Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (12/01/13)

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December 1, 2013


Dear Community and Department Personnel: 

See Something, Say Something Public Safety Awareness Campaign: 

The Pasadena Police Department is proud to roll out our See Something, Say Something Public Awareness Campaign just in time for the 2014 Tournament of Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, & BCS Championship football games. The video was coordinated by Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and recorded (filmed) by Corporal Anthony Russo.  Special thanks to Pasadena Fire Chief Wells and Tournament of Roses Executive Director, Bill Flinn, for participating in this very important message.  The See Something, Say Something campaign will include Parade and Business Watch (along Colorado Boulevard) and harness the Tournament of Roses volunteers for a more robust security network.  You can view the See Something, Say Something video at: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police.  

For your information:  

On December 14, from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., the Villa Parke Boxing Program is hosting its first Cops in My Corner Boxing Show, featuring competitors from throughout Southern California.  The event will shine a light on the relationship between the Pasadena Police Department, the Police Activities League (PAL), South Pasadena Police Department, their support of the Villa-Parke Boxing Program, and our community. The event will be held in the Villa-Parke Community Center Gymnasium, 363 East Villa Street.  A voluntary $5.00 donation is requested in lieu of an admission fee and children under 12 are free.   For more information, please contact Fausto De La Torre at (626) 744- 6531, or FDeLaTorre@cityofpasadena.net.  

On December 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council (PAPAC) will host its 18th Annual Christmas Toy Drive at the Pasadena Police Department (207 North Garfield Avenue).  Prior to the event, if possible, please bring new, unwrapped toys to 1160 East Walnut Street, in Pasadena.  For more information, please call Harry Kouladjian (626) 945-3031, or Hovannes Sarkissian (626) 792-9597.  

On December 26, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) will host an exclusive sneak peek preview of the 2014 Rose Parade floats before they head down Colorado Boulevard.  The showing will take place at Phoenix Decorating Company, 835 South Raymond Avenue.  Admission for adults is $25.00 and $10.00 for kids (under 15).  For more information or to RSVP, please email Jill Hawkins at Jill@mhpevents.com or call (626) 791-1225.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On October 21, I received a letter from Glendale Chief of Police Ron De Pompa commending Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales for participating in their recent promotional process. Chief De Pompa wrote, “…Knowing how very busy your schedule is, we sincerely appreciate your time, energy, and willingness to assist us.  Your participation during the selection process was very significant in assisting us to find the best candidates for this key position.  

On November 5, I received an email from College Women’s Club of Pasadena’s, Carol Numrich, commending Pasadena Police Sergeant Jesse Carrillo for spearheading a panel discussion at their recent luncheon. Carol wrote, “… He [Jesse] related the view of the department regarding survivors of abuse, whether it is a child, family, the elderly, or women. He discussed ways in which Pasadena is unique in its approach, by working with other agencies, such as Peace Over Violence, to lend support, and the role that detectives play in following through…”  I understand there were more than 70 women in attendance and Jesse received much kudos.  

On November 6, I received a letter from Hawthorne Chief of Police, Robert Fager, commending Pasadena Police Commander John Perez for participating in their recent lieutenant promotional process.  Chief Fager wrote, “… I wish to wholeheartedly commend the demeanor, professionalism, and work investment that Commander Perez embodied as a participating panel member…”  

On November 7, I received a letter from San Rafael Neighborhoods Association President, Ron Paler, commending the Pasadena Police Department for participating in their recent community meeting.  The meeting was held at Hillsides Auditorium on November 6, and Pasadena Police Lieutenant John Dewar, Sergeant Bobby Crees, and I attended.  On November 19, I traveled north to the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey), to lecture at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Fusion Center Leadership Program.  More than 30 executive directors and HLS experts attended the 40 hour course, which is designed to identify best-practices and contemporary threat analysis. There are more than 78 Fusion Centers strategically located across the United States.  Locally, the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (LA-JRIC) serves as our fusion center. You can report suspicious activity directly to the JRIC, or visit their website at:  https://www.jric.org/. On November 20, several Pasadena police employees attended a POST Mental Health Training Update.  The training focused on teaching first responders how to identify and interact with subjects who may be suffering from mental health issues or illness.  The training was facilitated by Pasadena Police HOPE Officer Domino Scott.  

On November 27, I received information from Commander Rosales that Pasadena Police Dispatchers Veronica Montanez, Alesandra Perez, Diana Parra, Alesandra Perez, Jeff Sanchez, Kelly Jo McGlothlin, Maria Perusquia, David Covarrubias, Janette Fajardo, and Supervisor Rosanne Reinbold adopted a Pasadena family of six in need for Thanksgiving.  Each dispatcher donated personal funds to purchase a turkey and condiments.  The group also baked different Thanksgiving side meal items, and one dispatcher bought the family a new set of dinnerware on which to enjoy the delicious meal.   I was told the single mother and her five children were very grateful for the thoughtfulness and act of kindness by the dispatchers.  

On November 29, I received information from Pasadena Police Lieutenant Diego Torres that Detective Sheri Schwab was accepted into the POST Instructor Development Institute (IDI).  The program was created by POST in an effort to provide standardized, multi-level, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement instruction.  The selection process is demanding.  Participants are required to develop individual training programs and publish academic articles.   

Our Community:  

On November 25, Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Fire Department PIO Lisa Derderian, Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, Officer Ralph Ordonez, and PPD Volunteer Lou Oronoz participated in a Public Safety Briefing at Fire Station 33. Chief Wells talked about Christmas Tree safety while I focused my remarks on the See Something, Say Something Safety Awareness campaign (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On November 25, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and I met with KPCC Reporter Rina Palta to discuss several projects involving the Pasadena Police Department.  The topics included the See Something, Say Something Safety Awareness campaign, AB109, and several of the department’s youth programs.  

On November 26, I received notice that a victim of an auto burglary sent a “thank you” card acknowledging Pasadena Police Officer Sahak Neresyan and Records Police Specialist Lydia Callers for their help and kindness during a difficult time.  

On November 26, Corporal Glenn Thompson and several members of Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 attended the  75th Annual Queen’s Breakfast, honoring the Tournament of Roses and the 2014 Rose Queen and Royal Court. The event was pack with family and friends, including former Rose Queens.  Pasadena Explorers served as Royal Escorts, walking each princess and the queen to their seats.  The Pasadena Fire Department posted the colors and ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor; David Ono served as the Mast of Ceremonies.  Several local leaders attended the event including Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Manager Michael Beck, and Fire Chief Wells.  2014 Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins, and his wife Cindy, also attended the breakfast (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On Thanksgiving Day, several Pasadena Police employees volunteered their time and energy to help others in the Pasadena Community by serving hot meals at the Salvation Army or delivering holiday baskets.  The hot meals were provided to more than 800 people under the leadership of Salvation Army Program Director, Pat Riley. Volunteers included:  Commander Lisa Rosales and family, Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Sergeant Chris Gutierrez, Sergeant Marcia Taglioretti and family, Corporal Jason Van Hecke and family, Corporal Mark Lang, Officer Brian Bulan and Family, Officer John Yoo, Officer Derek Locklin, Officer Cristian Allen, Officer Van Kim and family, Officer Kevin Okamoto, and Police Specialists Debbie Bush (ret.).  

On December 1, Mayor Bogaard hosted his 28th Annual Christmas Party for Kid at the Brookside Golf Course.  The event is historically well attended and this year was no exception. Over 200 children including young people from Pasadena Police PAL (Pasadena Police Activities League) attended the holiday event. The youngest citizens were treated to a sing along led by Rose Queen Ana Acosta and her royal court, a singing performance by Tori Harvey, the 2013 Pasadena Idol, a magic show and a special appearance by Santa Clause with gifts for all.  The masters of ceremony Pasadena Police Corporal Glenn Thompson and Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace (Ret.) brought cheers from the audience.  In addition to the many children from throughout the Pasadena community,  the event was attended by many distinguished guests including Mercy Santoro, Director of Human Resource, Horace Wormely, Deputy Director of Human Resources, Pasadena Police Department members Lieutenants  John Dewar and Ed Calatayud, Officer Anthony Riley, Director of PAL and Beverly Bogar, Office Support Supervisor for Chief Phillip L. Sanchez. 

Critical Incidents:  

On November 16 at about 10:54 a.m. the Pasadena Police Department received a call of unusual circumstances in the 400 block of Emerson Street. On arrival officers talked with a witness (Female Adult) who said she was working in her flower bed and discovered a large bone.  It was unknown the origin of the bone so the Los Angeles Coroner's Office was contacted and responded to investigate.  The coroner’s officer later determined the bone belonged to a large animal, possible a cow.  

On November 23 at about 1:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1100 block of East Walnut Street to assist the Fire Department at the scene of a structure fire.  On arrival, officers assisted with traffic control while the firefighters knocked down the fire.   

On November 24 at about 10:23 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Mar Vista Avenue regarding shots fired (heard only).  On arrival, the officers check the area; however, they were unable to locate any evidence of a crime.   

On November 24, at about 11:16 a.m., the Pasadena Police Department received a call regarding a female preparing to jump off a bridge onto the freeway below. The caller believed the female was in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, but was not completely certain.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Beene coordinated a search of the overpasses in the area identified by the caller.  Moments later, Pasadena Police HOPE Officer Elgin Lee was patrolling the overpass near Orange Grove Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue, when he observed a female subject matching the description of the potential jumper.  

As Officer Lee approached the suicidal subject; she immediately started climbing the overpass safety fence at Orange Grove Boulevard & the 210 Freeway. The suicidal subject’s upper body was over the top of the fence when Officer Lee grabbed her legs and pulled her to safety. The subject was subsequently detained on a WIC 5150 hold.  If not for the quick actions of Officer Lee, the female subject would have jumped from the overpass on to the 210 freeway, likely resulting in her death.  The incident was monitored by the on-duty Watch Commander, Lieutenant Jason Clawson, and supervised by Sergeant Dennis Beene.  

On November 24 at about 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 800 block of Merritt Street regarding a possible stabbing investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim, a Male Hispanic Adult (Pasadena Resident), who said he was in the area of El Mira Street and Wright Avenue, when he observed a group of male Hispanic subjects loitering in the area.  The victim said he was confronted by two Hispanic males, who produced a knife and demanded the victim’s property. The victim refused and a physical altercation subsequently ensued.  The victim was stabbed several times in the head and torso by the suspects. 

The suspects then removed the victim’s property and left the area. Under the command of Sergeant Robert Tucker, Pasadena Police officers check the area; however, they were unable to locate the suspects. The victim was transported to a local hospital and received medical treatment for his injuries.  If you have any information about this incident, please call Pasadena Police Lieutenant T. Rojas at (626) 744-4241.  

On November 26 at about 3:00 p.m., officers assigned to the Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) and the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Taskforce (SSTF) served a search warrant at 1161 North Garfield Avenue. The location has long been a nuisance in the community plagued with narcotics activities and a gathering point for local gang members.  During the warrant, several individuals were contacted, including the subject of the search – Corey Lyn Kennedy (a known local gang member).  

During the search, officers and taskforce members located evidence of marijuana sales.  Kennedy was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, a felony.  Edward Lee McFadden III (a local known gang member) was at the Garfield Avenue residence and was arrested for an outstanding attempted murder warrant (McFadden was wanted for attempting to shoot the mother of his child and a male companion in Mid-October 2013). Lastly, Markees Darshawn Goldsmith was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. All three suspects were booked at the Pasadena jail. The served warrant was supervised by Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Crees.  

2014 is around the corner and will bring new hope, opportunities and challenges.  The Pasadena Police Department will begin to focus its attention on the New Year’s Celebration, the Rose Parade & Bowl, and the BSC National Championship, in addition to its daily duties.  Given the increased tempo associated with preparing for the New Year – the Touching Base newsletter will resume in January 2014 (mass distributions may occur as the need arises).  Please take time to visit the Pasadena Police Department Webpage for community information, crime statistics, Nixle Alerts, and to view the See Something, Say Something Video.  

I pray you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 


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


Posted: 12/1/2013 02:45:00 PM
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