Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 7-13, 2014

Records Section Hours During the Holidays

The Records Section of the Arcadia Police Department will be close at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, and will be closed Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th.  The Records Section will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, December 26th.

On New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31st, the Records Section will close at 6:00 p.m. and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, January  2, 2015. 

The lobby will be accessible for emergency assistance.  Parking permits are not required through January 5, 2015.  All other parking violations will be enforced.

Please see the following post for daily operating hours in the Records Section: 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Honoring Detective Steve Turner on his Retirement

Today, the Arcadia Police Department says congratulations to Detective Steve Turner on his retirement after 3 decades of law enforcement service. It is Steve's last working day here at APD.

Detective Turner began his career in 1985 with the Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department as a Police Officer. Steve lateralled to the Arcadia Police Department in 1988 where he has worked the remainder of his career. Steve has worked as a Patrol Officer, Traffic and Motor Officer, a Field Training Officer, a member of our Special Weapons and Tactics Team, and a Detective. Detective Turner served as our primary Crimes Persons investigator for the last several years.

Please join us in saying thanks for your service and congratulations to Steve!

Steve is pictured below receiving his City trivet from Chief Bob Guthrie at a farewell luncheon two weeks ago held for both Detectives Turner and Crawford. Steve passed the APD "Short Timer" chain along to the next up retiree, Sergeant Steve Fallavollita, this morning. The "Short Timer" chain has been an APD tradition for many decades and is passed from the current retiree to the next expected retiring member.  

Annual Chief's Christmas Breakfast 2014

Chief Bob Guthrie carried out a long standing Arcadia Police Department tradition this morning, hosting the Chief's Annual Christmas Breakfast. The breakfast is a great event where current and former members of APD can gather to share memories and a meal prepared by the Chief and fellow police management staff. In addition to the APD family, all City employees and City staff are invited to attend, along with our elected officials.

We had a great turnout today. A special thanks to Vons Corporation and Papa Cantella's for the generous donations of food for the event.

For additional photos, please visit our APD Facebook page. Chief Guthrie is pictured below (center) with members of Vons/Pavilions Management and other APD staff.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

News Release: Operation Silent Night (AB 109 Probation Sweep)

Incident:  30 Arrested in Operation Silent Night (an AB 109 Probation Sweep)

Contact:  Watch Commander – (626) 574-5156

Date / Time of Release:  December 17, 2014 – 3:30 PM

On Wednesday morning, December 17, 2014, the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force, with assistance from neighboring local law enforcement partners, conducted Operation Silent Night – a large-scale regional effort aimed at conducting compliance checks on people currently on probation under Realignment (AB 109) guidelines.  The “Zero Tolerance” focus of the enforcement sweep was aimed at apprehending AB 109 absconders with outstanding warrants, and conducting compliance checks in accordance with the terms of a person’s probation conditions.  Many of the probationers contacted during the course of the operation were known to have previous court violations to include weapons charges, assault charges and property crimes.  

Law enforcement officers made contact with both probationers and their associates at 61 of the 88 locations checked during the operation.  Of those persons contacted by police, 30 were arrested for offenses ranging from probation violations, to narcotics possession, to firearms possession. As for the 27 remaining locations, law enforcement officers either confirmed that the person on probation was not at home at the time, or that the location was not a valid address for the probationer on record.

This operation was driven by the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force with assistance from allied agencies, to include: The L.A. County Probation Department, L.A. I.M.P.A.C.T., the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (Altadena & Temple City Stations), the Department of Children & Family Services, the Long Beach Police Department's AB 109 Task Force Team, and the AB109 Tri-Team, which consists of detectives from Glendale, Burbank and San Fernando Police Departments.

The West San Gabriel Anti-Crime Task Force is comprised of detectives from the Arcadia, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Monrovia, El Monte, Monterey Park Police Departments and L.A. County Probation.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Colleen Flores, Lieutenant

Weekly Tip - Holiday and Christmas Tree Safety

FEMA and the US Fire Administration offer some valuable tips on Holiday and Christmas Tree safety.  The video above is an example of how quickly a dry Christmas tree can catch fire and spread to your home.  Please keep your Christmas tree watered, never overload an outlet, and maintain your lighting in good working order for your tree.  Visit the FEMA/USFA website for other tips and information.