Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (11/24/13)

Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
November 24, 2013


Dear Community and Department Personnel:  

For Your Information: 

On December 14, from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., the Villa Parke Boxing Program is hosting its first Cops in My Corner Boxing Show, featuring competitors from throughout Southern California.  The event will shine a light on the relationship between the Pasadena Police Department, the Police Activities League (PAL), South Pasadena Police Department, their support of the Villa-Parke Boxing Program, and our community. The event will be held in the Villa-Parke Community Center Gymnasium, 363 East Villa Street.  A voluntary $5.00 donation is requested in lieu of an admission fee and children under 12 are free.   For more information, please contact Fausto De La Torre at (626) 744- 6531 or FDeLaTorre@cityofpasadena.net.  

On December 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council (PAPAC) will host its 18th Annual Christmas Toy Drive at the Pasadena Police Department (207 North Garfield Avenue).  Prior to the event, if possible, please bring new, unwrapped toys to 1160 East Walnut Street, in Pasadena.  For more information, please call Harry Kouladjian (626) 945-3031, or Hovannes Sarkissian (626) 792-9597.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On November 21, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Richard Aversano retired after more than 30 years in law enforcement.  I thought you might like to read his biography, which underscores his talents, dedication, and professionalism over three decades.  

“Lieutenant Rick Aversano was raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1981.  He worked as a police officer in San Diego for a year and a half and joined the Pasadena Police Department in February of 1984.   

During his career through the ranks of police officer, corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant, Rick has worked in every section within the police department with the exception of Traffic and Air Operations.  In 1987 he was assigned to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a Special Agent for two years.  During this time Rick gained extensive knowledge in the areas of gang crime and narcotics investigations on a national scale.  His assigned team made hundreds of arrests and seized narcotics and cash totaling over 10 million dollars. 

As the result of his three assignments in the Event Planning Section, he is a recognized expert in the policing of large scale special events and the many aspects of Counter Terrorism.  Lieutenant Aversano was extensively involved in the planning and implementation of police and security services for the World Cup Soccer events, 10 Rose Parades, 10 Rose Bowl Games, two Super Bowls, and two NCAA National Championship football games.  For two years Lieutenant Aversano served as the ranking officer for the Police Department’s Detective Section, overseeing many high profile investigations.  In 2004, he was awarded the Chief’s Special Award for Excellence for efforts in the prevention of issues surround terrorism in southern California.  As the manager of the department’s Counter Terrorism Section, he was selected to travel to Israel in 2006 as a representative of Southern California Law Enforcement. Lieutenant Aversano has served as Adjutant to the Chief of Police, managed the Police Department’s Administrative Service’s Section, and the Office of Audits and Inspections.  Lieutenant Aversano and his wife, Laura, have been married for 27 years. They have two children, Richard and Alexa.” 

Rick has played a significant role in the Pasadena Police Department for more than three decades.  Congratulations Lieutenant Rick Aversano! 

Our Community:  

On November 16, Pasadena Police Officer Cristian Allen attended the Washington STEAM Fall Festival.  The acronym STEAM stands for, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. You can learn a little more about STEAM at http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/social-affairs/20130814/pusds-washington-steams-into-the-future-on-first-day-of-school (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On November 16, several Pasadena Police employees attended the Unity in Diversity Dinner, which was held at the Jackie Robinson Community Center.  The program was organized and facilitated by Pasadena / Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL) Board President, Yolanda Trevino. PACTL selected Pasadena Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson, Kate Bean, E.D., and me as community heroes. Several community leaders spoke at the event, including NAACP Pasadena Branch President Gary Moody and PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper.   For more information on PACTL, please visit: http://www.PACTL.ORG (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On November 18, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, HR&R Director Mercy Santoro, and I met with former NAACP Pasadena Branch Presidents Del Yarbrough and Joe Brown to discuss current programing, community participation and enrichment, and other programs designed as intervention and prevention measures.  The meeting is an ongoing effort to increase program efficiencies and create inclusion among our community stakeholders.  

On November 20, several Pasadena Police employees attended the District 3 Town Hall Meeting, which was held in the Robinson Park Multi-Purpose Room. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard provided brief opening remarks and Councilman John Kennedy facilitated the meeting.  This was Councilman Kennedy’s first large community meeting since his election to the council.  The room was packed with constituents, city staff, and other interested stakeholders. Executive directors included:  Michael Beck, Steve Mermell, Calvin Wells, Siobhan Foster, Phyllis Currie, Andrew Green, Phyllis Currie, and Michele Bagneris.  I focused my remarks on the recent shootings in District 3 and the efforts of the police department to mitigate the impact on our community.   

Pasadena Police personnel included:  Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Jason Clawson, Sergeants Bobby Crees and Bobby Lomeli, Officer Ralph Ordonez, and Police Specialists Michele White, Noel Herrera, and Nick Ortiz.  District 3 Field Representatives Jana West and Christian Cruz attended the meeting as did Lena Kennedy. At the conclusion of the meeting, some 200 frozen turkeys were distributed to community members attending the meeting (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On November 21, Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales and I attended the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications (LA-RICS) Stakeholder’s Meeting, which was held in Glendale.  The meeting was focused on identifying challenges, opportunities, and potential threats regarding the implementation of the system (several years in the future).  You can learn more about LA-RICS at: http://www.la-rics.org. 

Critical Incidents:  

On November 18, the Glendale Police Department responded to the murder of an 84-year-old victim who had been severely beaten inside his apartment.  Initially, it was believed the crime was part of a random burglary; however, GPD detectives quickly developed additional leads revealing the suspect was a relative. GPD detectives requested the assistance of the U.S. Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes Pasadena Police officers.  The story was covered by the local media: http://ktla.com/2013/11/18/elderly-man-dies-after-being-found-in-ransacked-glendale-apartment/#eoekHfhw5oJf8Wm4.03. The suspect is still outstanding at this time.

On November 18 at 4:30 p.m., about 80 community members marched from Fuller Theological campus to the front steps of City Hall in support of immigration reform.  The march was orderly and well organized.  There were no citations, arrests, or incidents associated with the march.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Randell Taylor and Sergeant Rudy Lemos monitored the event.   

On November 19 at about 8:13 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1900 block of North Raymond Avenue regarding several calls of shots fired.  Witnesses reported that a vehicle drove by a residence and fired several shots, but fortunately, no one was injured.  If you have information about this senseless crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744- 4241, and ask for detectives.  On November 20 at about 3:50 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Green Street and Lotus Avenue (Los Angeles County jurisdiction) regarding a call for assistance from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  On arrival, PPD ground officers, assisted by the department’s Air Operations Unit, assisted by containing the area while sheriff’s deputies searched for a stolen vehicle suspect.  PPD personnel were released shortly after their arrival, however.  The suspect was subsequently located and arrested by LASD.  On Duty Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tom Delgado monitored the incident.  

On November 20, detectives assigned to the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted with a pharmacy burglary investigation in Glendale.  Along with Glendale Police Department detectives, the taskforce developed information on the suspect’s location. The taskforce contacted the burglary suspect and arrested him without incident.  During the subsequent search, five loaded firearms were recovered, including an AK-47 Assault Rifle. The Pasadena Police Department participates on the taskforce.  

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


Posted: 11/24/2013 08:50:00 AM
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