Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
Dear Community& Department Personnel:
May 4, 2014
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 email@example.com)
or Pasadena Fire Captain David Watson (626-793-1127; email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The program will last about one hour.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always