Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Weekly Tip - Be Safe While Walking!

Warmer weather, daylight saving time, summer approaching, are all reasons more pedestrians are hitting the road in the early mornings and evenings.  It is important to practice good walking and running safety as a pedestrian.  Many factors impact whether or not drivers will see pedestrians. Some vision obscurements and lighting conditions are not controlled by the pedestrian, but we can greatly enhance our safety and visibility with some proactive steps:
  • Wear light/bright colored clothing, preferably clothing with reflective strips or perhaps a safety vest.
  • Carry a lighted flashlight when walking at night.
  • Use sidewalks when available.
  • Walk facing traffic so you can see cars approaching.
  • If walking or running in the roadway, stay out of traffic lanes - it is unsafe and possibly unlawful.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets, additional lanes, or driveways.
  • Never assume drivers will stop or yield - walk defensively.
  • If you must have music or talk on your phone, use only one earpiece and keep the volume down. Listen for traffic!
  • Be aware of your surroundings and practice personal safety!
    • Vary your routes so you are not predictable.
    • Avoid dimly lit roads, alleys, and areas.
    • Carry identification and a cell phone.
    • Walk with a partner or friend.
    • Don't approach vehicles stopping near you or in your path.
    • Consider personal safety items such as pepper spray.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Child Seat Directed Enforcement and Safety Info

During the week of April 29, 2018, through May 5, 2018, the Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting directed enforcement focused on child seat safety. During this week officers will be targeting drivers who allow children to ride in vehicles while not properly restrained.

Education is a significant deterrence when it comes to child seat safety. Educational materials will be handed out to area schools and officers will be available for questions regarding child seat safety.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for children and young adults. In 2014, over 6000 children under 14 were killed or seriously injured as a result of vehicle crashes in California. Sixty-three percent of children who died were unrestrained.

California law requires children to ride in a safety seat or booster, in the back seat, until they are at least eight years old. However, most children need a booster seat for proper belt fit until they are 10 to 12 years old. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. recommends that children ride in the back seat, which is 40% safer than the front until they are old enough to learn to drive. For more information on child passenger safety, visit

Contact Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo for additional information at 626.574.5475 or

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ten Years of Hands-Free Law: Challenges Remain

Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California.  Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts statewide.

The Arcadia Police Department will join law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to discourage distracted driving.  Officers will have a special emphasis this month on enforcing all cell phone and distracted driving laws. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction 

Traffic officers have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to those texting or calling on a hand-held cell phone. Recent legislation now makes it illegal to use your smartphone’s apps will driving.  Still, everyone has seen other drivers on a device driving in a dangerous manner next to them during a commute or a trip around town.

Since 2011, OTS has conducted an observational study of handheld cell phone use every year.  “This year’s study on the use of handheld cell phones and texting shows a decrease over past years; however, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “The best way to put an end to distracted driving is to educate all Californians about the danger it poses. We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign “Just Drive”, reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.”

"California’s distracted driving laws have been saving lives for a decade now,” said former State Senator Joe Simitian, who authored the state’s hands-free and no-texting laws.  “Every day, somewhere in California, someone is sitting down to dinner with their family who wouldn't have made it through the day without these laws on the books.  That’s tremendously gratifying.”

Preliminary 2017 data also shows nearly 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California, a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect.

“Smartphones are part of everyone’s lives now.  Texting, phone calls and posting on social media are nearly addicting,” said Sergeant Cieadlo.  “But doing these things can have deadly consequences while driving on our city’s street.  Changing these dangerous habits will help make our roadways safer for everyone.”

The Arcadia Police Department has the following Safety Tips:
-        If you receive a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location, but ‘never’ on a freeway.  Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text.
-          Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.”  Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
-          Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
-         Cell phone use can be habit-forming.  Struggling to not text and drive?  Put the cell phone in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your final destination.

The Arcadia Police Department is deploying extra traffic officers with grant-funded resources on April 23, 2018, in various locations throughout the city. Violators will be stopped and cited with fines set at $162 for first-time offenders.  This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Weekly Activity Highlights for April 8 - 14, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Weekly Tip - Neighborhood Concern? Reach Out to Your Area Commander!

The Arcadia Police Department has dedicated Area Commanders who are liaisons for residents, businesses, and community members within designated areas of the City. The boundaries were recently changed to align with Council Districts in the City. Take advantage of your Area Commander for any non-emergent concerns you have related to safety and quality of life issues. Our Area Commanders can be reached through at 626.574.5151 or their emails listed below. If you reach out or leave a message, please allow time for them to reply based on their schedules.

For emergencies, always dial 9-1-1. For general calls for service, contact our Dispatch at 626.574.5123.

District 1:  Lt. Nakamura -
District 2:  Lt. Cullen -
District 3:  Sgt. Bourgeous -
District 4:  Lt. Whalen -
District 5:  Lt. Castro -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Congrats Officer Turner - Probation Complete!

Officer Jonathan Turner has successfully completed his probation and was honored last week with a ceremonial badge pinning during the City Council meeting. Completing probation is a big step in a young career and we congratulate Officer Turner! Pictured above (left to right) are Chief Guthrie, Officer Turner, Captain Goodman, and Captain Foley.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

7-Eleven Teams with Local Law Enforcement for Operation Chill

Each year, 7-Eleven, Inc. helps thousands of local police officers recognize the good guys, specifically the young ones. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the country to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons through Operation Chill®, its popular community-service program. 

Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee coupons to enhance relations with the young people of their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, positive activities, and acts of kindness.

Our Officers have been armed with Slurpee coupons to distribute in coming weeks to the kids in our community. It is a nice opportunity for officers to engage and interact with kids in a positive way. Officers will "ticket" youngsters caught in the act of doing good. Appropriate "offenses" might include helping another person, deterring crime, standing up to bullying, practicing good walking, biking, or driving safety, or participating in a positive activity in our community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

If you receive an Operation Chill coupon, consider posting a picture to social media with your Slurpee and be sure to tag Arcadia Police Department. If we catch it, we may repost your pic! Thanks to Ashley Chen Alonzo for sending us this pic of her little ones with Officers Wang and Ashby.