Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (09/29/13)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base:  A Message from the Chief
September 29, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

For your Information:   

The Pasadena Police Foundation is hosting its Annual Breakfast with the Chief” at Brookside Clubhouse (1133 Rosemont Avenue) on October 10 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.  This year the breakfast features the Pasadena Police Department Canine Program.  Participants will meet Canine Officer Steve Arcand and his K9 Partner, Figo.  Steve and his partner will conduct brief demonstrations designed to underscore the value of the canine program.  Breakfast will be served promptly at 7:30 a.m.  The cost is $50.00 per person ($34.00 is tax deductible). Shuttle service is available to take guests from the parking lot at Brookside to the clubhouse. Reservations are limited. For more information, please visit:   

www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org.  You are also welcome to contact Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracy Ibarra (TIbarra@cityofpasadena.net) for information.  I hope to see you at the 2013 Chief’s Breakfast!   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On September 19, I received an email from a local community member commending Pasadena Police Officers P. Magat, J. Preston, and Police Specialist C. Murphy for their assistance during a field traffic investigation.  The author wrote, “… Chief Sanchez, I am writing to you in congratulating you having a great police department and officers that are willing to go above and beyond their duties….”   

On September 23, I received an email from Flintridge Center Executive Director Jaylene Moseley commending Pasadena Police Commander J. Perez for his assistance on a grant opportunity.    

On September 25, Deputy Chief Qualls, Commander Perez, and I stopped by the SGV Peace Officers Association meeting, which was held at the Historic Green Hotel.  Law enforcement officials throughout the region attended the meeting and Los Angeles County Sheriff L. Baca provided keynote remarks.   

On September 26, the Pasadena Police Department, Community Relations Section facilitated the inaugural “Pasadena Police Department En Español,” which was held at the police station.  More than 40 Latino (Spanish speaking) community members attended the program, which will focus on the internal workings of the police department over the next several weeks.  Each session will be facilitated in Spanish by bilingual Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers.  The program concept was developed more than a year ago and has finally come to fruition under the leadership of Pasadena Police Lieutenant E. Calatayud, Sergeant B Lomeli, PhD, Officer C. Allen, PS Jurado, and PS Johnson (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).    

Our Community: 

On September 21, Lieutenant Ibarra and I stopped by the Young African American Males’ Conference, which was held at Pasadena City College.  The conference was packed with young men from throughout the region.  The Keynote Speaker was Romal Tune and the conference featured several workshops (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On September 21, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers attended the Kids Safety Academy Kick-Off event, which was held at the police department.  PS K. Kauhola provided opening remarks and coordinated the academy.  The KSA is sponsored in part by the Pasadena Police Foundation (www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org) and focuses on teaching safety tips to very young children.  You can learn more about the KSA at: cityofpasadena.net/Police.   

On September 21, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the American Cancer Gala, which was held at Pasadena Westin Hotel.  The room was packed with cancer survivors, family, friends, and community leaders.  There were several people honored at the gala including Gerald Freeney, as a community leader. VIPs included Pasadena Mayor Bogaard and his family (Photos@PPDChiefSanchez).  

September 23, Casa de las Amigas held their Rally for Recovery to recognize National Recovery MonthDispatcher David Covarrubias and Commander Chris Russ grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for staff, clients, and guests.  Guests included board members from Casa de las Amigas, Field Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Rita Hadjimanoukian, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Sergeant Dennis Beene, Officer Alex Torres, Officer Ralph Ordonez, and Community Service Officer Jilda Jurado. Casa de las Amigas was the first recovery home in Pasadena specifically catering to women struggling with alcohol and chemical dependency, opening its doors in 1967.  For more information about Casa de las Amigas visit http://casadelasamigas.org/.  

On September 24, I stopped by the Pasadena Senior Center Board of Directors meeting.  I had the opportunity to speak with the BOD and focused my remarks on AB109, crime, and other public safety issues (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On September 24, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Calatayud, Sergeant Luna and I attended the State of the Schools address, which was held at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, in Altadena.  Pasadena Unified School Superintendent J. Gundry and PUSD Board President R. Cooper delivered the state of the schools address.  The auditorium was packed with parents, students, teachers, and community leaders including Pasadena Vice-Mayor Robinson and several School Board members. The Blair High School JROTC posted the colors and Jackson students lead the audience in the Pelage of Allegiance (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On September 25, Vice Mayor J. Robinson, Assistant City Manager Mermell, Pasadena Mayor’s Field Representative, R. Stone, and I attended the United Nations Association (UNA) 6th Annual Global Forum and Luncheon, which was held at the California Endowment Center.  This year the UNA luncheon honored Pasadena Mayor Bogaard with the 2013 Global Citizen Award.  Other recipients included Sylvia Whitlock, PhD, and Participant Media.  The luncheon was well attended and former Pasadena Police Lieutenant and UNA Vice President P. Riddle provided remarks throughout the program.  VIPs included:  Congressman Adam Schiff, Carry Simon, Mel Boynton, Peter Yeo, and Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBongre (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On September 25, several Pasadena employees, community leaders, and Tournament of Roses Representatives attended the 100 Roses Video Premier, featuring Dustin Tavella.  The event was packed.  Rose Bowl Game Manager E. Corey served as the emcee and introduced several VIPs including:  2014 Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins, 2013 Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby, 2005 Tournament of Roses President Libby Evans Wright, Rose Bowl Game Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Ash, City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, and several members from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Executive Board of Directors.   

Critical Incidents: 

On September 19 at about 7:50 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1200 block of Glen Avenue regarding an attempted murder investigation.  On arrival, officers discovered a Male Hispanic, 20 (known gang member), who sustained several stab wounds in the upper torso. Our preliminary investigation suggested the incident occurred near Claremount Street and Glen Avenue.  The victim was uncooperative and refused to provide any further information.  He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.   

On September 21 during the evening hours, several hundred car-enthusiasts showed up at the Best Buy Parking lot for a spontaneous car show.  Pasadena Police Watch Commander Lieutenant Dewar dispatched officers to monitor the gathering.  There were no problems, arrests, or citations associated with the gathering and by 10:45 p.m., most of the enthusiasts had departed the lot.  

On September 22 at about 3:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 90 block of Peoria Street regarding shots fired.  On arrival, officers checked the area and found several bullet casings in the roadway. Upon further investigation, officers located a nearby home that had been hit by gunfire.  Officers contacted the home owner who did not know who would want to shoot at his dwelling.  Several neighbors heard the shots and reported the incident. Our investigation is ongoing.   

On September 25 at about 9:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers received a call about a missing John Muir High School student.  According to the parents, the missing female juvenile did not return home after school.  Officers completed a comprehensive search; however, they did not find the missing student.  She was found uninjured the following morning by Pasadena Police Detectives Lang and Vidales.  They interviewed the student to determine why she went missing and to ensure her welfare. www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-missing-pasadena-girl-found-unharmed-20130926,0,5070333.story.   

On September 25, Pasadena Police Detectives assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) arrested a wanted burglary suspect in Altadena without incident.  The crime occurred in Pasadena weeks earlier and was assigned to Detective Richard Padilla.  Padilla developed several leads and submitted his findings to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing consideration.  As a result, an arrest warrant was issued and Padilla contacted FAU for assistance.   

On September 27 at about 10:23 p.m., Pasadena Police officers were working a DUI Checkpoint in the 50 block of West California.  The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord entered the checkpoint and, without warning, suddenly backed up (out of the checkpoint lane) and fled the location. Pasadena Police Officer Karg caught up with the vehicle a few moments later and attempted to stop the car to investigate the erratic driving. The driver of the Honda abruptly stopped the car and three suspects bailed from the vehicle and attempted to evade the officer. Two suspects were quickly apprehended without further incident and a containment was established.  Despite an exhaustive search, the third suspect was not located. During the subsequent investigation, Officer Karg discovered the suspects had just committed a residential burglary in San Marino.  Two suspects were booked for burglary. Our investigation is ongoing.    

On September 27 at about 8:00 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department received a call about a missing John Muir High School student who did not return home after school. The parents advised their daughter left school in the morning; however, she did not return home. Officers learned that the missing juvenile has a history of truancy. She has no medical or mental issues. No foul play is suspected; however, she normally notifies her mother if she is not coming home directly after school.  Pasadena Police officers checked the area around John Muir High School and visited other possible hangouts frequented by the missing juvenile.  The on-duty Watch Commander, Lieutenant J. Dewar, contacted the local hospitals and distributed a media alert regarding the missing juvenile. On September 28, the missing juvenile was located, unharmed. She reportedly spent the night at a friend’s home and failed to communicate with her parents. More information at: cityofpasadena.net/Police.  Our investigation is ongoing.   

On September 28 at about 7:55 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Blvd regarding a felony assault investigation. On arrival PPD officers discovered the victim lying on the ground in Central Park holding his neck.  Officers observed a laceration on the victim’s neck and called the paramedics.  The victim told the investigating officers that he was in a verbal altercation with a subject; however, he did not know the person’s name. The victim said that during the verbal altercation the suspect cut or stabbed him in the neck with a knife. The victim said the suspect was last seen running away from the area. Despite a comprehensive area search, officers did not locate the suspect.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital for medical evaluation.   


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



Posted: 9/29/2013 10:05:00 AM
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