Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (10/07/12)

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October 7, 2012


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your Information:  

On October 3, Pasadena Police Sergeant Jason Clawson was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at their 119th Annual Conference, which was held in San Diego from September 30 – October 4.  Jason received Officer of the Year, Honorable Mention, and was selected from among hundreds of other local, state, federal, national, and international law enforcement officials. The IACP Officer of the Year award is extremely prestigious.  Jason’s dedication and commitment to duty were underscored as the IACP Representative read his citation. 

It was truly a special day for the Pasadena Police Department, Jason, his wife, children, and parents.   Jason’s award represents the highest tradition of the Pasadena Police Department and our service to this great community.  Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenants John Dewar and Phlunte Riddle, Officer Alejandro Peinado, Pasadena Police Volunteers Vahe “Vic” Baliozian and Hovannes Sarkissian, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I were on hand to witness this special day.  

Save the Date: 

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 Nanning 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 sponsorship 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.  

The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy announced that three new garden projects in the city will receive Community Gardening Awards at the Conservancy’s first annual Sustainable Sunday Supper, Can U Dig It?, which will be held on November 4.  The awardees are:  

  • John Muir High School’s Muir Ranch Community Supported Agriculture project 
  • Harambee Ministries’ Harambee Community Garden in Northwest Pasadena 
  • Pasadena Community Gardens’ community Garden in Southwest Pasadena 

For more information, please contact Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy President and CEO, Eileen Read at eileenwhiteread@hotmail.com, or phone (202) 641-0779.  

Our Community:  

On September 29, Lieutenant Diego Torres attended Councilman Victor Gordo’s Town Hall meeting.  Diego reported the meeting was well attended by community members in Victor’s district.  The meeting agenda included Public safety, SR710, and Fire Station 33. District 5 Field Representative, Vannia De La Cuba, coordinated our participation.   

On September 29, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the Pasadena Child Development Fundraiser.  The event was very well attended and Steve Tobia (Publisher, The Magazine) coordinate our attendance.  I spend a great deal of time talking with PCDA’s Board of Director, Patrick Kirchen, about the programs offered at the center.  Congressman Adam Schiff was honored by PCDA for his leadership and work with children.  PCDA is a nonprofit agency located in Pasadena that serves children with special needs from birth to 18 years of age.  To learn more about PCDA, please visit www.pasadenachilddrevelopment.org.  

On September 30, Commander Lisa Rosales attended the Men Educating Men About Health event, which recognized Pasadena Fire Department Chief Calvin Wells for his service as a public employee and for his work, both personally and professionally in the community.    Men Educating Men about Health (MEMAH) is a nonprofit organization created by a group of men and directed towards men.  MEMAH is dedicated to raising the awareness, importance, and understanding of men's health issues.  

In attendance was the Host Committee, which consisted of Pasadena City Council member Terry Tornek, Dr. Eric Walsh of the Pasadena Health Department, John Kennedy, Senior Vice President of the Los Angeles Urban League, Tonjia Barnes, Executive Director of the Pasadena Senior Center,  Robin Salzer of Robin’s, Carrie Carroll, an accounting and finance tutor, Martin Gordon, Chairman of the Pasadena Community Coalition, Ricky Biel of Haydel, Biel and Associates, and Israel Estrada, Executive Director of the Pasadena Marathon.  Also in attendance was Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmembers Chris Holden and Jacque Robinson, Former Mayor Bill Paparian, City of Pasadena Finance Director, Andy Green,   Assembly member Anthony Portantino, Senator Carol Liu, and President of our Local Altadena Branch of NAACP, Joe Brown. 

On October 4, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Rodney Wallace, Officers Louis Luevano, Sahak Nersesyan, Luis Marquez, and Phil Klotz walked with the entire student body of Jefferson Elementary School to celebrate “Walk to School Day.” The event was part of the Pasadena Unified School District’s Network for a Healthy California.  More than 300 students, parents, and police employees participated in the walk to school.  Special thanks to Katia Ahmed, Ann Rector, and Karla Torres for coordinating our participation.  

On October 5, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended “An Evening with an Ambassador,” which was hosted by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).  The well-attended event was held at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center. The guest speaker was the Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, who served as a US Ambassador spanning eight United States Administrations, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Ambassador Djerejian’s topic was titled, The Arab Awakening, The Turkish Role in the Region, and the Future of Armenians in the Middle East. The topic was informative and fascinating. AGBU Chairman, Diran Jeredjian coordinated our participation.  

On October 6, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, and I marched in the Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica Celebration.  The event was very well attended by community leaders, members of the public, and city officials.  Mayor Bill Bogaard was one of several speakers who all praised the Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica Celebration as a great community event. Latino Heritage Executive Director, Roberta Martinez, coordinated our participation.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

From September 24 – 27, the Pasadena Police Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) members attended the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN) Annual Training Conference, which was held in Berkeley.  Over 400 negotiators from throughout California attended the training, while others traveled from Romania and China.  PPD CNT Team members include:  Sergeant Ed Calatayud, Corporals Deanne Nestlerode and Sky Sandeen, Officers Vito Gaxiola, Darryl Harris, and Bradley May, and Forensic Specialist Alex Padilla. The Pasadena Police Department’s CNT plays a vital role in tactical and critical incidents.  

On September 30, I received an email from a Pasadena community member commending Sergeant Tory Riley for her professionalism and dedication.  The author wrote, “… I was very impressed by her well-balanced and compassionate descriptions of the reasons for criminal behaviors and her role in law enforcement…:  

From September 30 to October 4, Pasadena Police Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, and I attended the 119th IACP Conference.  The conference was exceptional this year and featured several educational lectures and classes.  Keynote speakers included the United States Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, and Homeland Security Secretary, Janet A. Napolitano.  I spent some time talking with COPS Director, Bernard K. Melekian, who also attended the conference.  

On October 4, I received a copy of an email from Glendale Police Lieutenant Steve Robertson, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Michael Ingram and Officer Jeff Newlen, for their assistance in apprehending an armed robbery suspect in the City of Glendale.  Mike (Pilot) and Jeff (Tactical Flight Officer) were airborne in the Pasadena Police helicopter when they monitored a radio call of an armed robbery in Glendale.  Mike and Jeff were quickly over the incident and help direct ground units to the suspect.  The suspect was arrested without incident and officers recovered a loaded firearm.  

On October 5, Commander Chris Russ, Communications Supervisor Kathy Russ and I attended California Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) - Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI), Class 312 commencement ceremony.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Tory Riley was among the front line supervisors graduating from the program.  SLI is a comprehensive leadership program and students are required to complete written assignments, read numerous books and related material, and complete a class project. Tory is no stranger to academic achievements.  She possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge, and exceled during the SLI program.  The ceremony was held in San Diego aboard the USS Midway (CV 41). 

On September 29, the Pasadena Police Department teamed up with the Los Angeles Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to coordinate a one-day effort to remove dangerous drugs from our community’s homes. The National Take-Back Initiative offered an opportunity for those who wanted to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. Pasadena Police Officer Jordan Ling, from the Special Enforcement Section (SES), represented the police department, collecting large amounts of prescription drugs, which were later turned over for destruction. Lieutenant John Dewar commands the Special Enforcement Section.  

Critical Incidents:  

On September 28 at about 2:30 p.m., The Pasadena Police Department responded to a protest at a financial institution in the 100 block of North Lake Avenue.  On arrival, officers discovered 80 protestors who were waving signs and yelling chants. The protestors left the location after about 45 minutes and there were no arrests or injures.  Lieutenant John Dewar, Sergeant Bobby Crees, and officers from the Special Enforcement Section (SES) monitored the protesters to ensure they complied with the law.  The protest was covered by the local media: http://articles.pasadenasun.com/2012-09-28/the626now/34152544_1_group-protests-pasadena-police-south-san-rafael.  

On September 29, during the evening hours, Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI Check Point in the area of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova Street.  Officers assigned to the check point monitored approximately 2,975 vehicles, which resulted in 39 field sobriety exams and 13 arrests for DUI. The DUI check point is totally funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.  The following personnel were involved:  Sergeants Gourdikian and Ortiz, Corporals Peinado, Wilkins, Pham, and Carter, Officers Hsu, De Sylva, J. Calderon, Kim, Myles, Hamblin, Duran, Locklin, Gaudet, Marquez, Blanchard, Kang, and McKenzie, PSIII Munoz, and PSIVs Jurado and Lui. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Randell Taylor commands the traffic section.  

On September 30 at about 4:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Central Park in the 200 block of South Raymond Avenue, regarding a stabbing that just occurred.  On arrival, officers learned that the incident was the result of a confrontation.  During the fight, the suspect stabbed the victim several times.  Pasadena paramedics responded to the incident and transported the victim to a local hospital in fair condition.  Sergeant Paul Carpenter supervised our investigation and later learned that the suspect resides in Arcadia.  Arcadia Police Department was contacted and advised of the stabbing.  We then learned that the suspect was at a hospital in Arcadia for treatment from the altercation. PPD officers responded to the hospital and arrested the suspect without incident.  The suspect was transported to the Pasadena jail and booked for attempted murder.  

On October 2 at about 11:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1200 block of East Colorado Boulevard regarding a robbery.  On arrival, officers leaned that the suspect was attempting to sell some books to a business owner. The owner became suspicious and challenged the suspect, thinking the books may have been stolen.  The suspect grabbed additional property from the business owner and attempted to run out of the store.  The owner (victim) chased the suspect and attempted to detain him.  The suspect broke away from the victim and ran past two uniformed Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, who were in the area. The deputies detained the suspect until PPD offices arrived.  The suspect was arrested without further incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On October 2, Pasadena Police Officer Sal Vidales responded to the area of Lake Avenue and Washington Boulevard regarding a possible Kidnap for robbery case. Sal talked with the victim, a male adult, who said he was approached by two suspects who forced him to a grocery store and withdraw cash from an ATM.  The victim provided a detailed description of the suspects and their last known location.  Sal transmitted his preliminary information over the radio to other field units who were patrolling the area.  Officer Frank Cutkelvin later observed one of the suspects described in the robbery.  Frank contacted the suspect, and following a positive identification, arrested him without incident.  Pasadena Police detectives are actively investigating the case, attempting to locate the outstanding suspect.  

On October 3 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Claremont Street and Fair Oaks Avenue regarding an attempt kidnap.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim (female adult) who said she and the suspect had been involved in an extended relationship.  The relationship was recently dissolved.  The suspect and another male attempted to force the victim into their vehicle; however, she resisted.  The suspects abandoned their efforts to abduct the victim and drove away in their car.  Our investigation is ongoing.  

On October 4 at about 12:10 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Memorial Park regarding an attempted suicide.  The victim was despondent over the break up with her boyfriend, and went to the park where she stabbed herself several times.  She had moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. She was ultimately placed on a mental health hold (WIC 5150).  Sadly, the victim committed suicide on October 5.  The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office responded to recover the victim’s body.  


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



Posted: 10/7/2012 11:15:00 AM
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