Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
May 11, 2014
Community& Department Personnel:
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 Memorial 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Pasadena Fire Captain David Watson (626-793-1127; email at email@example.com).
The program will last about one hour.
May 29, from 1 – 3:00 p.m., the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments will host the “Inaugural
Police, Fire, and Citizen Award Ceremony,” at the Ambassador Auditorium,
131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena. The ceremony is designed to
recognize our public safety officials and citizens who performed above and
beyond the call of duty. The event is free and open to the public.
For questions, please contact Officer Sean Dawkins, (626) 744-4282, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Peggy Palmer, (626) 744-4776, or email@example.com. Please
consider spending a few hours with your first responders and hero citizens to
honor their efforts to safeguard our great community.
May 1, several Pasadena Police employees attended the National Day of Prayer, which was
hosted at the Rose Bowl. I understand the event was well organized and
religious leaders from throughout the region
May 5, Mayor Bill Bogaard and I attended
the Court-Clergy Conference, which was hosted by Fuller Theological
Seminary. The event was very well attended by local and state
officials. There were several speakers and Mayor Bogaard provided brief
remarks. The focus of the conference was to provide an overview of the
Superior Courts and their efforts to collaborate with local communities (Photos
May 7, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and community members traveled to San Pablo to participate
in the Badge-Pinning for Chief Lisa Rosales. The ceremony was well
attended by San Pablo employees, community members, and elected
officials. The San Pablo City Clerk administered the “Oath of Office,”
and Lisa’s Family pinned her badge. Lisa served Pasadena for 27 years
prior to her selection as San Pablo’s Chief of Police.
May 7, Lieutenants John Dewar and Ed Calatayud attended the Pasadena
Educational Foundation, which hosted its 2014 Spring Event at City Hall.
Patrick J. Conyers, Executive Director, and William E. Thomas, President of the
Pasadena Educational Foundation, provided welcoming remarks to a host of
sponsors and PEF friends, all gathered to honor two extraordinary people for
their commitment to enhancing public education. Mayor Bill Bogaard received
the PEF’s “Exemplary Service Award” for creating learning opportunities for
everyone in our community through a non-profit collaborative he co-founded;
“Pasadena: City of Learning.” Edward James Olmos, Actor/Activist
was honored by PEF with the “Trailblazer Award” for his lifelong commitment to
drawing attention to humanitarian and educational causes in a quest to enhance
the lives of disadvantaged youth. Mr. Olmos is recognized for establishing
non-profits such as Latino Literacy Now, which produces Latino Books &
Family Festivals across the country to unite people in the spirit of
May 7, Deputy Chief Qualls
attended the South Pasadena Police Department’s 2014 Awards Luncheon and
Ceremony. The event was well attended by law enforcement officials from
throughout the region to celebrate the South Pasadena First Responders.
May 9, several
elected officials, public safety officers, and community members gathered at
the Tournament House for the announcement of the 2015 Tournament of Rose Parade
Grand Marshal. 2015 T of R President Rich Chinen slowly and
deliberately provided clues about the Grand Marshal as on-lookers attempted to
guess his name. As anticipation build, Rich welcomed Grand Marshal
Louis Zamperini to the stage. Louis is a war hero and Olympian and will
preside over the 126th Rose Parade. http://ktla.com/2014/05/09/louis-zamperini-wwii-prisoner-of-war-survivor-named-grand-marshal-of-2015-rose-parade/#axzz31Fg5CWeP
May 10, several Pasadena Police officers, employees and volunteers attended Councilmember
Steve Madison’s Annual Picnic, which was held at Linda Vista Park.
The event was well attended. There was a static show featuring emergency
equipment from the police and fire departments (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
May 10, several Pasadena Police officers and PAL Students attended the Bright Futures
Scholars Graduation, which was hosted at the Pasadena Convention Center. The
event was packed with graduates, family, friends, community members, and local
officials. There were several elected officials, pastors, city employees, and
superior court judges – all who serve as mentors in the Bright Futures Scholars
program. Dr. Sandra Thomas is the CEO and founder of Bright Futures
Scholars, which is an enrichment program designed to prepare our local youth
for the future (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
April 11, I
received an email from a local community member commending the Traffic Section
of the Pasadena Police Department for providing extra enforcement patrols in
the area of Pasadena Avenue between California and Columbia. The author
wrote, “… I recently moved to Pasadena and always thought that street to be
very dangerous, now I feel safer…”
April 21, I
received an email from CPA Participant Judy Kent commending Pasadena
Police Officer Brian Petrella for creating a special experience during a police
ride-along. All CPA class participants have the opportunity to ride-along
with a Pasadena Police Officer. To learn more about the CPA or apply,
please visit: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police.
April 23, the Pasadena Police Honor Guard presented the Colors at the 2014 City Clerks
Association of California Annual Conference, which was held at the
Pasadena Hilton. The honor Guard consisted of Officers Anthony Riley, Ralph
Ordonez, and Domino Scott.
April 24, I
received a copy of an email from CPA Participant Cynthia Schick commending
Pasadena Police Officer Shannon Reece for creating an exceptional experience
during a police ride-along. Everyone participating in the Citizens Police
Academy participates in a ride-along with our officers. To learn more about the
CPA or apply, please visit: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police.
May 3, I
received a copy of an email from a local community member commending Pasadena
Police Officer Eric Butler for his compassion and professionalism. Eric
assisted an elderly man who was apparently lost and suffering from
dementia. The author wrote, “… I want him [Eric Butler] to be my
May 5, Pasadena Police Corporals Robert Mercado and Anthony Burgess, and
Officers Nick Cheung and Daniel Morris attended a Police Officer
Memorial Service in Sacramento. Hundreds of uniformed officers attended
the ceremony, which was designed to honor those CA Law Enforcement officers who
were killed in the line of duty.
May 8, several
local elected officials, city staff members, and community members gathered at
the 2d Battalion, 23d Marines for an Adoption Ceremony. Mayor Bill
Bogaard provided brief remarks and presented a framed proclamation to
Marine Lt. Col. Day, Commanding Officer 23rd Marines. In turn,
Col. Day presented the mayor with a framed award to commemorate the official
adoption of the Marines by the City of Pasadena. During the same
ceremony, Mayor Bogaard, CMDR Perez, Fire Chief Wells and I
received the ESGR Award for supporting our United State Military
Reservists. The Pasadena Police Department has several officers who also
serve in the United States Armed Forces (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
May 10, I
received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police
Sergeant Katherine Jorge for her professionalism and effectiveness. The
author wrote, “…In closing, please be aware that Sergeant Jorge appears to be a
very concerned, knowledgeable, and effective Sergeant. I appreciate her attempt
to help and you should be proud to have her on the Pasadena Police Force…”
May 5 at about 2:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area below the Colorado
Street Bridge regarding a dead body. Our preliminary investigation
indicates that a Male White, 65 years (Los Angeles Resident), was standing on
the Colorado Street Bridge when he was approached by a Good Samaritan. The Good
Samaritan started talking with the victim who said he intended to commit
suicide by jumping from the bridge. The Samaritan retreated from the
immediate area to get some water for the victim and when he returned the victim
had already jumped. Pasadena Fire Department personnel were nearby (at
the Fire Academy) and responded quickly to the scene. The victim was
pronounced dead and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was notified.
There is no foul play associated with this incident.
May 8 at about 9:50 a.m.,
a Female Hispanic, 45 (Pasadena Resident), was walking by the Police Department
(on the Garfield Avenue side of the building). Without warning or provocation,
she picked up a large rock and threw it at the police building. The rock
struck a first floor window breaking the glass. A police sergeant was
seated at his workstation and was injured by the glass shards from the broken
window. The injured sergeant immediately left his workstation, ran out
onto Garfield Avenue and detained the suspect. Other PPD officers assisted with
the contact and the suspect was subsequently arrested without further incident.
The sergeant was medically treated at the police station and immediately
returned to his duties.
May 9 at about 12:03 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Del Vina
and Eaton Drive regarding an Assault with a Deadly Weapon Investigation.
On arrival officers talked with the victim who said he was driving his
motorcycle north on the 100 freeway when he noticed a vehicle approaching very
quickly from behind him. The suspect vehicle struck the motorcyclists
causing to crash. The suspect vehicle fled the location; however, a short
time later reappeared near Del Vina Street and Eaton Drive. The suspect
exited his vehicle and confronted the motorcyclists. The suspect
approached the victim striking him with large piece of wood. A suspect emerged
from the car and threatened to kill the victim. The suspects were
subsequently arrested by PPD officers with no further incident and book at the
May 9, just before midnight, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 800 block of
Orange Grove Boulevard regarding an armed robbery investigation. On
arrival, officers learned that the suspect entered a restaurant on Orange Grove
and grabbed the cashier by her wrist. The suspect then pointed a firearm
at the victim and demanded money. Fearing for her safety, the victim gave
the suspect US currency from the register. As the suspect was preparing
to leave the restaurant, a customer confronted him. The suspect fired one
shot, which struck the floor, causing the round to fragment. One of the
fragments struck a customer in the upper back area causing minor injuries (the
fragment did not break the skin). The suspect then fled the restaurant. Our
investigation is on-going. If you have any information about this
incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department, Criminal Investigations
Section at (626)744-4241.
May 10 at about 4:40 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Lincoln
and Orange Grove regarding an Assault with a Deadly Weapon Investigation.
On arrival, officers located a Male Black, 25 (Pasadena Resident), suffering
from a single gunshot wound (upper right back). The victim said he was
riding his bicycle in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue
when he heard what he thought was a gunshot coming from a vehicle behind
him. The victim said he felt a sharp pain and thought he had been
shot. Officers called PFD and paramedics subsequently transported the
victim to a local hospital for medical treatment. Our investigation is
ongoing. If you have any information about this incident, please call the
Pasadena Police Department, Criminal Investigations Section at (626)744-4241.
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always