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Chief’s Community Update

East Palo Alto Police Chief Albert Pardini provides this weekly update to the community, about various law enforcement and community policing issues. Check back each week for new information. Have something you’d like the Chief to write about? Send him a note at            



March 22, 2017

This weekly update will include information about the recent efforts of the police department and provide you with information regarding recent incidents, crime trends, and community resource information.  Please take a moment to search our website and take advantage of the features.

Recent Events:

I attended the retirement dinner for Bob Hoover from his role as the leader of his golf program. It was well attended events including having our Mayor Larry Moody present to honor Bob.  During the ceremony, I presented Bob with a plaque thanking him for his decades of service and Bob received a standing ovation from the audience. 

Crime and Arrests:

March 16, 2017 at 9:53am on the 1700 block of Michigan Avenue:

(Reckless Driving Arrest)

Officers on patrol observed the suspect vehicle enter an intersection and the driver accelerated his vehicle causing the rear tires to break traction and emit white smoke.  The driver drove the vehicle in circles which is commonly known as, “doing donuts.”  The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the suspect vehicle and the driver was arrested for reckless driving.  The suspect was issued a citation and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.   

March 17, 2017 at 3:13pm on the1700 block of East Bayshore Road:

(Shoplifting Arrest)

The suspect entered a local home improvement store and selected an item valued at approximately $170.  The suspect took the selected item to the returns counter and returned the item for store credit.  As the suspect attempted to leave he was detained by the store’s loss prevention staff.  The citizen’s arrest was turned over to East Palo Alto Police Officers who checked the suspect for other outstanding wants/warrants.  The suspect was issued a notice to appear and released at the scene. 

March 18, 2017 at 3:03am on the 1900 block of Clarke Avenue:

(Hit & Run / D.U.I.  Arrest) 

Officers responded to reports of a solo vehicle collision into a tree and citizens reported the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene on foot.  When the officers arrived, they located the suspect’s vehicle unoccupied and canvassed the area.  They located the suspect near the scene of the collision and he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was given several field sobriety tests.  The suspect was subsequently arrested and booked into the county jail. 

March 19, 2017 at 3:28am on the 1700 Bay Road:

(Narcotics Possession Arrest)

Officers on patrol conducted a traffic enforcement stop and made contact with the driver.  They obtained his personal information and while talking with the driver, they noticed him drop a small baggie containing a clear powder substance.  The officers recovered the baggie and believed the substance to be suspected methamphetamine.  They searched the suspect who was on probation with a search and seizure clause.  The officer’s located drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and the suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail. 

April 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One and Beat Four

Date: Thursday April 20, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The Crime Prevention Newsletter can be viewed on the City website at the following link:


Protect your home!

The City of East Palo Alto has sand bags available for residents.  Please come to the City maintenance yard at 150 Tara Road and you can pick up 10 bags per resident/visit.  The sandbags are available Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. You may be asked for identification as proof of residency and please be prepared to fill/load your own bags.  Staff will assist seniors and those with disabilities. Please call the 650-853-5916 should you have any questions regarding hours of operation.

How to make an anonymous tip to the police:

When providing information to the police, we need specific information about the crime or criminal.  As an example, if you are reporting someone for dealing drugs, we need to know where and when they are selling the drugs, a detailed description of them (white female, blue jeans, red jacket, base ball cap), any description of a vehicle, and any other information you have about the crime.  While I don’t expect you to jeopardize your safety to get this information it is very important for us if we make an arrest.  Not only will your tip provide us with accurate information about the suspect, we are able to serve as a witness to the crime and we can testify in court.  Please use these options for providing an anonymous tip.

You can make an anonymous tip to the police by calling or texting to (650) 409-6792.

Wanted Persons: 

We have several photographs of wanted suspects on the website for the community to view.  To see the photographs, please select the “Wanted Persons” tab, click on the RED “Wanted Persons” icon to view the information.  If you see any of the “Wanted” individuals, DO NOT attempt to contact them.  Please call 9-1-1 and report the information and the police department will investigate the information you provide.

Crime Trends:

Theft from cars and homes: Cases of suspects entering cars and residence through unlocked windows or doors when the owners are absent are increasing.  The suspects often search through the car or residence and take small items of value (cash, jewelry, electronic devices) that are easy to sell.  Please lock your car and residence when you leave.  If you want to leave a window ajar for ventilation, it is recommended that you use a locking device to prevent access.  If you notice anyone suspicious loitering in the area please call us at (650) 321-1112 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

Thank you,

Chief Albert Pardini