Pasadena Police Arrest 30 Gang Members, Seize 11 Firearms, Boost Patrols to Quell Spike in Gang Violence

Published : Saturday, August 25, 2018 | 10:07 AM

Pasadena Interim Chief of Police John Perez, at right. Photo by James Carbone for Pasadena Now

The Pasadena Police Department Saturday morning said the department is actively investigating a number of gang-related incidents that have occurred within the city over the past four weeks and announced detectives are following “multiple leads.”

30 gang members have been arrested for various crimes in recent past few, including ten felony drug violations, police said.

Officers have seized 11 firearms, bringing the year to date firearm recoveries to 160.

In a statement, the Department said it is “utilizing all available resources for a more robust deployment of police officers in the community, city parks, and business districts and is enhancing its enforcement efforts.”

Among the initiatives being undertaken, the statement said, “high visibility” policing efforts, bicycle officers patrolling neighborhoods under the newly reconstituted Neighborhood Action Team, gang intervention officers conducting in-home visits and outreach at local hotspots, enhanced Parole and Probation compliance checks, the strategic deployment of plainclothes officers and police volunteers.

The statement also cited the Department’s partnerships with non-profit organizations, respected clergy members, the Police Chief’s Advisory Council, City Council District Liaisons and stakeholders in Pasadena’s commercial districts to help keep the City safe.

Police urged anyone with any tips or information on criminal activity in Pasadena to provide information to the Department anonymously, by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), through the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or via http://lacrimestoppers.org.

 

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