Public Safety Committee to Meet, Will Hear Detailed Account of Case Which Lead to USC Dean's Downfall

Published : Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 10:56 AM

In a week bereft of most Pasadena City government meetings, the Public Safety Committee will forge ahead with a late summer meeting on Wednesday which is agendized to start with an overview of Spokeo Law Enforcement Services to be given by Spokeo vice president Aaron Taylor; the July 4, 2017 fireworks overview report; a police staffing analysis and a detailed report on the March, 2016 overdose case in Pasadena which led, ultimately, to the career downfall of USC Keck School of Medicine dean Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito.

In his powerpoint presentation, Spokeo vice president Taylor is expected to inform the committee how the company, which is based in Pasadena, has been able to assist law enforcement with its Spokeo Law Enforcement Services which a web-based centralized investigative tool for law enforcement.

According to its information packet it will be presenting to the committee, Spokeo claims that its Law Enforcement Services have enabled law enforcement investigators to immediately connect to over 12 billion records, 300 million people profiles, more than 95 social media platforms and all public data.

Spokeo also claims that its proprietary merge technology allows it to process over 12 billion records in less than 18 hours.

The committee will also listen to a presentation to be given by the Pasadena Fire Department, the Pasadena Police Department and the Public Information Office on its outreach and public information drive against the use of fireworks in last month’s Fourth of July celebration.

In its presentation, the three departments are expected to stress that all fireworks are illegal in Pasadena according to Pasadena City Ordinance 6578 and Pasadena Municipal Code 14.30.

The three offices will also report to the committee how they have spread information about the “zero tolerance” fireworks ban through Pasadena media websites, newspapers and through Facebook, which they claimed was able to reach almost 60,000 Facebook users.

The three offices will also report how they have managed to seize 86 pounds of fireworks which includes 13 pounds of “safe and sane” fireworks and 73 pounds of “dangerous” fireworks.

Meanwhile, the Pasadena Police Department will be presenting its research into how use of the actual workload model is best suited to resolve the challenge of police staffing in the city. In their presentation, representatives from the Pasadena Police Department will inform the committee how the actual workload model best answer the question: “How many police officers does the Pasadena Police Department need?”

The last item on the committee’s agenda is a report from the Pasadena Police Department on how it responded to a non-fatal drug overdose incident at a Pasadena hotel on March 4, 2016 which later led to the resignation of Dr. Carmen Puliafito as dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

In their report, the Pasadena Police will also inform the committee why there were no arrests made during the incident and why there is no evidence in their possession that Dr. Puliafito committed a crime.

The Public Safety Committee will meet on August 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pasadena City Hall Council Chambers, Room S249.

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