Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (03/16/14)

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March 16, 2014


Dear Community Members & Department Personnel: 


For your Information:  

The Pasadena Police Department opened the police officer application process on February 13, 2014.  The application process closed on February 25.  The Pasadena Human Services Department (on behalf of the Police Department) received approximately 732 applications.  Thank you all for supporting the effort to maintain a diverse and qualified work force.   


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@cityofpasadena.net.  


Pasadena Police Department offers internet tips for the entire family. For more information, please visit the police department’s webpage at http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police.  


On April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., (in front of the Pasadena Police Department, 207 North Garfield Avenue) the Pasadena Police Department will join the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the 8th DEA National Take Back Initiative (NTBI VIII) 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, potentially saving lives and protecting the ecosystem.  Special Enforcement Section Officer Jordan Ling, along with DEA officers will be on hand to monitor the event.     


Our Community:  

On March 5, I received information that State Farm Insurance representatives Eddie Martinez and Bryan Erckenbrack helped support Pasadena Police Department’s Teen Driving Safety Education Programs. This year State Farm has generously awarded $18,740 to support the “Every 15 Minutes” program and the refurbishing of our DUI/Educational trailer. Over the past 8 years, State Farm has awarded in excess of $100,000 for such programs hosted by the Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section. Pasadena Police Officers Derek Locklin, Tom Blanchard, and Sam De Sylva have cultivated this ongoing relationship with State Farm.   


On March 6, Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, PhD, Sergeant John Luna, PS Hilda Jurado, Officer Ralph Ordonez, and Air Operations Officer Irvin Myles attended a Curb Side Coffee & Chat hosted by the Neighborhood Group in the 100 block of North Chester Avenue.  I understand that Christine Medina (@RevelationsCoach) helped organize the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  


On March 7, Commander John Perez, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, PPD Volunteers Harry Kouladjian, Keith Chow, Olivia Canche, Gary Gezalian, and I grilled breakfast for the West Pasadena Little League (WPLL) Opening Day, which was held at the Robinson Park Baseball Field.  The park was full of players, coaches, family, and friends.  More than 95 community members had breakfast in the park to support the WPLL.  Pasadena Police Office Supervisor and WPLL Board Member Beverly Bogar helped coordinate the event.  Special thanks to Pasadena Police Athletic Association for assisting with the event.  


On March 7, several Pasadena Police employees and City Manager Michael Beck attended the San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Recognition Dinner to honor 11 volunteers receiving the Silver Beaver Award.  Recipients are selected by the SGV Council and are honored for their exemplary volunteerism. Awardees included:  Clair Bell, Robert Earnest, Clara Potes-Fellow, Randall Ferman, Stephen Gill, Tim Greenleaf, Richard Hung, Sharon Marsh-Posthumous, Chief Phillip Sanchez, Cynthia Sercel, and Alan Tanaka.   


On March 8, several Pasadena Police employees attended Harambee’s Annual Gala, which was held at La Canada Presbyterian Church.  Harambee honored Dr. Paul Price and Pasadena Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls for their community involvement and leadership. The event was very well attended and Darryl was supported by his wife, Mrs. Qualls, and several PPD executive staff members.  


On March 9, several Pasadena Police employees attended the UNA – Women of the World Luncheon, which was held at Noor Restaurant. The event was very well attended and NBC4 Co-Anchor Woman Colleen Williams served as emcee.  Honorees included: Dr. Thomas, LaCrease Belk, and Barbara Goldberg. Pasadena Police Lieutenant (ret.) and UNA Vice President Phlunte Riddle helped coordinate the event.  PPD and city employees attending the event included: Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez, Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, District 1 Field Representative Tina Williams, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, Commander Lisa Rosales, Administrator Gena Persons, District 5 Field Representative Vannia De la Cuba, Pasadena Public Health Program Coordinator Angelica Palmeros, Deborah K. Sanchez, and me. Congresswoman Judy Chu also attended and presented proclamations to the honorees.  


On March 12 the Pasadena Police Department, Community Services Section hosted a Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat at the Best Buy Store, 3415 East Foothill Boulevard.  The Pasadena Police Department launched the Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat in 2013 and experienced overwhelming support and gratitude from our community members.  This year, the Community Services Section – Neighborhood Outreach Unit will be on the move again in a concerted effort to meet and greet community members throughout Pasadena.  The Mobile Command Past has been deployed into many neighborhoods and has been enthusiastically received by our community.  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 at: rordonez@cityofpasadena.net.  


Pasadena’s Finest: 

From February 18 – March 7, the Pasadena Police Department participated in celebrating National Read Across America Week. Partnering with the Pasadena Unified School District at seven local elementary schools, members of the police department volunteered their time to visit with and read to children during activities to mark the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.  Police personnel included Police Specialists Hilda Jurado, Yadira Sanchez, Susana Castro, Officers James Riehl, Kim Baecker, Corporals Jayce Ward and Joe Allard, Sergeant Bill Grisafe, Volunteers Laura Kendall and Nhingo.  Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, Ph.D. and Safe Schools Team Officers Roxanne Haines, Eddie Bondarczuk and Sal Ramos were well received at Hamilton Elementary School, Officer Andrea Perez and Lieutenant Jason Clawson read at Madison Elementary, and I read to the students at Roosevelt School.  The Pasadena Police Department participates annually in Read across America and continues to contribute to the enrichment of Pasadena Youth (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  


From February 10 - March 6, the Pasadena Police Department organized a Pre-Police Academy for six new police trainees. Personnel involved in the pre-police academy included: Corporals Glenn Thompson, Jayce Ward, Joe Allard, Paul McKinney, and Deanna Nestlerode, Officers Bart Horn, Sean Porter, Anthony Riley, David Garcia, Anthony McGlade, Tom Corralez, Cesar Aguilar, Kevin Okamoto, Andrea Perez, Edgar Sanchez, Rodney Solórzano, and Range Master Don Amerman.  Their efforts were invaluable in preparing the recruits for the rigors of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy. 


On March 6, I received a letter from Ben Franklin Elementary School Curriculum & Language Development Teacher Alden Sl. Denila commending Pasadena Police Officer Brian Bulaon for his initiative, passion, and dedication working with young children. Ms. Denila wrote, “… For the past 6 years, Officer Bulaon has consistently volunteered his free time to read to the students during the district annual “Read Across America” week.  Officer Brian would generously coordinate other officers to read as well.  As noted by the principal, teachers, parents, community members, and district officials, Officer Bulaon has gone beyond his duties to reach out to the Benjamin Franklin students and for that we are thankful…”  


On March 7, I received a letter announcing that Pasadena Police Officer Victor Cass was selected as the President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – San Gabriel Valley Affiliate.  The SGV Affiliate is the fourth largest in Los Angeles County and extends resources to those impacted by mental health issues. To learn more about NAMI, please visit: www.namisangabrielvall.org.  


On March 11, I received a letter from the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety stating that, following a robust review, our federal homeland security grant(s) were in full compliance. The audit included nine critical assessments and the Pasadena Police Department did not falter in any of the areas.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and Sergeant Rudy Lemos are the department’s lead managers in the effort to secure and manage our UASI (Urban Area Security Initiative).   


On March 12, several Pasadena Police officers attended the funeral services for Fallen Los Angeles Police Officer Nicholas Lee.  I understand there were law enforcement officers from throughout the United States who attended the services.  You may recall that Officer Lee was killed on duty when his police cruiser was involved in a tragic traffic collision with a commercial vehicle. Representing the Pasadena Police Department at the funeral were: Police Sergeant Max Dahlstein, Officers John Watkins, Craig Blumenthal, Phil Klotz, and Raymond Hsu.   


Critical Incidents:  

In May of 2012, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1100 block of North El Molino Avenue regarding a residential burglary. Forensic Specialists collected evidence at the scene, which led to the identification of a suspect (Stephen Saucedo, Male Hispanic, 19, Pasadena Resident).

Forensic Specialist Fish confirmed evidence pointing to Saucedo and alerted Pasadena Police Detective Andrea DeLeon.  DeLeon distributed Saucedo’s description to Pasadena Police Sergeant Chris Kirby, who supervises the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Taskforce (WSGVACTF). On February 28, the WSGVACTF located Saucedo in Pasadena and arrested him without incident.  Detective DeLeon subsequently interviewed Saucedo and learned he was involved in other Pasadena residential burglaries. DeLeon connected with Pasadena Police Detective Rich Padilla (who was also investigating several similar break-ins). Saucedo later admitted to committing at least three burglaries.


On March 11, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 200 block of North Hudson Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary.  A security officer working the complex saw the burglary and was now watching one of the suspects.  Officer John Calderon, who was the first officer on-scene, arrested the first suspect (Timothy Wright, Male Black, Los Angeles Resident) without incident.  Shortly thereafter, the security officer located the second suspect (Male Black, 17, Los Angeles Resident) who was arrested without incident by John and Sergeant Greg Afsharian. The second suspect had some stolen items in his possession. Through criminal evidence, Pasadena Police Forensic Technician Ralph Chapman identified Wright as a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred on March 10 in the 900 block of North Marengo Avenue. When Ralph learned about Wright’s arrest he notified Detective Robin Stinson about his discovery. PPD detectives will review other burglaries to see is these two suspects were involved. 


On March 14, Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) were on routine patrol when they observed a known gang  member operating a motor vehicle.  SES officers developed sufficient probable cause and conducted a traffic stop. The officers contacted the driver and determined he was driving on a suspended CDL.  The driver was arrested and during a subsequent search SES officers located a loaded handgun in the passenger area of the vehicle. The suspect was transported to the Pasadena jail and booked. Later in the same shift, SES officers detained a subject in La Penteresca Park.  The subject was later arrested and officers recovered another loaded handgun.  The suspect was transported to the Pasadena jail and booked.  It is believed the suspect has tied to a local gang.  In the past several weeks, Pasadena Police officers have contacted known or suspected gang members and during their investigation have recovered several firearms. Each gun removed from our community potentially saves lives.  


On March 14 at 2:50 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue regarding a man with a knife, threatening his sister. On arrival, officers confirmed the suspect had held a knife to his sister's throat.  Officers contained the residence and observed the suspect on the balcony armed with a knife. When the suspect saw the officers he ran back into his apartment. The officers began negotiations with the suspect as additional personnel arrived to assist with the incident. The surrounding apartments were evacuated as a precaution and after several minutes,  the suspect surrendered without further incident. The weapon was recovered and the suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  





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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