Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/08/14)

Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 8, 2014


Dear Community& Department Personnel: 

For Your Information: 

On 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 at: http://staging.cityofpasadena.net/EkContent.aspx?theme=Navy&id=6442472401&bid=0&style=news&bid=0.  

Our Community:  

On 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.   

On 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 

their diets. For more information, please contact Eileen White Read at PCGC (626) 683-9790, or email: pasadenaconservancy@gamil.com 

On 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 (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On 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).  

On 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). 

On 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. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.  

On 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).  

On June 7, I attended the AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School Graduation Ceremony, which 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).  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On 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.  Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.   

On 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. 

On 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!  

On 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).  

On 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 @PPDChiefSanchez).  

Critical Incidents:  

On 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. 

On 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 fireworks.   

On 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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