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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            

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September 28, 2016

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. 

CLEAN Zone Event:

On Saturday, 9-24-16 community sweeping projects was conducted at Jack Farrell Park and the surrounding neighborhood. The team collected 20 large bags (33 gallon) of trash.  At the same time, a second crew participated in a graffiti removal project at numerous locations throughout the city.

Community interaction:

On Friday, September 23, 2016, I was able to go on foot patrol with Commander Jerry Alcaraz in the area of Kavanaugh and Ursula.  Our foot patrol covered several streets in the area and we had the opportunity to meet several residents.

TRAFFIC SAFETY ALERT!

School is back is session and motorist need to drive safely.  The children of our city are back in school and I’m asking everyone to allow a little extra time during their morning and afternoon commute. Please remember children will be crossing the street and if you slow down, a tragic situation can be avoided. 

*Please remember our goal is to reduce collisions and prevent people from being injured.  Our preferred method for achieving this goal is through compliance rather than issuing citations.

Crime and Arrests:  

September 20th, 2016 at 10:47 pm on the1800 block of West Bayshore Road:

(Domestic Violence)                       

The suspect and victim got into an argument and the suspect physically restrained the victim accusing her of cheating. The suspect released the victim when the police were called and he was still on scene when the police arrived. The suspect was arrested and served with an emergency protective order restraining him from contacting the victim.

September 18, 2016 at 11:11 am on the 2300 block of Clarke Avenue:

(Battery)

The victim armed with a knife, instigated a fight with the suspect by verbally confronting him and punching him.  When the victim dropped the knife, the suspect physically battered the victim and two engaged in mutual combat fight.  Both the suspect and victim separated and parted ways.   However, the suspect armed himself with a silver object, approached the victim from behind, and struck him in the head causing him to fall face down on the ground.  During night shift, the suspect was identified, arrested, and booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

September 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm at Cooley Avenue and Donohoe Street:                           (DUI Crash)

The suspect was driving his vehicle westbound on Cooley Avenue at Donohoe Street when he fell asleep and collided head-on with a vehicle stopped at a red light. The suspect failed Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for DUI.  The other driver was not injured and the suspect was booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

September 27, 2016 at 2:08 am on the 1600 block of Bay Road:                                           

(Narcotics)

Police were dispatched to 1640 Bay Road regarding a disturbance.  They contacted the suspect who was found to be in possession of methamphetamines.  The suspect was cited and released.

October 2016 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two (with Spanish translator)

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time: 06:30 pm – 8:00pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

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.

Auto Burglary:

Recently, some cars were burglarized when the owner stopped to run an errand and left items of value in plain sight in their vehicle.  These crimes are occurring across the Bay Area and drivers need to remember it only takes a minute to break a window and flee with portable items such as Laptop computers, purses, and backpacks.  The “best practice” to follow and avoid becoming a victim is to take all valuables with you when you exit a vehicle or put them in your truck before you leave the house or work. DO NOT park at your destination, open the truck and put your valuables inside.  Thieves are watching for this and know that what you are leaving behind and that you will be gone for a period of time.


Thank you, 

                                                                                                            
Chief Albert Pardini