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Chief’s Community Update

East Palo Alto Police Chief Albert Pardini provides this weekly update to the community, about various law enforcement and community policing issues. Check back each week for new information. Have something you’d like the Chief to write about? Send him a note at            



  February 15, 2017

This weekly update will include information about the recent efforts of the police department and provide you with information regarding recent incidents, crime trends, and community resource information.  Please take a moment to search our website and take advantage of the features.

Recent Events:

This past Saturday, two teams from the East Palo Alto Police Officers Association participated in a 3 x 3 basketball tournament at the East Palo Alto Academy High School. Several teams from the High School and other organizations in the area participated in the event which was a great success.  I want to thank the men and women of the East Palo Alto Police Officers, their families and staff members from the police department for putting together the basketball teams and cheering section.  This great event that was hosted by Principal Amika Guillaume and I had the pleasure of being part of the fans in the stands.

Crime and Arrests:

February 12, 2017 at 1:45pm at 1660 Bay Road:

(Possession of Methamphetamine for sales / Resist Obstruct Arrest)

Officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle and conducted a registration check on the vehicle.  The vehicle was displaying stolen registration stickers and the officers contacted the occupant of the vehicle.  The occupant of the vehicle fled from officers leading them on a short foot pursuit but was taken into custody without further incident/injury.  The suspect was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine for the purpose of sales and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail. 

February 12, 2017 at 4:20am 400 Daisy Lane:

(Possession of Controlled Substances Arrest)

Officers responded to a report that a group of subject were consuming alcohol and being disruptive.  When the officers arrived, they located the subjects and made contact with them.  During the investigation, a backpack belonging to one of the suspects was found to contain numerous suspected ecstasy pills.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail.   

February 12, 2017 @ 10:38am 400 Daisy Lane:

(Vandalism (Tagging) Arrest) 

Officers were on scene at a local park dispersing several disruptive subjects.  While on scene, the officers had made an arrest for a subject who was in possession of narcotics.  During the investigation, officers located several cans of spray paint near the subjects and one of them had dried paint on his hands.  The officers checked the area and located freshly painted graffiti that matched the colors of the paint on the suspect’s hands.  The suspect was arrested and released to his parents because he is a minor. 

February 13, 2017 at 4:07pm on the 2100 block of University Avenue:

(Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest)

Officers on patrol observed a subject chasing a vehicle while holding a machete over his head.  The vehicle fled from the subject, made a U-turn and began driving toward the subject with the machete.  The vehicle accelerated and struck the subject causing major injuries to him.  The officers immediately called for emergency medical aid and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  The officers were able to take the driver of the vehicle into custody without further incident.  The subsequent investigation revealed the two subjects were involved in a road rage incident.  The driver of the vehicle was arrested and booked into the county jail. The subject armed with the machete was transported to a local hospital for treatment and the investigation is continuing into his conduct in the incident.

February 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

(EPA Center Arts Project and Planning intend to present an upcoming project to be built in Beat 2)


Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Palo Mobile Estates

(1885 E. Bayshore Road, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Protect your home!

The City of East Palo Alto has sand bags available for residents.  Please come to the City maintenance yard at 150 Tara Road and you can pick up 10 bags per resident/visit.  The sandbags are available Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. You may be asked for identification as proof of residency and please be prepared to fill/load your own bags.  Staff will assist seniors and those with disabilities. Please call the 650-853-5916 should you have any questions regarding hours of operation.

How to make an anonymous tip to the police:

When providing information to the police, we need specific information about the crime or criminal.  As an example, if you are reporting someone for dealing drugs, we need to know where and when they are selling the drugs, a detailed description of them (white female, blue jeans, red jacket, base ball cap), any description of a vehicle, and any other information you have about the crime.  While I don’t expect you to jeopardize your safety to get this information it is very important for us if we make an arrest.  Not only will your tip provide us with accurate information about the suspect, we are able to serve as a witness to the crime and we can testify in court.  Please use these options for providing an anonymous tip.

You can make an anonymous tip to the police by calling or texting to (650) 409-6792.

Wanted Persons: 

We have several photographs of wanted suspects on the website for the community to view.  To see the photographs, please select the “Wanted Persons” tab, click on the RED “Wanted Persons” icon to view the information.  If you see any of the “Wanted” individuals, DO NOT attempt to contact them.  Please call 9-1-1 and report the information and the police department will investigate the information you provide.

Crime Trends:

Theft from cars and homes: Cases of suspects entering cars and residence through unlocked windows or doors when the owners are absent are increasing.  The suspects often search through the car or residence and take small items of value (cash, jewelry, electronic devices) that are easy to sell.  Please lock your car and residence when you leave.  If you want to leave a window ajar for ventilation, it is recommended that you use a locking device to prevent access.  If you notice anyone suspicious loitering in the area please call us at (650) 321-1112 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

Thank you, 

Chief Albert Pardini