Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (08/26/12)

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August 26, 2012

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Save the Date: 

The Pasadena Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting the 27th McKnight Williams Awards Dinner on September 13, at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.  Reception starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will be held at the door. Please RSVP by August 30, 2012 (Source:  Pasadena Branch NAACP). Joe Brown is the Pasadena Branch NAACP’s President and Darryl Dunn is the honorary event chairperson.   

Latino Heritage is hosting its 14th Annual Parade and Jamaica Celebration on October 6.  This year’s theme is Planting Dreams – Sembrando Suenos, and the event will focus on the exciting era for California: 1840 – 1860.  For more information please visit latinoheritage.org.  Roberta H. Martinez is the Latino Heritage’s Executive Director. Sandra M. Gutierrez is the event Chairperson.    

The Pasadena Police Foundation (PPF) is hosting its Annual Chief’s Breakfast on October 11, 7:30 a.m., at the Brookside Clubhouse.  For reservations, sponsorships, or tickets, please contact Ragnhild Naning De Vries at (626) 744-3987.  Funds raised at the breakfast are used to support youth programs sponsored by the PPF (Source:  Pasadena Police Foundation). Tom Kester is the Pasadena Police Foundation’s President.  

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is presenting its Women for Racial Justice Breakfast on October 15, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.  For tables, individual tickets, or sponsorships opportunities, please call (626) 296-8433, or contact Crystal Hernandez.  For more information about the YWCA, or programs offered by this valued community partner, please visit www.ywca-pasadena.org. Tamika Farr is the YWCA’s Executive Director.    

El Centro de Accion Social is hosting its annual fundraiser on October 18, at the Westin Pasadena Hotel.  Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.  For more information please call, (626) 792-3148.  Randy Ertll is El Centro de Accion Social’s Executive Director.  

Our Community: 

On August 16, Pasadena Police Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar and other Rose Summer Worker advisors took a group of young people to the Museum of Tolerance.  Beverly told me that the young people were in awe as they witnessed the dynamics of the historical and unfortunate discrimination of society.  The students were engaged through interactive exhibits and programs, while being challenged to assume personal responsibility for positive change.  Many of the students express their sadness about how people can be so cruel to one another, particularly as it relates to the Holocaust.  Aside from her many other professional and private efforts to improve the quality of life in Pasadena, Beverly is a Rose Summer Worker Advisor. The Rose Summer Worker Program is coordinated by the Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department, offering summer employment for Pasadena Youth.  

On August 18, Commander Lisa Rosales and Officers Victor Ontiveros and Kevin Arbuckle stopped by “Curb Side Coffee and Chat,” in the 1900 block of North Arroyo Boulevard.  Lisa, Victor, and Kevin talked about public safety concerns, crime, and other neighborhood concerns. The concept of “Curb Side Coffee and Chat” is to engage community members through small group discussions.  Neighborhood groups are encourage to coordinate a “Curb Side Coffee and Chat” by calling the Watch Commander (626-744-4620) and requesting a meeting.  Advanced notice is greatly appreciated.  

On August 18, Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Lieutenant Rodney Wallace, Administrator Alicia Patterson, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the United Nations Association Machao Orphanage Benefit Concert, which was held at the Ambassador Auditorium.  The concert featured the music of Incendio, and was hosted by Maranatha High School.  Mayor Bill Bogaard was on hand to provide opening remarks about the orphanage.  Pasadena Volkswagen, Pasadena Rotary Club, and Harvest Rock Church were acknowledged for their generous support.  The program and event was coordinated by Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, who serves as V.P. for the UNA Pasadena-Foothills Chapter.  

On August 19, Commander John Perez, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the Annual New Horizon School Eid ul-Fitr Breakfast.  Mayor Bill Bogaard provided a few remarks and Councilman Chris Holden also participated. The event acknowledged the conclusion of Ramadan and celebrated the return to school for New Horizon students.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On August 13, I received a letter from Pasadena City College Police Chief Stan Perez, commending Pasadena Police Commander John Perez, Sergeant Bobby Crees, Corporal Chris Sharma, and Officer Anthony Russo for their presentation regarding “Active Shooter.”  Bobby, Chris, and Anthony trained PCC PD officers and communication personnel.   

On August 16, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Mike Ingram, Sergeant Mark Goodman, Officers Steve Thurston and Ed Careaga, and I attended a retirement celebration for Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force’s (LA IMPACT) Executive Director, Anthony “Tony” Ybarra.  The event was held at the Monterey Hills Restaurant.  Tony severed in the law enforcement profession for more than 30 years and was Executive Director at LA IMPACT for the past three years.   The Pasadena Police Department is an active member of LA IMPACT, which is responsible for narcotics investigations and suppression.  Tony’s retirement was well attended and colleagues traveled from throughout California to participate. LA IMPACT is a Los Angeles County Chiefs of Police imitative and has existed for more than 25 years.  

On August 17, The “Yes U Can Foundation” held their 12th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Brookside Gold Club. Pasadena Police Explorer Corporal Vanessa Pedraza received a $2,000 scholarship to assist with her academic endeavors as she begins studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  Officer Anthony Riley and Pasadena Explorer Post 19 were on hand to assist the Foundation with the event.  The following explorers participated in the event:  Ariel Jones, Vanessa Pedraza, Naylet Velazques, Sarahi Lopez, Alexis Hernandez, Lesly Mendez, Crystal Gallegos, Arakxi Chavez, Becky Gray, Sabrina Lipkin, Gabriela Nolasco, Raffi Jilkivorkian, and Jennifer Chavez.  Former Pasadena Police Lieutenant and “Yes U Can Foundation” Founder James Riley, was on hand to donate $1,000 to the Pasadena Police Explore Post.  

On August 17, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls attended the Annual Police Chiefs’ Luncheon with Supervisor Michael Antonovich.  The luncheon is typically used to discuss public safety topics, budgets, and other contemporary issues.  This year Darryl indicated the discussion focused on Parole Reintegration. There were more concerns than available county resources to help mitigate the impact of parole reintegration.  Nevertheless, the topic captured the vast majority of the time allocated for the luncheon.  You may recall that the Pasadena Police Department has a very robust parole reintegration program, which was established several years ago with existing resources. The program is an elaborate partnership with more than 50 nonprofit organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley; all dedicated to helping recently incarcerated people reconnect to society. Darryl, Commander John Perez, and Officer Anthony Russo are primarily responsible for monitoring, compliance, and educating parolees through the department’s program.   

On August 17, I received an email from a Pasadena community member commending Officer Tom Brown and Detective Andrea De Leon for their sensitivity and professionalism during a theft investigation. At the time the theft occurred, the victim was home alone and felt extremely vulnerable. The author wrote, “I think it is imperative you are informed when us members of the public are left feeling a renewed sense of confidence in our safety, due to our interaction with law enforcement officials…”     

On August 18, Commander Lisa Rosales watched as Pasadena Police Department’s Explorer Post 19 competed in the Annual Explorer Games Competition, which was held at Hahamonga Park.  Every year, the completion is well organized and is designed to challenge young explorers from throughout southern California, and this year was no exception.  Several hundred explorers competed in approximately eight (8) different scenarios as they accumulated points to earn top honors.  Scenarios included: DUI Enforcement, Active Shooter, Suspicious Persons, Traffic Enforcement, Domestic Dispute, CSI-Crime Scene Processing, Officer Down Rescue, and Dealing with Mental Health subjects.  The scenarios were designed by several participating law enforcement agencies, which included the Pasadena Police Department.  Pasadena Police Forensic Specialists Alex Padilla and Allen Brogdon designed and hosted one of the CSI scenarios.  Also, Pasadena Police Corporal Todd McDonald and Officer Jack Rappuchi hosted the Officer Down Scenario.  Lastly, Special Enforcement and the Air Support Sections (Pilot Mike Ingram and TFO Brandon Largent) provided a tactical demonstration for the explorers during the noon hour break.   

On August 19, the Explorer Games Competition concluded.  When it was all over, Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 received several awards for their performance in the team scenarios.  Post 19 finished 3rd Place overall, which is an exceptional accomplishment for our young leaders.  Advisors for our Explorer Post include: Lieutenant Rodney Wallace, Corporal Glenn Thompson, Corporal Dustin Gomes, Officers Sheri Schwab, Veronica Burris, Anthony Russo, Anthony Riley, and PS Michele White.  

Critical Incidents: 

On or about July 19, a Hispanic Male adult burglarized a commercial business located in the 9000 block of Holbrook Street, in Pico Rivera.  The theft was not discovered for some time, which delayed the follow-up investigation.  The case was assigned to Pasadena Detective Alonzo Wilkins, who established a nexus to Pasadena.  The victim called Alonzo and said his business had been burglarized two more times (since the original report) and that the suspect’s actions were captured on a security video. Alonzo watched the video, and later identified the suspect responsible for the burglaries.  He conducted some additional follow-up to ensure he had the correct suspect and later, based on his comprehensive investigation, obtained a search warrant.   

Sergeant Marie Sell, Alonzo, and Detectives Sheri Schwab, Derrick Carter, Alex Torres, and Burglary Task Force Officers Joaquin Gurrola and Jack Preston, drove to Pico Rivera, served the search warrant, and arrested the suspect without incident.    

On August 17 at about 8:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Cordova Street and Chester Avenue regarding a gas leak.  Apparently, a work crew accidently damaged a gas line, which required the evacuation of several nearby dwellings.  Pasadena Police offices assisted with the evacuation and provided traffic control.  Pasadena Fire Department and the Southern California Gas Company worked to control the leak.   

On August 19 at about 4:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the Colorado Street Bridge regarding an attempted suicide.  Witness called the police department after they noticed a female adult standing on the ledge (on the other side of the safe fencing).  Officers Victor Ontiveros and Thomas Corrales were the first officers to arrive and observe the victim, who was still on the ledge.  Victor and Thomas were able to grab hold of the victim, which prevented her from jumping.  Moments later, Officers Daniel Morris and Kevin Arbuckle arrived and also helped restrain the victim.  Subsequently, the Pasadena Fire Department arrived and the victim was moved onto the bridge.  She was later transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  Sergeant Ed Calatayud supervised the incident. Ed commended the Communication Center for their extraordinary communication during this critical incident.  

Victor, Thomas, Daniel, Kevin, Communication Center personnel, and many other involved in this incident are commended for their professional deportment, skills, and creativity, which clearly saved the victim’s life. Their effort exemplifies the quality of policing services in Pasadena.  

On August 20 at about 8:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) conducted foot beat patrols in the 130 block of West Washing Boulevard.  The officers spent time talking with community members and addressing neighborhood concerns. Throughout the deployment period, SES officers arrested four suspects for narcotics violations; however, the vast majority of the community contacts were constructive.  SES is supervised by Lieutenant John Dewar, Sergeant Jason Clawson and Sergeant Bobby Crees 

On August 20 at about 1:30 p.m., Pasadena Police responded to a commercial business located in the 3500 block of East Foothill Boulevard regarding an armed robbery that just occurred.  On arrival, officers learned the suspect (Black Male in his 20s, wearing a blue/white long sleeve Pendleton shirt, and large sunglasses) walked into the store, and after a brief period of time, reached into his messenger bag and removed a gun.  The suspects threatened the clerk and demanded money.  If you have any information about this incident please call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241 or you can report the information through CRIME STOPPERS, 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  


Until Next Time,  

Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always


Posted: 8/26/2012 12:40:00 PM
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