Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 8, 2014
Community& Department Personnel:
June 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department will host
the 2014 Classic Car Show at the Paseo in Pasadena. Award Categories include the Police
Chief’s and Paseo’s Favorites and many more. The event will include live
music, food booths, raffle prizes, and an auction for a Police Helicopter
Ride. All proceeds from the event benefit the Pasadena PAL, Pasadena
Police Explorer Post 19, and Haven House. For more information about the
show or to register a car, please contact Officer Cristian Allen at: CAllen@cityofpasadena.net, or (626)
744-7656. I hope to see you there as we celebrate Father’s Day and a
great effort to support our youth. You can view an informational flyer
June 1, several Pasadena Police officers and employees participated in the Special
Olympics of Southern California, Battle of the Badges 4th Annual
Basketball Games. The event was well attended as several local law
enforcement agencies squared-off against their respective cities’ fire
personnel. The event was held to raise funds for the Special
Olympics. The PPD Team included: Glenn Thompson (Coach); Brian
Petrella, Cristian Allen, Larry Kayondo, Jason Knighton, Derrick Locklin, and
A.C. Brogdon. Sponsors included: The Pasadena Police Officers
Association, The Pasadena Police Sergeants Association, The Pasadena Police
Athletics Association, The Pasadena Police Black History Committee, and the
Pasadena Police Explorer Post.
June 2, I
received notification that the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy
(PCGC) was chosen to receive a Whole Foods 5% Community Giving Day Grant.
Twice per year at each of the two Pasadena Whole Foods stores, five percent of
an entire day’s sales on a Thursday are given to a worthy Pasadena nonprofit.
The 5% community giving day is schedule for June 12, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. –
10:00 p.m., at the Whole Foods, 3751 East Foothill Boulevard (at
Rosemead). Past recipients included the Pasadena Education Foundation and
Five-Acres. The PCGC is a nonprofit dedicated to creating community
gardens throughout our great community. Most recently, PCGC launched the
Villa-Parke Community Garden, which was well received. PCGC has pledged
$100,000 over five years to underwrite the salaries of a Master Gardner and a
certified Nutritionist to teach our community members how to grow and cook
healthful fruits and vegetables, how to plan menus using them, and how to
reduce fats in
diets. For more information, please contact Eileen White Read at PCGC (626) 683-9790,
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 4, several Pasadena Police officers & employees attended the Pasadena Summer
Youth Leadership Conference graduation, which was held at the PAL (Salvation
Army Center) Center. The conference is built around a 4-day camping trip
in the local mountains. Participants (7th and 8th Grade
Students) are selected by their school teachers and must have earned a 3.0
G.P.A. or better and maintained good citizenship to be eligible. Students
are supervised by Pasadena Police officers and Youth Advisors during the
program and they learn about leadership, citizenship, positive decision-making,
and other valuable concepts. This year 25 young people graduated from the
program. PPD staff included: Officers Cristian Allen, Roxanne Haines,
Anthony Riley, and Youth Advisors Krystal and Megan. To learn
more about the Pasadena Youth Leadership Conference, please visit the Pasadena
Police Department’s Webpage at: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police
June 4, Several Pasadena Police officers and employees participated in the 2014 Torch
Run to support the Special Olympics. Runners started from the Pasadena
Police Department and concluded their leg at Sierra Madre Boulevard and
Huntington Drive. The department’s effort was coordinated by Sergeant
Bobby Lomeli, PhD and Officer Cristian Allen (Photos PPDChiefSanchez).
June 5, Deputy Chief Qualls, CMDR Perez, Lieutenants Ibarra, Clawson,
Gourdikian, Evans, Administrator Patterson, Office Supervisor Bogar, and I attended the Salvation Army’s 49th
Annual “Others” Luncheon. The event was very well attended and the Pasadena
Fire Department was honored. Elected officials included U.S.
Congresswoman Chu, Assemblyman Chris Holden’s Field Representative Gerald
Phillips, and Mayor Bogaard (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
June 7, I stopped by the “Men Educating Men About Health Workshop (MEMAH), which was held again this year
at Pasadena City College. The workshop is focused on male wellness and
includes lectures on mental & physical health, health screening, and much
more. The event was coordinate and organized by Jimmy Morris.
June 7, I attended the Hamilton Cub Scout, Pack 48 Graduation Ceremony, which was held at Camp Trask,
Monrovia. The scout pack was founded five years ago by Gil Aviles and
Kayleen Mara-Aviles at Hamilton Elementary School and continues to grow.
Recently Pack 48 witnessed several Webelo Scouts “bridged” over to become Boy
Scouts! (Photo @PPDChiefSanchez).
June 7, I attended the AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School Graduation
was held on campus. It was a privilege to provide the keynote speech to
such an exceptional group of graduates. The event was very well attended
by family, friends, and supporters. All were very proud of the student’s
accomplishments, which included: 100% of the senior class graduated this
year; 95% of the seniors were accepted to four year universities; the highest
GPA was 4.8, and the average class GPA was 3.72. Principal Dr. Talin P.
Kargodorian was accompanied by her staff, teachers, administrators and
members of the Board of Trustees. (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
June 4, several
Pasadena Police officers and employees attended the Swearing-In Ceremony for
Pasadena Police Officers Gyaneh Krikorian and Trevon Sailor.
The ceremony was held at the City Council Chambers and was witnessed by family,
friends, and other supporters. Gyaneh and Trevon graduated from the Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Basic Police Academy, Class 399 and maintained better than a
92% average (scores are based on written exams, leadership, physical fitness,
tactics, and firearms among other categories). Trevon was raised in Pasadena
and graduated from John Muir High School. He proudly served in the US
Army and was deployed to Afghanistan twice. Gyaneh was raised in Glendale.
She is currently attending Azusa Pacific University working toward her
BA. She is the first Arminian Female Police Officer in the history of the
Pasadena Police Department. The department is very proud of Gyaneh and
Trevon and wish them much success as they move forward in their careers.
June 4, I
received an email from a recent CPA Graduate commending the Pasadena Police
Department for their professionalism and dedication. The CPA Graduate
wrote, “…Good Afternoon Chief Sanchez, I could not let another day go by
without letting you know how much I learned and enjoyed participating in the
Citizens Police Academy, Class 40. I cannot express how impressed I am
with the entire Pasadena Police Department. Everyone from the volunteers on up
are top notch. I had the pleasure of going on my ride along with Officer
Covarrubias on April 1, 2014 (I liked it so much I stayed for 10 hours).
I appreciate the time he took to explain things and answer any and every
question I had. The patience, compassion and professionalism he showed to
everyone we came in contact with was short of amazing. I know he is just
starting out his law enforcement career and I have no doubt that he will
continue to be a great asset to you department. With the knowledge and
passion he already has he can only get better. Although I know you are
already aware of how great your men and women are, I have to let you know how
great these people were during my contact/interaction with them within the 12
weeks of the academy. Lieutenant E. Calatayud; Sergeant R. Roldan;
Officer S. Neresyan; Officer R. Haines; Officer J. Reinbold; Officer S.
Dawkins and of course Kitty Johnson. Again, it was nice to
participate in the academy. It is nice to see/hear everything positive
the Pasadena Police Department is doing for the community. It is too
often we hear/see only the negative. What a shame… Keep up the awesome
job you are doing out there, best regards…” The Pasadena Police
Citizen’s Academy is a 13-week educational program designed to share in-depth
information about the internal workings of the police department. You can learn
more about the program at: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police.
June 5, I
received a copy of an email from Pasadena Deputy City Attorney Frank Rhemrev
commending Pasadena Police Officer Domino Scott for her professionalism
at a recent neighborhood meeting. Frank indicated that the neighbors expressed
concerns about a homeless encampment in the area of Allen Avenue & Maple
Street. When he left the meeting he observed the encampment right where
the neighbors said it would be. Later in the week, Frank drove by the
same area and noted the encampment was gone. He later learned that Domino
had worked hard to resolve the issues associated with the encampment.
Domino is currently assigned to the HOPE Team. Great work!
June 5 the Pasadena Police Department
hosted a Motorcycle Rodeo and Skill Competition, which was held at the iconic
Rose Bowl Stadium, Lot K. Motorcycle officers from throughout California (one
officer traveled from San Jose PD) participated in the completion. The event
was dedicated to Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie who was killed in the
line of duty in September 2013. The main event (Top Gun: A head to
head skills course requiring exceptional balance and control) featured two Pasadena
Police Motorcycle Officers; John Watkins and Craig Blumenthal. When
the competition was over, John was the TOP Gun winner! Pasadena Police
Traffic Section, SES officers, volunteers, and others assisted with
coordinating the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
June 5, the Pasadena Police Department
hosted its Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which was held at Pandora on Green.
The event was very well attended by our volunteers, police officers, and
employees. Over the past two years, the Pasadena Volunteer Corps has
donated more than 24,000 hours! Our volunteers are involved in most
aspects of the police department including: the CAPPs Program, Fire
Watch, Chaplain Program, See Something, Say Something, and Holiday Shopping
Security. Pasadena Volunteer Coordinator, Officer Kim Baecker,
served as our emcee and the program included PS Arlene Ramos and Chaplin
George “Chip” Rittenhouse. Lieutenant Ibarra helped coordinate the
dinner and local officials & city staff included: Mayor Bogaard;
Councilman Terry Tornek, City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Manager
Steve Mermell, & Pasadena High School Principal Gilbert Barraza Jr. (Photos
June 1 at about 9:28 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1`800 block of
El Sereno Avenue regarding an argument over a minor traffic collision. On
arrival PPD officers talked with the involved parties and several witnesses.
The officers learned that one of the involved parties had brandished and
threatened his neighbor with a firearm unrelated to the alleged accident.
The suspect was positively identified, arrested without incident, and later
booked at the Pasadena jail. The officers located the firearm used in the
threat at the location.
June 2 between 9:15 and 10:00 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department received three separate calls of
shots fired (9:15 p.m., Holliston & Locust; 9:55 p.m., Lake &
Elizabeth; and 10:00 a.m., Del Rey & Washington). Officers responded
to each location and located evidence indicated the sounds were the result of
June 2 at about 11:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 300 block of
North Garfield Avenue regarding a possible shooting. On arrival, officers
talked with the victim who said four Black Males drove past his location and
fired several shots. Prior to the arrival of the police, the suspect vehicle fled
west on to Maple Street and out of view. Fortunately, no one was injured by the
gunfire. Our investigation is ongoing.
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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