Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Honoring a Slain, Local Hero - Deputy David March

Today is the anniversary of the murder of Deputy David March. Dave was killed during a traffic stop on Live Oak Avenue, east of Peck Road, on April 29, 2002, at about 10:40 a.m. A memorial was built in his honor at the scene. Temple Deputies remember Deputy March not only on the anniversary of his death, but throughout the year by displaying his call sign, "57" on the rear window of Temple units. Please join APD in honoring this slain local hero, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Deputy David March.

Weekly Tip - Move Right for Sirens and Lights!

CVC 21806 requires drivers to yield to authorized emergency vehicles. Police, Fire, Medics, and Forestry are the most common emergency vehicles seen in our City, but any authorized emergency vehicle displaying at least a solid red light and a siren as needed shall be yielded to on the road. What does this mean? The CVC is specific in saying that drivers shall not only yield, or in other words "get out of the way", but shall pull toward the right side of the road and stop. Hence the saying, "Move Right for Sirens and Lights".

- Don't panic!
- Don't stop in the middle of the road!

- DO slow down and pull to the right safely!
- DO remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed!

Friday, April 24, 2015

APD Milestone! 10K Followers on Twitter

We wanted to take a second and thank all of our followers for your continued support!  Today we hit another milestone in Law Enforcement Social Media (#LESM).  We now have 10,000 followers on Twitter.

None of this would be possible without one of the pioneers in #LESM.  Several years ago, Sgt. Tom LeVeque started the Arcadia Police Department's journey into the world of Social Media.  It all started right here with our blog and has grown into a still blossoming way of engaging our followers and community.

Thanks to our followers and our Social Media Team!  Here's to another 10K!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weekly Tip - Distracted Driving Simulator

Although we are nearing the end of April and Distracted Driving Month, this game will test you skills, or lack thereof, while attempting to navigate this computer driving simulator.  The game is hosted by the NY Times and has been around since 2009.  It requires you to change lanes on an expressway while responding to a text message.  HERE is a link to the game.

Don't Drive Distracted!

Weekly Activity Highlights for April 12 - 18, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly Tip - Spring is in the Air!

(Photo courtesy RMG News)

It's that time of year, Spring is in the air and wildlife are starting to become more active.  As temperatures begin to warm up, residents in the foothills will begin to see more and more wildlife activity.  It's normal to see deer, bears, bobcats, and even the occasional mountain lion in the residential areas of the northern part of Arcadia. 
The City of Arcadia’s proximity to the foothills increases the opportunity for various wildlife to wander into neighborhoods and onto private property. Bears are no strangers to the foothill neighborhoods and the likelihood of bears coming into yards, pools, and trashcans is increased during the warmer months.
Foothill residents should be alert for wildlife in their neighborhoods and take the following actions to reduce activity in their area:
- Secure trash cans in an enclosure if possible
- Harvest ripened fruit from trees
- DO NOT FEED the bears
Make sure to check your yards and closely monitor children to ensure they do not come into contact with bears or other wildlife that might cause them harm.
Should you see a bear in your neighborhood, contact the Arcadia Police Department at: (626)574-5151
For additional tips and information, please visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife at:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dispatcher Appreciation Week 2015

The week of April 12-18, 2015 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 dispatchers.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Honors Arcadia Officer

Officer Daniel Tea was honored this week by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his dedication to DUI enforcement. Daniel made 27 arrests in 2014 for Driving Under the Influence and helped keep our streets safer though his actions.  Congratulations to Daniel!  (Pictured left to right are Captain Paul Foley, Officer Daniel Tea, Sergeant Kollin Cieadlo, and Lieutenant Mike Castro)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weekly Tip - Burglary Prevention Steps You Can Take!

Residential burglary prevention continues to be a focus of the Arcadia Police Department. Increased patrol presence, Investigators working surveillance, follow-up on leads/tips, and recovered stolen property, are all pieces to a much larger puzzle when it comes to preventing residential burglaries and property crime. One of the most important pieces to this puzzle is the resident. It is very important to discourage the would be thief and make their job as difficult, time consuming, and as noisy as possible.

Here are a few quick tips to help keep your home safe:

•Close and lock your windows and doors! Thieves look for an easy target.

•Lock your garage door. Thefts from garages are common and it offers ready access to pry tools.

•Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so that windows and doors are visible.

•Maintain your home and make it looked lived in. Arrange for care if you leave on vacation.

•Don't leave newspapers, mail and door hanger materials in place. Arrange for a trusted friend or neighbor to collect these items for you.

•Know your neighbors! Be familiar with cars, faces and who belongs in your neighborhood.

•Leave different lights on when you leave. Use timers when gone overnight.

•How about a radio with a talk show station tuned in when you are gone?

•Use window stops/pins to prevent windows and sliding doors from being opened.

•Maintain lists of account numbers, valuable item serial numbers and important phone numbers. Duplicate the list and maintain a copy elsewhere. Video or photo your belongings. This aids in property recovery as well as insurance replacement.

•Get an ALARM. Even simple alarms that are not connected to a central system are a deterrent.

•Ask and look for helpful tips. Your local police agency will usually offer home inspections and there are plenty of websites that offer prevention tips and ideas.

•Watch for and REPORT suspicious persons and activity. Most arrests that are made for burglary are not from a report by an alarm company, but rather from a local resident. If you see someone that does not belong in your neighborhood or on a neighbor's property, call the police.

If you return home and believe your home has been burglarized, do not enter the home. Call the police and wait out front. Tell the Dispatcher of your observations and that you have not searched your home. Chances are that the burglar is gone, but you don't want to confront them if avoidable. Entering the home may also destroy certain types of evidence that Officers will be looking for.

Here are a couple of links to sites with prevention tips and information; Crime Doctor and the Burglary Prevention Council. You can also contact the APD Community Outreach Office at (626) 821-2648 for prevention tips and information on Neighborhood Watch.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter 2015

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter from the Arcadia Police Department.  Please drive safely, designate a driver if needed, and enjoy the day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Follow Us for Information- APD Social Media Sites

While we always say, "Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies", there are many ways to engage with the Arcadia Police Department.  And, if you prefer the in-person approach, our Department is located at 250 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA 91007, phone 626.574.5150, Information-Records hours 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

You may wonder why we use multiple platforms to engage and communicate.  Social platforms may ebb and flow in popularity as technology evolves and as trends move on.  Not all of our community may have a Facebook page or a Twitter account.  Some folks do not even have an actual "land-line" phone anymore.  We won't be able to reach everyone in one message or on any one platform.  This has caused us to participate in a variety of social and communications platforms in order to engage a larger portion of our community.  Each platform has a use and purpose, and all are meant to supplement, not replace, our physical presence and service.  Yes, we may still be knocking on doors and posting flyers should the need arise.  Remember that we are very active in social media and you can find a lot of useful information on each of these platforms.

APD Website ( *Links to all services including Parking Permits, Online Reporting, etc.                                               

Alert LACounty (similar to Alert Arcadia but managed by County Emergency Management)

APD Facebook                                                                                    

APD Smart PhoneApp *Links to most APD platforms and allows for "push" notification

APD Instagram (Photo)                                                                

APD Vine (Video)                                                                             

APD Google+                                                                                     

Nextdoor (Virtual NeighborhoodWatch)                             

Please remember - these APD platforms are not monitored 24/7.  Always dial 9-1-1 for emergencies!