Go To Search

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            



June 21, 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:

Fatal Vehicle Collision!

On Friday June 16, 2017 at 2:50 PM, a fatal vehicle collision occurred University Avenue at Kavanaugh Street.  This was a very tragic event that did not need to occur.  Please remember to obey traffic signals and slow down so we can keep our community safe.

Crime and Arrests:

False registration tabs / Suspended license Arrest

June 12, 2017                          10:07 PM                    600 block of Bell Street

A patrol Officer conducted a traffic stop on the suspect.  During the traffic stop, the Officer found the suspect’s vehicle registration expired in 2016, but the license plate was displaying a 2017 registration tab.  The Officer also found that the suspect’s drivers license was suspended and he did not have automobile insurance.  The suspect was cited and released for displaying false tabs and driving with a suspended license. 

Resisting Arrest / Narcotics paraphernalia Arrest

June 13, 2017                          12:05 PM                    Bay Road / Gonzaga Avenue

Officers contacted the suspect because he had drug paraphernalia in plain view.  When Officers attempted to arrest and search him, the suspect became combative toward the Officers.  When the suspect was detained in handcuffs, the suspect continued to resist.  A search of his property revealed he had property belonging to another person.  During the entire encounter, the suspect was verbally abusive to the Officers.  The Officers were familiar with the suspect because just 6 weeks ago, they provided medical aid to him when he got stabbed on the 2300 block of Clarke Avenue.  The suspect was booked into the County Jail for resisting arrest, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and misappropriation of lost property.

False report to 911 arrest

June 18, 2017                          11:59 AM                    500 block of Bell Street

The suspect called police using 911 and reported a man chasing her with a gun. Upon arrival police canvassed the area and was unable to find a man with a gun. The subject was unable to provide a description of the man and advised she did not know what direction he fled the scene. The appeared disoriented and confused when officers asked her questions about the gun. Officers observed the subject to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers conducted a records check on the subject and learned she had been arrested in the past for filing false police reports. Officers spoke to witnesses in the area who advised they saw the subject but did not see a man or a gun. The subject was placed under arrest for filing a false police report and was later found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Assault with a deadly weapon arrest

June 19, 2017                          9:53 AM                      2400 block of University Avenue

Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of University Avenue for the report of a man with a knife threatening somebody.  Arriving Officers located the suspect and recovered his knife.  Officers located 2 victims who the suspect was attacking with the knife.  Luckily neither victim was injured.  The suspect was booked into the County Jail.

July 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:


Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 8:00pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

The July Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the city website:


The first planning meeting for National Night Out has been scheduled for the following:

Date:     Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Time:     6pm – 7:30pm

Location: 141 Demeter Street (Police Department) If the door is locked, just pick up the black phone and let us know you are there. 

National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 this year. 

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