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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/10/12)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 10, 2012 
 

 

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Save the Date: 

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 626 744-387 (Source:  Sergeant Michael Bugh). 

El Centro de Accion Social is now enrolling students (Kindergarten through 12th grade) in their summer school in the park program.  The program begins June 13.  For more information or to register, please call 626-792-3148, visit El Centro de Accion Social, at 37 East Del Mar Boulevard, or go to their website at www.elcentropasadena.org (Source:  El Centro de Accion Social).    

The City of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation is hosting the Villa-Park Boxing Show, June 23. Weigh-ins from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., and the first bout starts at 1:00 p.m. The event features “Olympic Style Competition,” and should be worth your time to swing by.  For more information, contact Fausto De La Torre, at 626-744-6531, or Bill Davis, at 626-744-6523 (Source:  Human Services & Recreation). 

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will host An Evening of Culture, at the Pacific Asia Museum, on June 23, from 3:00 – 5:00 p .m. The event will be held at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena.  For more information or to RSVP please use the following link: https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=1028706&en=lwJSI7MVLkKUJ7N1IjKUJkN8IwK9KfNYLrL1JcPVKjI1LnPeG, or contact the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Center, 1200 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. All proceeds benefit the YWCA’s programs (Source: YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley).  

Our Community: 

On June 3, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenants Phlunte Riddle and Rodney Wallace, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Gala to celebrate several young men graduating from their mentoring program.  The Pasadena Police Department actively supports the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation mentoring program.   The graduation was well attended and United States Congressman Adam Schiff provided the keynote address.  Local elected officials included Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and Councilman Chris Holden.  Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Grand Sire Archon Rodney J. Reed, Harlan Ward, and the Board of Directors coordinated our participation.  

On June 3, Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Sergeant Ed Calatayud, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the 2012 Bright Futures Scholars Graduation and Awards Luncheon.  The event was well attended and featured several young people graduating from the program and entering college.  Mayor Bill Bogaard and City Manager Michael Beck also attended the event along with Pasadena Police Park Safety Specialist, Michele White, and explorers from the Pasadena Police Department’s Explorer Post 19.    

On June 3, Pasadena Police Sergeant Ed Calatayud attended the Upper Hasting Ranch Neighborhood Association meeting.  The meeting focused on general safety concerns and a particular residence in the neighborhood.  Councilmember Gene Masuda attended the meeting and commended Ed for his presentation and professionalism.  

On June 5, Commander John Perez, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, and I attended the Pasadena City College President’s Latino Advisory Committee awards breakfast. PCC President Mark Rocha provided brief remarks to open the program.  Dr. Otto Santa Ana was the keynote speaker at the event, which featured several youth who were acknowledged for their academic achievements.  They were all transferring to a college or university.  Elected officials included PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper and PUSD Board Member Elizabeth Pomeroy.  Field Representatives for Congressman Adam Schiff, California State Senator Carol Liu, and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino also attended.  Several PCC Board of Trustees members also attended the breakfast.  

On June 7, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace, Administrator Gena Persons, Sergeant Greg Afsharian, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, and I attended the Pasadena Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy Graduation, Class 37.  The program was held at the Brookside Club House and was well attended.  Class 37 was facilitated by Corporal Robert Tucker, Officer Anthony Russo, and PS Laura Morris.  Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 served as the honor guard.  

On June 8, Commander Chris Russ, Sergeant Johnny Mercado (with his family), Officers Domino Scott, Robert Christian, and Corporal Todd McDonald attended the Euclid Villa Transitional Housing BBQ.  Chris and Johnny cooked and I understand the food was exceptional.  

On June 9, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Diego Torres, and HOPE Officer Elgin Lee attended the Pasadena Community Garden ground breaking.  Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmember Steve Madison, and his Field Representative, Takako Suzuki, and Senator Carol Liu’s Field Representative, Adam Carter, also attended.  

Pasadena Finest: 

On June 4, David (in his 80’s) and Cheryl Burlingame (in her 60’s) stopped by the Police Department to visit.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace met with them and provided an informal tour of the police building.  During their tour, David told Rodney his father, Cecil Burlingame, was a Pasadena Policeman from October 1914 – July 1953.  David and Cheryl enjoyed looking at the many historical photos in the building.  It was a real treat having David and Cheryl with us.  

On June 5, the Pasadena Police Department hosted its 41st Annual Police-Citizens Awards Ceremony.  The event was held at the California Institute of Technology Beckman Institute Auditorium.  Several Pasadena Police employees received service awards including Ayn-Maria Laster – 30 years, David Reavis, Lisa Rosales, Robert Tucker, Christopher Gutierrez, Andrea De Leon, and Alex Padilla – 25 years. The following citizens and police employees were also honored:  Sean Dawkins, Mike Gligoryevic, Rodney Solorzano, Tony Karg, Salvador Ramos, Jim Recio, Andress Ochoa, Rosalio Cruz, Mathew Griffin, Efren Chavez, Leticia Garcia, Jerin Cloutier, Derek Jung, and Harach Kouladjian.  VIPs included Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, Superior Court Judge Darrel Mavis, Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Costa, Congressman Adam Schiff’s Field Representative, Teresa Lamb-Simpson, Assembly Member Anthony Portantino’s Field Representative, Tanganica Turner, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s Field Representative, Rita Hadjimanoukian. Special thanks to our sponsors:  Pasadena Police Sergeants Association, Pasadena Police Officers Association, and the Pasadena Police Relief Association.  

On June 6, Pasadena Police Sergeant Rudy Lemos graduated from the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI).  Rudy and 21 other supervisors from a variety of law enforcement agencies participated in this intense professional development program, which lasted over 8 months. SLI graduates must complete assignments, reports, and group projects during the program.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Bruce George attended the graduation.  

On June 6, I received an email from Rene Sanchez, City of Burbank Human Services Division, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Randell Taylor for his assistance with their police sergeant promotional process. Rene said in her email, “Your knowledge and expertise were highly valuable in assessing the eligible applicants and allows us to select those with the best possible skills for our workforce.”    

On June 6, several Pasadena Police employees participated or supported the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.  The event was coordinated by the PAL Director – Corporal Glenn Thompson, and the following employees participated in one form or another:  Derek Jung, Arlene Ramos, Julie Finney, Roger Roldan, Deanne Nestlerode, Leticia Garcia, Dustin Gomez, Sean Dawkins, Tai Wotherspoon, Erika Salinas, Mark Goodman, Robert Tucker, Ronnie Nanning, Rudy Lemos, Jerin Cloutier, Jesse Carrillo, Randi Comelius, Derek Locklin, Veronica Burris, and Mike Kendall.   

On June 7, the Pasadena Police Department, Traffic Division, hosted its 3rd Annual Police Motorcycle Training and Skills Competition at the Rose Bowl.  Mayor Bill Bogaard opened the event with a few brief remarks.  Over 120 motorcycle officers participated in the competition, which included individual and team obstacle courses, partnered riding courses, and Top Gun.  

The Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section honored Hawthorne Police Officer Andrew Garton, who was killed in the line of duty a week after he competed in the 2011 motorcycle skills event.  Andrew was, by all accounts, a tremendous law enforcement officer.  The Garton Family attended the awards ceremony at the end of the skills competition and helped issue the awards.  Lieutenant Randell Taylor, Sergeant Vasken Gourdikian, and Officer Brian Bozarth were the lead coordinators for the event.  Of course Randell, Vasken, and Brian were supported by volunteers and employees from Special Enforcement, Air Operations, and Field Services. Congratulations to all for another successful event.   

On June 7, I received a notice that Pasadena Police Volunteer John Jacobsen commended Pasadena Police Dispatcher Kelly Jo McGlothlin for her dedication, professionalism, and communication skills. John participated on a training tour with Kelly Jo and was able to see police dispatching from the inside.   “Police Dispatchers receive a tremendous amount of training to ensure they are able to operate under a great deal of stress and pressure.  In my opinion, the Pasadena Police Dispatchers and Operators are some of the best I have seen.” 

On June 7, I received an email from the Pasadena Fire Emergency Management Coordinator commending Pasadena Officer Jack Rappuchi for his presentation to members of All-Saints Church.  Jack was part of a team of Pasadena employees who talked about emergency preparedness and other safety topics.  

On June 7, I received a notice that Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales was elected as Chair of the Interagency Communications Interoperability System Governance Board.   Her duties will include:  Working with the ICIS Executive Director, presiding over the Governance Board meetings, serving as a liaison officer, and representing ICIS in State and Federal Lobbying efforts.  The Pasadena Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies participating in the ICIS network, which is an effective interoperable radio communication system.  

On June 8, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Cheryl Moody for her professionalism and communication at a recent Sunset Oaks community meeting.   

Critical Incidents: 

On August 19, 2009, Pasadena Police officers responded to 500 block of Summit Avenue on a report of a lifeless 2-year old.  Detective Grant Curry was assigned to the case and a preliminary investigation determined the death was suspicious.  The parents of the child were interviewed and it was learned that they disciplined the child the night before, which contributed to the death.  The involved suspects confessed about how they disciplined the victim.  On June 6, 2012, the suspects plead guilty to causing the death of their child.  Both were sentenced to 25 years in State Prison.  Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, Sergeants Kelly Evans and Ernesto Devis, and Corporals Ara Bzdigian and Keith Gomez also assisted in the investigation. 

On May 18, a Pasadena community member and high school student was robbed at gunpoint.  The victim recognized the suspect as a fellow classmate and reported the robbery to the Pasadena Police Department.  The case was assigned to Pasadena Police Detectives Carolyn Gordon and David Duran, who completed a comprehensive investigation. On May 30, Carolyn and David learned the suspect’s location, responded, and arrested him without incident.   

On June 1 at 2:12 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a residential burglary in the 200 block of Robinson Road.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim who told them she had video of the suspect as he unlawfully entered her home.  Because the follow up investigation would likely take a long time, the uniformed officers contacted the Burglary Task Force (BTF).  The task force officers watched the video and recognized the suspect, who is a minor.  BTF members later located the suspect in the 1300 block of Summit Avenue and arrested him without incident.  

On June 1 at about 1:30 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to Blair High School (1200 South Marengo Avenue) regarding a vehicle fire.  Our preliminary investigation suggests that the suspect(s) abandoned the vehicle on the school property.  The vehicle was set on fire and the suspect(s) left the location. There were no injuries associated with the incident – the school was not damaged.  Pasadena Fire Department is investigating the origin of the fire.  

On June 3 at about 9:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers, on routine patrol, conducted a traffic stop near Peoria Street and Fair Oaks Avenue.  The driver attempted to evade the officers and quickly left the vehicle.  PPD officers contained the area and arrested the subject without incident.  Following a search of the subject’s car, PPD officers located a stolen firearm.   

On June 7 at about 5:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to an alarm at John Muir High School.  On arrival, PPD officers discovered that the suspect(s) had vandalized the school.  Apparently, the suspect(s) entered several buildings and caused the damage.  PPD officers, who were checking the area, detained three subjects near the school.  It was later determined the suspects were involved in the vandalism and they were arrested without incident.  Our investigation is ongoing and will likely result in additional arrests.  

 

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

 

Posted: 6/10/2012 09:25:00 AM