Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
March 30, 2014
Community Members & Department Personnel:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
the attached link to view the video: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Wants.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always