Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (03/30/14)

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March 30, 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 ralphordonez@cityofpasadena.net.  

On April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., (in front of the Pasadena Police Department, 207 North Garfield Avenue) the Pasadena Police Department will join the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the 8th DEA National Take Back Initiative (NTBI VIII) 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, potentially saving lives and protecting the ecosystem.  Special Enforcement Section Officer Jordan Ling, along with DEA officers will be on hand to monitor the event.     

PASADENA POLICE DETECTIVES are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects believed responsible for a series of pharmacy burglaries occurring between September 2013 to March 2014. Most burglaries occurred during the early morning hours at businesses in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and California Boulevard, in the City of Pasadena. During the crime, suspects forced entry and collected numerous containers of prescription medication before exiting through an access door. Pasadena Police obtained surveillance footage of the suspects. One suspect appears to be a male White, about 30 years of age, 6’ tall, and approximately 200 pounds. The second suspect appears to be a male Hispanic in his mid-20s, 5’10” and approximately 180 pounds, with short black hair.  

Click the attached link to view the video: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Wants 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena Police Detective Robin Stinson at (626) 744-7097, or Pasadena Police Dispatch at (626) 744-4241. You can also report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena). For information on crime prevention tips, contact the Pasadena Police Department, Community Services Section, at (626) 744-4551. Remember to register at nixle.com to receive real-time public safety notifications. 

Our Community:  

On March 22, twenty children ages 6 to 12 years old graduated from the 30th Kids Safety Academy (KSA).  Families gathered at the police department to celebrate in grand fashion as each child was presented with a Certificate of Completion following a six-week safety course. The KSA is managed by Community Services Section Police Specialist Karla Kauhola, who presided over ceremonies.  Commander Lisa Rosales and Lieutenant Ed Calatayud were on hand to present certificates, pose for photos, and speak about the program’s successes.  Pasadena Police Foundation Board Member Sandra Burton Greenstein also attended the event. The KSA program is designed to provide our children with life lessons, experiences, and the tools to keep them safe in a role proudly shared by law enforcement, parents, and guardians alike. The Pasadena Police Department spearheads several safety programs centered on youth of all ages.

The Pasadena Police Foundation is a non-profit founded in 1993 to foster community involvement and raise funds in support of youth-based programs and activities. The Foundation’s theme of “Helping Cops Give Kids Hope” is fulfilled each time a Kids Safety Academy is realized. To learn more about the Kids Safety Academy and other great programs, or to make a donation, please visit www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org.  To register your child for the next KSA, please call the Pasadena Police Department Community Services Section at (626) 744-4551.

On Saturday March 22, Pasadena Police Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and Lieutenant Cheryl Moody attended the evening services at Lake Avenue Church.  Darryl and Cheryl were invited by Myra Nolan on behalf of Lake Avenue Church Senior Pastor Greg Waybright and the youth members of the church.  Darryl and Cheryl were at Lake Avenue Church to accept Hygiene Kits the youth prepared that will be given to men and women who attend the Pasadena/Altadena Parole Re-integration Council's Resource Fairs.  

On March 25, several Pasadena Police officers and employees attended the annual Pilgrim Towers First Responder’s Luncheon.  The event was well attended as police and fire personnel were treated to a home cooked meal, provided by the Pilgrim Towers Residents (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On March 26, Deputy Chief Qualls, Lieutenants Ibarra, Evans, Calatayud, Clawson, and Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar attended Council Member John Kennedy’s District 3 Community Meeting.  There were several speakers including Assistance City Manager Steve Mermell.  I spent my time presenting a power point on the department Internal Affairs Investigations and Use of Force Incidents. The information is posted on the department webpage at: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police along with a new section, “Frequently Asked Questions” (located on the right side of the webpage).  I would encourage you to spend some time exploring the Pasadena Police Department’s Webpage.  It is full of valuable information including: Crime Statistics, Youth Program Information, contact information, and safety tips.   

On March 28, I was a guest at the monthly meeting of Han & Han Law Firm.  The lunch meeting was hosted at the University Club and I was the guest of 2014 Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins.  Following lunch, I had the opportunity to talk about public safety issues impacting Pasadena.  I focused my remarks on AB 109 (Prison Realignment) and the Pasadena / Altadena Parole Integration Council.  The council is a collaborative effort between the Pasadena Police Department, Flintridge Center, and more than 50 nonprofit organizations to assist people who were formally incarcerated.  

On March 27, NACCP Pasadena Branch hosted its annual Open House and membership drive.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Vasken Gourdikian attended the event and had the opportunity to speak with several community members including NAACP Pasadena Branch President Gary Moody.  

On March 28, several Pasadena Police executives, supervisors and officers participated in a Round Table discussion with CA State Senator Carol Liu.  There were several public safety topics discussed, including the impacts of AB 109 on local communities (including Pasadena), the lack of appropriate funding for mental health, and related issues.  Representatives from Burbank PD, Glendora PD, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Probation Office, and the Flintridge Center also participated in the discussion.  

On March 29, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, volunteers, and community members participated in a “Neighbors and Police Officers – Coffee and Conversation” at the Urth Caffe, 594 East Colorado Boulevard.  The event was well-attended and community members had an opportunity to talk with PPD’s finest regarding a variety of topics. Special thanks to Urth Caffe for hosting the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On March 29, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and community members marched for Peace during the El Centro Cesar Chavez Commemorative Peace Walk.  The annual event helps promote collaboration (toward peace, respect, and harmony) between government organizations, nonprofits, community, and other stakeholders.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On March 13, I received a copy of an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer James Riehl for his assistance during a stolen vehicle investigation.  The author wrote, “…I wanted to express my deep gratitude for your help in retrieving my stolen car last week.  Last Thursday (Feb 6.) I reported my new Lexus 350 ES missing from the 700 block of Cordova near my office.  Your idea to contact my OnStar service lead to its quick recovery. I had already contacted the Lexus dealer but they said OnStar would be of no use - but you knew better. As you may know the car was found a few hours later in the parking lot behind Walgreen's on south Lake Avenue a few blocks from my office…”  

On March 20, I received an email from Pasadena Councilman Gene Masuda commending Pete Hettema, Joaquin Siques, and Amanda Ta-Chavez for their participation at a District 4 meeting. Pete and his team provided strategies for improving traffic and slowing cars in Upper Hasting.   

On March 22-23, several Pasadena Police officers, employees and volunteers participated in the Annual Baker to Vegas Relay Challenge.  The run has a great history dating back several dedicates and usually draws law enforcement running teams from local, county, state, federal, and international organizations.  This year was no exception. The 2014 Pasadena Team was led by Edgar Sanchez, who served as our captain.  This year the team completed the 120-mile run in 16 hours, 26 minutes.  We placed 6th in our category. Runners included: R. Lemos, J. Perez, C. Aguilar, J. Disney, C. Allen, A. McGlade, E. Sanchez, T. Corralez, S. Dawkins, J. Gurrola, D. Garcia, C. Montiglio, M. Chavarin, B. Petrella, B. Horn, B. Crees, V. Cass, A. Villicana, M. Mendenhall, and P. Sanchez (Alternate Runner – J. Yoo). Support members included: G. Thompson, R. Stinson, J. Weiker, Jen Weiker, J. Cordova & M. Cordova, D. Morris & E. Morris, and M. Sanchez.  Our proud sponsors included:  Pepe’s Video, Wokanos, Run with Us, Home Depot, Thorson GMC, Symes Toyota, Pasadena Police Athletic Association & the Pasadena Police Relief Association.  

On March 26, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Corporal Steve Oberon.   The author wrote, “… I just wanted to recognize the outstanding service, responsiveness and follow up I received from one of your officers, Steven Oberon.  Officer Oberon helped in the recovery of a lost IPOD for my 7 year old daughter, which should be reason enough for most to be thankful. It is this kind of consideration that is rarely seen (or at least reported by citizens) and really helps bolster my high regard for your department as a whole.  You can be sure that I have and will continue to recount this experience to others shedding a positive light on your department and leadership….”  

On March 27, I received an email from Casa de las Amiga’s, Director of Programs David Ripley commending Pasadena Police Officer Shannon Reese for a recent lecture she provided at the center (Women’s Empowerment Group).  David wrote, “… Officer Shannon Reese spoke at our Women’s Empowerment group recently and did a fantastic job…”  

On March 27 and 28, the Pasadena Police Department (supported by State Farm Insurance) hosted “Every 15-Minutes,” which is a program designed to educate young drivers about the consequences associated with driving while intoxicated. This year the program involved La Salle High School and was very well received. Pasadena Police Officer Sammy De Sylva coordinated the two-day event.  State Farm Insurance Agents Martinez and Boyajian were on hand to support the students and the program. Agent Martinez talked to the students about the impacts associated with DUI. Several Pasadena Motor Officers, supervisors, and executives also attended the assembly (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On March 27, I received an email from Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud commending Pasadena Police Officer Supervisor Beverly Bogar, and PSs Olga Baray, Susana Castro, and Lola Fyles for their assistance and professionalism while he (Ed) served as the Acting Division Commander.  Ed wrote, “…  You do so much for the organization and you are appreciated.  I can say I am a better lieutenant for having had the experience and I hope to work closely with you in the weeks to come…”  Beverly, Olga, Susana, and Lola support the entire senior command staff and are truly a valued resource.  

Critical Incidents:  

On March 22 at about 12:00 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department received several calls from witness who reported two Male Black Teenagers breaking into a home in the 1900 block of South Craig Avenue.  Officer arrived quickly and observed the front door had been “kicked open.”  The officers surrounded the house and used a P.A. system to order the suspects to surrender.  The suspect immediately fled the residence in separate directions; however they were quickly arrested without further incident by PPD officers.      

On March 25 at about 5:21 a.m., Pasadena Police officers observed a Female White Adult (Pasadena Resident) sitting on the exterior of the Colorado Street Bridge safety fence.  The officers approached the subject and convinced her to come back over the safety railing. When the officers talked with the subject, they determined she was upset because a friend had insulted her. She was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.  

On March 27 at about 1:44 a.m., Pasadena Police officers were providing extra patrols near Colorado Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway when they observed a fight involving several Male Hispanic Adults. The officers quickly intervened to stop the fight. While the officers were in the process of arresting one of the combatants, a second suspect advanced toward them in an aggressive and threatening manner.  He was subsequently taken into custody.  Both suspects were later booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On March 28 at about 9:09 p.m., a 5.1 earthquake (centered in La Habra) rolled into Pasadena. First responders from police, fire, public works, and water & power departments began surveying the city’s critical infrastructure for damage.  The police department followed its normal earthquake protocols, which includes safeguarding key assets to ensure response is not impacted.  There were no obvious signs of damage nor did the department’s communication center receive an inordinate number of calls. The earthquake; however, is a great reminder to ensure you and your family are prepared for a major shake. For more information on preparing for earthquakes and disasters, visit the following website http://cityofpasadena.net/disaster, or you may want to call the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Lisa Derderian (626) 744-7276.  

On March 29 at about 1:25 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Colorado Boulevard regarding an argument.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim who said he knows the suspect (neighbor), who armed himself with a sword. At some point during the incident, the suspect stuck his sword through the front door leading to the victim’s residence. The suspect retreated into his apartment and was later contacted by PPD.  The suspect refused to surrender; however, after an extended period, he was taken into custody without further incident.  



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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