Saturday, July 4, 2020

Wishing Everyone a Happy Independence Day

The Arcadia Police Department would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July!  Please celebrate responsibly and remember - ALL FIREWORKS are PROHIBITED in the City of Arcadia.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation Week

The week of April 12-18, 2020 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation week, also known as Dispatcher Appreciation Week.  Our dispatchers are the ones who answer most of the incoming calls to the department, answer all the 911 calls, and relay important information to our officers in the field. 
Dispatchers are the ones behind the scene, who are often not recognized for their work.  They are the ones who answer when you dial 911 when you need help. They are a calm voice in that moment of need, and the ones who get the information to tell first responders where they are needed. 
Telecommunicators Week began in California in 1981 and quickly grew to national recognition. Just ten years later, Congress designated the second full week of each April as a time to remember the critical role that dispatchers play in keeping us all safe.
On behalf of the Arcadia Police Department, we say “thank you.”  Thank you to all the public safety telecommunicators and dispatchers out there.  And of course, we say a special “thank you” to our very own Arcadia Police Dispatchers. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

2019 Police Officer and Civilian of the Year Awards

It gives us great pleasure to share with you that our 2019 Officer of the Year is K-9 Officer Travis Sargent and our 2019 Civilian Employee of the Year is Records Technician II Caroline Ngai!

During this time of social distancing, we regret that we were not able to do a formal, group announcement (as we would normally do) for each of these fantastic people. However, Chief Guthrie personally spoke with both Travis and Caroline to congratulate them on being nominated and then selected as our 2019 recipients!

Our awards committee selected K9 Officer Travis Sargent as our 2019 Officer of the Year as a result of Travis’ very dedicated work ethic this past year with his partner, Kota. Travis Sargent displayed a constant Never say “NO” attitude in 2019, and attended countless public outreach events with Kota, during all days of the week, at all hours of the day. Additionally, and more importantly, Travis (and Kota) assisted officers in our Patrol and Administration Divisions on many criminal investigations, warrant services, and the like. It was a significantly busy and non-stop year for our K-9 Unit, and Travis and Kota delivered! Keep up the great work, Travis, and congratulations on being selected as our 2019 Police Officer of the Year!

Our awards committee also selected Records Technician II Caroline Ngai as our 2019 Civilian Employee of the Year as a result of Caroline’s very dedicated work ethic as well. Caroline is reliable, highly professional, and nearly flawless in her work product every single day that she works. She keeps a pace and tempo in work performance that is truly second to none in her field. Our committee also cited Caroline’s “very positive” attitude and noted that she is a great person to work with who is always helpful to others. Simply stated, Caroline “makes a difference” in our organization every day! Congratulations Caroline for being selected as our 2019 Civilian Employee of the Year!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Weekly Tip - Avoiding Fraud and Scams Associated with the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is here. Many of you may have already completed the Census online or you may have received your invitation in the mail. The Census can be completed online, by phone, or by mail. 

Unfortunately, now that the Census is out, the fraudsters follow. Don't fall for phony emails or phishing scams by clicking on bogus links in emails or other platforms. Look for a legitimate email that ends in ".gov" such as "" from the Census. The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. You won't receive Census Bureau emails unless you have signed up to receive them. 

Remember, the Census Bureau will never ask for your information via email. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card numbers.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Money or donations.

If a Census Bureau member visits you at home, make sure to verify their identity through their ID badge with their photograph, a US Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Weekly Tip - FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Internet is used by criminals for all sorts of scams and crimes to try and separate you from your money.  The FBI is even warning of an increase in fraud scams related to COVID-19 phishing email and bogus websites.

One way to be victimized is by replying to a “pop up” advertisement or an email.  If you receive a “pop up” ad or an email and you are not sure if it is legitimate, do not reply or open.  Do some research and confirm it is a legitimate service/company first.  You should never share personal or financial information online unless you are confident that the information is going to the proper company, organization or financial institution.   

Private sites, such as 
Consumer Fraud Reporting.Org have resources and information on web-based crime as well as other traditional fraud crimes. The FBI participates in a website dedicated to collecting Internet crime info called the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Take a look at these sites and search for information on topics that include tips to avoid becoming a victim of Internet-based scams or crime.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Weekly Tip - Be Safe While Out Walking

Daylight saving time, Springtime, now being stuck at home, 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 family member.
    • Don't approach vehicles stopping near you or in your path.
    • Consider personal safety items such as pepper spray.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020