Pasadena Police Ramp Up, Respond to Recent Increase in Violent Incidents

Pasadena Police Chief announces a strategy to address spike in recent gang and violent incidents

Published : Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 1:34 PM

Pasadena Police Chief John Perez. Photo by James Carbone

Saying the Pasadena Police Dept. has seen an increase in gang and violent activities over the past few weeks which “are of significant concern,” Police Chief John Perez announced Saturday he has authorized the strategic deployment of resources to reduce further violent acts and arrest those responsible.

These violence reduction efforts will include high visibility policing efforts, undercover investigative techniques and the utilization of additional regional resources.

Perez said the goal of these efforts is to prevent additional violence while keeping members of the Pasadena community safe.

These initiatives, along with community members reporting and providing information about crimes and suspicious activity, will assist police in their investigations and allow for a better quality of life for community members, a Dept. statement said.

Perez indicated his decision to ramp up Dept. efforts comes after officers found gang graffiti located in rival gang areas, and recently responded to indiscriminate shootings and a senseless stabbing.

On Friday night, two women received gunshot wounds and a man and a woman were injured by flying glass as the result of a shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of Navarro Avenue.

Anyone with information about this most recent shooting or other violent acts is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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