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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (02/10/13)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base:  A Message from the Chief
February 10, 2013

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

For your Information:  

Free Gun Disposal Offered by the Pasadena Police Department:  I would like to remind community members that they may dispose of unwanted firearms through the Pasadena Police Department.  All types of firearms are accepted, including pistols, rifles, shotguns, antiques, or replicas, regardless of their condition.  There are no costs associated with surrendering your firearm.    

Community members can request a police officer to respond to their home or business in Pasadena, where they can surrender the weapon.  Individuals may also transport the unloaded weapon to the Pasadena Police Department at 207 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena.  If you intend to transport the firearm into the police station, please contact the Pasadena Police Department beforehand at (626) 744-4241.  The police operator will provide instruction on the safe and legal means for transportation.  Gun registration or related paperwork is helpful, although not necessary to voluntarily surrender the firearm.  

The police department also accepts unwanted ammunition; however, military ordinance requires special handling and will be evaluated for safe disposal by law enforcement personnel on a case by case basis.  Removing unwanted firearms by turning them into law enforcement is an important step community members can take to ensure guns never end up in unintended hands and possibly used in a violent crime.   

Save the Date:  

Black History Month Events for 2013, include:  

·         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 February 1, Pasadena Police Commander Chris Russ and Sergeant Chris Sharma attended a faculty/parent meeting at Lycee International School to discuss public safety and violence. During the meeting of about 15 attendees, Chris and Chris touched on the “Best Practices” schools should consider when dealing with school emergencies and the anticipated police response.  Lycee International School Administrator, Phillipe Detzen, coordinated the meeting.    

On February 2, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Cheryl Moody and Jason Clawson, Sergeant Robert Tucker, and Police Dispatcher Richard Mahoney attended the 31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival Opening Reception, which was held at the Alke-bu-Lan Cultural Center. Jackie Robinson Community Center Supervisor, Jarvis Emerson, served as the emcee for the reception.  VIPs included Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Administrator, Horace Wormely, PUSD School Board President Renatta Cooper, retired Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, and her husband, Ed.   

On February 4, Commander Chris Russ and Lieutenant Jason Clawson attended the Madison Community School Collaborative Meeting at Madison Elementary School. The meeting was organized by Madison Elementary School Principal, Carmen Serrano, and brought together community partners in an effort to share information and resources.  Principal Carmen Serrano announced that the newly constructed Healthy Start Family Center building is near completion and a grand opening is tentatively scheduled in March, 2013. Mercy Santoro, Director of City of Pasadena’s Human Services and Recreation, provided an update on the City-School Work Plan, which will be presented to the Pasadena Board of Education and City Council on February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.   

On February 4, City Manager Michael Beck and I attended a meeting at the Flintridge Center to discuss gun violence.  The meeting was focused on the feasibility of a “grass roots” gun-buy-back program. Community Leader Jill Shook, and Flintridge Center Executive Director, Jaylene Moseley, organized the meeting.   

Later on the same day, Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh, Human Services & Recreation Director, Mercy Santoro, Flintridge Center Executive Director, Jaylene Moseley, and I all presented information to the Pasadena Public Safety Committee (PPSC).  The presentations were focused on youth intervention, prevention, and gun violence.  The PPSC discussed the value of gun-buy-back programs and the city / nonprofit’s efforts to reduce gun violence.   

On February 5, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and I had the opportunity to visit with Former Pasadena Police Chief Bruce Philpott.  Chief Philpott retired from the Pasadena Police Department in 1991.  Chief Philpot implemented several proactive programs during his distinguished career. Assistant to the City Manager, Delia Cory, organized our visit.    

On February 6, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander Chris Russ, and I attended a meeting with PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry and key members of his staff. Our discussion focused on student and staff safety, increasing information sharing, and the next steps moving forward.   

On February 7, Sergeants Bobby Lomeli and John Luna attended the El Centro de Accion Social meeting which focused on a healthy and safe San Gabriel Valley.  El Centro de Accion Executive Director, Randy Ertll, coordinated the meeting.   

On February 7, Pasadena Police Sergeant Art Chute, Officer David Thomas, and I met with the League of California Cities VIPs at the Rose Bowl.  Mayor Bill Bogaard is the current President of the League of California Cities and hosted a tour for league representatives. Art and David explained the role of the Pasadena Police Department at major Rose Bowl Events.  VIPs also included City Manager Michael Beck, Rose Bowl General Manager Darryl Dunn, and Chief Operations Officer George Cunningham.   

On February 8, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and Terri Qualls, Commanders Lisa Rosales, Lieutenants Rodney D. Wallace, Cheryl Moody and Ed Calatayud, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the Red, Black, and Green Dinner as part of Black History Month.  The event was very well attended and was organized by Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Supervisor, Jarvis Emerson. Elected officials and VIPs included Assemblyman Chris Holden, Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, City Manager Michael Beck, PUSD School Board President Renatta Cooper, NAACP Pasadena Branch President Gary Moody to name a few. CBC Pastor Jean Birch gave the Invocation, Ms. Allisonne  Crawford sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Administrator Horace Wormely proved the closing remarks.  Pastor Chris Bourne provided the Benediction.   

2013 Red, Black, and Green Honorees included:  Assemblymember Chris Holden, Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantion, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Former Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, John Muir High School Football Coach Lavel “Tip” Sanders, Pastor Bereal, Robin Salazar, Patricia Bereal, Kathy Morgan, Walt Jackson, Ahamad Andrews and Gary Grays.  A Special Honor in Memory of Victor McClinton was also announced.  As an aside, the Black History Parade will be dedicated in his memory.   

Pasadena’s Finest:   

On January 31, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officers Roxanne Haines and Bill Schepman for their professionalism, sensitivity, and dedication.   

On February 4, I received information that Communications Administrator Karen Peterson, Supervisors Kathy Russ, Melissa Trujillo and Roseanne Macias received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Public-Safety Radio Association, Inc.  Karen, Kathy, Melissa, and Roseanne were commended for their participation and contributions to the CPRA “Dispatchers Roundtable.”   

On February 4, the Pasadena Police Department hosted a 3-day Supervisory Update Training Course.  Approximately 20 participants from the Pasadena Police Department and other agencies attended the class.  Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls provided a few brief remarks to kick-off the training.   

On February 5, I receive an email commending Commander Lisa Rosales and Officer Luis Banuelos for their professionalism and responsiveness to address a community member’s concerns, which were focused on a homeless person.   The author wrote, “…Officer Luis Banuelos stopped by our office this afternoon; spoke to me, my staff, and the doctors.  He was professional and took the time to talk to everyone involved.  I also appreciate the time that you (Lisa) spent talking to me on the phone and your efforts on our behalf…”   

On February 7, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jason Clawson for his proactive work cleaning up the North Lake area.  The author wrote, “…I want to applaud Lieutenant Clawson, his team, and the PPD for their continuing efforts in cleaning up North Lake and the NW area.  My family and I are very appreciative of their hard work.”   

Critical Incidents:   

On January 31, Pasadena Police Detective Keith Gomes and the Homicide/Assault Unit conducted a follow-up investigation on a firearm that was thrown out of a vehicle.  After Keith completed a comprehensive investigation, he presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.  The District Attorney’s Office filed charges of possession of a firearm by a felon against the suspect.  

On February 6, at about 7:45 p.m., Pasadena Police Corporal David Llanes and members of the United States Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce located the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On January 31, the West San Gabriel Valley Anticrime Taskforce (WSGVAT) coordinated with the Los Angeles County Probation Department to conduct several compliance checks at ten locations in the region.  The taskforce focused their efforts on subjects who were on active probation for violent, property, and narcotics related crimes.  Two suspects were arrested for possession of firearms (handguns) and methamphetamines.  Two other suspects were in violation of reporting requirements, while the remaining six suspects were compliant. The WSGVAT is supervised by Pasadena Police Sergeant Vasken Gourdikian.   

On February 2 at about 10:34 a.m., Pasadena Senior Center Staff members opened the facility and discovered a burglary had occurred sometime during the evening.  The suspect(s) entered through a small window.  Forensic personnel responded to process the scene.  If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  

On February 4 at about 6:18 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Colorado Boulevard and Sunnyslope Avenue regarding a male adult acting “crazy” and standing in the street.  Witnesses reported the male was screaming at passing cars.  Sergeant Dennis Beene was nearby when the call was received and responded to the location. Dennis approached the suspect, who was lying down on the sidewalk.  The suspect attempted to resist; however, several community members restrained him until other police officers arrived to assist Dennis.  The suspect was transported to a local hospital for a mental health assessment.  

On February 4 at about 7:39 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 60 block of North Hill Avenue regarding an armed robbery.  On arrival, the officers learned that the victim, a Male Hispanic Adult, was walking in the area of Hill Avenue and Union Street when he was approached by the suspect.  The suspect, a Male Black, 20s, 5’-9,” 180 pounds, full beard, wearing a dark beanie, dark jacket, and light colored jeans, displayed a silver folding knife and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim began to comply with the suspect’s demand when an uninvolved pedestrian walked upon the robbery.  The suspect observed the approaching pedestrian and abandoned the crime.  When the suspect was a safe distance away, the victim called 9-1-1.  Despite checking the area, PPD officers did not locate the suspect.  If you have information about this crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  

On February 7 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) observed a known gang member sitting in a vehicle with the engine running. SES officers developed sufficient probable cause and learned the vehicle was stolen, taken in a carjacking from Los Angeles.  The officers immediately detained the suspect and he was later arrested without incident.  The vehicle and the suspects were later turned over to the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department.   

On February 10 at about 1:00 p.m. the Pasadena Police Department received an emergency call regarding a possible burglary in progress in the 300 block of South Marengo Avenue. The witness saw an unfamiliar subject trying to open the rear door to his neighbor’s residence.  The subject forced open a window at the residence and there for an unknown reason he ran southbound on Marengo Avenue from the scene of the crime.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Denis Been was patrolling the area as the call was received and observed the suspect.  He quickly contact the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was later booked at the Pasadena jail for residential burglary.   

Sincerely,   

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

 

  

 

Posted: 2/10/2013 05:00:00 PM