Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (05/04/14)

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May 4, 2014

Dear Community& Department Personnel:

For your information:  

On May 15, at 10:00 a.m., the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments will honor our first responders who died in the line of duty serving our great community.  The 3rd Annual Police and Fire Ceremony will be held at City Hall, Centennial Square.  The memorial is free and open to the public. In the past, several family members of our fallen heroes have attended the memorial to remember and reconnect with the City of Pasadena.  For more information, please contact Pasadena Police Sergeant John Luna (626-744-7694; email at jluna@cityofpasadena.net) or Pasadena Fire Captain David Watson (626-793-1127; email at dwatson@cityofpasadena.net).  The program will last about one hour.

Our Community:  

On April 26, several Pasadena Police officers and employees attended Councilman Victor Gordo’s Grand Opening of the Villa-Parke Community Garden.  Several local, county, state, and federal elected officials or their representatives attended the event.  Mayor Bill Bogaard provided opening remarks and many members of the City Executive Team attended.   Special thanks to the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy and Wells Fargo Bank for their leadership and financial support.

On April 27, I participated in the Tour De Cure American Diabetes Bicycle Ride.  I was a guest rider of the Pasadena Lion’s Club, which raised hundreds of dollars to combat diabetes.  Our riding crew consisted of six cyclists who all pushed off for the 62-mile loop.  It was a great ride for a wonderful cause.  Thank you Pasadena Lions (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez)!

On April 27, several Pasadena Police employees, local, state, and federal elected officials attended the Armenian Genocide Memorial “Blessing of the Ground,” which was held at Memorial Park (the future site of the Armenian Genocide Memorial).  Participants listened to Armenian Poems, songs, and recitals (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On April 29, several members of the senior staff met with the Latino Pastors at a local church. At the meeting, I presented the Pasadena Police Department’s 2013 Use of Force and Internal Affairs Investigation statistical data.  We spent a lot of time discussing the department’s robust internal affair’s investigation capacity and discipline philosophy. The 2013 Use of Force and Internal Affairs Investigation data is posted on the department’s webpage (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On April 30, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and members of the PPOA attended the 2014 Mayor Prayers Breakfast.  The sold-out event, which included many members of the City’s Executive Staff, was held at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Local, county, state, and federal elected officials or their representatives attended the event.  Mayor Bill Bogaard provided opening and closing remarks.  Else Buik was the Keynote Speaker, and Ms. Allisonne Crawford sang “If I can Help Somebody.” The Willard Elementary School Rising Stars Choir performed for the audience (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On May 1, several Pasadena officers and employees attended Councilwoman Margaret McAustin’ s District 2 Town Hall Meeting, which was hosted at the iconic Rose Bowl. Several members of city staff were on hand to discuss homelessness, housing, and public safety issues.

On May 1, the Pasadena Police Department hosted the 2nd Spanish Information Academy, which was held at the police department.  Several officers, employees, and volunteers welcomed our Latino Neighbors as they prepared to learn more about their police department.  The Spanish Information Academy is coordinated by the Community Services Section.  To learn more about the Spanish Information Academy or to sign up for the next class (September 2014), please visit:  http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).


On May 2, Leadership Pasadena celebrated its Crystal Anniversary (15 years) in conjunction with their graduation.  13 business owners, community members or other stakeholders graduated from the program.  Following the graduation, Pasadena Police Administrator Gena Persons presented Mayor Bill Bogaard with the “Friends of Program Award.”  There were several members of Pasadena City Staff in attendance. The graduation was hosted by John Aaroe Group in Old Pasadena.

Pasadena’s Finest:

On March 31, I received an email from a community member commending Park Specialist Michelle White for her professionalism and passion. The author wrote, “… I am writing to you regarding Michelle White. I recently had the pleasure of meeting some explorers and learned more about the program through Ms. White.  I immediately noticed the passion that she had for what she does and how well organized her is.  The amount that she cares for the kids was noticeable the moment she shared a story about a struggling student.  Even though it is not part of her job, Ms. White went the extra mile to find any way to help this student out…”  



On April 30, the Pasadena Police Department’s Air Operations Section hosted its 25th Annual Fly-In and Training Day at the Rose Bowl.  Law Enforcement pilots and TFOs from throughout the region attended the fly-in.  The keynote speaker provided remarks on the pending law focused on helicopter noise abatement (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On May 1, several police officers, employees, volunteers, city staff, and other law enforcement agencies attended a “Farewell Celebration” for Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales, who was recently selected to serve as Chief of Police – San Pablo (CA).  Lisa served the Pasadena Police Department and community for more than 27 years prior to her selection as chief.  She is the 2nd Female in the history of the Pasadena Police Department to be selected as a police chief.  Lisa earned her Master’s Degree, graduated from POST Command College, received the Chief’s Special Award for Excellence, and was appointed as the Executive Director for ICIS among many other accomplishments. Lisa first day as chief in San Pablo is May 7, 2014. 

Critical Incidents:  

On April 24 at about 301 p.m., Pasadena Police officers attempted to stop a known parolee for an outstanding domestic violence warrant.  The suspect (who was driving at the time of our contact) failed to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and siren.  The officer initiated a vehicle pursuit as the suspected driver attempted to evade arrest. The vehicle pursuit left the city and entered the 110 Freeway southbound, subsequently crashing near Avenue 64 in Los Angeles.  The suspect exited the vehicle and ran into a nearby neighborhood.  PPD officers quickly contained the area and requested the assistance of the Los Angeles Police Department.  K9 officers arrived at the incident and conducted a search.  A Pasadena Police K9 Team located the suspect and he was taken into custody.  The suspect was later booked for the outstanding DV warrant and felony evading.

On April 24 at about 3:08 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 210 Freeway at Allen Avenue (w/b lanes of the freeway) to assist the CHP with a major traffic collision.  Preliminary information suggested the driver of a “big-rig” transport lost control of his vehicle striking a box truck, which overturned.  One of the vehicles came to rest on the light-rail tracks.  Several people involved in the incident were injured and subsequently transported to local hospital for medical evaluations.  The Westbound Lanes of the 210 Freeway were completely shut down for several hours.  The Pasadena Police Helicopter hovered over the incident to assist with traffic mitigation while ground officers coordinated with the City’s Traffic Management Section to facilitate east / west traffic flow.  

On April 30 at about 10:29 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Colorado Boulevard and Virginia Avenue regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.  On arrival, officers learned the victim and suspect were married (however, living separately). On this date the victim was driving home (residence located on Virginia Avenue) when the suspect forced her car to the curb with his vehicle. The suspect exited his vehicle, walked up to the victim, and pointed a dark colored revolver at her.  The suspect then demanded the victim’s cell phone.  Fearing for her safety, the victim surrendered her cell phone to the suspect. The suspect ran back to his car and drove away.  Pasadena Police officers searched for the suspect and shared the suspect information with neighboring cities.  The suspect, however, remains at large.  Pasadena Police detectives will conduct a follow up investigation.  The victim was not injured.

On May 4 at about 12:11 the Pasadena Police Department received a call of a dead body in the south-west area of the Central Park. On arrival officers located the victim, who appeared to be homeless.  The preliminary investigation did not reveal any evidence of foul play.  The Los Angeles County Coroner responded to the incident and took custody of the victim’s body. 



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: 5/4/2014 09:25:00 AM
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