Wishing everyone a great St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate responsibly - Don't Drink and Drive!
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of Irish immigrants—and many, many more St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash, and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home.
In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) nationwide. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, The Arcadia Police Department is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
The Arcadia Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during the hours of 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM.
Police, Sheriff, and the CHP will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Arcadia Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Remember: It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who want to get where they are going safely. Don’t let alcohol and or drug impairment cause you to be a risk to yourself and others on the road. Impaired driving is an act of selfishness. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you feel a buzz, you are in no shape to drive.”
The Arcadia Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
- · First: Always remember to plan ahead. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.
- · There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The OTS DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features, allowing users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.
- · Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
- · Always remember to report drunk drivers - call 911.
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For additional information, please contact Sergeant K. Cieadlo at 626.574.5475.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
(1928 - 2018)
Nancy Bradley was a long-time Administrative Assistant to the Police Chief, or as many of us knew her, the "Chief's Secretary." Nancy was 89-years-old and passed away this last Sunday.
Nancy worked for four different Chiefs during her tenure here at APD from 1957 - 1995. She was the glue holding down the fort for Police Chiefs Orr, Seares, Mitchell, and Johnson. We all knew to get to the Chief, you had to go through Nancy...but, she always made it a pleasant experience! Our ID numbers have been issued sequentially. We are up to about ID #778 for our staff and Nancy held ID #58.
When notifying our folks about the passing of Nancy, Chief Guthrie wrote, "Nancy had a subtlety and kindness that was uniquely her own, and she was an absolute pleasure to work with." I don't think you will find any of us who would disagree.
Although she had no immediate family in the area, Nancy remained in Arcadia after retirement. She will be missed by not only her APD family but the community as well. Thank you for your service, Nancy!
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018
Incident: P.C. 288(a) – Lewd/Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14
On 09/08/17, officers from the Arcadia Police Department responded to the Westfield Shopping Center regarding the investigation of a lewd or lascivious act on a minor child. Joel Arturo Suria Gonzalez, a 43- year-old Los Angeles resident was arrested as a result of the investigation and charged with two Felony counts of P.C. 288(a) Lewd or Lascivious Acts on a Child Under 14.
Two unknown teenagers, one male & one female, witnessed the incident and spoke to mall security officers on the date of the incident. Investigators from the Arcadia Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office would like to speak to the teenagers who witnessed the incident.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151, reference: Case # 17-4605.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you mall call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Robert T. Guthrie – Chief of Police
By: Brett Bourgeous – Detective Bureau Sergeant Case Number: 17-4605