Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (03/02/14)

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March 2, 2014


Dear Community Members & Department Personnel:


For your Information:  

The Pasadena Police Department is planning to opened the police officer application process on February 13, 2104.  Prior to the opening, interested people should use the following link (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/pasadena/default.cfm?action=openjobrequest) to access the City of Pasadena Human Resources Department “Job Interest Cards” webpage and check the law enforcement and public safety boxes.  Interested people will receive an email from the city announcing the next steps.  

Pasadena Police Department’s Mobile Command Post, Curbside Coffee & Chat, is on the move in 2014.  The police department has received several requests for the Mobile Command Post from neighborhood watch groups and other local stakeholders. The Mobile Command Post is being utilized as a highly visible platform to engage our community members. If you would like the Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat to visit your neighborhood, please call Officer Ralph Ordonez at (626) 744-7651, or email rordonez@cityofpasadnea.net.  

The Pasadena Police Department offers home & vehicle burglary crime prevention tips.  Burglary victims often feel vulnerable and violated when their personal space has been invaded. Records show that home burglaries often occur during the day while residents are away from their dwelling. While residential burglaries seem random, predators usually choose their targets.  Unoccupied homes with easy or concealed access and quick escape routes are usually targeted. If you See Something, Say Something. Reporting suspicious activity when you first learn of it gives police officers a greater chance of disrupting criminal activity.  Together we can impact crime and make it a safer place for all who live in, work, or visit Pasadena.  For more information, please visit the police department’s webpage at http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police.  

On March 9, All Saint Church will host a Health Fair. Please refer to the attached PDF document. I am told that you are welcome to share the information with others in your networks. (source: Isabel Ramirez, All Saint Church).  

Our Community:  

On February 12, the Pasadena Police Department’s Mobile Command Post, Curbside Coffee & Chat was on the move making yet another very important stop to visit with more than thirty members of our community on South Parkwood Avenue.  Community Outreach Officers Ralph Ordonez and Cristian Allen hosted the well-attended event, speaking about safety tips, the Neighborhood Watch Program, and serving our guests a complimentary cup of coffee.  We were also pleased to have Pasadena Fire Department’s Lisa Derderian, Public Information Officer, on hand to share fire prevention and safety tips with residents. The police department has received several requests for the Mobile Command Post from Neighborhood Watch groups and other local stakeholders. The Mobile Command Post is being utilized as a highly visible platform to engage our community members. If you would like the Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat to visit your neighborhood, please call Officer Ralph Ordonez at (626) 744-7651, or email rordonez@cityofpasadnea.net.  

On February 20, the Pasadena Police Department hosted week three of the Citizen’s Police Academy.  Former Pasadena PIO Ann Erdman started a blog to describe her participation in the academy.  You are welcome to follow Ann’s remarks and citizen’s academy experience at: http://annerdman.blogspot.com/2014/02/citizens-police-academy-week-three.html .  

On February 21, Lieutenant Jason Clawson attended the Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL) as part of the Child Welfare Roundtable, hosted by the Flintridge Center and PACTL Executive Director, Yolanda Trevino. Topics of discussion included a community plan for family preservation in Los Angeles County, eliminating unnecessary entry into the foster care system, and community-based child welfare / prevention programs. Authors Julian Dominguez and Melinda Murphy were also on hand and provided an overview of their book, “A Culture of Fear.” Pasadena Boys & Girls Club CEO Rachael Estrada was also present as well as two dozen child welfare advocates and supporters. 

On February 22, the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Singles Ministry held their 10th Annual Black History Celebration.  This year's theme was "Current Issues Affecting Black Progress."  The event was filled with worship, praise, and song.  Pasadena Police Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and ACLU member Joyce Perry attended the event and spoke about the impacts of AB109 and on poor and disenfranchised communities. 

On February 22, several Pasadena Police representatives attended the Villa Parke Inauguration Soccer Opening Day & Parade.  The event was very attended by city officials, family, friends, soccer players, and coaching staff.  VIPs included:  District 5 Field Representative Vannia De La Cuba, HS&R Director Mercy Santoro, and HS&R Supervisor Rozanne Adanto.  HS&R Staff members Bill Davis, Jorge Carcamo, and Marco Bermudez helped organize the event.  PPD staff included: Chief Sanchez, Corporals Glenn Thompson and Brad May, Park Safety Officers Michael White, Nick Ortiz, Antonio Ambrozevicius, and Explore Post 19.  Ms. Azucemna Navarette sang the National Anthem and Pasadena Police Explorers posted the national colors (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On February 22, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jason Clawson and I stopped by the Wiggle Worm Fair, which was held at the Community Garden near Navarro Avenue and Howard Street.  The event was very well attended by family, friends, and local youth.  The event focused on community involvement and getting our young people in touch with nature.  Special thanks to Dr. JD Stewart and Margie Hakel for organizing the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On February 22, Pasadena Police Department’s Patrol Team 1 (uniform patrol division) hosted a Curbside Coffee & Chat at Jones Coffee Shop (693 South Raymond Avenue).  The event was very well attended by community members and several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers.  At one point or another, the following personnel stopped by: Chief Sanchez, Lieutenants Dewar and Clawson, Sergeant Sharma, Corporals Oberon and May, Officers Riehl, Scott, Burris, Corralez, and Buchholz.  Community Services Officers Liu and Anderson, PSS Michael White, Ambrozevicius, Ortiz, Records Supervisor Rosa Nuno,  PS Kaye, N. Sanchez, PS D. Sanchez, Cadet Negrete, and Volunteers Ordonez, Gezalian, and Robles. PPD Officer James Riehl organized the event as part of our community outreach. Special thanks to our community partner, Jones’ Coffee! As an aside, there were a lot more community members than police department staffJ. 

On February 22, Pasadena Police Sergeant Sharma, Corporal May, and PS White stopped by the 55th Hastings Brach Library “Birthday” event.  I understand the event was well attended by local community members and supporters.  The event was coordinated by Pasadena Library Technician, William Porras. 

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On February 10, I received a letter from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President Jim Atchison commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Taylor, Sergeants Chute, Lemos, and Cress for their assistance during the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade.  Jim wrote, “… I know there were numerous other men and women of the Pasadena Police Department who participated and supported this important civic event.  We commend you and the entire Pasadena Police Department for your commitment to public safety….”  

On February 18, I received a copy of an email from Pasadena Police Lieutenant Dewar commending the Pasadena Police Department’s Volunteer Program.  John wrote, “… our Volunteer Unit was so helpful to patrol and detectives last night at the scene of the homicide on El Sereno Avenue.  At the onset it was a chaotic event and quickly used up all our resources to contain and control the crime scene, deal with dozens of neighbors and witnesses, and, search for the suspects in the shooting.  We requested assistance from the volunteer unit; 4 volunteers drove from home after 10:00 p.m. to help manage street closures for us; they were still on scene at least until 4:00 a.m.  Chaplain Volunteer Rittenhouse also drove to the scene after midnight to support the family of the deceased victim.  As always, our Volunteer Unit acted professionally and integrated into our operational play seamlessly.  Please extend a Thank you from Patrol Team 5 and Detectives to those volunteers who assisted us at this critical incident…”  

On February 23, I received an email from a community member commending Officers Glockson and Sevesind for their assistance during a traffic collision.  The author wrote, “… I am writing to commend the professionalism and support of your officers.  On January 24, 2014, I was driving in an outdoor shopping center in East Pasadena and slowed the car using the brake to enter a parking space. The car was coming to a stop and it suddenly accelerated while my foot was pushing hard on the brake to try to stop it. The car lurched and went over a concrete barrier and a narrow walkway and landed on top of one vehicle and fell on its side to land on a second vehicle. Officer Glockson was at the location working on another incident, but he and others immediately came and pulled my daughter and I out of the car.  Donald Sevesind arrived and took charge of the accident scene.  He did a magnificent job with crowd control and traffic…”  

On February 24, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Anthony Karg. The author wrote, “…I know that you probably get a lot of complaints about officers, but I wanted to email in order to let you know about an officer who is doing an exemplary job.  Officer Karg treated me with compassion and respect yesterday.  I really appreciate his integrity. … “  

On February 25, I received the following email:  “… Police Administrator Wendy Petry and Don Wise, Executive Administrator for Verdugo Fire Communications, were jointly interviewed by Irene Weaver from e. Republic.  Irene is a Project Coordinator and Project Editor of Custom Media for e. Republic’s Smart Media for Public Sector Innovation.  e. Republic is working in conjunction with AT&T on an Emergency Management Public Safety Policy Paper related to the transition from wired to wireless communications.  Wendy and Don were selected for the interview because they are spearheading a regionalized IP-based 9-1-1 upgrade project involving several cities in the greater Los Angeles area.  More details will be provided regarding the 9-1-1 upgrade project when it is implemented.     

Critical Incidents:  

On February 24 at about 8:57 p.m., Pasadena Police Department received a report of an elderly male who had fallen in front of the Los Angeles County Courthouse (Walnut Street side).  As a result of the fall, the victim suffered significant head trauma. Nearby good Samaritans administered first aid until the Pasadena Fire Paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Grisafe supervised incident.     

On February 25, at about 7:07 a.m., the Pasadena Police Department responded to the 900 block of Topeka regarding a possible gunshot victim.  The victim’s (Male White, 22 years old) sister reported her brother had shot himself because he was despondent over a recent break up with his girlfriend. Pasadena Police officers located the victim deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.  Officers did not discover any evidence of foul play during their preliminary investigation.  The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office was notified and Pasadena Police Sergeant Alaniz supervised the investigation.  

On February 25, at about 10:54 a.m., an anonymous caller phoned a local financial business in the 500 block East Colorado Boulevard, and made a bomb threat.  Pasadena Police officers responded to the location and started a field investigation. The bank was evacuated as a precaution and nearby businesses were notified about the threat. Bomb detection canines (from neighboring jurisdictions) responded to the location and completed a sweep for explosives; none were found.   Our investigation is ongoing.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Jorge supervised the investigation.  

On February 26 at about 3:52 a.m., the Pasadena Police Department received a request from the CHP regarding a possible fatality (auto v. pedestrian) on the 210 Freeway near the Arroyo / Windsor Overpass. Pasadena Police officers responded and assisted the CHP officers with traffic control and started a preliminary investigation. Our investigation indicated the victim possibly jumped from the overpass onto the 210 freeway (w/b traffic lanes) where he was struck by at least two vehicles.  The victim, a Male White, approximately 30 – 40 years old, may have been involved in a disturbance call at the Jack- in-the-Box Restaurant prior to jumping from the overpass.  The Pasadena Police Department investigated the suicide while the CHP handled the traffic collision. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the disturbance incident at the Jack-in-the-Box.  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to take custody of the victim’s body. Pasadena Police Sergeant Alaniz supervised the incident.  

From January – February 2014, the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRGTF) was involved in several noteworthy incidents:   

On January 16, the PSWRGTF was called by the Fort Wayne Police Department (Indiana) to assist in the apprehension of a murder suspect believed to be hiding somewhere in the San Fernando Valley.  The investigation revealed the suspect was possibly working at a warehouse in Chatsworth.  Following the team’s comprehensive investigation, the suspect was located and arrested without incident.  

On February 5, an armed robbery occurred at an East Pasadena Motel. The victim, who knew the suspect casually, provided valuable information about the suspect.   Pasadena Police Corporal Llanes spearheaded the inquiry and conducted a comprehensive investigation. The US Secret Services assisted with investigation and on February 11, the taskforce responded to the city of San Gabriel. The suspect was located and was subsequently arrested without incident.  Pasadena Police detectives responded with a search warrant for the suspect’s apartment where several items from the original crime (robbery) were recovered.  

On February 15, the taskforce assisted the Pomona Police Department in a citywide gang enforcement operation involving compliance checks on Probation, Parole, and AB109 supervised individuals.  During this operation, the team assisted in the arrest of twenty-four gang members and the recovery of three firearms and narcotics.  

On February 18, Glendale Police detectives requested the taskforce’s assistance with the apprehension of a Pasadena gang member wanted for the kidnap, assault with a deadly weapon, and terrorist threats. Taskforce detectives located the suspect.  He was later arrested in Glendale without incident.  


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



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