Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (02/02/14)

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February 2, 2014


Dear Community Members & Department Personnel:

For your Information:  

Pasadena Police Department’s Mobile Command Post, Curbside Coffee & Chat, is on the move in 2014.  The police department has received several requests for the mobile command post from neighborhood watch groups and other local stakeholders. The mobile command post is being utilized as a highly visible platform to engage our community members. If you would like the Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat to visit your neighborhood, please call Officer Ralph Ordonez at (626) 744-7651, or email: rordonez@cityofpasadena.net.

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On January 28, Commander Perez, Lieutenant Ibarra, and I attended the Pasadena Police Department’s Volunteer meeting.  During the meeting, PPD Volunteer Sergio Fajardo-Acosta received a department commendation for his service and dedication.  The police department’s volunteer core is an extraordinary resource.  Pasadena Police Officer Kimberly Baecker is the program coordinator. You can learn more about the program at: www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/police/Volunteer_Mission_Statement (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On January 29, several Pasadena Police supervisors, officers, and employees attended the New Year’s Debriefing, which focused on the Rose Parade, Bowl Game, and BCS.  The debrief is critical in our effort to improve police services during major events associated with the New Year. The meeting was facilitated by Lieutenant Taylor, Sergeant Chute, and Officer Dawkins.  

On January 29, Deputy Chief Qualls, Commander Perez, and I stopped by the retirement event for outgoing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.  The event was well attended by local community and business leaders. The event was held at the Brandview Ballroom, Glendale.

On January 30, Lieutenant Ibarra and I attended the Emergency Coordinators meeting, which was held at the American Red Cross Facility.  There were several presentations focused on emergency preparedness, including a brief overview by Lieutenant Ibarra of the See Something, Say Something security concept.  You may recall that the See Something, Say Something security concept was marketed heavily during the Rose Parade, Bowl Game, and BCS.  However, the concept is more than a homeland security defense strategy.  The foundation of the concept is intended to harness “public awareness” by encouraging the public to call the police anytime they see suspicious activity. A brief video for viewing is on the police department’s webpage at:  http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police.  

 Our Community: 

On January 27, Commander Perez participated in a meeting at the Pasadena Youth Center (PYC).  In addition to public safety issues, discussions were held on the upcoming Adelante Mujer Latina Conference, which is scheduled for May 17, 2014, at Pasadena City College.  PYC continues to create excellent opportunities for local Latinos and other youth. Last year more than 1,300 young adults attended the Adelante Young Men’s conference. You can learn more about Pasadena Youth Center at: http://pasadenayouthcenter.org. For more information on the conference or to register, please visit: http://pasadenayouthcenter.org/aml_conference/aml_2014. Stella R. Murga is the Founder & Executive Director of the Pasadena Youth Center.

On January 30, Commander Rosales and I attended the 2014 WOW Planning Breakfast meeting, which was held at the Courtyard Marriot. The meeting was packed with religious leaders, community members, and governmental officials.  The WOW Jam was founded by Steve and Linda “Peaches” Tavani.  The event is focused on helping people most at risk and others through prayer and by providing basic life essentials. WOW National Coordinator Kathy Hernandez facilitated the meeting.  You can learn more about WOW at www.wowjam.com.  The WOW Jam Event is scheduled for June 22, 2014, in Pasadena (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On January 30, Commander Perez, Lieutenant Clawson, Lieutenant Ibarra, and I stopped by the Grand Opening of the New Animal Care Center, 361 South Raymond Avenue.  The facility is exceptional, fresh, and clean.  Several local officials, council members, and mayors (including Mayor Bogaard) provided proclamations and words of encouragement.  Other VIPs included Pasadena Councilman Terry Tornek, City Manager Beck, City PIO Boyer, San Marino Police Chief Harrigan, and Monrovia Police Chief Hunt.  The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA serves communities throughout the SGV (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On January 30, several police officers, employees, and volunteers stopped by the Pasadena Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, Class 40.  The assembly room was packed with nearly 50 participates who live or work in Pasadena.  Over the next several weeks, the academy participants will learn much about their police department through lectures and site visits. PPD personnel included: DC Qualls, CMDRs Perez, Rosales, and Russ, Lieutenants Ibarra, Clawson, Gourdikian, and Calatayud, Administrators Peterson, Patterson, Petry, and Persons, Sergeant Jorge, Officers Allen, Ordonez, and me. Class 40 will be facilitated by Police Specialists Johnson, and Officer Dawkins and Reinbold.   To learn more about the Pasadena Police Department’s Citizen Academy, please visit: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/police/citizen_police_academy (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On January 30, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Clawson and Gourdikian, and Office Supervisor Bogar stopped by the District 1 “Mix & Mingle,” which was hosted by Vice Mayor Robinson.  I understand the event was very well attended at the Lincoln Restaurant.

Critical Incidents:  

On January 25 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the report of a vehicle fire near Del Monte Street & Lincoln Avenue.  PFD was on scene and extinguished the blaze. During their preliminary investigation, PPD officers discovered the vehicle had been stolen from Arcadia.  The PFD Arson Investigator is reviewing the case.

On January 27 at about 2:40 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 600 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue regarding a strong arm robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim, who said she was walking in a parking lot when the suspect (Male Black, unshaven, medium build, 6’-0,’ wearing a black “Adidas” sweater, black shorts, and newer- looking dark colored “Adidas” tennis shoes) approached her and engaged in casual conversation. Without warning, the suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and ran to a nearby vehicle (Newer Blue Chevy Tahoe). The victim was uninjured and our investigation is ongoing.

On January 27 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 400 block of East Walnut Street regarding a robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers learned the suspect entered a 24-hour convenience store, grabbed alcoholic beverages, and attempted to leave without paying.  The suspect assaulted a store clerk as he was leaving the store; however, the suspect was apprehended without incident a short time later.  Fortunately, the clerk was not seriously injured.  He was booked at the Pasadena Police jail.

On January 29 at about 5:00 a.m., a witness in the 1400 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue phoned the Pasadena Police Department requesting assistance for a male being attacked by three dogs.  The witness reported the dogs had been dragging the male, who broke free and took refuge on top of a nearby vehicle parked on Fair Oaks Avenue.  The dogs remained in the immediate area, pacing viciously beside the vehicle. 

Pasadena Police officers responded and located the victim (Pasadena Resident) still on top of the car.  The victim pointed out the three dogs standing on the sidewalk north of them.  When officers illuminated the dogs, they quickly walked south on the east sidewalk, but then turned and aggressively approached the officers, barking and growling.  As the dogs drew closer, one officer discharged his shotgun multiple times striking the three dogs.  One dog died at the scene and the others sustained injuries.  They received veterinary services after their capture. The dogs did not have tags and their owner is unknown.

Officers learned the victim had been walking his bicycle south on Fair Oaks Avenue when the three dogs charged him from across the street.  The victim tried to position his bike between him and the attacking dogs, who were trying to bite him.  Ultimately, the victim dropped his bicycle and jumped onto the hood of a vehicle parked on Fair Oaks Avenue. He remained there until officers arrived and the dogs were no longer a threat.

It is very fortunate the victim was not badly injured by the attacking dogs.  If the animals had been properly secured, this incident may not have happened.  In this instance, the officer’s quick actions prevented anyone else from being harmed.

I hope you have a super day…..

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




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