Friday, October 24, 2014

Red Ribbon Week 2014

Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd-31st, 2014. 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 home town, 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 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.

Road Closure-Friday October 31, 2014-Longden Ave

Halloween Night, Friday, October 31st. - Longden Avenue will be closed to through traffic between El Monte - Holly Avenues from 4:00 - 10:30 pm.  The closure is to accommodate expected pedestrian and vehicle traffic converging on this area on Halloween night.  Please use Duarte Road or Las Tunas Drive as alternate east-west roadways.  Residents with identification living in the 200-400 blocks West Longden Avenue will be able to access the closure.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday Tip: The Horses are Running at Santa Anita Park again.

In case you weren't aware, races started at Santa Anita Park on Friday, September 26, 2014.  Races will run through November 2, 2014.  The races at Santa Anita Park bring lots of people into our community and often times results in heavier traffic than usual.  One of the busiest weekends for racing will be the weekend of October 31-November 2, as Santa Anita Park will be the host of the Breeders Cup.

We would like to remind you to allow extra travel time when driving in the area of the race track during race season.  APD Officers will be assisting with the traffic flow during peak hours of traffic.

If you have never visited Santa Anita Park, you should.  It's an amazing place with a lot of history, right in the center of Arcadia.

Visit Santa Anita Park's website HERE.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Secure Your Third Row Seats!

Several cities in the area have been experiencing an increased number of thefts targeting third row seats from full sized SUVs. The thieves break into a vehicle, remove the third row seats, and often sell them for profit.

The Arcadia Police Department offers the following tips to prevent these types of thefts:

  • When you aren't using the third row seats, leave them at home.
  • Check with your car dealership to see if they offer third row seat anti-theft devices.
  • Use a lock (ie: bicycle cable lock or third row seat lock) to secure the seat to the floor of the vehicle.  Using the lock will make it more of a challenge for the thief and if visible may prevent some thieves from attempting to take the seats.
  • Engrave your seat with an identification number such as your driver's license or vehicle license plate number.  These seats are not serialized and having an identification number will make identification possible.  
  • During the hours of darkness, park in a well lit area.  
The thefts of third row seats are occurring in both residential and commercial areas, often during the hours of darkness.  Please take these tips into consideration if you own an SUV that has third row seats. 

Remember, If You See Something, Say Something.  Please call us and report suspicious activity.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Activity Highlights: Aug 30-Sept 6, 2014

New Law- Give Bicyclists Some Space

                            (photo courtesy of

A new law goes into effect today requiring motorists to allow a minimum of 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist on a roadway.  If there isn't enough room to safely pass a bicyclist, the driver must slow down and not pass until there is.

For more information click .