Pasadena Police Chief Will Discuss Security Measures for the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game

Published : Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 6:27 AM

Pasadena Police Chief John Perez will be at the Rotary Club of Pasadena meeting on Wednesday, December 11, to discuss security measures for the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2020, America’s New Year Celebration.

The meeting is open to the public and no prior reservation to attend is needed.

Chief Perez, himself a Rotarian, will be in conversation with J.P. Harris. They will be introduced by George Falardeau.

In 2001, immediately after the tragedy of the World Trade Center, Perez was appointed as the counter-terrorism liaison for the Pasadena Police Department. In this position, Perez assisted in the development of several homeland security and safety initiatives that continue to serve as models today.

Perez was born in Los Angeles and has been a member of the Pasadena Police Department since 1985. At the department, he has worked a variety of assignments, including community relations, internal affairs, gang enforcement, and narcotics.

Since 2006, he has been a senior command staff member since 2006, serving as a Commander and Deputy Chief. He has led the Field Operations, Criminal Investigations, Strategic Services, and Administrative Services Divisions.

Over the years, Perez has participated in many organizational and community initiatives to reduce crime and enhance community life in Pasadena. One of the highlights for his career was developing the Villa Parke project in the mid 1990s, which enriched public safety and living conditions for residents in this neighborhood. He also served six years with the Special Enforcement Section where his duties focused on SWAT, youth and gang violence reduction as well as eliminating neighborhood crime problems.

Perez is active on community boards such as the Patron Saints, providing community grants to non-profit organizations, and was a past board president of the Adelante Youth Alliance, sponsoring year-round programs and conferences for nearly 3,000 youths, preparing them for college and professional careers. He also works organizing neighborhood pastors to broaden the police department’s understanding of the community, while expanding public accessibility.

Perez collaborates with non-profit organizations, dedicated to developing reintegration opportunities to reduce recidivism among those released from prison.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science, and a Doctoral Degree in the field of Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training’s Executive Command College Program and his study was focused on the challenges of policing and improving trust within the immigrant population.

The meeting will be held 12 noon at the University Club of Pasadena at 175 N. Oakland Avenue.

Buffet lunch is $33, which includes complimentary valet parking.

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