Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (07/01/12)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
July 1, 2012 

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Save the Date! 

On July 1, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is replacing the current testing policy with a universal screening policy for first-time students entering Kindergarten through the 12th Grade.  The new policy recommends only testing students who are at an elevated risk for tuberculosis (TB), and is in keeping with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Health providers, as part of their routine health assessment, will screen students and test them for TB only if a risk factor is present. For more information, contact the Public Health Nursing Unit in the Pasadena Public Health Department at lesaenz@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-6012 (Source:  William Boyer, Public Information Officer).  

AMERICAFEST 2012 will take place at the Rose Bowl on July 4th.  This year’s event will mark the 86th annual Fourth of July celebration in the Rose Bowl.  The public is welcome to attend and participate.  This year’s program will honor Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  Active service personnel and their immediate families will be admitted free. To learn more about this event, please visit www.rosebowlstadium.com, or call (626) 577-3101 (Source: Audrey O’Kelly, Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign).  

Residents and visitors should know that the best way for family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday is by attending a professional fireworks show, such as the “Americafest” Celebration at America’s Stadium, the Rose Bowl. Due to the risk of fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena Police and Fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the Rose Bowl to seize all illegal fireworks and to arrest offenders.  In addition, parking enforcement officers will impound vehicles parked illegally in the hillside areas surrounding the Rose Bowl. For more information about fireworks safety and enforcement, contact the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276 (Source:  Pasadena Fire Department). 

Parks after Dark Program runs July 7 through August 24, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  The program is a collaborative effort between Pasadena Human Services & Recreation, the Pasadena Police Department, and the Pasadena Transportation Department. Please see the attached flyer for more information (Source:  Human Services & Recreation). 

The 3rd Annual Robinson Park Summer Festival is scheduled for July 21 at Robinson Park. The Pasadena Police Department will play a friendly softball game against a community team as part of the festival.  In years past, the game has featured very talented ball players on both teams.  The game starts at 1:00 p.m. and is sure to be an exciting athletic competition between two very eager teams. The Pasadena Police Department’s Softball Team is managed by Sergeant Art Chute, and as in the past, the Pasadena Police Athletic Association (PPAA) will barbeque hotdogs during the event (Source:  Pasadena Police Department).    

The Gran Fondo Giro d ’Italia Bicycle Ride is scheduled for July 22.  RCS Sport is organizing this unique ride featuring distances of 29, 64, and 82 miles.  The ride features a mass start at the footsteps of City Hall. Cyclists will then cruise through Old Town on their way to the Rose Bowl.  After a tour around the “Grand Daddy,” riders will begin climbing the local foothills and mountains before returning back to the majestic Pasadena City Hall. The event promises to be a statement about anything Italian, and a two-day expo will showcase the best of what it means: “Made in Italy.”  Registration and detailed information about the Gran Fondo is available at www.grandondogiroditalia.com (Source: Sabra Negel). 

Our Community: 

On June 25, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the Pasadena Arts Council’s Inaugural Arts Awards and 47th Annual Gold Crown Award. The event was held at Descanso Gardens and you could have not asked for more perfect night.  There were a number of local, state, and federal elected officials, including Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and U.S. Congresswoman, Judy Chu.  Pasadena Arts Council President, Stephen Nowlin, provided brief remarks while Event Chair, Lena L. Kennedy, was busy ensuring that everything was in perfect order.  Young Artist Awards were presented to Erin Corson, David Rodgers, Iris Sharp, and Allegra Socki, while Heather and Paul Haaga were honored with the Gold Crown Award.  

On June 26, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I met with University of Phoenix National Accounts Representative, Tanya Ochelo, regarding educational opportunities for our employees.  The discussion focused on programs, cost, and class schedules.  

On June 27, several Pasadena Police employees attended the 23rd Annual Law Enforcement Fly-in at the Rose Bowl.  The event focuses on training and networking with pilots and other personnel associated with Airborne Law Enforcement. As in years past, there was a large static display of Law Enforcement and Commercial helicopters.  The event was coordinated by Pasadena Police Officer/Pilot Steve Thurston, and of course, our police volunteers and other personnel assigned to the Pasadena Air Operations Section assisted with the event. The Pasadena Air Operations Section is commanded by Lieutenant Michael Ingram.  

On June 28, several Pasadena Police employees attended the 2012 Pasadena Police Officers Association’s Scholarship Awards Presentation, which was held at the police department.  This year the PPOA awarded scholarships to Dean Brown, Ivelisse Dyson, and Vanessa Pedraza for their high school achievements. Sean attended Glendora High School where he maintained a 3.9 G.P.A.  He is committed to academics and undertakes challenges with passion and certainty.  Ivelisse attended John Marshall Fundamental High School where she maintained a 3.5 G.P.A .  She graduated in the top 15% of her class.  Vanessa attended John Marshall Fundamental High School aw well where she maintained a 3.6 G.P.A.  While at Marshall she enrolled and excelled in the most rigorous college prep program offered.   

The PPOA honored the memory of Pasadena Police Officer Lloyd M. Kirby, who served our great community for more than 30 by awarding a special scholarship to Sean Brown.  Mrs. Diane Kirby (Lloyd’s wife) and sons Lee and Christopher, a Pasadena Police Sergeant, were on hand to present Sean with this very special award.  PPOA Board Member Sean Dawkins served as emcee for the event, and Board Members Mat Campeau and Derek Locklin were on the scholarship selection committee.  

On June 30, Deborah K. Sanchez and I stopped by the Altadena / Pasadena Neighborhood Resource & Opportunity Fair, which was held at Metropolitan Baptist Church.  The fair was well attended and featured one-stop community resources, tattoo removal referrals, employment & job skills development, health screening, and much more.  Pastor Camelia Joseph helped coordinate the event and Pastor Skinner is the religious leader at Metropolitan Baptist Church. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace also stopped by the event.  

On June 30, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I stopped by the Altadena Community Garden Annual Picnic and Resource Fair.  This event is always well attended and this year was no exception.  Los Angeles County Supervisor, Michael Antonovich, provided brief remarks to welcome the audience, law enforcement officials, and community stake holders to the annual event. I spent some talking with Altadena Sheriff’s Captain, John Benedict, and I saw Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden walking the through the garden.  On our way out, we stopped to talk with Pasadena Community Leaders, Lena Kennedy and Walt Jackson.  

On June 30, police officers assigned to the Pasadena Air Operation Section participated in the 2012 Heroes Air Show at Hansen Dam, Sylmar. The event featured high-tech helicopters from law enforcement, public service / EMS, the military, and the media.   

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On June 21, I received an email from Pasadena City College Police Chief Stan Perez commending Lieutenant Pete Hettema, Commander Chris Russ, and Sergeant Rudy Lemos for their assistance with a possible student demonstration at the college. Chief Perez said, “… Knowing your department was ready to rush to our aid was comforting and helped us assure parties on campus that were prepared for any scenario…” 

On June 26, I received an email from Pasadena Assistant City Attorney, Tim Halford, commending Police Sergeant William Grisafe for his assistance in preparing a case for review.  After hearing Tim’s request, William, who was on his day off, drove to the police department to assist with the request.  When commended, William quickly acknowledged the efforts of Police Specialist, Alicia Keavy, since she also assisted with preparing the case.   

On June 27, I received notice that Pasadena Police Corporal Chris Sharma graduated from Union Institute and University with his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Management.  Chris is currently assigned to the department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES).  Graduating from a higher educational institution is not unusual for officers assigned to this proactive enforcement team.  Officers Sean Dawkins (BA, Military History), Mike Gligorijevic (BA, Criminal Justice Management), and Edgar Sanchez (BA, Criminal Justice Management) all recently earned their undergraduate degree.  As an aside, Sean Dawkins and Jacob Carey were recently certified as EMTs.   

On June 27, I received notice that Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Crees and officers assigned to the department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) were commended by FBI Special Agent Stephen T. Busch for their assistance during a training day.  Agent Busch said in an email: “…You and your team did a fantastic job stepping up and assisting with the exercise [training] and I’m convinced that your p professionalism, attention to detail, and feedback significantly improved the training value of the exercise…”  

On June 28, Pasadena Police Specialists Debbie Bush and Lillie Bayless honorably retired from the Pasadena Police Department. Debbie served in a variety of assignments throughout her 25 year career of public service.  Lillie was also a talented public servant; her last days were served in the Records Section.  Debbie and Lillie were passionate employees, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live in, work, or visit our great community.  They will be missed.  

On June 29, Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Crees graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI).  The 8-month program includes an intensive curriculum, with an emphasis on management, leadership principles, and self-assessment.  Bobby joins the long list of Pasadena police sergeants who have participated and graduated from this program. Bobby is currently assigned to the department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES).  

Critical Incidents:  

On June 16, Police officers assigned to the department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) conducted quality of life enforcement checks in the area of the North Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard corridor.  The officers focused on issues surrounding safety, transients, and narcotics activity.  SES logged the following stats:  10 misdemeanor arrests for drinking in public, 3 arrests for warrants, 3 arrests for possession of narcotics, and 1 arrest for urinating in public.  Quality of life programs are important enforcement efforts, and typically are generated from the public, who share their concerns about illegal activity.   

On June 18, the Glendale Police Department was actively investigating a group of suspects responsible for several credit card frauds. Detectives from the Pasadena Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) were contacted and assisted in the investigation.  The detectives subsequently developed enough information to search five locations.  FAU applied for and later served several search warrants.  They located and recovered more than thirty (30) counterfeit access cards, multiple computers, cell phones, and twenty-three (23) five gallon gas tanks (approximately 40 gallons of gasoline), and about $15,000 in U.S currency.  The three suspects were arrested without incident.  There are two outstanding suspects; however, FAU knows their identification. Lieutenant Tom Delgado commands the Property Crimes Section, while Sergeant Vic Alaniz supervises FAU.  

On June 22 at about 4:30 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the Colorado Street Bridge regarding a possible jumper.  Although I reported on this incident in last week’s edition of Touching Base, I failed to acknowledge the two Pasadena Police Officers who successfully convinced the victim to surrender: Officers Darryl Harris and Marko Tudic are commended for their exceptional efforts in the critical incident.  

On June 22 at about 6:36 p.m. Pasadena Police officers conducted an enforcement stop (traffic) near Washington Boulevard and Sunset Avenue.  During their investigation, officers learned that the driver was unlicensed.  After developing sufficient probable cause, the investigating officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded handgun.  The suspects were arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail. As a side note, three of the four suspects were on active parole or probation.   

On June 25 at about 9:42 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1000 block of Fair Oaks Avenue regarding an armed robbery.  On arrival, uniformed officers learned that the victim (male juvenile) was approached by two male suspects and robbed at gun point.  The suspects ran away from the area following the robbery.  The incident was documented on a crime report. If you have information about this incident, please contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241.  

On June 29, at about 12:15 p.m., a Pasadena Police Motorcycle officer was involved in an on-duty traffic accident near the intersection of Green Street and Arroyo Parkway.  The officer was traveling East on Green Street, approaching Arroyo Parkway, in the number 1 lane of traffic when a motorists, travelling in the same direction, made an illegal left turn from the middle lane.  The officer was knocked off his motorcycle onto the roadway.  Pasadena Fire Paramedics responded to the incident and subsequently transported the officer to a local hospital for medical evaluation. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured and showed no signs of impairment.  Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed from the scene. The incident was managed by the on-duty Watch Commander, Lieutenant Diego Torres, and Sergeants Vasken Gourdikian, and Kate Favara.  

 On June 29 from 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. Pasadena Police officers assigned to the department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI Check Point.  The officers monitored approximately 1,105 vehicles, which resulted in 8 arrests for DUI.  The Check Point Commander was Lieutenant Taylor, and he was assisted by Sergeants Gourdikian and Ortiz.  Personnel assigned to the detail included:  Blanchard, Hamblin, J. Calderon, Kim, Myles, Pham, I. Minaya, Noda, Duran, Torres, Munoz, Sandeen, McKinney, Anderson, Preston, and Walkins.  


Phillip L. Sanchez 

Chief of Police 

Pasadena Police Department 

207 N. Garfield Avenue 

Pasadena, CA 91101 

(626) 744-4545 

Mission First, People Always 


Posted: 7/1/2012 10:55:00 AM
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