Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (02/24/13)

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February 24, 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; 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 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 February 25, the Ecumenical Council Pasadena Area Congregations is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter. Supporters can enjoy a wonderful meal at El Portal Restaurant, Yahaira’s Café, or Vanessa’s.  15% of the sales will be donated to the shelters. To learn more about the restaurants please visit, www.elportalrestaurants.com.    

From February 25 – 28, the Riverside Police Officers’ Association and the Sheriff’s Employee Assistant Team in conjunction with California Pizza Kitchen will host a fundraiser for RPD Police Officer Crain and SBSD Detective MacKay who were both killed in the line of duty during a recent southland manhunt. The fundraiser is supported by CPKs throughout the state of California.    

On March 9, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Pasadena Community will honor former NAACP Pasadena Branch President Joe Brown for his dedicated service to our youth and community.  The Rose Bowl Stadium will be the venue for this special day to honor a community hero. Tickets are $20 (each) and may be purchased at http://thankyoujoe2013.eventbrite.com, or at Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ, 385 North Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena.  The day will include entertainment, food, field games, and door prizes.  For further details you can contact thankyoujoe2013@gmail.com.  I hope to see you there!  

On March 16, Harambee Ministries is celebrating 31 years of serving Northwest Pasadena.  Their Annual Benefit will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 533 West Rose Road, San Gabriel.  The theme for this year’s event is “Shaping Hearts and Developing Minds.” For more information, please contact Harambee Ministries at (626) 798-7431 or www.harambeeministries.org.    

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.   

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.   

Our Community: 

On February 17, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended church services at Lake Avenue Church.  Senior Pastor Greg Waybright officiated over the services.  I had the opportunity to provide a few brief remarks at the conclusion of the services and talk about violence, focusing on the core issues.  Lake Avenue Church Executive Assistant, Tiffany Reynoso, coordinated our participation.   

On February 19, I attended a community meeting hosted by the Flintridge Center.  I talked about some recent news stories focusing on the Pasadena Police Department.  I also had the opportunity to talk a little about Gun-Buy-Back programs.  

On February 19, Commander Chris Russ attended the Joint PUSD / City of Pasadena meeting, which was held in the council chambers.  The meeting focused on the PUSD / City of Pasadena’s collaborative effort to create the 2013-2016 School/City Work Plan, which was subsequently approved.    

On February 20, Pasadena City College Police Chief Don Yoder introduced himself at our weekly staff meeting. Don is talented law enforcement official and served more than 25 years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department attaining the rank of Captain.  Don left SBSD to accept the job as PCC’s Top Cop.   

On February 20, I met with First AME Church Pastor Williams about the proposed Gun Buy Back Program (GBBP).  Pastor Williams represents the Clergy Community Coalition (CCC) on the GBBP committee, which is led by community member, Jill Shook.    

On February 21, Deborah K. Sanchez and I stopped at Congressman Adam Schiff’s Open House, which was held at his new office – 245 East Olive Avenue, Burbank. There were several Pasadena community leaders who stopped by to talk with Adam.  Teresa Lamb-Simpson and other field representatives greeted guests as they arrived at the open house.    

On February 20, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls attended the San Gabriel Valley Police Officers Association Dinner, honoring Retired Arcadia Chief of Police, Neil Johnson.  Chief Johnson was honored for his many years of support and service to Law Enforcement Exploring.  He is widely credited with introducing Police Exploring to west coast law enforcement.  Police Exploring was widely popular in east coast policing.  In the early seventies, Chief Johnson started the San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Academy, at the then Pasadena Civil Defense Center. Since its inception, over 4500 young men and women have gone on to graduate from the academy, and many of them have entered the security or law enforcement profession.  In retirement, Chief Johnson continues to be an active supporter of Law Enforcement Exploring.   

On February 21, Commander Chris Russ attended a meeting at Castle Green regarding the use of open spaces, including the parks.  The meeting focused on park feeding programs currently operating in the city.  Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, Public Works Director Siobhan Foster, and Human Services & Recreation Director Mercy Santoro also provided insight regarding the legal use of open spaces and the permitting process.   

On February 23, Commander Chris Russ, Sergeant Max Dahlstein and I attended the 2013 Youth of Promise Mentor’s Breakfast, which was held at Lake Avenue Church.  Flintridge Center’s Director of Prevention & Intervention, Ricky Pickens, and Program Associate Stacy Chavarria, organized the event, which focused on the proactive work of the mentors. There are several Pasadena Police employees who, on their own personal time, serve as mentors for young people in the Youth of Promise program.  Jacques Bolton was the emcee and Assembly Member Chris Holden was the keynote speaker.  Audrianna Bartholomew sang the National Anthem. VIPs included Mayor Bill Bogaard, MYPD Executive Director Techumseh Shackeford, and Pasadena Police Communications Supervisor, Kathy Russ.  Current PPD mentors include:  Beverly Bogar, Cesar Aguilar, Cheryl Moody, Chris Russ, Derek Locklin, Jiten Pandya, Johnny Mercado, James Todd, Joshua Ward, Kevin Ambler, Kyle Robinson, Marcia Taglioretti, Mario Ortiz, Max Dahlstein, Thomas Blanchard, Thomas Delgado, Vasken Gourdikian, Frederic Zee, and Phlunte Riddle.   

On February 23, I participated in the Villa-Parke Recreational Youth Soccer League Inauguration Parade.  More than 500 young soccer players marched on to the Villa-Parke Soccer Field in front of family, friends, and supporters. Human Services & Recreation (HS&R) Director Mercy Antoro, Commanders John Perez and Lisa Rosales, Lieutenant Tom Delgado and Corporal Glenn Thompson were among the many VIPs.  Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 completed the Flag Procession and Marco Bermudez served as our emcee.  HS&R Supervisor Rozanne Adanto, Aztec Dancely, and Maggie Calderon provided welcoming remarks. The event was coordinated by Human Services & Recreation Staff member, Jorge Carcamo.    

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On February 11, I received a letter from Lo/Jack Senior Law Enforcement Liaison, Ted Saraf, commending Pasadena Police Officers Kim Jones, Daniel Morris, Alex Torres, Brian Murphy, and Sergeant Dennis Beene for their investigation which led to the arrest of an auto theft suspect and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.     

On February 14, officers assigned to the police department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) served a search warrant at a residence in the 2000 block of Summit Avenue. Allegedly, the suspect at the location was responsible for selling narcotics.  Community tips and leads supported an application for warrant.  Following the warrant service, the officers arrested a Hispanic Male Adult, a known gang associate, for narcotics possession.  A second suspect at the location was arrested for outstanding warrants.  The primary officers involved were:  Sergeant Bobby Crees, Officers Tai Wotherspoon, Jacob Carey, and Edgar Sanchez.  Other SES officers also assisted with the investigation.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Cheryl Moody commands the Special Enforcement Section.     

On February 16, Pasadena Police Officers Victor Ontiveros and Kevin Arbuckle were on routine patrol in the area of Lake Avenue and Belvidere Street, when they received a stolen vehicle alert from their in-car Automated License Plate Reader (ALRP).  Victor and Kevin checked the immediate area and located the vehicle.  They contacted the two suspects inside the vehicle and arrested them without incident.  A subsequent investigation revealed that one of the suspects was also wanted for a robbery in Pasadena. The suspects were booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On February 15, Pasadena Police Traffic officers conducted a DUI check point in the 800 block of Arroyo Parkway.  Approximately 2,151 traveled through the check point, which resulted in 31 Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs).  About 8 drivers were arrested for DUI, narcotics, or unlicensed operators.  The checkpoint is funded by California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).  Personnel assigned to the checkpoint included:  Sergeant Max Dahlstein, Corporals Wilkins and Padilla, Officers Karg, Riley, Klotz, Marquez, McKenzie, De Sylva, J. Calderon, Watkins, Blanchard, Morris, Northcott, Allen, Kim, Ortiz, Blumenthal and Dispatcher McGlothlin. Lieutenant Pete Hettema was the incident commander.   

On February 19, I received an email commending Pasadena Police Sergeant Art Chute, Corporal Julie Finney and Officer Sean Dawkins for their assistance with the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon.    

On February 20, staff from the department’s Technical Services Section provided a Technology and Crime Analysis Update.  The staff demonstrated several computer programs that are designed to assist the police department increase its ability to forecast crime.   

On February 21, I received an email from Pasadena Finance Department commending Pasadena Police Department’s Senior Budget Analyst, Trudi Wilcox, for her work on the upcoming budget.  Trudi submitted in PERFECT form and well within the requested timeframe.   

Critical Incidents: 

On February 16 at about 1:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a fight in progress near Raymond Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.  On arrival, officers located the unconscious victim. A total of five suspects were positively identified by witnesses and arrested without incident for assaulting the victim.  They were booked at the Pasadena jail.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.   

On February 16 at about 3:57 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of the 400 block of North Chester Avenue regarding a possible residential burglary.  On arrival, the officers learned the victim was walking her dog when the suspect entered her home through an unlocked window and stole an IPAD device.  The field investigation let PPD officers to a nearby dwelling where it was searched; however, officers did not locate the stolen IPAD. Our investigation is ongoing.    

On February 16 at about 10:53 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to assist the fire department with a house fire in the 2000 block of Brigden Road. The owners were evacuated and there were no injuries associated with the incident.  PPD officers assisted with traffic control while the fire department extinguished the fire.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.   

On February 16 at about 11:01 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of El Sereno Avenue and Woodbury Road regarding gunshots. Uniformed patrol officers, SES officers and other field units saturated the area; however, they did not locate any evidence of a shooting despite a comprehensive search.   

On February 17 at about 12:34 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1700 block of East Colorado Boulevard regarding a Grant Theft investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the victim was shopping at a nearby business when she was approached by the suspect.  The suspect reached into the victim’s purse and removed her wallet.  The victim alerted the store employees, who attempted to detain the suspect.  The suspect dropped the wallet while running out of the store, but PPD officers later arrested him after being positively identified by the victim.  He was subsequently booked at the Pasadena City Jail.  

On February 19, detectives assigned to the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Taskforce (WSGV-ACT) received information about a suspect wanted for residential burglary.  The taskforce detectives observed the suspect in the area of Sunset Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.  He was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.   


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


Posted: 2/24/2013 09:25:00 AM
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