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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            



April 26, 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:

Medication Kiosk at the Police Department:

On Thursday, April 13th, a prescription medication disposal kiosk was installed in the lobby of Police headquarters at 141 Demeter Street.  Community members can bring their unwanted prescription medication during business hours and deposit it into the kiosk.  There is no need to make an appointment and I hope this provides a convenient way for community members to properly dispose of unwanted prescription medication.

Crime and Arrests:

April 18, 2017                     4:00 PM                     2401 University Avenue:


Patrol Officers were dispatched to the McDonalds restaurant regarding a chronic trespasser that continues to enter the property, loiter, and annoy customers.  The suspect was warned numerous times by McDonalds management that he is not welcome on the property.  Officers located the suspect a short distance from the restaurant and admitted being on the property. The suspect was cited for trespassing and released.

April 18,
2017                     5:39 PM                                1200 block of Weeks Street:

(Possession of drug paraphernalia)

The police department has received several complaints about illegal dumping, narcotics activity and people sleeping in vehicles on the 1200 block of Weeks Street.   An Officer patrolling the street located a suspect that was standing in the bed of his pickup truck loaded with miscellaneous items and garbage.  During the contact, the Officer located a pipe in the suspect’s possession that is commonly used to ingest methamphetamines.  The suspect admitted to ownership of the pipe and said he last used it the day before to ingest methamphetamine.  The suspect was cited for possession of the pipe and released.


April 21, 2017                     7:58 PM                                2200 block of Pulgas Avenue:

(Hit & Run and Driving with a suspended license)

An East Palo Alto Police Officer working with the County Gang Task Force observed a vehicle driving with a flat tire and body damage.  The Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and learned the driver has just been in a collision.  Another Officer checked the area and found the victim vehicle on the 2200 block of Pulgas Avenue.  The suspect admitted to being involved in a collision with a parked car and leaving the scene without making any effort to leave his information.  The suspect also admitted to driving with a suspended license.  The suspect was cited for the hit and run and driving with a suspended license then released.


April 22, 2017                     11:21 PM                             2200 block of Addison Avenue:

Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Addison Avenue to investigate a reported hit and run vehicle collision.  The victim told Officers his neighbor collided with his parked car and left the scene despite his attempts to stop him.  Several hours later, Officers saw the suspect driving his vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  Officers noticed the objective signs of alcohol intoxication and they administered a series of field sobriety tests.  The suspect did not satisfactorily perform the tests and was arrested for suspicion of DUI.  The suspect was cited for DUI as well as hit and run, then released to First Chance.

May 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time: 1830 - 2000 hours

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Ave)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time: 1830 - 2000 hours

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

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: 1830 - 2000 hours

Location: Community Room at City Hall (2415 University Avenue)

The Crime Prevention Newsletter can be viewed on the City website 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