Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Double parking and allowing a passenger in or out of your car is a safety hazard. This type of violation is a common target of our Video Enforcement Program. Take a look. Pedestrians in the roadway pose a danger to themselves. Help improve traffic safety around our schools and keep our students safe; DO NOT DOUBLE PARK!
Monday, April 28, 2008
The suspects were described as female Hispanics, both heavy set wearing white "sports" jerseys, either of them were said to be between 25-35 years of age. No suspect vehicle seen.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The origin of the fire is unknown at this time.
The FC Blog has a couple of stories and Frazgo at LA Met Blogs also has an article with photos up and running.
UPDATE - Overnight saw a mandatory evacuation order from Sierra Madre. Their website has been updated and can be linked to above. Our involvement remained as mutual aid, traffic control. No photos here, however, the FC Blog stories have several links with photos from those local to the fire. APD is being used as a pre-deployment area for Area D Mutual Aid Law Enforcement.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Kevin Felt at the PSN reports that there is a book now on sale at the Arcadia Historical Museum dedicated to our past and the development of our community. The book is titled, "Images of America: Arcadia" and boasts over 200 photos dating from the 1800's to present. The book was researched and written by a group of Arcadia Historical Society Members.
We have found quite a collection of historical photos from the Police Department and are in the process of cataloging and storing them. In the coming weeks, we will start a series of blog entries showcasing some of these old photographs. The photos are a great example of where our Department has been, the advances that have taken place, the men and women that served before us and deserve to be shared for everyone to appreciate.
Arcadia PD employs a full-time Evidence Technician who is well versed in many aspects of Crime Scene Investigation, or in today's lingo, "CSI". In order for the Tech to transport all the needed equipment, we invested in a nicely outfitted CSI van. The van can carry photo and video equipment, scene processing items such as assorted printing tools or fuming kits and much more. There is also a roof mounted platform for above ground, outdoor photography. Our Tech is certified in fingerprint identification and assists outside agencies as well as APD. The majority of crime scene processing is handled by the Officer on scene, but when there is a call of significance or large scale, we will utilize the services of our very own CSI unit.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This letter is indeed authorized and on our behalf. This style donation letter is the only solicitation that we authorize.
If you receive any phone solicitation that refers to the Arcadia Police Department or Arcadia Police Officers' Association, it is not on our behalf. If you are ever asked for personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers or birth dates over the phone, DO NOT furnish this information unless you initiated the phone call.
We thank you for your continued support!
Saturday, May 31st from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Arcadia Police Station, 250 West Huntington Drive
Stop by the Police Station to learn about public safety operations. Take a tour, visit with your Police Officers and pick up lots of great safety tips and information about law enforcement, crime prevention and City services in general. Call (626)574-5174 for more information.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The US Postal Service works with local Law Enforcement to combat and prosecute those responsible for stealing your identity, services and goods. Take a look at the US Postal Inspection Service website for more VALUABLE INFORMATION to help prevent identity theft.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
If you have any information, please call the Detective Bureau at (626)574-5160.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
In November 2007, Osaka Ya was the site of a tragic killing of the former owner, Jason Wei, during a robbery at the restaurant. There is no known connection to the two events at this time.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This IS NOT a passing lane. It is not uncommon to find drivers using the two-way left turn lane on El Monte Avenue for passing stopped traffic waiting in line at stop signs. This is a violation and will be cited. It is also illegal to use this style lane for passing slower traffic.
In order to make a lawful left turn, you must enter this middle lane and then complete the turn. Making a left turn across the middle lane from through traffic would be considered an improper turning movement.
Crossing the middle lane and entering the through traffic is acceptable when entering the roadway from an intersecting driveway, alley or property. It would be allowable to enter the middle lane and wait for traffic to clear in order to safely enter the flow of through traffic as well.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Update - No structures damaged, one fire fighter suffered minor injury and the brush fire was limited to a hill above Foothills Middle School. The source of the fire is under investigation by AFD Arson Investigators.
Folks will stop and ask, "What kind of motorcycle is that?" or "Does that Charger have a HEMI?" We'll give you a look at the various vehicles that we use at APD.
The Traffic Bureau has four motorcycles dedicated to the program. Two 2002-2003 BMW 1150RT's, one of which is used as a spare and a training bike, a 2006 BMW 1200RT-P and a 2006 Honda 1300ST. BMW and Honda seem to be taking over the California market for Law Enforcement motors in recent years, partially due to the use of the BMW by the California Highway Patrol. Harley Davidson has introduced several models but the HD wave has not rolled through the west coast. Although articles and numbers show that HD dominates the east coast. The old Kawasaki 1000 was the service bike of choice in the 80's and 90's but the company failed to come out with new models to compete with BMW and Honda.
These bikes are well suited for City use. They handle well, have great acceleration and the BMW even has ABS braking. Police bikes may not have the top speed of sport bikes, but when you combine excellent training, great motorcycles, radios, air support and all the resources available to Law Enforcement, you can't beat 'em.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Realizing the growing attention to Internet based media, i.e. "blogs", the APOA turned to the computer to reach out and initiate contact with the community. One of the first blogs to acknowledge the APOA was the Foothill Cities Blog. The FC Blog ran a couple of articles with letters written on behalf of the APOA with a little bit of editorial input from the blog writers themselves. Comments began to flow and conversation was stimulated, pro and con. The Crime Scene Blog, part of the San Gabriel Valley News (Tribune/Star News), also ran several pieces highlighting the APOA. Crime Scene's author, Frank Girardot, is never shy with comments, but delivers very timely information related to police activity throughout the SGV. And the Inside Out Arcadia Blog also highlighted the position and argument on behalf of the APOA.
Each of these various media outlets played a role in our public outreach. The writers, reporters and all those who commented, all deserve a "Thank You" from the APOA.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
In the end, the RESULTS were telling early on, with Chandler and Kovacic stealing the show. Congratulations to both Mr. Chandler and Mr. Kovacic.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We hope to give our community and anyone visiting our blog, a little insight into the daily events that our Officers respond to, thoughts and perceptions from our members and the current happenings within the Arcadia Police Department. The site will continue to evolve and grow. Enjoy!