Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (02/16/14)

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February 16, 2014


Dear Community Members & Department Personnel: 

For your Information:  

The Pasadena Police Department is planning to open the police officer application process on or about February 13, 2104.  Prior to the opening, interested people should use the following link (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/pasadena/default.cfm?action=openjobrequest) to access the City of Pasadena Human Resources Department “Job Interest Cards” webpage and check the law enforcement and public safety boxes.  Interested people will receive an email from the city announcing the next steps.  

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@cityofpasadnea.net.  

The Pasadena Police Department offers home & vehicle burglary crime prevention tips.  Burglary victims often feel vulnerable and violated when their personal space has been invaded. Records show that home burglaries often occur during the day while residents are away from their dwelling. While residential burglaries seem random, predators usually choose their targets.  Unoccupied homes with easy or concealed access and quick escape routes are targeted. If you See Something, Say Something. Reporting suspicious activity when you first learn of it gives police officers a greater chance of disrupting criminal activity.  Together we can impact crime and make it a safer place for all who live in, work, or visit Pasadena.  For more information, please visit the police department’s webpage at http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police.  

On March 1, the West Pasadena Little League will host Opening Day at Robinson Park, 1081 North Fair Oaks Avenue. The celebration starts at 8:00 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee, $5.00) and the program at 10:00 a.m. For tickets, please call: (626) 235-0761, or (626) 484-648. I hope to see you there – it’s a great cause in support of our local youth.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On January 27, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Don Sevesind for his professionalism during a field investigation. The author wrote, “… Your calm and conscientious demeanor was a comfort to me, and I know we were not the most cooperative individuals….”  

On February 6, I received a letter from Investigative Consultants President Kris Bucker commending several Pasadena Police officers for their assistance during a counterfeiting and piracy investigation.  The author wrote, “… We were very impressed by the officers’ demeanor and courtesy while carrying out their duties in a professional manner.  The officer’s dedication and commitment in a positive manner was very clear and evident…”  “… I would like to express my gratitude to you and the members of the Pasadena Police Department for your outstanding efforts to stop trademark counterfeiting and piracy….”  The officers listed in the letter are:  Lieutenant Diego Torres, Sergeant David Reavis, Corporal Matt Campeau, Officers Susan Gomez, Lawrence Kayonda, Robert Christian, Robert Boubois, and Brian Bulaon.  

On February 7, I received information that a Wanted Commercial Burglary Suspect, Danielle Scully, was arrested without incident by Officers Burris, Cass, and personnel assigned to Patrol Team 7Officer Cass received a radio call about a theft investigation at Vons Market (100 block West California Boulevard).  Pasadena Police Detective Robin Stinson monitored the call over the police radio and, based on the suspect description, advised Cass that the suspect might be the same person wanted in a series of commercial thefts. Officer Burris was also familiar with suspect Scully from pervious contacts and knew where she could be located.  This case demonstrates the collaborative team work among PPD’s Finest.  

On February 8, I received an email from a community member commending Officers Bill Shipman, Elgin Lee, Victor Cass, and Los Angeles County Mental Health Officers Jim Recio and Guillermo Vasquez for their dedication and professionalism.  The author wrote, “… Their positive attitude creates a wonderful environment that is not only family safe, but also generates an atmosphere which is healthy, fun, honest, and caring.  These professional gentlemen console the poor in spirit. They feed the weak, they respect culture, and they are intelligent! They inspire me to do my best the first time. They lead by example…”  

On February 10, I received a letter from Board of State and Community Corrections Deputy Director Evonne Garner.  In her letter, Garner stated that the Pasadena Police Department’s Jail Facility was in full compliance with the Standards and Training for Corrections Programs’ regulations, policies, and procedures.  The Pasadena jail is managed by Administrator Michele Robinson.   

Our Community:  

On February 6, Commander John Perez met with several Latino pastors to discuss local safety concerns, issues, and other related matters.  The meeting was well attended and productive. Commander Perez and other department executives routinely meet with religious leaders to ensure they are kept informed about public safety issues.  

On February 7, Lieutenant Clawson, Sergeant Lomeli, Officer Allen, and Police Specialist Kauhola attended the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new kindergarten complex at Willard International Baccalaureate (IB) Elementary School.  Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Jon R. Gundry joined PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper and Willard Principal Dr. Debra DeBose as well as students, faculty, parents, and board members for a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new kindergarten complex.  The ceremony marks the completion of 14 months of construction for the $2.9 million facility. The project was funded by Measure TT, the $350 million school bond initiative approved by voters in 2008. A tour of the facility followed the ceremony. 

On February 8, Pasadena Police Commander John Perez, Lieutenant Cheryl Moody, and Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar stopped by Robinson Park for “Family Day.”  The park was full of families, children, and other community members who were enjoying the facility.  The event was organized by a group of formerly incarcerated people wanting to give back to Pasadena.   

On February 8, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, Officer Ralph Ordonez, Police Specialists Kitty Johnson and Karla Kauhola, PPD Volunteer Mirsa Serrano, and I attended Kids Safety Academy, Class 30.  More than 25 families and students attended the educational course, which was facilitated by Karla. The students enjoyed a building tour and had the opportunity to explore a Pasadena Police vehicle. To learn more about the department’s Kids Safety Academy, please visit: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/police/community_services. Community Services facilitates the program and is under the command of Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud. 

On February 8, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders Lisa Rosales and John Perez, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, and I stopped by “A Taste of Harambee.”  The event was patterned after a “Backyard BBQ” and was very well attended by local community members, families, parents, students, and friends. Harambee Executive Director Harlan Redman and a few of his board of directors were on hand to welcome people to the event (Photos at @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On February 8, San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity participated in a mock "Shantytown" in the parking lot of La Salle High School. The event consisted of a few dozen high school students who camped out overnight in cardboard boxes and makeshift tarps. The experience was to give the students some insight of the challenges of life and to raise funds in an effort to continue to eliminate poverty housing. One of the event participants, Jenna Calamusa, reached out to the Pasadena Police Department as a community resource. During the night, Officers Joe Reinbold, Matt Crawford, Corporal Robert Mercado, CSO Ricky Liu, Brandon Anderson, and Lieutenant Clawson stopped by at different times in support of the event. There were no issues with this gathering and great awareness was gained by all (Photo attached).  

On February 11, several city employees gathered in the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Main Library for a presentation of GIS technologies.  CIO Phillip Leclair provided opening remarks and the overview as facilitated by GTG Consultants and Pasadena’s GIS Coordinator Jonathan Robinson. GIS technologies are very exciting and will provide many options for the end user (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On February 15, several Pasadena Police personnel participated in the 32nd Annual Black History Parade, which started in Altadena and concluded at Jackie Robinson Park (JRP).  The parade was well supported by family, friends, and community members.  There were marching bands, precision drill teams, classic cars, emergency equipment from PPD and PFD, JROTC Military marching squads, and much more. Some of the VIPs I talked with or saw included:  US Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson, Councilman Terry Tornek, Councilman John Kennedy, City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, PFD Fire Chief Calvin Wells, HS&R Director Mercy Santoro, PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper, PUSD VP Tyron Hampton, PUSD Academic Dean Dr. McDonald, NAAPC Pasadena Branch President Gary Moody, and Black History Parade Organizing Committee, HS&R Administrator Horace Wormely, Northwest Manager Lola Osborn, and HS&R Supervisor Jarvis Emerson (there were many more).  PPD Staff included:  Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez, Lisa Rosales, and the Chief’s Adjutant – Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Sergeant Javier Aguilar, Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, PhD., Corporal Glenn Thompson, Officer Sean Dawkins, Officer Daniel Morris, SES Officers Edgar Sanchez, Cesar Aguilar, Milton White, Jordon Ling, Pasadena Police Explorers, Pasadena Fire Explorers, and me (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On February 15, Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck and Lieutenant Jason Clawson attended the Bright Futures Scholars Leadership Development Program in Altadena, Ca. The program was graciously led by Dean of Scholars, Dr Sandra E. Thomas with Rev. John Bledsoe in attendance. Both CM Beck and Lt. Clawson spoke to 62 participants, ranging in ages from 12 to 18, about planning for the future, setting and achieving goals, and fiscal responsibility.

Critical Incidents:  

On February 6, a Marshall Fundamental High School Security officer observed a student (Male Black, approximately 14 years old) on the roof of a school building.  The security agent did not believe the student was going to jump off the building or otherwise injury himself; however, out of an abundance of caution, he notified Pasadena Police Safe Schools Team officers, who responded. Other police personnel also responded to the call.  Officer Carlos Sainz contacted the student, asked him to come down from the roof, and the student immediately complied.   

On February 8 at about 10:06 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Bellevue Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon investigation. On arrival, officers talked with the victim (Male Hispanic, 28) who said he was attacked by the suspect, who was armed with a hammer.  The victim and suspect work together; however, the combatant became angry with the victim during their work shift.  The suspect struck the victim once on the side of the head with the hammer, causing moderate injuries. The suspect was located near the crime scene and arrested without incident.  The hammer was also located and the suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail. Media Story at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140208/taco-truck-employee-accused-of-striking-co-worker-in-head-with-hammer-in-pasadena.  

On February 9 at about 3:50 a.m., Pasadena Police Officers Adesina and Saunders were on routine patrol in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked nearby.  The officers developed enough probable cause and contacted the subjects in the vehicle.  Their field investigation led to the recovery of approximately 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine.  The suspects were arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail. Great proactive police work by Officers Adesina and Saunders! 

On February 9 at about 11:13 a.m., Pasadena Police Patrol Team 1 officers responded to the 600 block of West Washington Boulevard regarding two female adults removing items from a vehicle.  The person notifying the police knew the vehicle had been reported stolen within the past few days.  When officer arrived, the females were detained.  They were subsequently arrested without incident when the officers recognized the females from a recent CVS robbery.  PPD Patrol Team 1 officers also identified a second stolen vehicle on the property.  Both cars were recovered. Officer then focused their attention on the residence after observing several items in plain view, believed to be stolen property. Officers applied for a warrant and a superior court judge authorized the search. The investigation was supervised by Sergeant Beene.  The West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Taskforce also assisted with the investigation.    

On February 13 at about 8:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1300 block of North Allen Avenue regarding a Stalking Investigation.  On arrival officers talked with the victim who she has been separated from her husband for a period of time and was currently seeking a divorce.  The victim was in possession of a lawful restraining order prohibiting direct contact by the suspect.  The victim said the suspect had followed her to a local market and watch her as she shopped.  Officers located the suspect in the approximate area of the market and conducted a field interview.   During the interview the suspect admitted he was watching the victim and was arrested without incident. The suspect was later booked at the Pasadena jail. Allegedly this is the fourth case (in the past 12 months) against the suspect.   


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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