponsored by Councilmember Steve Madison and the Linda Vista-Annandale Association. Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells and several firefighters were at the event.  Pasadena Police Officers Ed Bondarczuk and Tommy Corralez were on hand to engage the pubic and answer questions about the department’s Bear-Cat Rescue Vehicle.  

On May 19th, Sergeant Ed Calatayud participated in an International Day event at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Altadena. Dr. Cybil Cross and Pastor Walker recognized the Pasadena Police Department and the men and women who serve, for their outstanding dedication and service to the community.  

Pasadena Finest:  

On May 7, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Detective Bryan Marin and Officer Victor Cass for their assistance during an investigation. The author wrote, “I have tremendous respect for your police department.”  Bryan and Victor are dedicated and talented Pasadena Police officers.  

On May 12, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Cheryl Moody attended an event at PCC entitled, “Honoring Civility for a Civil Society.”  The event was well attended and subject matter experts discuss the role of higher education in encouraging appropriate social behavior. Cheryl said the program was very informative.  

On May 15, the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments hosted the First Annual Police and Fire Memorial Service to acknowledge the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties.  The ceremony was held in front of City Hall and more than 100 people attended.  May is the time of the year that public safety agencies honor their fallen first responders all across the United States.  Allisonne Crawford opened the ceremony with National Anthem and Mayor Bill Bogaard provided brief remarks on behalf of the city. Vice-Mayor Margaret McAustin and Councilmember Steve Madison also attended the service.  

Fallen Pasadena Police Officers:  

  • Motorcycle Patrolman John T. Slade, End of Watch 1909 
  • Patrolman Clarence E. Peck, End of Watch 1911 
  • Juvenile Officer Dennis P. Lamar, End of Watch 1961 
  • Sergeant Robert W. Speight, End of Watch 1964 
  • Agent Richard F. Morris, End of Watch 1969 
  • Officer Kyle Ballard, End of Watch 2006 

Fallen Pasadena Fire Fighters: 

  • Hoseman Arthur L. Johnson, Last Alarm 1928 
  • Hoseman Edgar R. Talbot, Last Alarm 1930 
  • Hoseman Daniel Rogers, Last Alarm 1932 
  • Engineer Erwin C. Draper, Last Alarm 1940 
  • Hoseman George Flannery, Last Alarm 1944 
  • Engineer Hobert Surbur, Last Alarm 1956 
  • Asst. Chief Donald G. Palmer, Last Alarm 1964 
  • Firefighter Henry Salas, Last Alarm 1983 
  • Engineer Kevin Moore, Last Alarm 2011 

Special thanks to Pasadena Sergeant Michael Bugh and Fire Captain David Watson for coordinating this event. A special note – members from the Ballard and Morris families were at the ceremony to help remember their loved ones and all the first responders who serve our community with respect, integrity, honor, and courage.  

On May 19, Pasadena Police Administrator Gena Persons attended the Foothill Vocational Opportunities (FVO) Awards Luncheon.  She connected with the group through her Leadership Pasadena experience.  I understand that elected officials attending the event included:  Mayor Bill Bogaard, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Representatives from Congressman Adam Schiff, and California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino also attended. The mission of the FVO is to maximize the personal and economic potential of disabled individuals by creating meaningful employment opportunities.   

On May 15, Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales, Administrators Alicia Patterson, Karen Paterson, and Michelle Robinson attended the PAL member of the month ceremony.  This month’s young person attends Hamilton Elementary school and is in the 5th grade. She maintains 3.1 GPA and has been a member of PAL for approximately one year.  Our awardee is described as polite, friendly, and takes her education seriously.   

Critical Incidents:  

From May 7 – 10, Pasadena Police officers assigned to the department’s Burglary Task Force arrested two suspects for property related crimes.  Additionally, the task force conducted probation and parole compliance checks at several locations in the city.  As a result of the checks, one suspect was arrested for outstanding warrants.  

During the same time period, Task Force Members were providing extra enforcement coverage when they monitored a call of a robbery.  The task force members responded to the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue and observed the suspect.  They arrested the suspect without incident.  The suspect was on active parole and was booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On May 12 at about 11:59 p.m. Pasadena Police officers assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Altadena Station, with a vehicle pursuit as it entered our city.  The suspects were eventually stopped and arrested without incident.  However, an unrelated traffic collision involving a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy occurred when he (the deputy) hit a motorist near the intersection Orange Grove Boulevard and Raymond Avenue while responding to assist with the pursuit.  Both the deputy and the other driver were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.  

On May 15 at about 9:30 p.m. Pasadena Police officers received a call regarding two missing children (12 and 15 years old).  The children were last seen taking the bus to school in the 1600 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue.  For unknown reasons, the parents did not call the police to report the incident for several hours.  PPD initiated an intensive search; however, the officers were unable to locate the missing children.  Our investigation continued through the night.  Ultimately, the Los Angeles Police Department notified PPD that the missing children had been located in Tujunga with a family member. The Department of County Family Services assisted in the investigation.  

On May 16 at about 9:30 p.m. Pasadena Police officers and paramedics responded to a call of a bicyclist down in the roadway near Green Street and Terrace.  The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with head and should injuries.  Our investigation suggests that the victim lost control of his bicycle and struck the pavement, causing head trauma. No other vehicles were involved. We learned later the victim had a BAC of 3.8  



Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always 


Posted: 5/20/2012 08:35:00 AM
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