Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weekly Tip - Give Your Alarm a Check-Up!

Do you have an alarm on your home or business? Take the time to check your system and make sure it is in proper working order. Call your alarm monitoring company before testing the alarm system. If there is an issue with the system, get it repaired. Not only will you help avoid false alarm fees, but you will better protect your property.

The City of Arcadia requires alarm permits for all alarm systems. Information on Security Alarm Permits can be found on the City website. The permits help reduce alarm malfunctions and nuisance alarms, as well as maintaining current property owner contact information should there be an issue while you are away from your home or business.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Hanukkah 2017

Wishing the best to all at this start of Hanukkah!

Holiday Suspension of Overnight Parking Enforcement

Residents and visitors will not have to obtain temporary overnight parking permits for passenger vehicles parked on the City streets from Sunday night, December 17, 2017, through Sunday morning, January 7, 2018. This permit suspension affords the community the opportunity to entertain guests and visitors without worrying about purchasing permits during the holidays. Overnight parking enforcement will resume on Sunday night, January 7, 2018.

This enforcement suspension pertains only to overnight parking restrictions for passenger vehicles between 2:30 am and 5:30 am. All other parking restrictions remain in effect and will be enforced, such as time zones, street sweeping, curb markings, etc.

The 2018 permits are available at the City Hall Cashier's Office and are being honored for the remainder of 2017, if properly displayed.

If you have any questions, please contact the APD Watch Commander at (626) 574-5156.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ring Subsidy Event Very Successful

The first Ring Security Products Subsidy Event at the Arcadia Masonic Lodge was a big success with over 300 in attendance. Some of the residents that joined Arcadia’s Ring of Security and left happily with one or more security devices are pictured below.  
A big thank you to Ring, Inc., the Arcadia Masonic Lodge, and all of the Arcadia Police Department personnel, VIPS, and volunteers for putting together a fantastic community event! Ring staff did an awesome job answering residents’ questions and helping people determine which products were right for their homes.
The City still has subsidies remaining for $100 OFF one Ring device, which the City will make available next week by releasing online promotional codes. The discount code can only be used for purchases made on Ring’s website: The codes will be made available first to residents that were on the event wait-list (these residents will be contacted via email) and then to other Arcadia households on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are interested in receiving a code, please email mvercillo@ArcadiaCA.govThe discount is limited to one per Arcadia household.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weekly Tip - Help Prevent Crime! Report Suspicious Activity!

The Arcadia Police Department serves a population of approximately 57,000+ residents, numerous business and commercial locations, all within about 11 square miles. More often than not, residents and visitors serve as the eyes and ears for our Dispatchers and Police Officers.

Having a large residential community, it is not surprising that some of our most frequent calls for service involve property theft or residential burglary. In most cases, a residential burglary begins with some type of suspicious activity within a neighborhood, often in broad daylight. This activity may range from unknown persons in vehicles perusing the area, to individuals going door to door, determining whether or not residents are home. These individuals will most likely have a driver waiting for them for a quick getaway in case someone begins to question their actions.

The best way to decrease residential burglaries is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Give criminals the message if they are in our neighborhoods, and about to commit a crime, they are being watched – not ignored – through a joint effort by our residents and the police department. 

If you witness suspicious activity in your neighborhood, or see something that doesn't sit right with you, do not simply draw the blinds and turn away; please pick up the phone and call our department’s non-emergency dispatch number at (626) 574-5123 – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Of course, if you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency, always remember to dial 9-1-1.

Neighborhood crime prevention neither begins, nor ends, with a burning porch light. As members of a greater community, we are all responsible for its protection, as safety does not simply end at a property line. Get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood, remain alert, and never hesitate to call our police department. Do not simply assume someone else has called the police - three calls received are better than no calls at all. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Patrols at Westfield Santa Anita

During the holiday season, large crowds flock to our Westfield Santa Anita Mall. The Arcadia Police Department works closely with Westfield Security to maintain a safe and comfortable experience for everyone at the mall. APD will periodically have extra officers on foot, police bikes, and in units in the parking lots providing additional high visibility patrol and service for shoppers. Our Volunteers in Patrol and Parking Enforcement Officers will also be present during this holiday season to help maintain traffic and parking at the mall and other businesses throughout Arcadia.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weekly Tip - Parking Lot Survival for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us - and with that brings large crowds and parking lots filled with anxious shoppers! Private property accidents contribute to a number of our calls for service during the holiday season and most of these incidents are avoidable. Here are some tips to help avoid collisions and other vehicle related incidents on private property:

Slow down, don't be in a rush. The sales will still be going on when you get there.

•Obey shopping center or mall stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason...SAFETY!

Drive only in marked isles. Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut.

Park a little further away. It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot.

Look all around before backing out and back SLOWLY from your stall.

Watch for pedestrians and watch out for yourself while walking in the parking lot.

Avoid the urge to "beat" the other driver to that one last spot.

•Practice common sense and courtesy. Everyone can be on edge in a crowded parking lot. Give each other a break.

Leave valuables at home or at least out of sight in your LOCKED vehicle.

Park only in marked stalls. Fire lane, red zones, handicap stalls may all be enforced at most shopping centers.

Always be aware of your surroundings. Park in well lighted areas. Alert store security or the police to suspicious persons or vehicles.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Coyote Safety Seminar

Arcadia PD invites you to a Coyote Safety Seminar at the Arcadia City Council Chambers, 240 W Huntington Dr on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. A wildlife expert from the Pasadena Humane Society will present information on how to safeguard your family and pets from negative encounters with coyotes. For more info call 626.821.2648

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 12 - 18, 2017

Weekly Tip - Lock It! Hide It! Keep It!

We can't express the practice of Lock It, Hide It, Keep It enough!

With the holidays upon us, the likelihood of folks leaving items in their vehicles increases and thieves know this. Please remember to remove items of value from your cars, roll up the windows, lock the doors, and set the alarm if you have one. Taking the opportunity and target away are great ways to help prevent the crimes from happening! Spread the word and pass this along to family and friends!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No Overnight Parking Enforcement for Thanksgiving

To help you celebrate Thanksgiving, APD will not be conducting overnight parking enforcement from Wednesday night, November 22nd through Sunday morning, November 26th. Overnight parking enforcement will resume Sunday night to Monday morning on Thanksgiving weekend. All other parking regulations will be enforced.

Additionally, our Records Section and front counter will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017. The Records Section will reopen at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Ring Security Products Subsidy Event

UPDATE: Registration for both sessions is full. There is a wait list. Thanks to all for taking such an interest in your safety and security!

Session 1 Registration:

Session 2 Registration:

Monday, November 20, 2017

APD Records Section CLOSED on Thanksgiving

The Records Section of the Arcadia Police Department will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017.  The Records Section will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017.

The lobby will be accessible for emergency assistance. We will NOT be citing for Overnight Parking starting Wednesday night through Sunday morning, November 22 - 26, 2017.  Overnight Parking Enforcement will resume on Sunday night, November 26th and permits will be required.

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Stay Safe on the Roads This Thanksgiving: Buckle Up–Every Trip. Every Time.

As millions of travelers flood the roads this Thanksgiving, The Arcadia Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and law enforcement across the state to share an important lifesaving reminder: Buckle Up–Every Trip. Every Time.

During the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend, 301 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide, and 53 percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  California accounted for 42 of those fatalities.  Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 57 percent of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night nationally.  Much like drunk driving, these deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America.  Many of these deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.

“Year after year, families are devastated when news arrives that a loved one is killed on their way to Thanksgiving festivities,” said Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo.  “These stories are just unacceptable when over 50 percent of the deaths involve an unrestrained occupant.  Especially when it’s known that seat belt use is one of the simplest ways to stay safe while riding in a vehicle.”

NHTSA estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal and serious injuries. In 2015, approximately 13,941 people survived crashes because they were buckled up.  If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 2,804 lives could have been saved.  NHTSA’s research also reveals that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in a fatal crash, and that younger drivers are also at greater risk of being unbuckled.

The Arcadia Police Department’s goal for the ‘Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time.’ seat belt awareness campaign is to save lives.  This campaign reminds Thanksgiving travelers, and all drivers, about the importance of buckling up–every trip, every time.  Thanksgiving should be a happy time, not a tragic one.

Never drink and drive and whether you’re a passenger or the driver, riding long distances or short, buckle your seat belt.  Doing so ensures everyone arrives safely to their Thanksgiving destinations.  Remember: Buckle Up–Every Trip. Every Time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Annual Thanksgiving Appreciation Lunch from the Arcadia Chinese Association

A big "Thank You" to members of the Arcadia Police Department came yesterday in the form of an early Thanksgiving lunch, provided by the Arcadia Chinese Association.  Chief Guthrie was joined by members of the ACA, ACA President Arron Rose, and Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay for a photo before lunch.  ACA President Rose took a moment to express gratitude to members of the Department and say "Thank You" for our service.  Thanks to the ACA for the great lunch and for taking the time to honor members of our Department! 

Weekly Tip - IRS Tax Scams Are Year Round!

Tax season is still months away, but these scams don't take a break.  While many folks will have legitimate contact with their tax accountants and the IRS, we would like to remind you of recurring fraud schemes where scammers reach out to you. One of the most wide spread attempts to come between you and your money is by use of phone calls to you where scammers claim to be representing the IRS. Many times, they will threaten you with a law suit or pending criminal action if you don't send payment immediately. These calls can be automated and recorded, directing you to call. Don't fall for these scams!
The IRS will not:
  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
Visit the IRS website for additional information on scams.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ROAD CLOSURES: Annual Festival of Bands Parade

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the 64th Annual Festival of Bands Parade will take place within the City of Arcadia. This year’s parade route will travel south on Baldwin Avenue from Huntington Drive, turn east on Duarte Road, turn north on El Monte Avenue and end on Campus Drive in front of the High School.

During the parade Baldwin Avenue, Duarte Road, El Monte Avenue, and Campus Drive will be closed in these areas to vehicular traffic with the exception of residential traffic on Duarte Road between Lovell and El Monte Avenue. In this area, residents will be allowed to drive from their homes eastbound on Duarte Road and out of the area assisted by police personnel.

There will be no street parking in the above areas on November 18, 2017 between 6:00am and 1:00pm. Temporary No Parking signs will be posted – vehicles parked in violation will be towed.

The temporary road closures will be from 8:00am until approximately 1:00pm and may require you or your patrons to access your home or business from an alternate route. Businesses on the south side of Duarte Road will require customer access from Naomi Avenue. Businesses on the north side of Duarte Road will require customer access from Arcadia Avenue.

Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Avenue, and west of Holly Avenue should use Huntington Drive and La Cadena as the main ingress and egress to come and go from the area.

We appreciate your understanding and continuing support of this outstanding community event. We apologize for any inconvenience to you or your patrons during this time. The Festival of Bands has a wonderful tradition of showcasing the finest high school bands in California and the nation. Arcadians are proud to act as host each year. If you have any questions, please contact Sergeant Kollin Cieadlo at (626) 574-5475 or email at

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Honoring Those Who Served - Veterans Day 2017

Please join us in honoring and saying thanks to all who have served our Nation.
Happy Veterans Day 2017!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Weekly Tip - Holiday Time and Home Burglaries

Over past years, we have seen an uptick in Residential Burglary reports during the holidays. Take a look at the current area crime map above for burglaries having occurred in the last week.

The majority of Arcadia burglaries are committed during daytime hours. However, we have had some incidents occur during evening hours in recent months. While the Department places additional officers, both in plain cars and marked units in problem areas, we are not always in the right place at the right time. Please remember to be vigilant in both your observation of your neighborhood and with your own home safety and security, all hours of the day.

HERE are tips for preventing home burglary. Remember, if you See Something, Say Something!

Stay informed on criminal activity in your area through

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Time for a Change! Clocks Fall Back One Hour Tonight!

Set your clocks back one hour tonight before you go to bed. Officially, the time change is at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, November 5, 2017.  Gain an hour of sleep and wake refreshed!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Weekly Tip - Is My Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

A question plaguing many parents is the topic of when to get a cell phone for their child. The answer is not a clear one at all, but rather based on many individual factors about the child and family needs. offers a nice guide with tips and information to consider before diving into a cell phone purchase for your child.

"There are lots of things to think about when parents consider buying kids their first cellphones. Of course the “right time” and the right phone vary by child, his or her maturity level and the family budget. Some parents want their young children to have a phone so they can call or be reached at any time. Others prefer to wait till they're teens. Factors to consider include: whether a child can use a phone with respect for the device, your rules and the people they interact with on it; if he or she can stay within the usage allowances included in the service plan and whether the child knows when to turn the phone off (e.g., at bedtime)."

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Arcadia Police Department Receives Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

The Arcadia Police Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements 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 on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015.  Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement.  The Arcadia Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep Arcadia streets safe.”

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

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

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 15 - 21, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weekly Tip - Halloween Time Traffic Safety

Next Tuesday, Halloween night, and this 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!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pink Patch Project to Benefit City of Hope

The Arcadia Police Department is now part of the Pink Patch Project, joining numerous other agencies in this great public awareness campaign. The Pink Patch Project brings attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. It is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association and public safety agencies throughout the country and beyond. Originating in Southern California, it is quickly becoming an international initiative.

Sales of the APD Pink Patch will benefit the City of Hope in Duarte. Our patches are available for sale at the front counter of APD, $10.00 each. You can also obtain a patch by mailing your payment, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to the Arcadia Police Officers' Association, PO Box 661044, Arcadia CA 91066. Please make checks payable to APOA. For additional information, please contact either Sgt. Brian Ortiz or Sgt. Stan Flores at 626.574.5150.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Red Ribbon Week 2017

Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd-31st, 2017. 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 18, 2017

Weekly Tip - Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake?  Tomorrow, Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 10:19 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 11, 2017

Weekly Tip - Stay Informed About Police Activity in Your Neighborhood!

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.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Weekly Tip - Own a Safe? Bolt It Down!

Safes of all sizes have become readily available for use at home. Whether you are looking to safeguard valuables, weapons, or paperwork, there are many factors to consider when choosing the type of safe your will purchase. Take the time to research this information before you shop!

Once you have the safe, you need to properly secure it in your home. Most safes are designed to be bolted down to floors, heavy duty shelves, or some stationary object like a wall stud. It is important to secure the safe in order to discourage removal from the location. Just like your home, you want to harden the target and make it as difficult to open or remove as possible. Unfortunately, our officers have taken burglary reports where home safes have simply been lifted up, easily removed, and then taken from the location by the thieves.

An online search will reveal many companies offering constructive suggestions and instruction on how to secure a safe within your home or business. Tips on selecting a location can also be found. Bottom line...if you invest in a safe, take the steps necessary to properly secure it in your home!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Weekly Tip - Stay Safe When Buying or Selling Using Mobile Apps and the Internet

Buying and selling items on the Internet has become popular and easy to do with the abundance of mobile apps available today. APD recently designated an Internet Exchange "MeetUp" spot in our station parking lot. The lot has video surveillance and is adjacent to the police station in the south west corner of the parking lot. Our staff does not specifically monitor the camera feed, but like all our feeds, it is view-able live and is recorded. Officers will not mediate or participate in exchanges, but will respond if needed for criminal or suspicious activity.

Here are some tips for conducting a safe Internet exchange:

  • Arrange for the exchange during daylight hours.
  • Always meet in a visible, public area, preferably with recorded surveillance.
  • Avoid transactions at your home and NEVER allow strangers into your home.
  • Know the value of items being bought or sold. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Bring a friend along.
  • Tell someone else where you will be and how long you are expected to be there.
  • If the person is not will to meet at the police station, the transaction probably was not meant to be!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weekly Tip - It's Child Passenger Safety Week. Get a Seat Check-Up!

The week of September 17-23, 2017, is National Child Passenger Safety Week. This week serves as a reminder to parents and everyone who transports kids to make sure that they are properly fitted for their car/booster seats and seat belts. Visit the website for safety tips and links to find a seat check station. Locally, the California Highway Patrol, Baldwin Park Station, and the Glendora Police Department, both offer child seat inspections, by appointment.

Additional resources, restraint laws, and information can be found through SafetyBeltSafe USA /

Friday, September 15, 2017

DUI Roving Patrols - September 15, 2017

Contact: Sgt. K. Cieadlo / 626-574-5475

DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend

Officers from the Arcadia Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, September 15th between the hours of 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

Officers 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 a disturbing 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 can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

The cost of a ride home is cheap!  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Arcadia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcoming our Newest Officer - K9 Officer Kota

Arcadia PD is proud to welcome K9 Officer Kota to the force. Kota graduated from Gold Coast K9 Academy along with his handler, Officer Travis Sargent. Kota is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd and was selected from eastern Europe by Gold Coast K9. He is a confident K9 with strong drive and hunt, and a balanced temperament. Kota is trained as a dual purpose K9 in both Patrol duties and Explosives Detection. 

Thank you to the Arcadia Police Foundation who made possible the funding for purchase and training of Kota. The Foundation also funded K9 Officer Zoli who came on board in 2016.

Weekly Activity Highlights for September 3 - 9, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weekly Tip - STOP for School Bus Red Lights!

School buses are equipped with flashing red lights that are activated by the driver when loading or unloading pupils. California law requires that drivers approaching from either side of the bus must stop and remain stopped while the red lights and stop arms are activated. The only exceptions to the law come into play when the bus is stopped on a roadway with multiple lanes and a divided highway or a raised center divider. If you are approaching from the opposite direction and on the opposite side of the road from the bus on a divided highway, you may proceed. This section, CVC 22454, also applies to private roads. (Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Sheriff)

This law was created for the safety of our students. It is imperative that drivers yield and stop for buses with red lights on. School bus drivers are required to assist pupils when crossing in front of the bus and may appear at any time. Be aware of pedestrians and watch out for darting kids!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Arrest / Crime Trends - Wanted for Residential Burglary

We have posted about the ongoing fight to curb residential burglary in the area. One trend is the "knock knock" burglary where suspects look to find a home where the resident is away by knocking at the front door. When no one answers, the suspect most often makes their way to a secluded portion of the home and makes entry. In some cases, residents will have video evidence and pictures of the suspects. Video cameras and doorbell cameras are great tools as a deterrent in helping to prevent crime and as an investigative tool in many instances. If you have cameras, make sure to take advantage of immediate notifications to your cell phone if the equipment has this feature.

On September 1st, a "knock knock" burglary was committed in the 100 block of West Camino Real Avenue, Arcadia. The female suspect knocked at the front door and ultimately forced entry to the residence by breaking a rear window. The suspect ransacked the master bedroom and left the location in a silver 4-door vehicle.

Please take a look at the pictures below and if you have information on this suspect or the crime, you are asked to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website APD file #17-4493.