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Pasadena Police Chief Orders “Modified Patrol Deployment” in Wake of Baton Rouge Shootings

Published on Sunday, July 17, 2016 | 9:08 pm
 
Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip L. Sanchez

Saying “there are no known credible threats” in the Pasadena region, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez also said Sunday night that he has “ordered a modified patrol deployment for the immediate near future” in response to the shooting of six police officers in Baton Rouge today.

“You should not see a decrease in police services and 9-1-1 calls will not be impacted. However, there may be an extended response time for low propriety calls,” Sanchez said in an email to the community on Sunday night.

The modified deployment will replace one-officer patrols with officers teamed in pairs, an authoritative source said.

Sanchez said the Pasadena Police Department has been in frequent communication with Federal, State and regional law enforcement organizations following the shooting this morning. In that incident, a lone gunman apparently ambushed and killed three officers and wounded three others before being shot to death.

“Our communications are part of the police department’s threat assessment process and allows to implement appropriate countermeasures as necessary,” Sanchez explained. ““PPD will continue to assess the situation in Baton Rouge.”

In the email, Chief Sanchez addressed the shootings by expressing solidarity with law enforcement agencies and first responders across America in condemning “the cowardly murders.”

“Violent attacks directed at our first responders, who serve the public daily, erodes the social fabric of our communities, impacts our freedoms, and cannot be tolerated. We must come together to find common ground toward abating the deliberate assaults on peace officers,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez urged community members to keep the Baton Rouge and Dallas officers recently slain “and all victims of violence in your prayers.”

The Chief also reminded the public to “See Something, Say Something” and report suspicious activity to the Pasadena Police Department (9-1-1 or non-emergency 626-744-4241).

Additionally, police reports can be filled out online, saving officers’ time, at http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/Police/Report_A_Crime_Online/.

The online reporting system is not intended for in-progress crimes, emergencies, or suspicious activity; however, it is an option for some incidents.

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