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

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
October 13, 2013
@PPDChiefSanchez

 

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your information:
 

On October 17 at 10:17 a.m., the annual statewide earthquake exercise, Shakeout, will take place.  The Pasadena Police Department, Fire Department, and local government are encouraging all who live in, work, or visit our community to participate in the exercise.  For more information, please visit www.dropcoverholdon.org.  

On October 26, the Pasadena Police Department will partner with the DEA for the 7th National Take Back Initiative event. The goal of the program is to allow Southern Californians to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can, in turn, dispose of these controlled substances in a secure and non-hazardous manner.  The effort will potentially save lives and protect the ecosystem.  The Pasadena Police Department will host the event at the police station, 207 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For more information please visit: www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police. Media coverage at: www.pasadenanow.com/main/pasadena-police-department-to-partner-with-the-dea-for-the-7th-national-take-back-initiative-event-on-saturday-october-26-2013.  

On October 27, Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle will host a fund raiser to support nonprofit organizations Talk about Parenting’s & Parent Puzzle Program CIW. The event will be held at Hillsides, 940 South Avenue 64.  RSVP at www.talkaboutparenting.org, or by mailing your $60.00 donation to Talk about Parenting with Shirlee Smith, P.O. Box 40547, Pasadena, CA 91104.  For more information, please call (626) 296-2777.  Flintridge Center’s Executive Director, Jaylene Moseley, is the Honorary Chairperson.  

The Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation is launching the 2013/14 edition of their award-winning LAMP Mentor Program.  Please access the following link to view a video presentation of the program: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RISnr7DgQA&feature=youtu.be. Questions should be directed to www.gammazetabule.org, or you may contact Mr. Harlan Ward (harlanward@msn.com) or Mr. Raymond Early (raymondealy@aol.com).  You may also call (626) 676-5123.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On October 1, Commander J. Perez provided keynote remarks at the Pasadena Shakespeare Club monthly meeting.  He talked about the value of the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) and other police-based youth programs.  To learn more about the Pasadena PAL program, please visit: www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/police/pasadena_pal_program/. The Shakespeare Club sponsors art and music events throughout Pasadena.  To learn more about the Shakespeare Club, please visit: /www.shakespeareclub.org/.    

On October 2, I received an email from Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center Executive Director, Hector LaFarga, Jr., commending Pasadena Police Specialists Hilda Jurado for her assistance with the Pasadena Police en Español information program.  PS Jurado has been instrumental in the effort to reach Latino community members in Pasadena.   

On October 4, I received a letter from Angelo E.P. Mazza, an attorney at Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP, commending several Pasadena Police officers for their assistance in a recent investigation.  The firm represents Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc. in matters concerning theft, fraud, and distribution of counterfeit Rolex watches.  The author wrote, “… Your officers’ commitment and professionalism in this case are greatly appreciated.  We are writing to commend the efforts of the following individual who participated in the investigation and arrested the suspect…” PPD personnel involved are: Lieutenant D. Torres, Sergeant D. Reavis, Corporal M. Campeau, Officers L. Kayondo, S. Gomez, R. Christian, R. Dubois, and B. Bulaon.  

On October 7, I received an email from Caltech Director of Security Operations, Heim, commending several Pasadena Police officers for their assistance during an “Armed Intruder on Campus” training day.  Director Heim wrote, “…Our security team is still talking about the dedication of your officers and their willingness to share their experience and knowledge.  As a former law enforcement officer, I was proud of their professionalism and their ability to make every Caltech Security Officer feel essential in such a serious and potentially dangerous scenario…”  PPD personnel included:  Lieutenant C. Moody, Sergeant J. Aguilar, Corporals J. Ward, Officer M. Gligorijevic, and Dispatcher K. McGlothlin.  

On October 8, I received a copy of an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police B. Murphy for his professionalism during a field investigation. The author wrote, “… The reason for our call was because my parents were missing.  In less than 10 minutes your officer showed up, named Murphy.  This gentleman was the most professional person I have ever met, so knowledgeable with his job, so caring, so nice.  He helped my sister and me so much.  I have never seen service like this before...”  

On October 10, I stopped by the Pasadena Police Event Planning Course, which was held at the Marriott.  The three-day course is approved by Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and is taught by Pasadena Police Lieutenant R. Taylor, Sergeant A. Chute, Corporal J. Finney, and Officer S. Dawkins.  The lectures focused on issues, security, crowd control, and other topics associated with large events. Approximately 20 law enforcement officials attended the course.  

On October 10, Pasadena Police Officers J. Longoria and D. Harris responded to a theft investigation at a food outlet store in the 100 block of West California Boulevard.  On arrival, Officers Longoria and Harris learned a homeless person stole a loaf of bread and peanut butter from the market.  The officers located the subject and detained him.  They investigated the incident and determined the subject was suffering from mental health issues. The officers contacted the store manager and offered to pay for the stolen items.  The manager refused payment and allowed the officers to resolve this incident by attending to the suspect’s needs. While officers are not always at liberty secure alternative outcomes, this incident underscores Longoria and Harris’ compassion and empathy.  

Our Community: 

On October 6, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the ACLU Pasadena/Foothill Chapter’s Annual Garden Party.  During the program, the Pasadena Police Department and the Pasadena Unified School District were acknowledged for their collaborative work to produce a MOU between the two organizations.  The MOU defines the roles of the School Resource Officers, school staff, and administrators. Pasadena Police Commander C. Russ was the lead representative for the police department in this effort (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On October 7, I met with All Saints Community Outreach Director Juliana Serrano at the police department. We discussed several public safety topics including efforts to further engage our community youth.   

On October 9, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ibarra and I attended the Clergy Community Coalition meeting, which was held at Lake Avenue Church.  Community Partners included Dr. E. Walsh, Lola Osborn, PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry, and representatives from the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. I talked with the pastors and used my time to review the 2013 Use of Force and Internal Affairs’ Complaints Overview. The power point presentation is the same information that was shared with the Public Safety Committee a few months ago and is posted on the department’s web page: www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police  (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 9, Pasadena Police Lieutenant E. Calatayud attended the Wells Fargo Community Support Breakfast, which was held at Noor’s Restaurant.  The event was well attended as Wells Fargo Representatives delivered financial support to community and nonprofit groups. The Pasadena Police Department’s PAL Program received a generous check during the event.  Elected officials included Mayor Bogaard and Councilman Kennedy. Wells Fargo representatives included David DiCristofaro and Rafael Henderson (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On October 9, Pasadena Police Community Relations officers, employees, and volunteers participated in the national “Walk or Ride to School Day.”  PPD personnel walked with students from Norma Coombs School.  PPD staff also positioned the mobile command post at the school to support the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 9, several members of the City of Pasadena executive staff helped serve hot meals at the Jackie Robinson Center.  The hot meal program has being serving local community members for almost three years.  Pastor Burrell coordinated the program and Pasadena Youth Ambassadors were also on hand to help out.  City Staff included:  Michael Beck, Steve Mermell, Andy Green, Kristi Recchia, Horse Wormely, Jarvis Emerson, Chris Russ, Robert Monzon, and Michele Bagneris.  We all had a great time, I served the rice! (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 10, several Pasadena Police employees, volunteers, officers, and community members attended the 2013 Chief’s Breakfast, which was hosted by the Pasadena Police Foundation. Brookside Clubhouse was packed and it appeared there was standing room only. Lake Avenue Church Pastor Eric Johnson provided the opening prayer and the Pasadena Police Honor Guard posted the colors. Elected officials included Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, California State Senator Carol Liu, Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison, and PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper.  2014 Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins and several other VIPs also attended. The event also served as an opportunity to recognize the annual Bernard Melekian Outstanding Youth Award winner, Troy Mgiditchian. The event was covered by the local media:  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131010/pasadena-police-foundation-hosts-annual-breakfast (Photos at @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On October 10, I stopped by the 2013 Innovation Summit “Unleashed.”  There were several business owners, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. VIPs included Pasadena Mayor Bogaard and Retired Pasadena Police Lieutenant and current consultant, Phlunte Riddle.  Rebecca Haussling co-founded the event.  

Critical Incidents: 

On September 30, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 700 block of East California Boulevard regarding an attempted sexual assault. On arrival, officers talked with the victim who indicated she was attacked by the suspect (White or Middle Eastern, 35 – 40 years old, approximately 6’-0,” full beard, with hair pulled back in a ponytail) while walking in the neighborhood.  The on-duty watch commander requested a canine to assist with the investigation. News article at: http://altadena.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/pasadena-police-search-for-sexual-assault-suspect.  

In the days following the assault, Pasadena Police Detectives interviewed the victim and witnesses associated with this case.  They also completed a forensic drawing of the suspect based on information provided by the victim.  The drawing was shared with local law enforcement agencies, including the Pasadena City College (PCC) Police Department. On October 6, PCC Police investigated a sexual battery case on their campus.  The suspect (Medrano, Transient) was identified, arrested, and released with a misdemeanor citation.  An alert PCC officer realized Medrano looked almost identical to the forensic drawing produced by PPD in our sexual assault investigation.  The information was communicated to PPD and a preliminary investigation was conducted by Officer S. Reece. It was determined Medrano has prior arrests for sexual battery and assault in other jurisdictions.  

On October 6 at about 10:30 p.m., Pasadena Police Sergeant Favara saw Medrano eating inside the Jack-in-the-Box at Colorado Boulevard and Hill Street.  Medrano was contacted and detained.  The victim (from East California) positively identified Medrano as the suspect who assaulted her on September 30. Medrano was arrested and booked at the Pasadena Jail.  The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.  This investigation removed an active predator from our community and underscores the strong collaboration between PCC PD and PPD.   

On October 6 at about 7:38 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Walworth Avenue regarding a shots fired investigation.  On arrival, with the assistance of several witnesses, officers identified the residence where the incident occurred. The suspect (Male Black Adult, and Pasadena Resident) was contacted and officers determined he was on active parole for prior weapons offenses. During the field investigation, PPD officers discovered evidence in the back yard of the residence supporting the fact that shots were fired. Officers did not locate any injured victims during the incident. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Pasadena jail.    

On October 8 at about 1:50 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 400 block of South Catalina Avenue regarding a residential burglary investigation. On arrival, officers talked with the victims who said they were awakened by a suspect who entered their apartment through an unsecured patio screen door.  When the suspect was confronted by the victims, he ran away.  The suspect is described as a male, 6’-0,” wearing eye glasses.  If you have any information about this crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  This case underscores the need to secure your home and property at all times. News article at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131009/pasadena-police-searching-for-man-who-broke-into-womens-apartment.  

On October 11 at approximately 10:00 a.m., two Pasadena Police officers observed a male pedestrian in the area of Hammond Street and Sunset Avenue.  The officers attempted to contact the male, but he ran into a nearby housing complex without warning. Officers pursued the male, who presented a firearm and an officer involved shooting (OIS) occurred.  The suspect was shot and transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.  A load handgun was located near the suspect.   

The suspect was identified as Paris Holloway (Male Black, 23, Pasadena Resident).  Pasadena Police Homicide/Assault Detectives were notified and responded to investigate the incident.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s OIS Team also responded to the scene.  Persons who may have witnessed the incident are asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department (626) 744-4241) or a report can be made anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).  

Sincerely,  

Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545 | Email: psanchez@cityofpasadena.net
Mission First, People Always
 

 

Posted: 10/13/2013 02:30:00 PM