Tuesday, July 7, 2015

National Night Out and Concert in the Park

Join us for Arcadia's celebration of National Night Out and a Concert in the Park on Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:30 pm! The USO - Big Band will present a Patriotic themed concert, along with activities for the kids, crime prevention information, "kid print" station, the APD '59 Ford, and more, all on the City Hall lawn. Arcadia City Hall is located at 240 W. Huntington Drive, just north of the Police Department.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Enjoy a Safe and Happy 4th of July

Wishing the best to all on this 4th of July.  Celebrate safely and remember - ALL Fireworks are Prohibited in the City of Arcadia.  HERE is a list of local fireworks shows in LA County.

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Pet Safety Information

Important information from our partners at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA:

July 5th is a busy day for the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and animal shelters around the country. The festivities we humans enjoy can be terrifying to our pets, and humane officers and concerned citizens bring countless dogs and cats—most of them exhausted and confused — to safety at animal shelters during and after the 4th of July holiday.

The safety and comfort of your pet requires special attention. PHS offers the following recommendations to help keep your pet secure. 

•Do not take your pets with you to watch fireworks.

•Keep your pet inside during 4th of July celebrations. Many cats and dogs are frightened by the loud noises of fireworks and will be happier safely confined at home. Playing a radio may help diffuse the loud noise of fireworks.

•Be certain that your pet's ID tag is current. Update your pet's microchip information if necessary. A visible form of identification is the best way to ensure that your pet can be returned home to you.

•If you think your pet may become extremely agitated or stressed, consult your veterinarian and discuss the possibility of sedatives or overnight boarding. You may wish to call an animal behavior specialist to work with your pet, but do this well in advance. 

•If your pet runs away, search the kennels of the shelter closest to you. Many shelters post photos of the animals that come into their facility on their website. PHS' website,www.pasadenahumane.org, is updated hourly so that lost animals may be quickly reunited with their lost owners. Post signs and visit nearby shelters for at least the next month. Animals can run a long way when they are badly frightened.

•If your cat is lost, it may stay in hiding for several days or weeks, so leave plenty of food and fresh water outside your door. (Pick it up at night so you don't attract unwanted wild animals.) Post signs and check your local and neighboring shelters in person and on line; your description of your pet may fit several animals in the shelter.

Staff at the Pasadena Humane Society will be available from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 4th and again at 8:00 a.m. on July 5th so people can find their lost pets. 

The staff at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA wishes you and your pets have a very safe and happy 4th of July.

*PHS is is the primary Animal Care and Control provider for the City of Arcadia.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                         July 1, 2015              

CONTACT:  Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo / 626-574-5475

This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ by
The Arcadia Police Department

Arcadia, CA – The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.

And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, and the holiday can quickly go from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. From 2009-2013, nearly 40 percent of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Of the five major holiday periods of the year in California, the Fourth of July ranks as having the highest daily fatality rate.

Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 8th), there were 199 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California, 28 individuals were killed in alcohol- involved crashes.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, The Arcadia Police Department will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. A DUI Saturation Patrol will be deployed during the holiday weekend and all patrol officers will be alert to the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver.

NHTSA data shows that 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2013—representing almost a third of all crash fatalities. By comparison, during the July Fourth period that year, 39 percent of all crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

The rate of high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July Fourth period in 2013, more than one-fifth (21%) of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.

NHTSA data also reveals that 35 percent of young drivers (18 to 34 years old) were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher) in fatal crashes over the July Fourth period in 2013. Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2013, more than one-quarter (27%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th holiday in 2013, more than two fifths (42%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 13 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

If you’re caught driving drunk or drug-impaired, you will be arrested. Aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.

Law enforcement region-wide is asking for everyone’s support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

·         Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
·         Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 
  • DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES:  Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
·         If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to “Report Drunk Drivers! Call 911!”
·         If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend’s keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.

Funding for the special DUI operation is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Don’t forget to visit the Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Nixle for other pertinent news and information.  Remember, the solution begins with you! 

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Weekly Tip - Not Even for a Minute! Look Before You Lock!

Tragically, a 3-year-old child was left in a car on Father's Day in the City of Pomona and ultimately died from over heating. This type of tragedy is preventable and an important topic throughout the year, but even more so with temperatures heating up.

NEVER leave a child or pet inside a parked car, Not Even for a Minute! This video from Safe Kids USA demonstrates how quickly temperatures can rise inside a vehicle. Even with windows cracked, temperatures will rise well above outside temps creating a dangerous environment inside the vehicle.

LOOK Before You Lock! No matter what the errand or drive, look around, check the back seat...never leave your child or pet inside the car. Not Even for a Minute!

Should you find a child or pet inside a parked vehicle, call the local police, or dial 911 if they appear in distress.

Passing of a Retired Pasadena PD Colleague and Father to APD Officer

Retired Captain Robert "Bob" Mulhall, Pasadena Police Department, passed away this past weekend. Bob was a long-time PPD member and spent the vast majority of his career in the PPD Air Operations Section. Bob was a pilot for PPD and served many San Gabriel Valley allied agencies in the Foothills Air Support Team (FAST), including Arcadia. Bob was a friend and colleague to many here at APD.

More importantly, Bob was the father of APD Officer Ryan Mulhall. Ryan has been with APD for over a decade, starting his career here as a Police Cadet and later being hired as a Police Officer. Ryan is now a Field Training Officer with APD.

The pictured PPD helicopter was dedicated to Bob back in 2009, with his initials. "RM", being used in the air ship call sign.

Rest easy Bob, you will be missed!