Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Weekly Tip - Missing Facebook Notifications

To our loyal Facebook fans: we'd like to ask you to consider changing your Facebook notification settings so that you continue to see our content in your News Feed.

Facebook changes its algorithm from time to time, which tweaks how many of our "fans" actually have our posts show up in their News Feed. We, like many of our partner police agencies across the country with whom we regularly correspond, have noticed a remarkable DROP in the reach of our posts over the past several weeks after what appears to be another algorithm change.

We're very concerned about this, because Facebook is one of the several social media platforms we use for emergency communications. We would hate for you to expect to see an emergency notification from us on Facebook, only to have their algorithm determine that you don't get to see it.

To see what we mean, go check out our Facebook page itself, and scroll through our recent posts over the past couple of months. We predict you won't have seen the vast majority of these posts in your feed.

If you'd like to combat this and ensure that you are seeing all of our content when we post it, select the "see first" option on our Facebook home page. From a computer, hover over the "like" button on our home page, then select the "see first" option and set your Notifications to "On (All Posts)." From a mobile device, hit the "follow" button on our home page, then select the "see first" option.

We'd urge you to follow the same procedure for any other Facebook pages on which you depend for accurate, timely public safety information.

Thanks for reading. We appreciate your support here on social media.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 15 - 21, 2016

Click It or Ticket "Coast to Coast" Seat Belt Enforcement

CONTACT: Sgt. K. Cieadlo, 626-574-5475,

New “Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement Effort
Aims to Increase Click It or Ticket Participation, Save Lives

Arcadia, CA – From May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes.  In California, more than a half million people travel our roadways at grave risk without proper restraints. These facts gravely highlight the need for increased education, awareness and enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.

This year, NHTSA is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a “Coast to Coast” seat belt education and enforcement effort with the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement around the I-10, I-40, I-70 and I-80 corridors. Additionally, law enforcement agencies statewide are joining the Click It or Ticket effort to emphasize the “Coast to Coast” seat belt safety awareness campaign in all 50 states. 

In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationally were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach. 

“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant

Friday, May 20, 2016

ROAD CLOSURE Monday May 23rd, Eastbound Huntington Drive at Santa Clara Street


Eastbound Huntington Drive between Santa Clara Street and Santa Anita Avenue

Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please use alternate routes. If you are eastbound on Huntington Drive from Holly Avenue, you may continue straight onto Santa Clara Street, following it east to Santa Anita Avenue. Make a right turn to southbound Santa Anita Avenue to return to eastbound Huntington Drive.

To avoid the congestion, use Duarte Road or Colorado Street during the closure.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 8 - 14, 2016

47th Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony

The 47th Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony took place yesterday at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Memorial Park, located in the Training Academy and Regional Services (STARS) Center in Whittier. The ceremony paid tribute to LA County law enforcement personnel who were killed in the line of duty between 1925-2015. APD was proudly represented at the ceremony by Captain Larry Goodman, Officer Larry Peralta, and Sergeant Brian Ortiz.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Weekly Tip - Practice Pool Safety!

Summer is quickly approaching and one of the biggest attractions during this time of year is the swimming pool. Unfortunately, our pools are also one the leading contributors to accidents, injury and death in the home. Children love water and a pool is an inviting place, not only in the summer, but throughout the year for a young child. That is why there are rules and regulations that apply to all residential swimming pools. Fences, alarms, clearance, self-closing gates and latches, are just some of the requirements. Visit your local City website and view the municipal code requirements or call your local City Hall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a handout available on-line that gives excellent tips for pool safety. See the City of Arcadia website and other sources, such as the Red Cross, for additional tips and resources available on the web.

In addition to the physical requirements, remember to always be aware of your young childs where abouts when pools are near. Even if they know how to swim, keep an eye on them. Set rules for your children about not using the pool without adult supervision, keep toys and other inviting objects away from the pool when not in use, always have a phone available near the pool, keep pool gates locked and shut when not using them, do not place ladders or chairs against the outside of a pool fence. Learn basic safety techniques and take a CPR class. Be proactive and prevent accidents before they happen!

Summer time is also a time for outdoor gatherings and hosting a pool party. Never assume your child is being watched. Appoint someone to be the "pool monitor" at all times. Time is not on your side with a drowning victim. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Answering the phone, getting another drink, grabbing a snack, all allow time for a drowning. Be responsible and be always aware of what is happening in the pool! If a child is missing, the first place to look should be the pool. In the event of an emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.