Monday, October 22, 2018

Red Ribbon Week 2018

Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd-31st, 2018. Red Ribbon Week began in remembrance of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena had been working undercover for the DEA and was key in developing information that led to the eradication of large-scale narcotics manufacturing operations in Mexico. Mexican cartel leaders sought revenge for these operations, murdering alleged informants and ultimately, Agent Camarena.

Following his death, in Agent Camarena's hometown, Calexico, CA, the public outpouring of support turned in to an organized community response in which citizens dawned red ribbons. They became a voice for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and the use of drugs in America. The following year the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. Then, in 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

(Robert A. Padilla)

Detectives from the Arcadia Police Department, assisted by members of the Pacific Southwest Regional US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, conducted a narrow search for the suspect in Temple City on October 16, 2018. The investigation culminated in the arrest of Robert Anthony Padilla, yesterday, October 17, 2018, by members of a Homeland Security Task Force in Silver City, New Mexico.  Padilla is currently being housed at the Grant County Detention Center, in New Mexico, where he will await extradition on felony sexual assault charges. His bail is $1,450,000.00. Padilla is a 26-year-old male from El Monte. The original crime occurred on September 8, 2018, in Arcadia. Padilla was identified through DNA evidence recovered during the investigation.

The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5156, Case # 18-4073. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By:  B. Bourgeous, Detective Bureau Sergeant

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 7 - 13, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Weekly Tip - DROP! COVER! HOLD ON!

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake?  Tomorrow, Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 10:18 am, millions of people will join in the annual Great California ShakeOut, bringing awareness to a very real threat to California.  Preparedness and knowledge are the keys to surviving during and after a significant earthquake.

Remember, if an earthquake strikes us today - Drop!  Cover!  And, Hold On!

•DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

•Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

•HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Follow #LAQuake on Twitter for earthquakes occurring in the greater LA area. As focus shifts to a local area or quake name, more specific hashtags may become relevant.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Weekly Tip - Wireless Emergency Alerts

Prolonged vibration notification, unusual sounds coming from your cell phone? You may be receiving a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) from an authorized government or public safety agency, the National Weather Service, or from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The types of alerts may include:
  • Extreme weather advisories
  • Other threatening emergencies in a particular area
  • Amber Alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
The WEA message will look similar to a text message and will be no longer than 90 characters. Most newer model cellular phones are WEA-capable and are set to receive the WEA message. You do have the ability to opt-out of all alerts other than Presidential Alerts. Consult your cellular phone guide for the individual opt-out procedure.

When a WEA message is sent by the authorized agency, the broadcast area is set and the recipients are based on their location within a given cell provider's coverage area. If your phone is within range of the broadcast area, you will receive the WEA message. These messages are similar to an emergency broadcast message to a given television viewing area. Most major carriers participate in this program and have done so since April 2012. WEA messages are free of charge.

The WEA message is not meant to replace emergency or instant messaging systems in use by public safety, but rather, an additional platform used to reach the community. Nixle and Alert Arcadia, along with our other platforms, will continue to be used. Use of multiple platforms allows us to reach those who may prefer or require simple text messages, phone messages, or more detailed web and email messages via computer or smartphone.

For additional information on the WEA Alerts, please visit the FEMA website:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Congrats to Officer Sergio Machado

Officer Sergio Machado was honored last week during a ceremonial badge pinning after successfully completing his 18-month probationary period. Although an Officer is field ready and sent to a Patrol Team on their own after training, completing probation is a milestone in their career.

Officer Machado graduated from the LASD Academy Class #419 as the Honor Cadet in March 2017. Prior to coming to APD, Sergio served as a US Army Ranger from 1997 - 2008, had been promoted in the Army to Staff Sergeant, served 3 tours in Iraq, twice as a Sniper Team Leader, and was awarded both the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for Valor.

Sergio is pictured with Chief Bob Guthrie and Captain Larry Goodman. Congratulations Officer Machado!