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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            



July 19, 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:

Criminal Investigations Division:

In June a test was administered to fill the vacancy created by Detective Phengsene rotating back to the patrol division.  I am proud to announce that Officer Lydia Cardoza was selected to fill the vacancy.  Officer Cardoza has worked in the patrol division for the past several years serving in the role of Field Training Officer and she has trained most of our new officers.  Detective Cardoza will be assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division for the next four years and I believe she will be a great asset.

East Palo Alto Police and Alcoholic Beverage Control conduct joint operation. On July 11, 2017 members of the East Palo Alto Police Department and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a joint operation in East Palo Alto.  The mission of the operation was to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.  An underage decoy was sent into numerous establishments attempting to purchase alcohol.  Eighteen (18) establishments were tested and Officers and Agents issued citations at nine (9) locations for the sales of alcohol to person under the age of 21.  

East Palo Alto Police Detective Audyama “Desean” Williams receives Police Officer of the Year Award:

Two years ago the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office developed an award recognizing the law enforcement officer of the year.  Each year one Detective from the numerous agencies within San Mateo County is nominated by the Deputy District Attorneys, District Attorney Inspectors with the final decision being made by District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe.  The Detective honored with the award is selected for distinguished, outstanding, and exemplary service to the people of San Mateo County.

This year the award was given to our very own East Palo Alto Detective Audyama “Desean” Williams.  Commander Jeff Liu attended the event to support Desean as he received this prestigious award.  Every DDA and Inspector I spoke to said this was "well deserved." 

Crime and Arrests:

July 10, 2
017                       3:31 PM                                2500 block of Fordham Street

Officers were dispatched to the residence on the 2500 block of Fordham Street for a trespassing call.  The suspect had been warned of trespassing at a residence in the recent past.  When the Officer started speaking to the suspect, the suspect balled his hands into fists, took a fighting stance, and shouted profanities at the Officer.  Repeated attempts to de-escalate the situation failed.  When the Officers started to take the suspect into custody, he physically resisted arrest and threatened the Officers.  The suspect was ultimately arrested and booked into the County Jail.

July 12, 2
017                       7:44 PM                                1100 block of Saratoga Avenue

The suspect and victim were involved in a non-injury traffic accident.  The suspect became upset that the victim was not approaching him fast enough, so he drove his vehicle by the victim’s vehicle and threw a soda at it.  Officers contacted the suspect’s wife at his residence and had her bring him to the police department when he returned home.  Later when the suspect arrived at the police department, he was cited and released for throwing substances at a motor vehicle.

July 13, 2
017                       11:30 PM                             1600 block of Bay Road

Officers were dispatched to a noise complaint coming from several subjects loitering in the carport area of the apartment complex.  Upon arrival Officers located several subjects drinking beer and rolling a marijuana cigarette.  A records check revealed one person, the suspect, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the jail.  Prior to entering the jail, the Officer asked the suspect if he had any controlled substances on him, which he denied.  After entering the jail, the intake deputy found the suspect in possession of suspected cocaine.  In addition to getting booked for his warrant, the suspect was booked for a felony violation of bringing controlled substances into the jail instead of a misdemeanor violation of possessing the cocaine.

July 16, 2017                       11:45 PM                             Clarke Avenue / Runnymede Street

Officers were dispatched to the report of a subject sleeping in a vehicle and stopped in middle of the street.  Officers arrived and located the suspect sleeping in a vehicle stopped in a traffic lane with the vehicle on and the transmission in drive.  When the Officer opened the door to check the suspect’s welfare, he smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages emit from the vehicle.  After the vehicle was put in Park and the suspect removed from the vehicle.  After the suspect failed all the Field Sobriety Tests, and when it was evident he was going to be arrested, the suspect ran from the Officers on foot.  After the suspect was caught and arrested, he was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for DUI and resisting arrest.

July 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule


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)

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)

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


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