Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/15/14)

Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 15, 2014

Dear Community& Department Personnel: 

For your information: 

The Pasadena Police and Fire Departments remind the public that it is illegal to sell, use, or possess fireworks in Pasadena.  The City maintains a Zero Tolerance Policy for fireworks.  Violators are subject to arrest and impound of vehicles.  For more information, please visit www.cityofpasadena..net.  

Our Community:  

On June 10, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra attended the Pasadena Police Foundation (PPF) meeting, which was held at police headquarters.  The police foundation is a strategic partner and supports youth programs such as the Kids Safety Academy and the Youth Accountability Board (YAB), which is a diversion program built on a restorative justice platform.  To learn more about the Pasadena Police Foundation, please visit:  pasadenapolicefoundation.org.  

On June 11, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ibarra and I attended the monthly meeting of the Clergy Community Coalition.  The meeting was hosted by Pastor Jean Burch, Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena.  The meeting was well attended by local officials, religious leaders, and academics.  I used my time to share information about public safety issues in Pasadena (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On June 11, Pasadena Police Sergeant Taglioretti attended the Los Angeles County Training Academy Re-Dedication Ceremony at the Biscailuz Center.  The center was decommissioned as a primary training academy several years ago.  The sheriff’s department, however, intends to reopen the center as a Basic Police Academy. 

On June 12, I attended the monthly meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Police Chief’s Association.  The meeting was held in the City of Irwindale at Picasso’s Café and was well attended.  In addition to public safety topics, the chiefs also discussed LA-RICS, UASI funding, and the impacts of AB109. 

On June 13, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students participating in a summer program sponsored by La Canada Flintridge Prep School, Athletic Council on Leadership.  The students were from the Pasadena Boys Club.  We discussed leadership, education, positive decision-making, and other relevant topics.  I thought the group of young people was bright, engaging, and articulate.  The event was coordinated by Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jari Faulkner (ret.) (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On May 31, Pasadena Police Chaplin Chip Rittenhouse responded to a fatal traffic collision involving a 7-year-old child at the intersection of Hill Street and Colorado Boulevard.  Chip walked around the traffic scene talking with witnesses, officers, and others who were involved or had seen the collision.  The Pasadena Police Chaplin Corps is an extremely dedicated group of religious leaders who work with the department to help mitigate the impact of tragic and often violent incidents.   To learn more about the department’ Chaplin Corps, please visit the Pasadena Police Department’s Webpage at: www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/police/ . 

On June 5, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Jack Rappuchi for his prompt response at an incident near the Rose Bowl.  The author wrote, “… Officer Rappuch was incredibly helpful and professional.  He answered all of mine and my husband’s questions promptly and professionally.  I appreciate the concern he had for our family and the community.  I feel blessed to live in such a wonderful community with such an engaged police force.  I appreciative of the service of the Pasadena Police Department…”   

On June 7, Pasadena Police Officer Matthew Jones was conducting foot beat patrol in Central Park.  He recognized a suspect who was wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for attempted rape.  Matt contacted the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was turned over to Los Angeles Police Department officers.  

On June 8, I received a letter from Pasadena Host Lions Club President Tom Kester commending Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Crees and the department’s Color Guard Unit.  Tom wrote, “… A note of sincere appreciation to you and the members of the Pasadena Police Color Corps who honored the opening session of Lions MD4 Council of Governors at the Hilton Hotel, this past Saturday morning.  The Corps presentation of colors is a most impressive and inspiring sight and was applauded and appreciated by all present. …”  

On June 9, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Matt Griffin for his professionalism, sincerity, and dedication.  The author wrote, “… I live in construction hell and do not like when workers start before it is even legal.  Being waked up to chainsaws can start your day off wrong.  [Officer] Matthew Griffin and another officer answered the call.  Officer Griffin treated me with the utmost respect and kindness.  I was almost surprised!  Officer Griffin was not apathetic like I expected and even apologized (which was not needed it wasn’t his fault) but his respect and professional and non-apathetic attitude prompted me to write this letter….” 

On June 9, I received a phone call from a community member who wanted to commend Pasadena Police Officer Barry Glockson.  The caller said she was stopped by Officer Glockson and was very impressed with his demeanor and professionalism.  The caller said, “He [Glockson] represented the Pasadena Police Department at the highest level and I was glad that I met him…”  

Critical Incidents:  

On June 7 at about 3:45 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a robbery investigation in the 1000 block of East Green Street.  On arrival, officers learned the suspect (Male Black, 25 years) was confronted inside a business. The business owner fought with the suspect and recovered his property. The suspect fled the location prior to the arrival of the police.  Our investigation is ongoing.  

On June 8 at about 7:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of North Marengo Avenue regarding an Assault With a Deadly Weapon investigation. On arrival, officers learn that two cousins were arguing over a female.  During the argument, one of the involved parties hit the victim on the face with a baseball bat.  The suspect fled the scene and the victim’s father drove him to the hospital.  The victim suffered a broken jaw and arm.  Our investigation is ongoing.  

On June 10 at about 6:44 a.m., detectives assigned to the SGV-Anti Crime Team were conducting an AB109 compliance check in the 1900 block of Marengo Avenue.  The detectives contacted a Male Hispanic (AB109 subject) without incident.  As the detectives were conducting their investigation, a Pit-Bull Dog rushed one of the officers without warning.  The officer quickly retreated; however, the Pit-Bull lunged at him.  Defending himself from the dog attack, the taskforce officer fired his pistol, striking the dog.  The Pit-Bull was subsequently transported to the Animal Control Facility for medical attention.  Pasadena Police Detectives responded to the incident to investigate. The ABl09 suspect was arrested without further incident.  

On June 11 at about 12:26 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 100 block of Los Robles Avenue regarding a group of protestors.  On arrival, officers learned that about 50 protestors arrived in a bus and walked into a local bank in protest.  The group claimed the bank engaged in an unfair foreclosure process and failed to provide information to their customers.  The protest was peaceful and no one was injured during the event. Pasadena Police Sergeant M. Villalovos successfully facilitated an agreement between the security agents and the protestors and the protestors left without further incident.  

On June 11 at about 3:58 p.m., Pasadena Police Sergeant J. Aguilar, Officers Ling, E. Sanchez, Carey, and Karg were walking a foot-beat patrol in 500 block of North Wilson Avenue after receiving complaints of gang activity and drugs from community members.  The officers made contact with subject (known gang member) who was loitering in the neighborhood. During their investigation, the officers discovered a sizeable amount of methamphetamine and two handguns (.38 special and .44 Magnum).  The suspect was arrested without incident and later booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On June 11 at about 11:14 p.m., Pasadena Police Officer A. Qian was on routine patrol in a marked police car when he stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  During his field investigation, Officer Qian determined the passenger was on parole.  With the driver’s consent, the vehicle was searched and Officer Qian located a loaded handgun in the car.  The suspect was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena Police jail.  The gun was booked as evidence.  

Happy Father’s 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


Posted: 6/15/2014 01:05:00 PM
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