Pasadena Police Department (California)
|Pasadena Police Department|
Patch of the Pasadena Police Department
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Pasadena in the state of California, USA|
|Size||23.2 square miles (60 km2)|
|Agency executive||Police Chief, Phillip L. Sanchez|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Pasadena Police Department is the police department serving Pasadena, California. The headquarters of the Pasadena Police Department is located at 207 North Garfield Avenue in Pasadena, just a block from the Pasadena City Hall and Paseo Colorado. The department employs 241 sworn officers, 13 reserve officers, and 126 civilian employees. The police chief is Phillip L. Sanchez, who has held the position since 2010 and previously served as deputy chief of the Santa Monica Police Department.
The Pasadena Police Department was founded in 1886. The department was one of the first police departments to have female police officers. In 2006, Commander Marilyn Diaz left PPD to become the police chief for Sierra Madre, California, becoming Los Angeles County's first female municipal police chief.
In 2004, the Pasadena Unified School District dismantled the Pasadena Unified School District Police Department, amidst budget cuts. As a result the Pasadena Police Department took over police services for the Pasadena Unified School District and PPD's division on PUSD schools is known as the Safe Schools Team, which is made of eight sworn members—one sergeant and seven officers.
The department utilizes primarily the Orange County Sheriff's Academy in Tustin for academy training. PPD also utilizes the Rio Hondo Regional Police Academy in Whittier.
PPD has been using Tasers since mid-June 2004.
Three years after the deployment of Tasers, 36-year-old Richard Baisner of Arcadia died after being Tasered once by a Pasadena Police Officer. Baisner was Tasered after resisting arrest against PPD officers. After using "soft restraints" on him while on a gurney, Baisner stopped breathing. An autopsy for the exact cause of death is pending.
The department began air operations in 1969 and was one of the first members of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.
In 1999, the department expanded its operations by creating the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST), working with nine nearby city police departments by providing air support to cities that could not afford it. Besides Pasadena, cities participating in FAST are Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Covina, Monrovia, Glendora, San Marino, South Pasadena, and West Covina. Each of the nine cities provides an officer, whose duties include observing, monitoring radio frequency for all participating cities, navigating, and coordinating ground units.
Using a strategy developed by Sergeant Mike Ingram, PPD Air Support and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District use PPD helicopters to check swimming pools in 23 cities to ensure cleanliness and to prevent the West Nile Virus.
On 17 November 2012, a police helicopter struck another on the ground at the department's heliport, injuring five people. Both aircraft suffered considerable damage.
Some nearby departments rely on the Pasadena Police Department if any department lacks resources.
- Pasadena City College Police and Safety Services - Patrols property of the Pasadena Area Community College District with seven officers and 85 cadets. Officers are not armed, but have direct radio contact with the Pasadena Police Department.
- South Pasadena Police Department - Jurisdiction in the city of South Pasadena with 35 officers. PPD provides air support for the city of South Pasadena. South Pasadena used the Pasadena City Jail and the Pasadena Courthouse until 2004 when switching to the city of Alhambra jail and Alhambra Courthouse, citing high costs, and to allow the cities of Monrovia and Arcadia to use the Pasadena City Jail to house their prisoners after the old Santa Anita Judicial District Courthouse in Monrovia closed down.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Has primary jurisdiction on Metro buses and trains running in Pasadena, the Pasadena courthouse, the unincorporated area addressed as "Pasadena, California" (including the Pasadena DMV office), Altadena, and assists the Pasadena Police Department in patrolling the Tournament of Roses Parade.
- The Officer Down Memorial Page
- "Pasadena police helicopter crashes, injuring five". latimes.com. November 17, 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Police helicopter collision occurred when crafts' rotor blades touched, LA Times, 18 November 2012