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Chief Albert PardiniWelcome to the East Palo Alto Police Department’s website

March 25, 2020

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:  

Corona Virus:

The COVID-19 (Corona) Virus has task me with several challenges each day above and beyond my normal workload.  While continuing to provide police services to the city, my staff and I had to develop a new way of providing service in order to best follow the order by the County Health Official, Dr. Scott Morrow and Governor Gavin Newsom.  In order to maintain a safe distance from people (the six-foot barrier), we need to limit personal contact and conduct as much business as possible by telephone and email. 

We continue to respond to all emergencies but are trying to use the “best practices” for not spreading or contracting the Corona virus.  If you encounter an officer on the street, they are trained to maintain a distance of six feet (whenever possible), we are one of the only departments in the area that continue to operate a public service counter at police headquarters (141 Demeter street) because we have the entire front equipped with clear glass.  To ensure there is no breech of the six-foot barrier, we have established a buffer zone between service counter and the window. Doing this has allowed us to continue having the business office open. However, if you need assistance for a non-emergency and were planning to come to the station. Do not do this if you are sick or feeling sick, Call the business office at (650) 853-3160 for routine business and we will make arrangements to assist you via email or telephone.  As always, if you need an officer to respond for an emergency, call 9-1-1 or for non-emergencies, please call dispatch at (650) 321-1112.

How has my day as chief changed?  Well, the time I used to spend walking in the community and meeting the public has been interrupted.  That time is now spent participating in meetings related to planning on how to provide service to the community during the pandemic and contingency plans to the illness continues to spread.  Hopefully, things will get back to normal in the next few months, but this is what I will be doing for the foreseeable future. Please be safe, use the six-foot social distancing, keep your children away from other children when they are outside and supervise their much-needed time to get fresh air and exercise.

As we work through the pandemic, please be patient and don’t hesitate to contact me or any of my staff via telephone or email.


To protect the residents of San Mateo County, an emergency order was issued that went into effect on 3/17/2020 at 12:01am.  To review the details of the emergency order, please go to https://cmo.smcgov.org/eoc.  You will find daily updates and PDF files with information.  Additionally, you can go to the following link to read the complete emergency order 


The County has been overwhelmed with offers of volunteers and donations to respond to the many needs.  The County Emergency Operations Center staff have mobilized many supports for the health response https://cmo.smcgov.org/eoc  including a system for people who want to volunteer their talents to do so.  If you know anyone who would like to play a role please share this survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSXH6PZ  .  There is also a new system in place to accept donations of medical supplies that are not widely available so they can be used.  There is an email box to receive these offers of assistance: 

Crime and Arrests:

March 19, 2020                         8:05 AM           2400 block of Gloria                                 

Violation of Domestic Violence restraining order and Resisting / Delaying a police Officer

The suspect Israel Morales, a 40-year-old East Palo Alto transient, went to his ex-wife’s home in violation of a valid domestic violence restraining order.  When Officers arrived on scene, they heard a verbal altercation taking place in the rear yard.  When Mr. Morales saw the Officers, he ran into the house and attempting to flee through a bedroom window.  After a brief struggle, Mr. Morales was taken into custody and he was booked into the county jail for violation of a domestic violence restraining order and resisting arrest.

March 19, 2020                        5:54 PM       La Estrellita Market parking lot                   

Domestic Violence

The suspect Gidion Paletua, a 28-year old East Palo Alto resident, punched his wife three times before throwing her onto the ground and only stopped when a witness intervened.  When officers arrived, Mr. Paletua was arrested and booked into the county jail for domestic violence.

March 24, 2020                                2:08 AM      7-11 Parking lot 

Battery on police officer and Resisting arrest

An officer attempted to contact two people sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of the 7-11 convenience store.  One suspect got out of the backseat and fled on foot, leaving the 14-year old female suspect in the driver’s seat.  When contacted the 14-year old female tried to drive away in the car.  Once the female was stopped, she told the officer she was 16-years old and lied about the person who fled.  

The female was brought to the police department where she was going to be cited and released to her parents for curfew violation.  At the police department, the female was informed she was being cited and released to her parents after they took a photo of her.  At this point, the female became confrontational and punched an officer in his face.  The female was arrested for battery on an officer as well as resisting arrest and booked into juvenile hall.

Beat Meetings:  

Due to concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 (Corona virus) Beat meetings have been suspended until further notice.  If you are a participant in the monthly Beat meetings, please contact Community Service Officer Elizabeth Lam with any questions, concerns or requests for assistance related to non-urgent issues.  If you need immediate assistance from the police department, please call 9-1-1 for emergencies and (650) 321-1112 for non-emergencies. To reach CSO Lam, you can call her at (650) 853-5939 or email her at .

Community Resource:  The County of San Mateo facilitates a public notification system to inform community members regarding incidents that may affect them.  The system known as SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact people during urgent or emergency situations. You have the option of setting the alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages to a variety of communication options:

  • email accounts

  • cell phones, smartphones, tablets

  • voice messages to landline phones (home & work)


The SMC Alert system is free, but please check your communication plans that incur you charges for service so you can determine if there are any secondary costs associated with you receiving the alerts.


To access the system, please visit https://hsd.smcsheriff.com/smcalert

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, baseball 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. 

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.


Chief Albert Pardini

East Palo Alto Police Department