Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (08/04/13)

 /assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base:  A Message from the Chief
August 4, 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: Hjurado@cityofpasaden.net.  

Our Community:  

On July 25, Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, PhD, attended the Collaborative for A Healthy and Safe San Gabriel Valley meeting, which was held at the Duarte Community Center.  There were several stakeholders throughout San Gabriel Valley who participated in the meeting.  Sergeant Lomeli represents the Pasadena Police Department at the meeting, providing valuable insight in the effort to increase safety throughout the valley.  

On July 28, I stopped by Tournament House to help celebrate their 100th Anniversary.  There were several community leaders, past Rose Parade Presidents, elected officials, and staff on hand to help remember the past 100 years.  Wrigley Family members were at the event, which was well attended (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On July 29, several Pasadena Police employees attended “Day One” of the Junior Public Safety Academy (JPSA), which was held at the police department.  More than 40 Pasadena young people signed-up for the academy, which is joint venture with the Pasadena Fire Department.  Participants, 9th through 12th graders, received hands-on training in various areas of law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical response over a 5-day period.  The academy is sponsored by the Pasadena Police Foundation (www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org/juniorsafety) and is always well attended (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On August 1, Pasadena Police Lieutenants John Dewar and Pete Hettema attended the San Rafael Neighborhood meeting, which was hosted by Councilmember Steve Madison. There were a number of public safety issues discussed, including traffic safety and enforcement on Avenue 64.  Several other department representatives also attended the meeting.  

On August 3, several Pasadena Police employees attended the Junior Public Safety Academy (JPSA) graduation, which was held at the Salvation Army.  About 40 Pasadena youth graduated from the week-long program, which is designed to expose participants to careers in law enforcement, fire service, and EMS.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Pasadena Fire Inspector Steven Lawhorn, and I handed out certificates to the graduates.  VIPs included Newly-appointed Scotland Yard’s Detective Superintendent, Damian Allain, who was visiting the Pasadena Police Department (and other municipal law enforcement agencies across the United States) to learn more about our “Best Practices.” JPSA Staff included: Corporal Thompson, Officers Vindiola, Ordonez, Luevano, Allen and CSO Jurado.  Pasadena Police Foundation Board Member Mary Wilson attended the graduation and Pastor Rickey Pickens provided the invocation .  A powerful speech by Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, PhD, closed out the graduation ceremony.  (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On July 28, I received an email from a Pasadena community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Chavarin and Forensic Specialists Roon. The community member was the victim of an auto burglary and wrote, “…My car was broken into and my purse stolen today. Both officers that responded were professional, efficient and very considerate and kind to me.  It was very much appreciated.  Than you all!”  

On July 30, Officer Andrew Qian and Forensics Specialists Don Sortillon assumed their duties with the Pasadena Police Department.  City Clerk Mark Jomsky issued the Oath of Office for Officer Qian and Mr. Sortillon was introduced to co-workers and others attending the ceremony.  The event was well attended by Pasadena Police employees, the Qian Family, and community members.  Qian grew up in San Gabriel Valley and later graduated from Etiwanda High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Administrative Studies from the University of California, at Riverside.  Sortillon was raised in Whittier and attended Saint Paul High School.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of La Verne and a Master in Biomedical Forensic Science Degree from Boston University’s School of Medicine. Pasadena Mayor Bogaard, City Manager Beck, Deputy Fire Chief Costa, and BC Bagan also attended (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On August 1, several Pasadena Police employees attended the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) BBQ, which was held at Brookside Park.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jason Clawson, Officer Anthony Riley, and Volunteer Harry Kouladjian cooked hotdogs, hamburgers, and other goodies.  There were more than 100 PAL Kids attending the BBQ and later played Dodge-ball, capture the flag, and other team-building activities.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud and Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, PhD, oversee the PAL Program.  Officer Anthony Riley is the PAL Director. For more information on PAL, please visit: cityofpasadena.net/police/pasadena_pal_program. (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

Critical Incidents:  

On July 25 at about 2:55 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue regarding a robbery investigation.  On arrival, the officers learned the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by the suspect (Male Hispanic). The suspect argued with the victim and subsequently demanded his property.  Fearing for his safety, the victim surrendered his property.  The victim called the police to report the robbery. Pasadena Police Officers Garcia and Montiglio located the suspect.   He was positively identified as the suspect, and arrested without further incident.  He was booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On July 27 at about 8:28 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) regarding a victim suffering from non-lethal stab wounds. On arrival, officers learned the victim and the suspect know one another.  Officers determined the victim was stabbed during an altercation at a picnic earlier in the day at MacDonald Park. PPD officers responded to the suspect's residence; however, he was not located. Our investigation is ongoing. On July 28 at about 12:31 p.m., the suspect turned himself into the police department.  Pasadena Police Officer Murphy applied for a search warrant to search for the weapon used in the attack.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  

On July 27 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police Sergeant Aguilar and Officer Montiglio were on routine patrol in the 200 block of Parke Street when they observed a male Hispanic Adult who they knew was on active parole.  A struggle ensued when the officers contacted the parolee.  The suspect’s actions were extremely aggressive, resulting in an injury to one of the officers.  The suspect was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.   

On July 27 at about 11:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of California Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue regarding a possible protest of a financial institution. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Clawson and Sergeant Beene arrived at the location and saw approximately 25 protestors. Sergeant Beene talked with several involved persons who would not identify their group or purpose for the protest.  They left a short time later.  There were no arrests or injuries associated with the protest.   

On July 27, the Pasadena Police Traffic Section conducted a DUI enforcement checkpoint.  The checkpoint was located near Pasadena Avenue and Bellefontaine Street.  Approximately 1,625 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, resulting in six arrests for DUI.  The checkpoints are funded by California’s Office of Traffic Safety, which provides the framework, guidelines, and over sight for the checkpoints.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Pete Hettema served as the incident commander at the checkpoint.  

On July 28 at about 3:17 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Navarro Avenue regarding shots fired.  On arrival, officers located numerous casings. Officers did not locate any victims, however, and based on their preliminary investigation, determined the suspect(s) fired into the air.  

On July 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Pasadena Police Officers Gligorijevic and Jones responded to the 800 block of East Mountain Street regarding suspicious circumstances. When the officers arrived, they saw a Male Black Adult suddenly run from the area.  The officers chased the suspect and observed him discard a loaded handgun.  The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and booked at the Pasadena jail for weapon and parole violations. Officers Gligorijevic and Jones used exceptional restraint and judgment during this investigation. The outcome could have been deadly given the fact the suspect was armed.  

On July 30 at about 7:40 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Howard Street and Glenn Avenue regarding a call of shots fired.  On arrival, police officers discovered evidence suggesting a shooting had occurred. Witnesses reported that there may have been a few vehicles involved in the shooting. Later in the evening, two people contacted the police department and said there were victims of a car-to-car shooting.  Pasadena police detectives are investigating.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tom Delgado was the on-duty Watch Commander and supervised the incident.  The local media covered the story: www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23767481/west-covina-couple-escapes-injury-pasadena-car-car 

On August 4, at about 6:30 p.m. Pasadena Police Special Enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle that was driving on wrong side of roadway.  Officers contacted the driver (known gang member) and sole occupant in the vehicle. SES Officers detected a strong order of marijuana emitting from the vehicle during their initial contact.  The subsequent field investigation revealed  the suspect was in possession of marijuana and a loaded Smith and Wesson .40  semi-auto handgun. The handgun was stolen out of San Dimas .  The suspect was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing early this week. This case is another example of the proactive police work conducted by SES and other Pasadena police enforcement units.  In addition to their enforcement duties, SES Officers also provide in-home gang intervention to help parents understand the consequences of a gang lifestyle when their off-spring are involved.  


Until Next Week-  


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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