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Burbank Police Department Earns Re-Accreditation in Standards of Excellence

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse (third from left) receives the re-accreditation from the CALEA committee. (Photo Courtesy of the Burbank Police Department)

The Burbank Police Department has earned re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), a highly valued recognition of public safety professional excellence. Achieving this accreditation requires voluntary compliance with hundreds of law enforcement standards established by CALEA® based on best practices.

“This re-accreditation reinforces our commitment to excellence, professionalism, and continued improvement,” said Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse. “We will continue to utilize both internal and external oversight to ensure we are meeting and exceeding industry standards and best practices.”

In July of 2017, the Burbank Police Department underwent an extensive on-site assessment and verification process to ensure the Department was meeting the Commission’s standards. As part of the process, a Public Information Session was held, providing the public with an opportunity to voice both praise and criticism, and to ask questions of the CALEA® assessors.

The Burbank Police Department was formally recognized and re-accredited in a ceremony held in Jacksonville, Florida on November 18, 2017. The Burbank Police also earned its second Accreditation for Advanced Law Enforcement by meeting additional criteria above and beyond those required for standard accreditation.

The Burbank Police Department has been recognized as a CALEA® accredited law enforcement agency since 2014. This latest accreditation is good for four years.

For more information about CALEA® and the law enforcement accreditation process, please visit www.calea.org

Burbank Police to Host Crime Prevention Seminar for Businesses

The Burbank Police Department will host a seminar for local Burbank merchants on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The seminar will be held at the Burbank Police Department and will focus on crime prevention tips, deterrence strategies, crime trend discussions, and legal challenges as they relate to retail and business establishments in the City of Burbank.  The seminar will also allow for a question and answer period.

Due to space limitations, registration will be limited to 75 guests.  All attendees MUST register and check-in with identification will be required. Only owners and employees of Burbank businesses and merchants will be accepted in the registration process.

If you are interested in attending, please register at http://www.BurbankPD.org/seminar.

Once your registration has been accepted, a Community Resource Officer will contact you via email to confirm.

For more information, please see the flyer below.

BPD Receives $100,000 Grant From Office of Traffic Safety

By Timothy Mably

The Burbank Police Department has received a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a year-long program intended to prevent road deaths and injuries by enforcing awareness and educating the public.

The grant will contribute to presentations on traffic safety, DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, and seatbelt and child safety seat enforcement.

“This grant supports our mission to continue educating the public through various enforcement campaigns throughout the year in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths attributed to traffic collisions and unsafe driving habits,” said Chief of Police, Scott LaChasse.

Following a decade long low in 2010, the amount of people killed in car accidents has grown to 17% across the country. In 2015, there was a record total of 3,429 fatalities from traffic related incidents. Almost a quarter of fatalities involved pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to OTS Director Rhonda Craft, unsafe behavior causes about 94% of accidents, whether it is the result of texting or the influence of drugs.

“While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, the Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from OTS which aims to drive awareness that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,’” said Sgt. Derek Green in a press release. “Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.”

This grant comes after an elderly man was struck and killed while crossing the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Lincoln Street at the beginning of the month. A Disney employee was also killed by an inattentive driver while crossing Alameda Avenue and Lincoln in September.

Funding for the program comes from OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Burbank Police Honor Fallen Officers With Wreath Laying Ceremony

As a Burbank Police Officers’ Association tradition, a wreath was placed at The Guardians statue to honor their fallen heroes on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, outside at the statue. The laying of the wreaths was presented by the Burbank Police Honor Guard.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Wednesday marks the anniversary of the Burbank Police Department’s Fallen Officer Matthew Pavelka, End of Watch, November 15, 2003.  Matthew Pavelka was appointed as an officer for the City of Burbank on August 5, 2002.

Burbank Police had not lost an officer in the line of duty by gunfire for more than eighty-three years.  On the evening of November 15, 2003, that all changed.  Veteran Officer Gregory Campbell had stopped a vehicle, without license plates, containing two males.  The area where the stop was made was well known for drug trafficking and other criminal activity, so Campbell wisely called for backup.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The first officer to respond was 26-year old Mathew Pavelka, who had been in the field as a police officer for just ten months.  When Campbell and Pavelka approached the suspect vehicle and ordered the two male subjects to exit the vehicle, they both alighted firing automatic weapons.  Both Campbell and Pavelka were wounded several times, but in the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the officers mortally wounded one of the gunmen.  The other suspect escaped on foot.

Both of the wounded officers were transported to a local hospital, where Officer Pavelka died during surgery and Officer Campbell was treated and remained in critical but stable condition.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2003, the suspect who fled was taken into custody.

Matthew Pavelka was remembered by more than one of his fellow officers as a charming, light-hearted 26-year-old, with a crown of spiky orange hair, who loved being a cop.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Thursday also marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Deputy City Marshall Luther Colson, End of Watch, November 16, 1914.  Luther Colson was appointed as a City Marshal for the City of Burbank on February 21, 1914.

Colson was on duty November 16, 1914, approximately 7:00 p.m., when he was walking the tracks in the area of the “Y” – a quarter mile north of town.  Some suspects started shooting at him from the Willows.  One bullet struck him in the stomach.  Colson returned their fire from his own weapon, and after several shots, the suspects fled into the darkness.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Colson started to return to town but collapsed, and some citizens transported him to Burbank Hospital for treatment.

The Marshal of Tropico (a small community located at Los Feliz and San Fernando Boulevard, now part of Glendale), with twenty-five deputies, immediately started a manhunt.  On November 18, 1914, three suspects were apprehended.  One suspect had a weapon on him which was the same caliber that was used in wounding Marshal Colson.  After a lengthy interrogation, all the suspects confessed to the shooting.

The Burbank Police Department will always honor Burbank’s heroes for their service and ultimate sacrifice they made to secure our safety.

Three Juveniles Arrested for Early Morning Auto Burglaries

Quick action by Burbank police resulted in the arrest of three minors near Hollywood Way and Clark who were spotted by a Burbank resident early Wednesday morning, November 15.

According to Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department, a call was received at about 2:35 am after a resident saw three suspects inside of his neighbor’s truck in the 700 block of N. Maple St. 

Burbank Police arrived within minutes and detained all three suspects, who were positively identified by the witness.

The suspects are responsible for thefts/attempted theft from three motor vehicles, including damage to the truck (vandalism). 

All three suspects were minors – two from North Hollywood and one from Burbank. All three were arrested, booked, and released to a parent pending a future court date.

Police Arrest Glendale Man After Laser Attack on Police Helicopter

A Burbank man was taken into custody after shining a laser light at a police helicopter Friday night.

According to Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green, the Joint Air Support Unit (helicopter) was struck by a laser light while flying over the Burbank hillside on routine air patrol.  The Tactical Flight Officers reported the laser coming from the 700 block of East Cedar Ave on November 10, at about 7:45 pm.

(Photo By © Ross A Benson)

Green said that Police Officers responded to the area and were directed to an apartment building where the suspect was last seen.  Officers found the suspect and contacted him. 

He was identified as Narbeh Abedi, a 32-year-old man from Glendale.  Abedi admitted to shining a laser at the police helicopter.  The laser device was recovered.  Abedi was placed under arrest and booked for shining/discharging a laser device at an aircraft while in-flight.

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

This was not the first incident in the area and the helicopter had been struck before although they were not able to find a suspect before.

The Burbank Police remind the public of the dangers and serious penalties of pointing a laser at an aircraft.  Laser strikes can temporarily blind a pilot and lead to catastrophic consequences.  The act of shining a laser at an aircraft is a felony.  For example, in 2014, a man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted by a federal grand jury of pointing a laser light at a Fresno police helicopter.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police)


Burbank Police Busy After Weekend Burglary Arrests

Burbank police had a busy Sunday as they responded to a couple of burglary calls.

According to Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Dept, the first call came in to police on November 12 at 3:30 pm when a suspect was detained by residents after committing a residential burglary in the 2300 block of North Sparks St.  Property stolen in the burglary was found inside the suspect’s vehicle, as well as property taken in an earlier residential burglary in the 500 block of Tufts.

   The suspect was placed under arrest and identified as Haybert Davoudian, a 27-year-old man from Glendale, California.  At the time of his arrest, Davoudian was on parole for burglary. He was booked for residential burglary and remains in-custody on a California Department of Corrections Parole Hold

About four hours later, around 7:40 pm, a resident reported seeing a male in his side yard, between homes, in the 1400 block of North Frederic St.  Burbank Police responded to the area and saw the subject.  They attempted to contact him, but he took off, jumping over fences and walls from house to house. 

Another report was received from a resident in the 1600 block of North Frederic St. that the suspect had opened a screen door to a rear bedroom and was pulling on the door handle in an apparent attempt to gain entry.

Air support and a K-9 arrived and assisted in establishing a perimeter.  Several announcements were made before a search team was deployed.  During the search, the suspect was found hiding behind a gate on a residential property in the 1600 block of North Naomi St.  The suspect complied with orders from Police Officers and was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Evan Crevecoeur, a 31-year-old transient from the North Hollywood area. 

Crevecoeur is suspected of committing a theft earlier at a nearby CVS store.  He was booked for attempted burglary, trespassing, and delaying/obstructing a police officer.  At the time of his arrest, Crevecoeur was on probation for grand theft.  He is currently being held on $50,000 bail and was due in Burbank court Tuesday.


Burbank Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle

An elderly man from Burbank has died after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning.

On November 8, at about 7:16 A.M., Thomas Jones, an 80-year-old resident of Burbank, was crossing Glenoaks Boulevard at the intersection with Lincoln Street when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Jones was transported to a local hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle which struck Jones remained on-scene and cooperated with the investigation. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in this collision. Excessive speed also does not appear to be a factor.

The exact cause of this collision is still under investigation. The Burbank Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed it to call the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau, at (818) 238-3100.

Councilman Bob Frutos and BPD Honored at Luncheon

On the morning of November 3, the Burbank Coordinating Council hosted their second annual luncheon at Burbank Presbyterian Church, in which City Councilman Bob Frutos was honored along with the Burbank Police Department. 

During the luncheon, funds were collected for holiday baskets to donate to needy families. Last year, they collected enough to donate over 500 baskets, and they hope to give even more this Christmas season.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“The selfless efforts and generosity of the honorees give us an outstanding example of the spirit of generosity that made America strong — and that continues to thrive in Burbank,” said Marsha Ramos, MC for the event.

“Bob and the honorable men and women of the Burbank Police Department have dedicated their lives to public service seeking to protect and improve the lives of children and families in our community.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Councilman Frutos, a Burbank resident of 25 years, has dedicated his life to public service. Beginning at a young age as a police cadet and later becoming a police community liaison officer, he continues in retirement to serve as a reserve officer. Frutos has been on the Burbank City Council for six years, serving one year as mayor.

“He is a generous spirit that stands out, he attracts good, inspires many and seeks to unite us.  He generously offers his time, talent and treasure in support of many worthy causes such as youth and senior services, our public schools, and many community-based organizations and charitable efforts here in Burbank,” said Ramos.

Councilman Frutos was awarded the “Spirit of Giving Award” by the Khalifeh family, on behalf of the BCC. He then said a few words, humbly thanking the community.

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The BPD also received the same award this year. Following the BCC’s recognition of Frutos’ life-long communal service, Ramos spoke about the police department’s positive impact on Burbank residents.

“The men and women in our police department selflessly service the public with courage, honor, and excellence. From responses to residential house calls to the extraordinary coordination of efforts in response to the LA Tuna Fire, the commitment of BPD to preserve life and property is demonstrated every day, 24-7 and an utmost professional way.”

Throughout the year, the BPD is involved with several programs to grow in their interactions with the community. Around Christmastime, officers make phone calls to schedule holiday basket deliveries, collecting food among other gifts, and giving the baskets to families in-person.

For 22 years, they have also participated in “Operation Chill,” a program that rewards kids with free 7-11 Slurpee coupons for good behavior and abiding by the law. Over 19 million coupons have been given out since the program began.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Ramos listed several other communal activities the BPD have put on, including “Shop With A Cop” and “Coffee With A Cop,” both allowing residents to spend time and have conversations with local law enforcement.

During this time of year, officers partner with the Salvation Army to provide Thanksgiving Meals to families who can’t afford to celebrate on their own. BPD has also raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club, Arts for All, and the National Police Officers Memorial.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“It has been said that a hero is someone who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who gives as much as possible to help people. The men and women of The BPD fit the description, an exact match for this definition of a hero,” said Ramos.

A few of the sponsors who helped put on the luncheon include Capes4Cures, Cartoon Network, Burbank Water and Power, Burbank Federal Credit Union, and Handy Market.

Man Arrested For Breaking Into South Hills Church

On Monday, November 6 at 10:15 AM, the Burbank Police Department received a report of a man breaking into South Hills Church, located at 222 S. Victory Blvd. While the police were on their way, an emergency communication operator received a call from a man inside the building, saying he had broken into the church.

The suspect, Andrew Quintana, a 46 year old man from Hesperia, was arrested when police arrived to what they originally assumed was a burglary in-progress. However, Quintana told officers he parked his car in the church’s lot and broke into the building simply to seek “sanctuary.”

“He said he was being chased so he had to break into the church,” said Deryck Artero, the South Hills Church children’s ministry director. “Once he tore down the door handle with a crowbar, he heard the security alarm and called the police on himself, saying that he was being chased.”

Following three services on Sunday, the incident happened to occur on the only day of the week when no one was working at the church office.

“Monday is our day to chill and take a breather. Thankfully no one was in the building,” said Artero.

Quintana was booked for burglary. He is currently being held at $20,000 bail.