Wednesday's Public Safety Meeting Focuses on Programs for the Formerly Incarcerated, Three Technology Initiatives

Published : Monday, June 19, 2017 | 3:24 PM

Photo courtesy Flintridge Center

The Pasadena City Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss how the Pasadena Police Department, in collaboration with the Flintridge Foundation and other organizations, plans to implement a three-year mental health, substance abuse treatment and supportive services program for the benefit of formerly incarcerated community members, using a $2.5 million grant from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 21, the Committee will receive a briefing from Pasadena Police about the program intended to benefit from 1,000 to 2,500 community members per year for up to three years.

Preliminary information from the police department said the grant, a total of $2,511,537, will be used for programs that focus on working with previously incarcerated community members so they could transform their lives and fully reintegrate back into the community.

The police department will be the lead agency, with the Flintridge Foundation and the Pasadena Public Health Department providing reentry and support services, and a Reintegration Advisory Council overseeing the implementation.

Among the activities planned under the program are resource fairs, case management activities, employment programs, housing assistance, financial literacy programs and “know your rights and responsibilities” seminars.

Also on Wednesday, the Human Services and Recreation Department will present a pilot project being planned to make use of security cameras installed in parks and community centers throughout Pasadena “for the protection of City assets and personal property.”

The HSR Department said a number of City departments are now using security cameras for a variety of reasons, and will be presenting to the Public Safety Committee how these equipment could be used as a deterrent for disruption of park use or community center operations. The pilot project points to some potential sites including the La Pintoresca Teen Education Center, La Pintoresca Park, Villa-Parke and the Villa-Parke Community Center.

The department is proposing that the project be funded by Community Development Block Grant funds.

Additionally, the Pasadena Police Department will present three more information items for the Public Safety Committee, including a project to implement a system of identifying gunshot sounds in specific areas of the City and responding to shooting incidents in a more expedient manner.

The system, called Shot Spotter, uses a network of sensitive microphones that transmits sounds to a call center in Northern California which quickly analyzes the sound. According to the Pasadena Police Department, the analysis can be completed in less than 60 seconds, after which information is sent back to the police department that covers the jurisdiction. Information could include the precise location of gunfire, the number and exact time shots were fired, and even shooter position, speed and direction.

The system could enable faster and more accurate alerts and faster response times.

The other information items include an update on the use of aerial drones in policing, and an overview of an Implicit Bias Training for Pasadena police officers.

The Public Safety Committee meets at 6 p.m. at the Pasadena City Hall Council Chamber Room S249 at City Hall.







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