Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (07/21/13)

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July 21, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

Save the Date: 

National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.  The Pasadena Police Department will collaborate with our community stakeholders to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. Kings Villages will host the kick-off celebration beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to begin the evening at Kings Villages.  If you have questions, please contact Pasadena Police Specialist Hilda Jurado at (626) 744-7659, or email at: Jurado@cityofpasaden.net.   

Our Community: 

On July 9, Police Specialist Karla Kauhola and Pasadena Police Officer Ralph Ordonez conducted a Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat in front of 1740 Monte Vista. They met with George Courville and many other residents in the neighborhood. George and all were very excited and pleased that PPD was on the block. Ordonez canvassed all nearby businesses and obtained fresh info on criminal activity in the area (narcotics/ public drunks). Ralph has buy-in from business owners on helping to report and clean up the issues in the alley. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud was on scene as well.  

On July 14, Commander Lisa Rosales and I attended the Change of Command for the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, which was held at Pasadena City Hall.  The command of the Battalion Inspector – Instructor changed from Lieutenant Colonel Kevin H. Hutchison, USMC, to Lieutenant Colonel Donald R. Wright, USMC. The event was well attended and Mayor Bill Bogaard was on hand to offer his support. The Pasadena Police Department has an exceptional relationship with the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines (located in our community).   

On July 15, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and I attended the Emergency Coordinators Roundtable meeting, which was hosted by Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH).  Participants learned about HMH’s emergency readiness and preparation.  The meeting was coordinated by California Institute of Technology Director of Government Relations, Hall Daily.   

On July 19, I participated in a youth mentoring session called, “2013 Ask an Expert Day,” which was held Polytechnic School.  Several volunteers answered a myriad of questions from “America’s Youth” interested in professional development.  The event was coordinated by Polytechnic School Representative Natalie Derderian, and Retired Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace served as a mentor.   

On July 21, Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, and I attended Pasadena Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson’s Volunteer Kick-off  Event, which was held at Brookside Park, Picnic Area B.  The event was well attended by community leaders, public officials, volunteers, and other stake holders.  District 1 Field Representative Tina Williams organized the volunteer kick-off event (Photos at @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On July 21, several Pasadena Police officers and employees participated in a friendly game of softball against a competitive community team.  The game was part of the 4th Annual Robinson Park Summer Festival.  The event also included NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick – skills completion. Pasadena Police Corporal Mathew Campeau coached our team this year while City Manager Michael Beck played for the community team.  PPD won back the perpetual trophy this year (Photos at @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On July 21, Commander John Perez and I attended a Park Bench Dedication at Eaton Blanche Park (located on Del Mar Boulevard).  The dedication was hosted by the Pasadena Mexican American History Association to honor the COPA organization for their 34 years of dedication to the community (Photos at @PPD ChiefSanchez).  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On July 8, I received a letter from a Pasadena community member commend Pasadena Police officers for their assistance at Pacific Clinics.  The author wrote, “…I am so thankful for sending some of your officers to Pacific Clinics to help resolve an issue…”  

On July 8, I received an email from a Pasadena community member commending the Pasadena Police Department for their quick response to a residential burglary alarm.  The author wrote, “… I want to thank you and your department for always doing such a fantastic job protecting our wonderful city.  My family feels safe and secure knowing that we are under the watch of one of the best police departments in California….”   

On July 9, Pasadena Police Officers, Special Enforcement Team (serving as the NAT Team), patrolled several locations throughout the city on bicycles.  The officers were highly interactive with community members, neighbors, and other stakeholders. They made five arrests for narcotics and concealed weapons.  The bicycle enforcement effort was organized by SES Commander, Lieutenant Cheryl Moody.   

On July 10, I received a copy of an email from the Headmaster of a local private school commending the Pasadena Police Department for their efforts to investigate a threat. The author wrote, “…I must offer kudos to the Pasadena Police Department for their prompt and thorough response and for their extraordinary support.  We are indeed fortunate to have such dedicated law enforcement officer serving our community. The investigation was conducted by Pasadena Police Detective Nicole Bazzo and supervised by Sergeant Jesse Carrillo.   

On July 13, several Pasadena Police officers and employees attended the Rio Hondo Police Academy Graduation Ceremony to watch as Pasadena Police Officer John Yoo graduated.  During the ceremony, John was awarded the “Honor Cadet” certificate, which is given to the top overall cadet in his class. John started his career with the department as a Level 1 Reserve Police Officer and was later promoted to regular police officer.  John is a Lieutenant in the United States Army and has two tours abroad. He will start his career with the department assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division (FOD). The local media covered the graduation:  http://photos.whittierdailynews.com/2013/07/13/photos-rio-hondo-college-police-academy-graduation/ (Photos at @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On July 20, Commander John Perez attended the Justice for Murdered Children and Justice for Homicide Victims Summit, which was hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  The summit focused on the challenges and solutions surrounding unsolved homicides. John served as a panel member and fielded questions from the audience.   

Critical Incidents: 

On July 10, at approximately 6:35 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue regarding a possible residential burglary. Pasadena Police Sergeant Roger Roldan was the first person to arrive at the location.  Roger was assisted by Sergeant Dennis Beene, who arrived moments later.  Roger and Dennis observed a Male Hispanic inside the residence.  As Roger and Dennis were talking with the suspect, he (the suspect) started to fight with them. The suspect was arrested and later transported to a local hospital for injuries he sustained (lacerations from a broken rear room window) when he illegally entered the residence. The suspect was subsequently booked at the Pasadena jail for burglary and assault on a police officer.    

On July 13, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Mountain Street and Garfield Avenue regarding a collision involving two bicyclists.  On arrival, officers discovered Party 1 was unconscious and suffering from trauma to the head.  Party 2 was conscious and alert suffering from minor injuries.  Our preliminary investigation indicates the two bicyclists were traveling on the same side of the street (Mountain) when the collision occurred. Pasadena Fire Paramedics transported Party 1 to the hospital where he was listed in grave condition. A few days later, the Pasadena Police Department received information that Party 1 later died from injuries he sustained in the collision.  Local news article: www.pasadenastarnews.com/breakingnews/ci_23674334/police-bicyclist-pasadena-weekend-collision-dies.   

On July 13, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Pasadena patrol officers responded to the 1400 block of North Garfield Avenue on a call of a fight in progress. On arrival, a pedestrian pointed out a male adult as being armed with a handgun. When officers attempted to detain the suspect, he fled on foot into an apartment complex, where an officer involved shooting ultimately occurred. The suspect was not hit by police gunfire; however, he was injured when he dove through a bedroom glass window in an effort to escape.   

The suspect was subsequently taken into custody without further incident and officers recovered a firearm at the scene. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reviewed the investigation and filed several felony counts against the suspect.  He remains in custody.  Local news article: www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23672909/charges-filed-pasadena-officer-involved-shooting-case.   

On July 17, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Los Robles and Buckeye regarding an armed robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim who said he was walking home when the suspect stepped out from behind bushes, pointed a handgun at him, and demand the victim’s cell phone and money.  Fearing for his safety, the victim complied with the suspect’s demands.  The suspect fled the location and is described as a Male Black, 5’-11,” thin build, unshaven. If you have any information concerning this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  


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



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