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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            



January 18, 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:

Members of the police department spent most of the last week working day and night in preparation of the storms.  We had extra personnel on standby if we needed them and the members of the department spent countless hours, preparing for the  storms and responding to storm related calls  for service.

Crime and Arrests:

On January 11, 2017 at 5:11 PM on Bell street at Cooley Avenue:

(Warrant & possession of drugs)

Officers stopped a driver for a vehicle code violation and a records check revealed a No Bail parole violation warrant for them.  When the suspect was being searched in the jail, a Deputy found suspected marijuana and heroin.  The suspect was booked in the jail for his warrant, possession of drugs, and bringing drugs into the jail.

On January 13, 2017 on the 1900 block of Capitol Ave:

(Burglary & Possession of a stolen automobile)

The suspect, a 13 year old male, broke into the victim’s apartment and stole the keys to a Toyota Prius.  Using the stolen key, the suspect stole the Prius from a parking space in front of the apartment.  Responding Officers broadcast the description of the stolen vehicle to neighboring agencies to Be on the Lookout (BOL).  Shortly thereafter, a Menlo Park Police Officer located the stolen Prius being driven by the suspect and 3 other passengers.  The suspect was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.

On January 15, 2017 at 1:22 AM on the 700 block of Green Street:

(Driving under the influence)

Officers responded to the report of a traffic collision with injuries.  During the investigation, one of the drivers was found to be under the influence of alcohol.  Both the driver and his passenger were injured himself and were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.  The driver was charged with driving under the influence and causing injury to his passenger.

On January 16, 2017 at 3:39 PM on the 1700 block of East Bayshore:


The suspect entered a retail establishment, selected merchandise, and left the store without paying.  When confronted by loss prevention, the suspect became verbally aggressive.  Officers arrived and took the suspect into custody before citing and releasing him.

Recent Burglaries:

Community members have reported some burglaries of homes and cars.  In most of these cases, the suspect(s) were able to gain entry through an unlocked window or door.  Please remember to secure your home or vehicle to avoid becoming the victim of theft.

January 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments (1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program (2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

EPACenter Arts Project and the City Planning Department intend to present an upcoming project at the

Beat Two meeting in February and March. All Beats are welcome to attend.

Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall (2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The January Crime Prevention Newsletter is now available online at the following link:


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