Monday, October 31, 2016

Longden Avenue CLOSED Halloween Night, Holly - El Monte

Halloween Night, Monday, October 31st. - Longden Avenue will be closed to through traffic between El Monte - Holly Avenues from 4:00 - 10:30 pm.  The closure is to accommodate expected pedestrian and vehicle traffic converging on this area on Halloween night.  Please use Duarte Road or Las Tunas Drive as alternate east-west roadways.  Residents with identification living in the 200-400 blocks West Longden Avenue will be able to access the closure.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween via Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

Boo! Halloween is just around the corner. Make sure to include your pets in your Halloween plans. Strangers in costumes, the repeated ringing of the doorbell and abundant sweets may pose special challenges for pet owners.

We are here to help you and your pet prepare for this spooktacular holiday with the following tips:
  • Walk your dog before the trick-or-treaters start their visits.
  • If your pet wears a costume, remove dangling pieces that may be a hazard to them. Do not force your pet to wear a costume if they look or act uncomfortable.
  • Bring cats indoors before Halloween night.
  • Leave your dog at home during trick-or-treating.
  • Keep your pet safe in the back room during peak trick-or-treating hours or during parties.
  • Store candy out of your pet's reach.
  • Keep candlelit jack-o-lanterns out of reach of your curious pet.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and has visible, up-to-date ID tags on his or her collar.
  • If your pet does get lost, please visit Pasadena Humane Society or your local animal shelter daily to look for him or her. Visit to see pictures of the animals in our care.
For more Halloween pet safety tips, visit

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

(Reposted from Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weekly Tip - Halloween Time Traffic Safety

Halloween night and weekend will bring plenty of gatherings and activity to our neighborhoods. As you drive or make your way around town, please pay close attention for pedestrians and little goblins running across the street. Watch out for our kids as they trick or treat on Halloween night from house to house or while getting out of parked cars.

Arcadia, like many communities, has many homes that are decorated and offer "haunted houses" attracting crowds of kids and traffic. When visiting these locations, enjoy the experience but remember to obey traffic laws and parking regulations.
  • Don't double park or drop off passengers in the roadway.
  • Don't block driveways.
  • Don't park in crosswalks.
  • Don't park in front of fire hydrants.
Please be courteous and respectful of your neighbors. Drive carefully and be aware of all the children celebrating!

Halloween Night, Monday, October 31st. - Longden Avenue will be closed to through traffic between El Monte - Holly Avenues from 4:00 - 10:30 pm.  The closure is to accommodate expected pedestrian and vehicle traffic converging on this area on Halloween night.  Please use Duarte Road or Las Tunas Drive as alternate east-west roadways.  Residents with identification living in the 200-400 blocks West Longden Avenue will be able to access the closure.

And always - Don't Drink & Drive!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Arcadia Police Receive Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

The Arcadia Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.  The Arcadia Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 

Captain Larry Goodman said, “The Arcadia Police Department benefits from this grant by enhancing the department’s current traffic philosophy that embraces educating our community regarding traffic safety and enforcing hazardous traffic violations that place the city’s residents and visitors at risk.  As with last year, the grant will provide advanced, specialized training for Arcadia Police Department personnel and will create even more opportunities for our officers to be visible throughout the community.   We have every reason to believe the combined efforts of the Office of Traffic Safety and the Arcadia Police Department will have an impact in reducing the number of people injured or killed in traffic collisions.”

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed has climbed nearly 17% across the state with 3,176 killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Particularly alarming is the six year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “This grant brings both tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the Arcadia Police Department working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across Arcadia and the state.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: 

Educational presentations
DUI checkpoints
DUI saturation patrols
Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
Distracted driving enforcement
Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders 
Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant

Friday, October 21, 2016

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd-31st, 2016. Red Ribbon Week began in remembrance of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena had been working undercover for the DEA and was key in developing information that led to the eradication of large scale narcotics manufacturing operations in Mexico. Mexican cartel leaders sought revenge for these operations, murdering alleged informants and ultimately, Agent Camarena.

Following his death, in Agent Camarena's home town, Calexico, CA, the public outpouring of support turned in to an organized community response in which citizens dawned red ribbons. They became a voice for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and use of drugs in America. The following year the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. Then, in 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 9 - 15, 2016

Weekly Tip - Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake?  Tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 10:20 am, millions of people will join in the annual Great California ShakeOut, bringing awareness to a very real threat to California.  Preparedness and knowledge are the keys to surviving during and after a significant earthquake.

Remember, if an earthquake strikes us today - Drop!  Cover!  And, Hold On!

•DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

•Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

•HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Follow #LAQuake on Twitter for earthquakes occurring in the greater LA area. As focus shifts to a local area or quake name, more specific hashtags may become relevant.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 2 - 8, 2016

Weekly Tip - Why Were the Police on My Street?

Our Officers are often asked, "Why were there police cars on my street yesterday?" Did you know you can take a proactive approach to crime prevention by becoming aware of crime trends and police activity in your neighborhood? The Arcadia Police Department provides the community with daily updates detailing crimes occurring within our jurisdiction through the service You can access the website at any time, or you can subscribe to daily email alerts, delivering a synopsis of activity directly to your email in-box. Community members are the first step in crime prevention and this type of information will give you the advantage in knowing what to watch for. Sign-up for daily updates HERE.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Save the Date...Tip-a-Cop for Special Olympics at Red Robin

Members of the Arcadia Police Officers' Association will be serving you dinner at Arcadia's Red Robin on Thursday, October 20th, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, in support of Special Olympics Southern California. Come see us at our Tip-a- Cop event! Red Robin is located in the Westfield Santa Anita Promenade, near Macy's.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for September 25 - October 1, 2016

Weekly Tip - Attend Pasadena Humane's Coexisting with Wildlife Seminar

Bears, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, all roam the foothills above our town and will sometimes venture into residential neighborhoods. Most of the time, the wildlife comes and goes without notice. In recent years, it seems that calls of bear and lion sightings have been on the rise. 

The Pasadena Humane Society will be hosting a free seminar on humanely coexisting with wildlife at their facility on October 16, 2016, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The seminar is open to anyone who would like to attend. Topics include identifying common native wildlife, discouraging wild critters from visiting your property and what to do if you encounter a threatening wild animal like a coyote or bear. There will also be a Q&A session after the presentation.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Coffee with a Cop THIS Friday

Come join your neighbors for coffee and conversation. No agendas, no speeches, just a chance to engage with our community. APD will be hosting with free coffee and danish in the Community Room at the Police Department, this Friday, October 7th, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.