Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (10/20/13)

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October 20, 2103


 Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

On October 26, the Pasadena Police Department will partner with the DEA for the 7th National Take Back Initiative event. The goal of the program is to allow Southern Californians to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can, in turn, dispose of these controlled substances in a secure and non-hazardous manner.  The effort will potentially save lives and protect the ecosystem.  The Pasadena Police Department will host the event at the police station, 207 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For more information please visit: www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police. Media coverage at: www.pasadenanow.com/main/pasadena-police-department-to-partner-with-the-dea-for-the-7th-national-take-back-initiative-event-on-saturday-october-26-2013.  

On October 27, Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle will host a fund raiser to support nonprofit organizations Talk about Parenting’s & Parent Puzzle Program CIW. The event will be held at Hillsides, 940 South Avenue 64.  RSVP at www.talkaboutparenting.org, or by mailing your $60.00 donation to Talk about Parenting with Shirlee Smith, P.O. Box 40547, Pasadena, CA 91104.  For more information, please call (626) 296-2777.  Flintridge Center’s Executive Director, Jaylene Moseley, is the Honorary Chairperson.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On October 8, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Sergeant S. Kress and Officer P. Polimeni for their professionalism during a visit to the department’s heliport.  The author indicated that Sergeant Kress and Officer Polimeni were knowledgeable and friendly.  

On October 9, I received a copy of an email from MYPD Program Director Lance Mitchell commending Pasadena Police Commander J. Perez for leadership while talking to John Muir High School students at the noon-time mentoring program.  Lance wrote, “…I truly believe your presence and influence shows the young men that you can have positive interaction with law enforcement…”  

On October 11, I received an email from the Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena Resort Manager Michael S. Collins commending Pasadena Police Officer V. Burris and Sergeant R. Tucker.  The author wrote, “… Officer Burris responded quickly to the hotel’s query regarding a possible ‘default of an innkeeper’ situation and Sergeant Tucker arrived soon after to assist with the questioning and ultimate arrest of the individual…”  

On October 14, I received a copy of an email from Madison Elementary School Principal commending Pasadena Police Lieutenants J. Clawson and E. Calatayud, Sergeant J. Luna, and Officer R. Vindiola for attending the Pathways to Partnership Community Schools Strategies in Action meeting.  Several elected officials attended the meeting, including:  CA Senator C. Liu, Pasadena Mayor B. Bogaard, and Councilmember V. Gordo.  Other attendees included PUSD Superintendent J. Gundry and Flintridge Center Program Director Brian Biery (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 16, Commander Russ attended the Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) Graduation ceremony, which was held in San Diego.  Pasadena Police Sergeant R. Roldan was one of several supervisors completing the course.  The intense program requires each participant to complete course work, extra academic assignments (homework), and a final project.  We are all very proud of Sergeant Roldan’s accomplishment (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On October 16, I received an email from Santa Clara Police Chief Michael J. Sellers commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant R. Taylor, Sergeant A. Chute, Corporal J. Finney, and Officer S. Dawkins for facilitating a recent Event Planning course.  Ten members of the Santa Clara Police Department attended the Event Planning course in anticipation of the grand opening of their stadium in 2014.  Chief Sellers wrote, “…My staff spoke highly of the professionalism, knowledge, and expertise of your entire Special Event Unit.  Your staff took the time to answer all of their stadium specific questions and to ensure that they were able to see and study all the aspects of your game day operation…”  

Our Community: 

On October 13, Deborah Kay and I attended the Pasadena Armenia Genocide Memorial Kick-Off Event, which was held at the Rococo Room.  Several VIPs attended, including Pasadena Mayor Bogaard and his wife, Clair, Former COPs Director B. Melekian and his wife, Nancy, Pasadena City College Board of Trustees Member William E. Thomson, and Armenia Genocide Memorial Committee Chairman William Paparian, and his wife Sona, Armenia Genocide Memorial Committee member and Pasadena Police Sergeant G. Afsharian, Pasadena Police Lieutenant V. Gourdikian, and former California State Assemblyman A. Portantino also attended the kick-off (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 13, several Pasadena Police officers attended the Pathways to Partnership Community Schools Strategies in Action event, which was held at Madison School. I understand the event was well attended by several elected officials attended the event.  

On October 15, Pasadena Police Lieutenant T. Ibarra and I attended the Salvation Army “Homeless Connect Day,” which was held at the Salvation Army.  Several hundred homeless people participated in the event and were connected with social services or provided a hot meal.  Members of the Pasadena Fire Department BBQd hotdogs/hamburgers and social services representative provided medical, vision, and mental health resources.  Salvation Army Major D. Morton, S.A. Staff Member Pat Riley, Pasadena Police Officers E. Lee, D. Scott, and A. Riley, Deputy Fire Chief K. Costa, and PPD Volunteers L. Oronoz, R. Avesian, and D. Canyon also attended (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). www.pasadenastarnews.com/social-affairs/20131014/pasadena-salvation-army-hosts-homeless-connect-day.  

On October 17, several Pasadena Police employees participated in the “Great California Shake Out” Earthquake Drill. Non-essential areas of the police building were evacuated as part of the drill. The department’s Air Operations Unit participated in the drill by flying over major infrastructure locations and reporting their observations (the report was simulated). However, in a real earthquake, the Air Operations Unit would play a major role in the effort to mitigate the impact/damage caused by the quake. 

On October 17, Commander Perez and I stopped by El Centro de Accion Social’s Fundraiser, which was held at the Westin Pasadena.  The event was well attended by local community members, Latino leaders, family members, and friends.  The Pasadena Police Department has a long standing relationship with El Centro de Accion Social, and frequently assists with their Summer School in the Park program. Pasadena Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez was among the honorees. El Centro de Accion Social Interim Director, Mariana Robles-Dalany helped coordinate the event. Several members of the city’s executive staff attended the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 17, Commander Perez, Commander Russ, and I attended Assemblyman Chris Holden’s Town Hall Meeting, which was held at Robinson Park.  Speakers at the meeting addressed issues associated with universal care program. NAACP Pasadena Branch President Gary Moody, Pastor John Stewart, and others were at the meeting. CA Senator Carol Liu’s Field Representative, Adam Carter was one of the presenters. Assemblyman Chris Holden and Pasadena Mayor Bogaard were also at the meeting.   

On October 17, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers attended the Pasadena Police en Español graduation, which was held at the department’s heliport.  More than 50 Latino community members participated in the graduation ceremony.  For the past several weeks, program participants received information about the inter-workings of the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police en Español program will continue to serve our Latino community.  Plans are already underway for the 2014 session (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  The event was covered by James Macpherson, Pasadena NOW.  Please enjoy the informative article and photos:  http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/police-graduate-52-in-first-ever-spanish-language-citizen-police-academy Critical Incidents:

On October 12, at about 9:05 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue regarding a house fire.  Pasadena Fire arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire while police offices provided traffic control.  Pasadena Police Corporal J. Ward was on-scene coordinating police activities. 

On October 11 at about 12:38 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Fire Station 36 regarding a victim of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon investigation. On arrival, officers talked with the victim, who sustained multiple wounds as a result of being pistol-whipped.  The victim was uncooperative and did not provide much information about the assault. The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Our investigation is ongoing.  On October 16 at about 10:10 p.m., Pasadena Police responded to the area of Del Mar Street and Craig Avenue regarding a traffic collision involving motorcyclists.  Officers arrived and determined the motorcyclists crashed into a street pole. The driver sustained serious injuries and was transported by the Pasadena Fired Department Paramedics to a nearby hospital where he is in critical condition.  The motorcyclist is a Male White in his 20s. The police department’s Traffic Unit responded to investigate the accident. Lieutenant John Dewar coordinated the investigation.  

On October 17 at about 10:25 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of South Wilson Avenue regarding a robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim, who said he was walking near his dorm when the suspects (#1 Male Black, 5’5,”150 pounds, dark T-shirt, long shorts; #2 Male Black, 6’0,” 150 pounds, wearing a dark hoodie) confronted him. One suspect strangled the victim while the other suspect stole his laptop bag.  The suspects then fled from the location.  If you witnessed this crime or have information about the suspects, please call the Pasadena Police Department at:  (626) 744-4241.  

On October 18 at about 4:13 a.m., Pasadena Police officers and California Highway Patrol personnel responded to the Lake Avenue Freeway 210 Overpass regarding a possible suicide female.  The subject was standing on the overpass ledge beyond the safety fence.  CHP officers stopped traffic on the 210 (eastbound side), which impacted the 134 freeway; All traffic was stopped.  Pasadena Police Sergeant P. Carpenter began talking to the female subject and a command post was established.  At approximately 5:16 a.m., the female subject walked off the overpass and was taken into protective custody. She was transported to a local hospital for a 2mental health evaluation.  The freeways were reopened at about 5:13 a.m.  


Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545 | Email: psanchez@cityofpasadena.net
Mission First, People Always


Posted: 10/20/2013 04:50:00 PM
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