Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
December 1, 2013
Dear Community and Department Personnel:
See Something, Say Something Public Safety Awareness Campaign:
The Pasadena Police
Department is proud to roll out our See Something, Say Something Public
Awareness Campaign just in time for the 2014 Tournament of Rose Parade/Rose
Bowl, & BCS Championship football games. The video was coordinated by Pasadena
Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and recorded (filmed) by Corporal
Anthony Russo. Special thanks to Pasadena Fire Chief Wells and
Tournament of Roses Executive Director, Bill Flinn, for
participating in this very important message. The See Something, Say
Something campaign will include Parade and Business Watch (along Colorado
Boulevard) and harness the Tournament of Roses volunteers for a more robust
security network. You can view the See Something, Say Something video
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.
On December 26, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.,
the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) will host an exclusive sneak
peek preview of the 2014 Rose Parade floats before they head down Colorado
Boulevard. The showing will take place at Phoenix Decorating Company, 835
South Raymond Avenue. Admission for adults is $25.00 and $10.00 for kids
(under 15). For more information or to RSVP, please email Jill Hawkins
at Jill@mhpevents.com or
call (626) 791-1225.
On October 21, I received a letter from
Glendale Chief of Police Ron De Pompa commending Pasadena Police Commander
Lisa Rosales for participating in their recent promotional process. Chief
De Pompa wrote, “…Knowing how very busy your schedule is, we sincerely appreciate
your time, energy, and willingness to assist us. Your participation
during the selection process was very significant in assisting us to find the
best candidates for this key position.
On November 5, I received an email from College
Women’s Club of Pasadena’s, Carol Numrich, commending Pasadena Police
Sergeant Jesse Carrillo for spearheading a panel discussion at their recent
luncheon. Carol wrote, “… He [Jesse] related the view of the department
regarding survivors of abuse, whether it is a child, family, the elderly, or
women. He discussed ways in which Pasadena is unique in its approach, by
working with other agencies, such as Peace Over Violence, to lend support, and
the role that detectives play in following through…” I understand there
were more than 70 women in attendance and Jesse received much kudos.
On November 6, I received a letter from Hawthorne
Chief of Police, Robert Fager, commending Pasadena Police Commander John
Perez for participating in their recent lieutenant promotional
process. Chief Fager wrote, “… I wish to wholeheartedly commend the
demeanor, professionalism, and work investment that Commander Perez embodied as
a participating panel member…”
On November 7, I received a letter from San
Rafael Neighborhoods Association President, Ron Paler, commending the
Pasadena Police Department for participating in their recent community
meeting. The meeting was held at Hillsides Auditorium on November 6, and Pasadena
Police Lieutenant John Dewar, Sergeant Bobby Crees, and I attended.
On November 19, I traveled north to the Naval
Postgraduate School (Monterey), to lecture at the Center for Homeland Defense
and Security, Fusion Center Leadership Program. More than 30 executive
directors and HLS experts attended the 40 hour course, which is designed to identify
best-practices and contemporary threat analysis. There are more than 78 Fusion
Centers strategically located across the United States. Locally, the Los
Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (LA-JRIC) serves as our fusion
center. You can report suspicious activity directly to the JRIC, or visit their
website at: https://www.jric.org/. On November 20, several Pasadena police employees
attended a POST Mental Health Training Update. The training focused on teaching
first responders how to identify and interact with subjects who may be
suffering from mental health issues or illness. The training was
facilitated by Pasadena Police HOPE Officer Domino Scott.
On November 27, I
received information from Commander Rosales that Pasadena Police
Dispatchers Veronica Montanez, Alesandra Perez, Diana Parra,
Alesandra Perez, Jeff Sanchez, Kelly Jo McGlothlin, Maria Perusquia, David
Covarrubias, Janette Fajardo, and Supervisor Rosanne Reinbold adopted
a Pasadena family of six in need for Thanksgiving. Each dispatcher
donated personal funds to purchase a turkey and condiments. The group
also baked different Thanksgiving side meal items, and one dispatcher bought
the family a new set of dinnerware on which to enjoy the delicious meal.
I was told the single mother and her five children were very grateful for
the thoughtfulness and act of kindness by the dispatchers.
On November 29, I received
information from Pasadena Police Lieutenant Diego Torres that Detective
Sheri Schwab was accepted into the POST Instructor Development Institute
(IDI). The program was created by POST in an effort to provide
standardized, multi-level, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in
the delivery of law enforcement instruction. The selection process is
demanding. Participants are required to develop individual training
programs and publish academic articles.
On November 25, Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Fire Department
PIO Lisa Derderian, Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, Officer Ralph Ordonez, and PPD
Volunteer Lou Oronoz participated in a Public Safety Briefing at
Fire Station 33. Chief Wells talked about Christmas Tree safety while I
focused my remarks on the See Something, Say Something Safety Awareness
campaign (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
On November 25, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and
I met with KPCC Reporter Rina Palta to discuss several projects
involving the Pasadena Police Department. The topics included the See
Something, Say Something Safety Awareness campaign, AB109, and several of
the department’s youth programs.
On November 26, I received notice that
a victim of an auto burglary sent a “thank you” card acknowledging Pasadena
Police Officer Sahak Neresyan and Records Police Specialist Lydia
Callers for their help and kindness during a difficult time.
On November 26, Corporal Glenn Thompson and
several members of Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 attended the
75th Annual Queen’s Breakfast, honoring the Tournament of Roses
and the 2014 Rose Queen and Royal Court. The event was pack with family and
friends, including former Rose Queens. Pasadena Explorers served as Royal
Escorts, walking each princess and the queen to their seats. The Pasadena
Fire Department posted the colors and ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor; David Ono
served as the Mast of Ceremonies. Several local leaders attended the
event including Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Manager Michael Beck, and Fire Chief
Wells. 2014 Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins, and his
wife Cindy, also attended the breakfast (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
On Thanksgiving Day, several Pasadena Police
employees volunteered their time and energy to help others in the Pasadena
Community by serving hot meals at the Salvation Army or delivering holiday
baskets. The hot meals were provided to more than 800 people under the
leadership of Salvation Army Program Director, Pat Riley. Volunteers
included: Commander Lisa Rosales and family, Lieutenant Ed
Calatayud, Sergeant Chris Gutierrez, Sergeant Marcia Taglioretti and family,
Corporal Jason Van Hecke and family, Corporal Mark Lang, Officer Brian
Bulan and Family, Officer John Yoo, Officer Derek Locklin, Officer
Cristian Allen, Officer Van Kim and family, Officer Kevin Okamoto, and
Police Specialists Debbie Bush (ret.).
On December 1, Mayor Bogaard hosted his 28th
Annual Christmas Party for Kid at the Brookside Golf Course. The event is
historically well attended and this year was no exception. Over 200 children
including young people from Pasadena Police PAL (Pasadena Police Activities
League) attended the holiday event. The youngest citizens were treated to a
sing along led by Rose Queen Ana Acosta and her royal court, a
singing performance by Tori Harvey, the 2013 Pasadena Idol, a magic show
and a special appearance by Santa Clause with gifts for all. The
masters of ceremony Pasadena Police Corporal Glenn Thompson and Lieutenant
Rodney D. Wallace (Ret.) brought cheers from the audience. In
addition to the many children from throughout the Pasadena community, the
event was attended by many distinguished guests including Mercy Santoro,
Director of Human Resource, Horace Wormely, Deputy Director of Human Resources,
Pasadena Police Department members Lieutenants John Dewar and Ed
Calatayud, Officer Anthony Riley, Director of PAL and Beverly Bogar, Office
Support Supervisor for Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.
On November 16 at about
10:54 a.m. the Pasadena Police Department received a call of unusual
circumstances in the 400 block of Emerson Street. On arrival officers talked
with a witness (Female Adult) who said she was working in her flower bed and
discovered a large bone. It was unknown the origin of the bone so the Los
Angeles Coroner's Office was contacted and responded to investigate. The
coroner’s officer later determined the bone belonged to a large animal,
possible a cow.
On November 23 at about 1:00
a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1100 block
of East Walnut Street to assist the Fire Department at the scene of a structure
fire. On arrival, officers assisted with traffic control while the
firefighters knocked down the fire.
On November 24 at about
10:23 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of
Orange Grove Boulevard and Mar Vista Avenue regarding shots fired (heard
only). On arrival, the officers check the area; however, they were unable
to locate any evidence of a crime.
On November 24, at about
11:16 a.m., the Pasadena Police Department received a call
regarding a female preparing to jump off a bridge onto the freeway below. The
caller believed the female was in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove
Boulevard, but was not completely certain. Pasadena Police Sergeant
Beene coordinated a search of the overpasses in the area identified by the
caller. Moments later, Pasadena Police HOPE Officer Elgin Lee was
patrolling the overpass near Orange Grove Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue, when
he observed a female subject matching the description of the potential jumper.
As Officer Lee
approached the suicidal subject; she immediately started climbing the overpass
safety fence at Orange Grove Boulevard & the 210 Freeway. The suicidal
subject’s upper body was over the top of the fence when Officer Lee grabbed her
legs and pulled her to safety. The subject was subsequently detained on a WIC
5150 hold. If not for the quick actions of Officer Lee, the female
subject would have jumped from the overpass on to the 210 freeway, likely
resulting in her death. The incident was monitored by the on-duty Watch
Commander, Lieutenant Jason Clawson, and supervised by Sergeant Dennis
On November 24 at about 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded
to the 800 block of Merritt Street regarding a possible stabbing
investigation. On arrival, officers talked with the victim, a Male
Hispanic Adult (Pasadena Resident), who said he was in the area of El Mira
Street and Wright Avenue, when he observed a group of male Hispanic subjects
loitering in the area. The victim said he was confronted by two Hispanic
males, who produced a knife and demanded the victim’s property. The victim
refused and a physical altercation subsequently ensued. The victim was
stabbed several times in the head and torso by the suspects.
The suspects then removed the victim’s property and left the area.
Under the command of Sergeant Robert Tucker, Pasadena Police officers
check the area; however, they were unable to locate the suspects. The victim
was transported to a local hospital and received medical treatment for his
injuries. If you have any information about this incident, please call
Pasadena Police Lieutenant T. Rojas at (626) 744-4241.
On November 26 at about 3:00
p.m., officers assigned to the Pasadena Police Department’s Special
Enforcement Section (SES) and the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets
Taskforce (SSTF) served a search warrant at 1161 North Garfield Avenue.
The location has long been a nuisance in the community plagued with narcotics
activities and a gathering point for local gang members. During the
warrant, several individuals were contacted, including the subject of the
search – Corey Lyn Kennedy (a known local gang member).
During the search, officers
and taskforce members located evidence of marijuana sales. Kennedy was
arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, a felony. Edward Lee
McFadden III (a local known gang member) was at the Garfield Avenue
residence and was arrested for an outstanding attempted murder warrant
(McFadden was wanted for attempting to shoot the mother of his child and a male
companion in Mid-October 2013). Lastly, Markees Darshawn Goldsmith was
taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. All three suspects were booked
at the Pasadena jail. The served warrant was supervised by Pasadena Police
Sergeant Bobby Crees.
2014 is around the corner
and will bring new hope, opportunities and challenges.
The Pasadena Police Department will begin to focus its attention on the New
Year’s Celebration, the Rose Parade & Bowl, and the BSC National
Championship, in addition to its daily duties. Given the increased tempo
associated with preparing for the New Year – the Touching Base
newsletter will resume in January 2014 (mass distributions may occur as the
need arises). Please take time to visit the Pasadena Police Department
Webpage for community information, crime statistics, Nixle Alerts, and to view
the See Something, Say Something Video.
I pray you and your family
have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always