Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Letter from APOA President Troy Hernandez

December 21, 2010

Dear Community and Fellow APOA Members,

For the last six years, it has been both an honor and a privilege to serve as the President of the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association. During this time, I have developed and fostered personal and professional relationships that I hold near and dear to my heart. The great citizens of our community have been extremely supportive and for that, I am forever thankful.

As we move into 2011, we will see the leadership in the APOA change, welcoming in four new Board Directors who will join Directors Dan Crowther and John Jurman. The incoming Directors are; Luis Vicuna, Andrew Pruhs, Christian Blesch, and Larry Peralta. The new APOA Board will select the next President and Vice-President, replacing outgoing VP Mike Hale and me. I also wish to thank our outgoing Directors, Phil Pierce and Kollin Cieadlo, for their hard work and dedication to the APOA.

The Arcadia Police Officers’ Association is committed to the betterment of our people as we believe in the community we serve. We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing fear and the incidence of crime. We believe in treating all people with respect and dignity as our residents are our most important resource. We strive to achieve the highest level of quality in all aspects of our service, as integrity is our standard.


Troy Hernandez
President, Arcadia Police Officers’ Association

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Arcadia Police Department Honors Police Officer & Civilian of the Year for 2010

The Arcadia Police Department awarded their annual Police Officer of the Year and the Civilian Employee of the Year awards last night at the annual Police Association Christmas party. For 2010, the award recipients were Officer John Jurman and Logistical Services Officer Cris Hoefflin.

Officer John Jurman is pictured above left, along with Chief Bob Sanderson. Officer Jurman is a tenured member of the Department and is currently assigned to the Traffic Bureau. John was recognized for his service to the Department, the Police Association (APOA), and the community. John headed up the Arcadia Police Department Relay for Life team in 2010, spearheading our fundraising efforts to fight cancer. Most recently, John took it upon himself to seek donations from fellow personnel in order to purchase a market gift card for a family in need that he had come upon during a work shift, going above and beyond the normal call of duty.

Logistical Services Officer Cris Hoefflin was awarded the Arcadia Police Department, Civilian of the Year award for his service and dedication to not only the Department, but to his fellow employees, as well. Cris is our "go to" person and truly keeps our agency running on a daily basis. Cris is never without a friendly welcome and a smile to match. Whenever there is a task to be dealt with or a job to be done in our facility, Cris makes it happen. Pictured below, left to right are: Mike Hale, APOA Vice-President; Troy Hernandez, APOA President; Cris Hoefflin; and Chief Bob Sanderson.

Congratulations to both Officer John Jurman and to Logistical Services Officer Cris Hoefflin on their deserving awards! A special thank you to Matt Denny's Ale House in Arcadia for hosting the event, to Cake Shenanigans by Sarah Turner for dessert, and to Designs by Kelly for the centerpieces.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chief Bob Sanderson Lands in Arcadia MDA "Lock-Up"

Arcadia Police Chief Bob Sanderson spent some time in the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) "Lock-Up" today at BJ's Restaurant in Arcadia. Chief Sanderson's goal was to reach a bail of $1,250 in MDA donations. The Arcadia Police Officer's Association kicked in with a $500 donation to the MDA and the Chief far surpassed his goal, raising $2,600 by this afternoon. Congrats to the Chief and we are glad to have him back.

For additional information and photos, visit the Official APD Blog post HERE.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Will Never Forget

Today is the ninth anniversary of the attacks on our Country that took place on September 11, 2001. Please take a moment to remember all those that lost their lives, suffered, or endured tragedy on that day. We will never forget!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beat the Heat!

The San Gabriel Valley is under an excessive heat watch this week. Did you know that the Arcadia Senior Center is a dedicated L.A. County Cooling Center? The Senior Center is located at 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia. HERE is a link to the list of County Cooling Centers.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In Remembrance of Arcadia Police Reserve Officer Mike Daleo

Arcadia Police Reserve Officer Mike Daleo passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010, after a short but harsh battle with cancer. Mike's loving family was with him in the last few days and his wife Marilyn was at his side the entire way. Mike is survived by his wife Marilyn, their son Tim and daughter-in-law Tiffany, daughter Jennifer and husband TJ Forman, step-grandchildren Lindy and Colton, and grandson Nolan Michael.

Mike Daleo was also APD's Crime Analyst, having established the Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) in 1994. Mike's expertise quickly grew and his services to the Department were immense. Not only did Arcadia benefit from Mike and the CAU, but his talents and services were utilized by numerous police agencies throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

A Police Reserve for 34 years, Mike was not only active in the Reserve Association, but with the APOA as well. Mike and Marilyn were always in attendance at APOA functions and Mike never missed a chance to play in a charity golf tournament or bowling event. Mike was also very active in the community, participating in the Lions Club, the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, the Arcadia HS Music Club, and many other local groups and activities. One of his favorite hobbies was building and maintaining his '56 Chevy Bel Air, which he took great pride in. This was to be his year, taking the '56 to Reno for the "Hot August Nights" show.

We all said goodbye to Mike in a beautiful service at Rose Hills Memorial Park on Friday, July 30, 2010. The service was followed by a graveside memorial and interment. During the service, it was noted that Mike's final resting place overlooks a pond on the grounds of Rose Hills. Mike would like the view very much as it resembles the many rounds of golf shared with his family and friends. Rest in peace Mike, we will all miss you!

For some nice photos of Mike's service at Rose Hills, link to a posting on Facebook by Retired Lab Tech Chet King.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Please enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day! Remember that all fireworks are unlawful in the City of Arcadia, even "safe & sane."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Big "Thank You" to Stacked Sandwich

Mike and Kai-Ya of Stacked Sandwich in Arcadia deserve a big "Thank You" from the APOA. Mike was one of our first business donors in the support of the APOA Relay for Life team. Back in early May, Mike offered up two days where 50% of the lunch procedes were donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Arcadia, Team APOA. Stacked Sandwich donated about $400.00 to the cause. Thanks to Mike and Kai-Ya for their support to both the APOA and Relay for Life.

2010 Relay for Life of Arcadia

The Arcadia Police Officers' Association proudly participated in the 2010 Relay for Life of Arcadia held this past weekend at the Santa Anita Race Track. Members of the APOA team raised in excess of $7,500.00 to benefit the American Cancer Society. This years event was dedicated to two of our co-workers, Arcadia Fire Department Captain Andy Troncale and Firefighter Gerry Martin who have both been stricken with cancer.

The APOA team was headed by Motor Officer John Jurman (pictured above left) who coordinated the APOA participation. Thanks to John for taking the lead! And, a big thanks to the Outback Restaurant of Arcadia for providing dinner to our team on Saturday night. The Arcadia Community was well represented for this worthwhile event with over 700 walkers taking part.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Vote YES to Extend Arcadia's Lighting Assessment District

Without a property-owner approved extension, the City must seriously consider cuts to essential City services, such as police protection, fire and emergency medical response services, street maintenance, library services, and youth/senior programs in order to keep the street lights on and properly maintained.

Arcadia residents value a safe, well-maintained City. Our safe, well lit streets help to maintain stable neighborhoods and property values, and keep Arcadia’s neighborhoods and commercial areas desirable places to live and do business.

Renewing funding for the City’s street lights will assist in maintaining the safety and character of our neighborhoods, schools, parks, and commercial districts.

The APOA encourages all residents to respond with a YES vote to extend Arcadia's Lighting Assessment District.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

To those that are serving and those that have served, we wish you the best on this Memorial Day 2010. To the men and women who served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice, we salute you! Take the time to say "Thanks" to our vets and current members of our military, not just today, but everyday.

Remember to proudly display your American Flag at half-staff today, from sunrise to noon in honor of our service personnel who have given their lives for our Country.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Remembering One of Our Own

At 5:30 am, this past Wednesday, April 28, 2010, Sergeant Paul Harrington completed his final shift. Paul was 85 years old and was a very proud member of the United States Marines Corps. He participated in numerous landings in the South Pacific during WWII as he fought to maintain our freedom that we enjoy today. Paul joined the Arcadia Police Department on March 18, 1957 and rose to the rank of Sergeant before retiring in August 1980.

Some kind words from Retired Captain Rick Sandona; "Paul was a class act and loved the Arcadia Police Department and the citizens of Arcadia. I remember him well as he took this young rookie cop under his wings and gave him friendship and guidance."

Sergeant Paul Harrington will be cremated and laid to rest at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Kona Hawaii. Thank you Paul for your service and dedication to the Arcadia Police Department and the Arcadia Community.

In Memory of a Fallen Local Hero

Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stand watch over the memorial for slain hero Deputy David March. Yesterday was the anniversary of the murder of Deputy March who was killed during a traffic stop on Live Oak Avenue, east of Peck Road, on April 29, 2002. 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. The APOA would like to take a moment and ask everyone to remember this local fallen hero.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Balls O' Fire Celebrity Bowling Tournament 2010

Members of the Arcadia Police Officers' Association participated once again in the annual Balls O' Fire Celebrity Bowling Tournament to benefit the Foothill Aids Project (FAP). The event was held last Sunday at Deer Creek Lanes in Rancho Cucamonga.

Each year, the tournament also hosts a friendly competition between Law Enforcement and fire agencies, awarding the "Guns & Hoses" trophy to the winning team. The APOA team came in first place, taking home the trophy.

Our celebrity bowlers included Rad Daly (pictured above left), an actor who will be appearing in the "A-TEAM" movie later this year, Kelly Edge, host of "Decorating Cents" on HGTV, LPGA Golfer Kim Kouwabunrat, and Allen Maldonado, an actor from television's "The Young and the Restless." Kim is pictured below center along with the APOA Team, Detective Phil Pierce, Lieutenant Paul Foley, Kim Kouvabunrat, Cadet Aida Vazquez, and Sergeant Tom Le Veque (L to R). Kelly Edge took home the first place trophy for celebrity women and Tom Le Veque came in second place in the patron men's division (pictured above right).

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Wishing the best to everyone during this Easter holiday. In addition to all those on the road with the holiday weekend, many schools are out for spring break. Take care on the roads and travel safely. Happy Easter!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Upcoming City Council Election

The latest Arcadia City Council Candidate forum was held at the Arcadia Women's Club last Tuesday evening, March 23, 2010. Troy Henandez and I attended the forum and wish to thank the forum sponsors: the Arcadia Women's Club, the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, the Arcadia Association of Realtors, and the Arcadia Weekly. The forum was hosted by the owner of Arcadia's Best, a local influential blogger, Scott Hettrick. While the Arcadia Weekly delivered a forum recap in yesterday's edition, the Pasadena Star News opted to offer only an opinion, naming their candidate choices. Scott Hettrick took issue with the PSN editorial and authored his own response on Arcadia's Best, citing blatant lapses in the PSN opinion piece. I believed that the forum was civil, informative, and left me with no doubt that the APOA has chosen to endorse the right candidates.

The Arcadia Police Officers' Association is built on unity, strength, honor, and integrity. Our membership, the men and women of your Police Department, are committed to each other, to our Department, our Association, and the Community that we serve. We work toward enhancing public safety and providing the highest level of service to all.

Our ability to deliver excellence to the Community is based on many factors, which indeed include support from City officials, members of the Community, and our City Council. Bearing this in mind, it is our responsibility to support political candidates that not only mirror our values as a group, but candidates that will deliver the same excellence in service that you demand of your Police Officers. Any successful organization is based on cohesive teams of people working together toward common goals. We have been lucky to have had leadership from top to bottom in this City in recent years and much of that credit goes to our current City Manager, Don Penman, and our Police Chief, Bob Sanderson.

Not that long ago, our Department was at a low point in morale and our staffing levels had reached all time lows with Officer positions being vacated right and left. At one point, our Department was down 18 of 75 Officers, putting a huge burden on staffing, overtime, and specialized programs. These factors contributed greatly to the APOA's diligent efforts to bring public safety to the forefront in the Community eye. We not only gained Community support, but a majority of then sitting City Councilmen, City Management, and APOA leadership worked TOGETHER to resolve contractual and personnel issues haunting us at the time.

Since then, the Arcadia Police Officers' Association has been called on by City management and City Council to step forward, TOGETHER, backing Measure A, State propositions, and to make employee concessions during these tough economic times. The APOA enjoys this excellent working relationship with our City family that includes our City Council and the Community.

The Arcadia Police Officers' Association stands firm in endorsing Sho Tay, Mickey Segal, and Bob Harbicht for Arcadia City Council. These three men will work TOGETHER looking toward the future and bringing excellence in service to the City of Arcadia.

Tom Le Veque, APOA

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

No Shortage of Firefighter Applicants

If you passed City Hall early this morning, you undoubtedly noticed a long line of folks and sleeping bags. No, it was not a City sponsored camp out, it was a few hundred people waiting in line for Arcadia Firefighter applications. The City handed out about 200+ applications early today. It is unknown how many spots are expected to be filled.

Good luck to all the applicants. Law Enforcement statistics show that on average 2 out of 100 applicants become Police Officers. I wonder what the percentages are for fire applicants?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

APOA and St. Baldrick's Day

The annual St. Baldrick's Day celebration was held last night at Matt Denny's Ale House & Restaurant in Arcadia. Over $40,000.00 in donations were received by the St. Baldrick's Foundation that was founded to help fight childhood cancer. Dozens of Arcadia Police Officers and Firefighters, both on and off-duty gathered in support of the fundraiser. Take a look at photos of the event on the APD Facebook page. It was a joy to see the smiles on the children's faces as they rode in on the Fire Engine and helped in shaving the heads of Arcadia's Finest! The video above is from myFOXla.com and reporter Susan Hirasuna. Special thanks to Matt Denny's and Salon Del Sol.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Letter in Support of Candidates

February 25, 2010

Dear Resident,

On February 17th, 2010, the men and women of the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association met with 4 of the 6 candidates vying for 3 City Council seats. Each candidate was given the opportunity to speak about their campaign as well as answer important questions from our general membership. In attendance were candidates: Mickey Segal, Bob Harbicht, Peter Amundson and Sho Tay. After much discussion and a review with the general membership, the Arcadia Police Offices’ Association unanimously voted to officially endorse and support Mickey Segal, Bob Harbicht and Sho Tay.

Our decision to back these candidates was easy. We believe in the community we serve. We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing fear and the incidence of crime. We believe in treating all people with respect and dignity as our residents are our most important resource. We strive to achieve the highest level of quality in all aspects of our service, as integrity is our standard. Mickey Segal, Bob Harbicht and Sho Tay share this mission. On behalf of the men and women of the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association, it is my honor and privilege to endorse these gentlemen as candidates for the Arcadia City Council.


Troy Hernandez
President, Arcadia Police Officers’ Association


Thursday, February 18, 2010

APOA Endorses Arcadia City Council Candidates

Members of the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association gathered Wednesday, February 17, 2010 for a general membership meeting. This meeting highlighted upcoming City Council elections to be held on April 13, 2010. At stake are three seats on the Arcadia City Council. The APOA was approached by four of the six candidates who sought endorsement from our membership. Candidates Sho Tay, Bob Harbicht, Peter Amundson, and Mickey Segal each addressed the membership and participated individually in a “Q&A” session. The meeting was informative and provided us a great opportunity to interact and speak with each of the candidates.

After listening to the candidates and discussion amongst the membership, members voted unanimously to endorse and support Bob Harbicht, Mickey Segal, and Sho Tay for election to Arcadia City Council on April 13, 2010. We look forward to continuing to participate in the campaign process and assisting our candidates in their successful election to City Council.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine's Day

We celebrate two holidays today with both the Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day falling on the same date in 2010. The men and women of the APOA wish you the best for both these occasions. Happy Chinese New Year 2010, the Year of the Tiger, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Celebrate safely, enjoy the day but please remember to be responsible. Don't Drink and Drive!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Arcadia Council Cadidates Start Early

Aside from old school print media coverage, advertisements and letters to the editor, our City Council candidates have new outlets for exposure, airing their views and hopefully, conversation. Arcadia's Best has opened blog space on their website for the candidates and four have taken advantage of the Internet to voice their opinions. A couple have even snipped back and forth already.

Members of the Arcadia Police Officers' Association will be able to listen to and question the position of several candidates who have expressed interest in addressing our membership. The candidates will appear at a membership meeting later this month. While we understand that City Council does not work directly with the APOA, it is important to maintain open lines of communication. We saw great strides made in the last few years in this arena and the APOA is thankful to the current City Council members that reached out to our membership.

It is evident early on that there are concerns in the community and positions being stated by City Council candidates that either directly impact our membership or in which our members play a vital role in. Such as traffic enforcement and engineering issues, budget and state of the City, crime prevention and what types of crime trends are being seen in Arcadia. These are all important issues, along with many others, that impact the community and we urge those of you in the City to listen to each position but more importantly, research and learn what is not only the best for the City of Arcadia but what is realistic and attainable. Don't let campaign rhetoric cloud the issues.

Where is the Tuesday Tip?

The APOA "Tuesday Tip" posts will be moving. We will be starting a "Weekly Tip" on the APD Blog. Check back tomorrow on the APD Blog for this weeks tip on "Unmarked Police Units."

Past tips will remain in the archives and searchable by topic by using the tab at the top of the page.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Arcadia Police Department Opens Up to Social Media

The Arcadia Police Department officially opened up to the use of Social Media this last week with Chief Bob Sanderson authorizing a new Department Blog and use of Facebook and Twitter in conjunction with our Nixle Community Wire. This move forward will mean additional access to the community and many more ways to interact with the Arcadia Police Department. Visit the official APD Blog HERE.

Our APOA Blog will continue to be published with a shift in focus to highlight more Association related news and updates, membership activity, local politics, and City related business. The weekly tips and APD activity will move to the official APD Blog. With almost two years of blogging and over 500 posts, the APOA Blog continues to contribute toward our Department motto, "Making a Difference."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Tip - Personal Safety

With several recent violent robberies taking place, people have asked how can they prevent becoming a victim and what to do should they be confronted. Answers are not easy and every situation is different but here are some basic tips that may help:
  • Awareness & Avoidance - Not enough can be said for being aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park, DO NOT settle into a fog and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around. Scan the area before you head out. Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious persons parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store and report the activity and your observations to security or store staff. The highlighted title above will link you to a previous tip on being safe in your home for additional tips and thoughts.
  • Be a Good Witness - If you see a crime or fall victim, be the best witness that you can be. Without good suspect descriptions it is difficult for police to conduct follow-up, apprehend criminals and hopefully help prevent others from becoming future victims. Basic physical descriptions such as hair color and style, height, weight and build, clothing color and type, suspect vehicle description and license plate, direction of travel, are all things that a responding police officer will ask for. Try and make note of anything specific to the suspect such as tattoos, scars, piercings or perhaps damage in a particular location on a suspect vehicle.
  • Consider the Stakes - If this is a property crime and you are in fear for your safety, give up the purse, the wallet, the car. Your personal well-being is much more valuable than your property. Property can be replaced, you can't.
  • Make a Scene! - Drawing attention to yourself and more importantly to the suspect can not only deter the crime but also bring forward other witnesses and possibly help. Yell, scream, use a whistle, run away...
  • Don't be a Target - Walk with a purpose and look about surveying your surroundings. Carry your keys and whistle in your hand, not buried in your purse. This allows you to immediately open your vehicle, set off your car alarm if needed, or perhaps use the keys to slash at your attacker if you are being physically assaulted. Keep your purse tucked under your shoulder, not dangling down or sitting unattended in a cart.

Query the topic of personal safety on-line. There are many quality sites that offer additional advice and products that can bolster your safety. Best overall advice...Awareness and Avoidance!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Students Injured in Collision

Officers were called to the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Second Avenue at about 8:00 AM on report of three pedestrians struck by a vehicle. A vehicle travelling south on Second Avenue was making a left turn to eastbound Foothill Boulevard and struck three females walking north in the crosswalk. All three girls suffered minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The three girls were all middle school students walking to school. The cause of the collision is being investigated by Arcadia Police.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Third Parking Lot Robbery

Thieves targeted a female victim who was loading groceries in her trunk while parked in the lot of 99 Ranch Market for the third robbery in a week. The suspects vehicle pulled up behind the victim and the passenger suspect leaned out of the vehicle grabbing the victim's purse from her arm. The suspects dragged the victim about 30 feet as they drove off before she was able to break free from the purse. The victim suffered minor injuries in the incident but was unable to furnish a good description of the suspects. She did describe the suspect vehicle as a 1980-90's burgundy vehicle, possibly a Buick Century.

APD is investigating two other robberies occurring at this location where the suspect vehicle was described as being maroon or burgundy in color. The first occurred on January 20th and the second happened on Friday, January 22nd. Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Good Weekend Activity Summary from Arcadia's Best

Arcadia's Best has a nice summary of the weekend activity for APD posted on their website. The activity included an injury pedestrian collision on Huntington Drive, multiple arrests for grant Theft Auto and other crimes, as well as information on a fatal crash on the IS 210 freeway which was handled by the California Highway Patrol.

Second Robbery in Parking Lot of 99 Ranch Market

Early Friday evening at about 6:20 PM (Jan 22nd) a female became the second robbery victim in three days in the parking lot of the 99 Ranch Market located in the 1300 block south Golden West. A burgundy 4-door sedan pulled along side the female while she walked in the parking lot toward her car. A male passenger leaned out and grabbed the victim's purse, forcing it away from the victim. The suspect vehicle then drove off exiting the lot to eastbound on Duarte Road. The victim described the suspect passenger as a male Hispanic, 30's, 5'-08"/165 lbs, wearing a black jacket.

The first robbery occurred on Wednesday at about 3;30 PM when a female victim was knocked to the ground and kicked by a suspect. The loss was also a purse in that robbery. In both robberies the suspect vehicle is described as a 4-door, maroon or burgundy in color.

Tuesday Tip - Dog Licenses

In the City of Arcadia, licenses are required for all dogs over the age of four months. They may be purchased on a yearly basis for a charge of $20 for non-spayed animals; $10 for spayed animals and $5 for senior citizens with spayed animals. Licenses may be obtained at the Cashier's Office at Arcadia City Hall or at the Pasadena Humane Society(PHS). Link to the PHS application form HERE

Prior to completing the application process, you may call PHS at (626) 792-7151 ext. 115 to verify that you are indeed in their service area and within the City of Arcadia. Residents who live in the unincorporated area of Arcadia are serviced by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. The Baldwin Park shelter is the local county facility and they can be reached at (626) 962-3577.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downed Tree Damages Cars and Garage

A large tree went down in today's weather shortly before 3:00 PM in the 2000 block of Highland Oaks Drive. There were no injuries but the tree did fall on two vehicles and a portion of a residential garage causing damage. Arcadia City personnel were assessing damage late this afternoon. (Photo courtesy V. Whalen)

Robbery in Parking Lot of 99 Ranch Market

A woman was leaving the 99 Ranch Market located in the 1300 block of South Golden West at about 3:30 PM yesterday when she was grabbed from behind and pushed to the ground. A male suspect kicked her in the face and grabbed her purse, running off with a second suspect. The incident occurred as the woman was walking with groceries back to her vehicle parked in the parking lot.

The first suspect was described as a male Asian, 40's, 5'-06", clean shaven, short dark hair, wearing a purple and red jacket and black pants. The second suspect was only described as a male. A possible suspect vehicle was said to be a maroon colored, older 4 door, possibly a Nissan Sentra. Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Help Deny Parole for Killer of LAPD Metro Officer Jim Pagliotti

APOA President Troy Hernandez authored the below letter addressed to the Parole Board to help in the fight to deny parole to the killer of Los Angeles Police Department Metro Officer Jim Pagliotti. A hearing is set for late February for Louis Belvin Jr. The APOA joins the LAPPL in asking for the public's help in keeping this killer behind bars. Please write to the Parole Board at the below address referencing your dissent toward the release of Belvin #H33133.

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison
900 Quebec Avenue
Corcoran, Ca 93212

Dear Parole Board Members:

I am writing this letter on behalf of the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association to express our voice and concern reference Louis Belvin’s (#H33133) parole eligibility. Over 30 years ago a valued life was viciously and uncaringly taken from this earth. That day, Monday, June 22, 1987, Police Officer III James H. Pagliotti made the ultimate surrender. Officer Pagliotti’s self-sacrificing actions to protect the citizens of the City of Los Angeles and his fellow officers will never be forgotten. In 1987 alone, there were 182 total line of duty deaths. Of the 182 deaths, 75 were from hostile gunfire. Mr. Belvin was responsible for 1 of those deaths. His actions on that horrific day were specific, evil, selfish and unforgivable.

It goes without saying that every Police Officer knows that he or she may not return home at night to see their family and friends. Please do not allow Mr. Belvin to make that thought become reality again for another Police Officer. We are asking that the board deny Mr. Belvin his right to commit felonious crimes once again and to protect the innocent citizens whom he would prey on.

Respectfully Submitted,

Det T. Hernandez
President, APOA

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Theft Suspects Wanted

The two females pictured here have committed at least two distraction thefts at businesses in Arcadia over the last month. The women enter the store accompanied with young children, a male and a female. One suspect will distract the clerk or employee while the other suspect steals items from the sales counter and takes cash from the register.

The females are described as being in their mid 30's, 5'6"-5'7", 140-180 lbs, brown hair, possibly dyed blond. A possible vehicle associated with the pair is a dark colored Toyota pick-up truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160. Refer case #'s 09-6854 or 10-0345.

Security Guard Arrested for Burglary

Officers arrived in the 600 block of West Duarte Road last Sunday night to meet with the victim of an auto burglary. During the investigation, a witness came forward and pointed out a parking lot security guard that was the possible suspect. Officers contacted the guard and found a purse and other evidence stolen in the auto burglary inside the guard's vehicle. A 46-year old male from Los Angeles was arrested and booked at APD on suspicion of auto burglary. The incident occurred shortly after 9:00 PM.

Tuesday Tip - Buyer Beware

Have you ever been approached in a mall or store parking lot when someone asks if you would like to buy a "home theatre system" or perhaps some jewelry? A would-be scam artist took it a bit further last week in Arcadia, walking through businesses offering to sell victims a "new" Apple iPhone and other Apple products. A quick thinking witness called the police and the suspect was arrested with several phony items. The suspect told officers that he purchased the known counterfeit items in Los Angeles, hoping to sell them for profit to unsuspecting victims.

This type of activity takes place not only via the Internet but also in person. Suspects will drive around with quantities of either stolen or sometimes counterfeit items and offer them at what seems like a "steal" of a price. Be leery of anyone who approaches you offering items for sale. Some knockoff items may look convincing. If you can't verify the legitimacy of an item and are not purchasing it from a reputable source, you really have no options once you are duped. Remember the old saying, if it seems to good to be true... Buyer Beware!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Suspect Arrested with Phony Apple Products

On Sunday afternoon, January 10th, at about 1:20 PM, a lone male suspect entered a business in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue and offered to sell the employees an assortment of Apple iPhones and Nanos at a discounted price. One of the employees thought that this was suspicious and called APD. Officers arrived and detained the suspect who was in possession of over a half dozen counterfeit Apple products. A 29-year old Los Angeles man was taken into custody and booked at APD on felony charges.

This serves as a good warning and reminds us, "buyer beware." Look for the "Tuesday Tip" next week to cover this type of scam.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Purse & Phone Stolen in Street Robbery

A 20-year old female victim was walking home after exiting a bus when she was approached by a male suspect on foot demanding her purse. The suspect grabbed the victim's purse forcing it away from her, fleeing to an awaiting vehicle. The incident occurred on Saturday night, January 9th, at about 9:00 PM, near Tenth Avenue and Longden Avenue in Arcadia.

The suspect is described as a male, African American, 20's, short dark hair, 5'-05"/thin, dark complected, wearing dark clothing. The suspect vehicle was described as an older model 4-door, possibly silver, with a partial license plate similar to "527." The driver was also a male, African American, heavy set.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626)574-5160.

Tuesday Tip - Census Bureau Scams

Be Cautious About Giving Info to Apparent Census Workers

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home. See HERE for tips on being safe in your home.

Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit www.bbb.org

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Arrest and Stolen Vehicle Recovery Result from ALPR Hit

Officers arrested a male driver and female passenger in a stolen vehicle yesterday after receiving a "hit" on a police unit equipped with an automated license plate reader (ALPR). The stolen vehicle alert came in while the unit was conducting patrol in the area of Live Oak and Tyler in South Arcadia at about 3:30 PM. Officers conducted a stop on the stolen car and took the duo into custody without incident. The vehicle had been stolen out of the LASD Temple Station area within the week prior. A 37 year old male resident of Los Angeles and a 47 year old female from Arcadia were booked at APD.

2009 Totals for APD

Calls for Service - 50,371

Formal Investigations - 7,092

Arrests - 1,417

Tuesday Tip - New Laws for 2010

There are a few new laws that will take effect in 2010 that you need to be aware of. A couple have to do with higher fees for drivers license and vehicle licenses, one law allows video screens in the drivers compartment if not visible to the driver, vehicle impoundment as public nuisance, a pilot program to require ignition interlock devices for DUI convictions, and making permanent the "slow down, move over" section in the California Vehicle Code. The Automobile Club of Southern California has posted the new laws in their News & Views section of their website. Take a look at the AAA site for more detail on these new laws.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tragic End to Missing Person Case

Julius Tinley Jr. was reported missing to Arcadia Police over the New Years holiday by his family. Mr. Tinley was 81 years old and was last seen on New Years Eve. Shortly after midnight this morning, a California Highway Patrol Officer located Mr. Tinley's vehicle parked in a turnout on Highway 18, about 10 miles south of Big Bear. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department arrived thereafter, assisted in the investigation and contacted the Arcadia Police Department who dispatched an Officer and Detectives to the scene. Members of the SBSD Search and Rescue Unit discovered the victim, deceased, over 300 feet down the snow and ice covered slope from the turnout. SBSD helicopters assisted in recovering the victim. Foul play is not suspected and it appears that this was a tragic accident. The final cause of death will be determined by the Coroner's Division of SBSD. The victim's family said that Mr. Tinley loved the outdoors and visited the mountains often.

Thank you to the members of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, both sworn and volunteer, that assisted in this investigation. Mr. Tinley is pictured above along with members of the SBSD.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Best Wishes for the New Year

The APOA wishes everyone the best for the upcoming New Year. New Years is a time for celebrating with friends and family. Please remember to party and drink responsibly throughout the holiday. Don’t drink and drive!

Jan’s Towing offers a program called “Tipsy Tow” throughout the San Gabriel Valley. If you have been drinking and are unable to drive, Jan’s will dispatch a driver to take both you and your car home for free. Call Jan’s Towing at (626) 334-1383 for details.

Remember to report drunk drivers to your local police or dial 911 if you suspect someone of driving under the influence.

Enjoy the New Year and be safe!