Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (02/03/13)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
February 3, 2013

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:   

For your Information: 

There has been much debate and discussion about gun violence in the days following the murder of several young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Stricter gun laws, improving background checks, prohibiting the sales of military [style] assault weapons, and limiting magazine capacity were among the options being considered and highlighted in the media.   

While local, state, and federal legislators evaluate all options, it is important to know that you can voluntarily surrender your unwanted firearm to the Pasadena Police Department as an immediate option. Typically, community members bring the firearm(s) to the Pasadena Police Department, or they call for a police officer to respond and take possession of it. The Pasadena Police Department received 143 firearms through voluntary surrender in the last 25 months, which is approximately six per month.   

If you choose to keep a firearm in your home or business, you must be a responsible owner and know that there are criminal consequences for negligence (California Penal Code). Responsible gun ownership may include: the legal purchase of a firearm and ensuring it is registered, attending a certified gun safety course, purchasing and installing a trigger lock device on the firearm, and placing the firearm in an approved gun safe. Many of the firearms stolen during residential or commercial burglaries end up on our streets or are used in violent crimes. If you no longer wish to keep a firearm, regardless if it is functional or not, please consider turning it over to the Pasadena Police Department so that it can be disposed of properly.  If you would like to voluntary surrender your firearm to the police department please call, (626) 744-4241.   

Save the Date: 

Black History Month Events for 2013, include:  


  •          February 2, “Ragtime & Chili”
  • February 8, “Red, Black & Green Honors Dinner”
  • February 10, “Black Film Showcase”
  • February 16, 31st Annual Black History Parade & Festival
  • February 16, “Traces of the Trade:  A Story from the Deep North”
  • February 21, “Where We Are, Where We’ve Been:  Stories from African And African-Americans”
  • February 22, “Senior Night Out” 
  • February 24, “Praise Dance Jubilee”  
  • February 28, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:  An Evening with David ‘Sonny’ Lacks”  

For more information, contact numbers and helpful internet links, please visit the City of Pasadena’s Website at: cityofpasadena.net.   

On April 13, 2013, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pasadena Alumnae Chapter, is hosting the 2013 Young African American Women’s Conference at Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Boulevard.  The conference is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and features diverse workshops, engaging presentations on educational choices, career options, embracing youth’s uniqueness, as well as personal development.  Dr. Rema Reynolds, Assistant Professor from Azusa Pacific University, will be the keynote speaker addressing students, parents, and others attending the conference.  If you have questions, email Pasadena.yaawc@gmail.com.  To register, please visit online at http://yaawc2013.evenbrite.com.   

El Centro de Accion Social is hosting its Annual Cesar Chavez Commemoration and Peace Walk, March 30.  The peace walk will start at Villa-Parke Community Center (363 East Villa Street) inside the Auditorium at 10:00 a.m.  Following a rally for peace, participants will march from Villa-Parke to Robinson Park, where a few community leaders will speak on reducing violence and creating peace.  For more information, please contact El Centro de Accion Social Executive Director Randy Ertll at (626) 792-3148, or randy.ertll@elcentropasadena.org.  For more information on El Centro de Accion Social, please visit www.elcentropasadena.org.   

Our Community: 

On Sunday 27, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended church services at Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church.  Archpriest Farther Sarkis Petoyan and the entire congregation offered their prayers in the memory of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School.   

On January 28, I met with Councilmember Steve Madison to discuss public safety issues and related topics in District 6.  We spent a lot of time talking about property crime and proactive measures to mitigate the impact on his district.    

On January 29, Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Rose Bowl Manager Darryl Dunn, NAACP Pasadena Branch President, Gary Moody, and I attended the “Celebration of Life” for Mrs. Lucy Mae Brown (mother of former NAACP Pasadena Branch President, Joe Brown).  The services were held at Metropolitan Baptist Church and Pastor Tyrone Skinner led the congregation in prayer. There were several speakers all celebrating Lucy Mae Brown’s 98 years of life.  She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.    

On January 29, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls attended Pasadena City College’s Kick-Off Reception for Black History Month. This year’s theme, “A Call to Action,” was taken from the book, Power Concedes Nothing, written by Civil Rights Attorney, Connie Rice, PCC’s Scholar-in-Residence for Black History Month. During the event, PCC President Mark Roacha, Dr. Bell, and Ujima students highlighted PCC’s activities for Black History Month.  Darryl, PCC faculty members, and students participated in round-table conversations identifying issues impacting 16-24 year olds in our communities and discussing what our school, civic leaders, and community organizations are doing to address them.   

On January 29, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, PAL Board of Directors Chairman Geoff Johansing, Jill Hawkins (CEO Miller Hawkins Productions LLC), and I met to discuss issues concerning the Pasadena Police Activities League.  The meeting was very productive.  Please keep your eyes open for future information concern PAL’s Golden Badge Gala, which is our primary fundraiser. PAL relies on educational, athletic, and artistic activities to develop strong, positive attitudes to support our youth in becoming well-rounded caring and productive adults.  Youth ages 9-16 interact with police personnel and engage in activities such as sports, arts, computer classes, tutoring, and educational field trips. For more information about PAL, please visit: cityofpasadena.net/police/pasadena_pal_program.   

On January 29, I had the opportunity to lecture to approximately 40 students at Azusa Pacific University.  Professor and Salvation Army Staff member Pat Riley facilitated the lecture.  The group included Master and Undergraduate degree students.  We discussed a number of topics including substance abuse, educational systems, and the law.  Pat and the Salvation Army are exceptional community partners.    

On January 30, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders Lisa Rosales and Chris Russ, Officer Tim Bundy, and I attended a retirement gathering for Glendale Police Captain Raymond Edey.  Ray has been a longtime friend and mentor to several law enforcement personnel throughout the San Gabriel Valley.   

On January 30, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and I attended the 2nd Annual Lake Avenue Church/School Safety Awareness Day.  The event was very well attended and focused on school and personal safety.  Subject matter experts offered safety tips and common sense strategies on personal safety.  Senior Pastor Greg Waybright provided brief remarks and welcomed Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Emergency Manager Lisa Derderian, and me to the podium. Following a few brief remarks the formal program concluded. The event was coordinated by Lake Avenue Church/School Treasure Sheppard.   

On February 2, the Pasadena Police Department was recognized by the University of Phoenix for its academic partnership in promoting formal education. University of Phoenix Southern California Area Chairs, James Roberts and Dr. Ed Armstrong (both former Pasadena Officers), presented the reorganization certificates. Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander John Perez, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar,and I represented the police department.    

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On January 10, I received a letter from a Pasadena community member commending Officer Salvador Vidales and Forensic Specialist Alex Padilla Jr. for their professionalism during a burglary investigation.  The author wrote, “… The PPD personnel were cautious and methodical in the investigation and their conclusion culminated in the arrest of the perpetrator.  I was very impressed with the professionalism of Officer Vidales and Forensic Specialist Padilla…”   

On January 17, Pasadena Police Dispatchers Myrian Correra and Christina Bergstrom were commended by Administrator Karen Peterson for their exceptional communication skills and calm deportment during an emergency 9-1-1 call.  Myrian and Christina were directly involved in the effort to direct police units to a shooting that had just occurred near Maple Street and Chester Avenue.  The incident was later upgraded to a homicide.  Depending on the emergency, it can be extremely difficult for communications center personnel to process 9-1-1 calls.  In this incident, despite the immense stress (shooting and homicide), Myrian and Christina did not falter during the performance of their duties.   

On January 23, several Pasadena Police employees participated in a formal promotional ceremony at the Main Library, Donald Wright Auditorium.  The room was filled with family, friends, coworkers, and community leaders.  There were several recent retirees in the audience including:  Keith Jones, Jari Faulkner, Alex, Robert, and Kathy Uribe.  VIPs included Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, and CCC President Pastor Kerwin Manning.  Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra served as the emcee and Police Chaplin Paul provided the invocation. Newly promoted Police Lieutenants included: Terysa Rojas, Jason Clawson, and Eduardo Calatayud.  New Police Sergeants included:  Javier Aguilar, Chris Sharma, Dennis Beene, and Robert Tucker.    

On January 29, I received an email from Pasadena Emergency Coordinator Lisa Derderian commending Pasadena Police Sergeants Rudy Lemos and Bobby Crees for their presentation to the Emergency Coordinator’s Group.  Rudy and Bobby’s training focused on workplace violence and was well received.   

On January 31, several Pasadena Police employees attended Police Lieutenant Bruce George’s Retirement event, which was held at the Rose Bowl.  It was great seeing many of the retirees attend the event.  Bruce served more than 30 years with the Pasadena Police Department, honorably retiring in January 2013. Pasadena Police Sergeant Chris Gutierrez was the emcee and there were several retirees who attended Bruce’s event.  At the end of the event Bruce thanked everyone for attending.   

On January 31, Pasadena Police Sergeant Max Dahlstein graduated from the San Bernardino EVOC Motorcycle Training School, Class 113.  Max started the police motorcycle training program with 9 other riders.  The program is very demanding requiring riders to demonstrate exceptional “hand/eye coordination and balance.” All the motorcycle enforcement officers assigned to the Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section are required to graduate from a motorcycle training academy.   

Critical Incidents:  

On January 27 at about 6:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Washington Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue regarding an assault with a deadly weapon investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the suspects and the victim were known to each other.  The victim was entertaining people at his home when the uninvited suspects arrived.  The suspects smashed a window in the victim’s parked car.  When the victim ran outside to investigate, the suspects pointed a firearm at him and fled.  The suspects were located a short distance from the victim’s house and following a positive identification, were arrested without incident.  The suspects, Pasadena residents, were booked at the Pasadena jail.    

On January 27 at about 9:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) were conducting routine patrols when they observed a suspect who was wanted for several felony warrants out of Visalia.  The suspect was contact and arrested without incident. The suspect was later booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On January 29, Pasadena Police Detectives arrested the two remaining suspects in the January 15, homicide that occurred near Maple Street and Chester Avenue.  The suspects were arrested without incident and later booked at the Pasadena jail.  The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and murder charges were filed.  The incident was covered by the local media: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/pasadena-police-conclude-homicide-investigation-with-more-arrests.   

On January 30 at about 11:00 p.m., Pasadena Police Officers responded to a vehicle collision in the 100 block of East Washington Boulevard. PPD Officers arrived and observed a vehicle that had crashed into the home at the location. Thankfully no one in the dwelling was injured. The driver, a Male Hispanic adult, was determined to be under the influence and sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital and admitted for treatment.  The suspect was driving west on Washington Boulevard and attempted to make a left turn onto Summit Avenue.  He failed to make the turn and crashed into the residence.  Pasadena Fire Department determined the structure was unsafe to occupy.  The Red Cross provided temporary housing.   

On January 31, the Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a city-wide taxi compliance check after receiving several complaints.  Six PPD Traffic Officers focused on enforcement and compliance.  The officers inspected 44 taxi vehicles resulting in 11 PMC violations.  An additional 6 citations were issued for miscellaneous violations.    

On January 31 at about 2:25 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Pepper Street regarding a strong arm robbery.  On arrival, officers learned that the victim was walking north on Fair Oaks Avenue with three friends.  As the suspects approached the victim, they intentionally bumped into the victim and at the same time grabbed a chain from her neck.  The suspects fled into the King’s Villages Apartments.  Officers coordinated a search of the area and located the suspects a few block away.  Following a positive identification, the suspects were arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On February 1 at about 1:13 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to 1800 block of Lundy Avenue regarding a missing person investigation.  The victim, a Female Black, 86, suffers from dementia and walked away from a relative’s home.  Several Police Volunteers assisted PPD officers and the supervisor in charge, Sergeant Kate Favara, coordinated our efforts to locate the critical missing adult.  Approximately two hours later, the victim was found in Altadena by Detective Mark Lang.  The victim was unharmed.   


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






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