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Burbank Police Add New SUVs to Fleet

As the last of the Burbank Police Department’s aging Crown Victoria’s are retired, residents and visitors have become familiar with newly branded Caprice sedans.  While on the outside the new sedans look great, on the inside officers have learned to live with a variety of compromises and limitation.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

According to BPD Sergeant Mark Stohl, the solution has arrived.  Burbanker’s will now see new Ford Explorer SUVs hitting the street on patrol and responding to police service calls.  In fact, the new Explorers have also recently won the “Best Cruiser Vehicle Design” award at the 2014 COPSWEST Expo in Long Beach.

Sgt. Stohl, a big guy himself, noted the Caprices had limited space for officers, with the added danger of hitting knees, arms, legs, and other body parts on keyboard, computer displays, and other essential equipment used by all officers.New Exployer -1 Inside

The new Explorers have ample space for officers, including the tall guys, while driving on patrol, or leaving the vehicle quickly while responding to emergencies and incidents.  No more worries about snagging equipment belts or other equipment on the way out, or finding ways to remain comfortable while on a long shift.

However Sgt. Stohl also explained the new Explorers will also include greatly enhanced IT systems, including an integrated computer display system mounted inside the vehicle’s console – rather than mounted on the “hump.”  With a couple of exceptions, including the tactical radio and keyboard, all other IT systems are in the console display.  The display is powered by a new HP mini-computer, which is also conveniently mounted in the spare tire space, providing additional space in the cargo hold for equipment.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

The new Explorers also have enhancements for those getting free ride to the Burbank Jail.  The back seats have more space, and in addition the seat belts are planned to allow officers much better control over disruptive or non-compliant passengers.  The passenger compartment includes airbags built around the protective cage, providing a safe environment during the short ride to the Police Station.

On the outside of new vehicles, officers will have additional protection while on stops with a new set of strobes (red and blues lights) placed on the vehicle’s body. This not only helps protect officers, but also allows drivers to have better visibility when approaching accidents, traffic stops, and other actions.

The new vehicles are being configured by Hi Standard Outfitters in Orange, Burbank Public Works, and the city’s Information Technology Team.  While each vehicle is slightly more expensive than the current Caprice patrol cars, the Explorers are more efficient, and will cost much less to operate, giving Burbank taxpayers a much better return on their investment in police equipment.New Exployer -Door

As the new Explorers have a different profile than sedans, including all-wheel-drive, a higher center of gravity, and window visibility, officers require some new driving skills and vehicle awareness.  Those skills, as well as pursuit driving in the SUV, are trained and practiced at the Bob Hope Airport.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sgt. Stohl concluded that with luck the new Explorers will replace all of BPD’s patrol vehicles within 3 years.

Family Service Agency Helps Domestic Violence Survivors

It’s been in the news quite frequently as of late – between the Ray Rice video, Aaron Grissom’s arrest and Oscar Pistorius sentencing, domestic violence has been thrust into conversations around the world. But what’s most disturbing about many of these conversations is that they are often riddled with victim blaming, sympathy for the abuser and an outright misunderstanding of what domestic violence is, or how many people are effected.

Many people don’t realize just how prevalent domestic violence is; one in four women in the United States will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and roughly 1.3 million are subject to domestic violence each year. What’s worse, it is one of the most under reported crimes in the country.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Domestic Violence Task Force has created these business size cards for women to carry, they are in 5 different languages, with information where to obtain help. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

So why is it that a crime that is unquestionably horrible so misrepresented in the media? Part of the problem is perception – people are often blind to the issue unless there is blatant visual proof like cuts and bruises. However, there is far more to domestic violence than just the physical abuse.

“All the behaviors on the power and control wheel – none of them are of physical violence. But people have that picture in their head of someone cowered in the corner with bruises,” explains Chris Ramos, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at Family Service Agency of Burbank.

The power and control wheel that Ramos references is a tool that counselors use to explain the various ways that an abuser gains control, from things like financial and emotional abuse, to isolation and intimidation.

“[Clients] will come in who have been living with the emotional abusive behaviors or the financial abusive behaviors and they’ll say ‘but I’m not a victim, I’m not a battered person’ and then you go over the power and control wheel with them,” she said.

Of course, the physical violence is what is most noticeable to the outside observer. When allegations of abuse do surface, often times the blame lands squarely on the abused.

‘Why didn’t she just leave him?’ is a popular question that prove just how deeply engrained the misconceptions are.

Ramos, speaking from personal experience, explained that when women try to leave their abuser, they are met with threats that could include anything from cutting them off financially, to keeping their children from them. Worse yet, many women are faced with death threats if they make any mention of leaving. So rather than risk losing everything, they stay and tolerate the abuse for as long as they possibly can to protect their family.

The support available to women who do decide to leave is also often less than ideal.

When she finally decided to leave her abusive relationship, Ramos explained, she was bounced around from place to place, being told that she should ‘return to where she came from’ and seek help there. When she finally heard about Family Service Agency, however, all of that changed.

“I gave them a call and explained my situation, and they said ‘sure, come on down,’” she said.

She was able to get away from her abuser and bring her children with her, where they attended family and individual counseling, and were provided with all of the necessary tools to restart their lives. A short time later she started volunteering with the program, which led to her eventual hire.

Now, her personal experiences help her to assist other people who are trying to escape their situation.

She explains that there is no maximum capacity for the people they help, and that they will never turn anyone away. It was this that made her so hopeful for what the Family Service Agency Domestic Violence Program could become, knowing that she would be able to give back to her community with the same organization that gave her the fresh start she needed.

So how do we change perceptions about domestic violence? We change the conversation.

“These women are not victims,” Ramos said. “They are survivors.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call Family Service Agency of Burbank at 818-845-7671.

 

Burbank Police Investigate Late Night Fatal Accident

UPDATED Sunday Evening at 9:00 PM

Burbank Police were dispatched to the intersection of Riverside Drive and Gaylord Street at 2:16 a.m. Saturday morning for a reported motorcycle that had struck a parked car.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The original dispatch by Burbank Police reported that the rider of the motorcycle was trapped under a parked car so the Fire Department dispatched a full physical rescue assignment to the scene. Once on scene the solo male rider was extracted from under the rear of the parked car and life saving techniques were performed.

Burbank Paramedics worked quickly on the victim performing CPR, and other emergency procedures, but could not revive him.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Traffic Investigators responded to the scene as Riverside Drive between Niagara Street and Bob Hope Drive was closed in both directions while the investigators looked for reasons why the motorcycle crashed.

Riverside Drive makes a couple of curves and it appeared the motorcycle rider might have been traveling at a high rate of speed causing him to lose control striking the parked car.

The name of the male rider was not released until the Los Angeles County Coroners office made notification to the family.

The street remained closed to 6:00 a.m. until the traffic investigators finished and the Los Angeles County Coroners removed the victim.

UPDATED INFORMATION :The Los Angeles County Coroner identified the motorcycle rider as Kevin Binkley 43 years of Burbank. Per a release from The Burbank Police Department the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Burbank Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Team Honored

Burbank Police Department’s Officer Kristiana Sanchez-Suarez and Jennifer Hunt, Psy.D, who make up the Burbank Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Team (MET), were honored twice recently.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

They were presented with the 2014 Extra MILES recognition award at Pacific Clinics’ 23rd Annual MILES Conference, “Bullying: From Awareness to Action,” on October 21, 2014. They were also honored on Wednesday at the 28th Annual Productivity and Quality Awards held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The MILES (Mental Illness and Law Enforcement Systems) coalition, led by Pacific Clinics, has worked together since 1991. Other coalition partners include the San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs’ Association and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. MILES recognition awards are presented to individuals and programs that go the extra mile to improve the quality of service to this vulnerable population.

Four years ago, the Burbank Police Department created the Mental Evaluation Team (MET) team to respond to a significant increase in mental health-related calls for service. In fact, the number of calls has increased by 91% in less than two years.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Last spring, the Burbank Police Department’s MET team responded to a call from a Burbank middle school resource officer about a possible suicide pact between two 13-year old students. Their interviews with the students also exposed another troubled youth and a female student bully.

The two students kept a graphic journal illustrating their planned suicide pact. They both had troubled home lives. One student told the team about their plan to die in a suicide pact by drug overdose. He had been kicked out of school for repeated violations and had staged a suicide at home a month earlier.

The other student had been sexually abused by a family member. She also told the team about another student who cuts herself frequently and often talks about suicide. This student’s social media account was suspended by the provider for posting pictures of her cuts online. During her interview, she told the MET team that she was sexually harassed by a female student bully. All three students were sent to psychiatric hospitals for assessment.

Unlike thousands of other teenagers, these students were fortunate enough that someone noticed their situation and contacted the Burbank Police MET for assistance.

Joining Officer Kristiana Sanchez-Suarez and Jennifer Hunt, Psy.D, at the event were Chief Scott LaChasse and Patrol Captain Michael Albanese along with several colleagues of Dr. Jennifer Hunt.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Police Investigate Body Found Under a Tree Near Joslyn Center

The Burbank Police received a call at 2:07 p.m. by a grounds keeper of a person sleeping or possibly dead laying under a tree in front of Joslyn Adult Recreation Center at 1301 West Olive Avenue. The first police officer arrived on scene within two to three minutes and determined that the body of a female transient appeared deceased.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department secured the area, and detectives were called as they are involved with any deaths. Along with forensics personnel, they combed the area looking for anything suspicious.

The sidewalk that runs in front of Joslyn was closed off for the security of securing the scene and the Los Angeles Coroner was notified. It will be the coroners department that determines the cause of death but it appeared to be natural causes at the scene.

The body was removed by the coroners department and the police department wrapped up its investigation, removing the police line tape around 6:00 p.m.

More information will be provided by the Burbank Police at a later time.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

 

Pickup Truck Hits a Car and Ricochets Into House Across the Street

Burbank Police are still investigating what happened Thursday afternoon when they were requested to the 2000 block of Rose Street after a pickup truck struck a curb, a car and then a house.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police dispatched several units Code-3 (lights & sirens) after receiving several 911 calls of a car which struck a house.

The Fire Department also dispatched a full assignment of two fire engines, a truck company, paramedic rescue and a battalion chief. Once the first police officer arrived on scene, it was discovered that no one was trapped and the car actually didn’t make entry into the house.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank traffic units also responded and took pictures, measurements, and then headed to Holy Cross Trauma Center where the driver was transported by Burbank paramedics.

They believe the driver hit a curb, made a 180, and struck a BMW SUV sitting in its driveway. The truck then bolted across the street into a driveway striking the house. The elderly driver was taken Code-3 to the trauma center with serious injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Police Traffic Enforcement Responds to Citizen Complaints

The Burbank Police Department heard loud and clear at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening that residents in the vicinity of the proposed Talaria project are tired of the traffic violations that occur on a regular basis along Alameda Avenue, west of Olive Avenue.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Several residents spoke of the problems including blocked intersections and cars not observing signage. A few residents even showed videos during the City Council meeting of the violations.

In response to the problems, Burbank Police Traffic Enforcement sent several motor officers to the area Wednesday afternoon. Numerous cars were cited for violating vehicle codes. The enforcement detail will continue as needed, according to police sources.

The city is looking at solutions to help the residents along Avon, Lima and California Streets at this time, without waiting to see if the project is passed.

The hearing for the proposed Talaria project is slated to continue next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Police and Fire Observe September 11

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

September 11 will be remembered by all. For the Burbank police officers and firefighters it means a lot more. The city safety officers know that what they do day in and day out is a risk. That risk is the same risk that the firefighters and police officers along with the Port Authority officers did that day in 2001 at Ground Zero.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank safety personnel along with all the firefighters in fire stations in the complete Verdugo fire system lined up outside their stations, lowered their flags to half staff and stood to attention at 7:46 am as Verdugo fire recited the numbers lost on September 11, 2001.

Several Burbank firefighters went back to New York City to assist in digging out fellow firefighters and others in the Twin Towers. All commercial flights were shut down and the late celebrity Robin Williams offered the firefighters his personal jet to take them back to Ground Zero, the recent loss of Williams meaning more to them than others.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank firefighters from Station 11 returned to New York and met and consoled their fellow comrades at New York Station 11. Inside Burbank Station 11 is a wall decor that reminds them everyday of their fellow firefighters that perished in 2001.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilman Jess Talamantes (far left), a retired Burbank Fire Captain, joined his fellow firefighters for the short moment of silence at Thursday’s remembrance.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Extremely Quick Response From Burbank Police Nabs Burglary Suspect

Burbank Police received a call of a residential burglary in progress in the 600 Block of Priscilla Lane late Friday evening and they dispatched several units, two of them Code 3 with lights and siren.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The responding units were dispatched at 9:29 p.m. and the first unit arrived on scene within two minutes at 9:31 p.m. and got a description of the suspect who had kicked in a door and made entry to a house, with the occupant inside. The additional responding units which included a K-9 Officer and helicopter started to setup a permiter in the neighborhood so the fleeing suspect could not get out of the area.

The suspect couldn’t get far with the area surrounded, and within a couple of minutes the K-9 Officer spotted the suspect hiding in a empty field nine houses from where he broke in.

UPDATED Tuesday Sept 2nd @ 9:45 PM  According to Burbank Police the alleged suspect Gary Nutt 35 of Burbank was taken into custody and positively identified by the homeowner who had chased him from his home.

Nutt who was booked into Burbank Police Jail for residential burglary, and providing police with False I.D.

This story previously reported that Brandon Ritter 35 was arrested, and charged, police corrected this to the above named suspect after they determined false identification was provided.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Semi-Truck Unexpectedly Runs into Macy’s Department Store

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During the late night hours of Monday evening, a semi-truck accidentally struck the front door area of the Burbank Macy’s store on San Fernando Blvd. and Cypress Street.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded to find a truck and trailer sitting up on the curb at the Macy’s storefront. They immediately requested Burbank Fire Department to respond.

Burbank Firefighters arrived on scene and poured absorbent on leaking oils and fluids. The firefighters checked for damage inside the store and found minimal. As a precaution, firefighters removed some of the damage slate material that was struck and a building inspector was called.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Police officers on scene reported that the driver had stopped in front of IKEA and got out to check where her delivery was suppose to go and the trucks’ parking brake might not have been set properly. The truck and trailer then rolled a couple of hundred feet and came to rest on the curb in the storefront.

The store received damage to the slate material and a concrete stop. The damage to the truck was unknown but it was going to have to be towed by a commercial towing firm to a repair station.

There were no injuries and the incident occurred on private property so the driver was not cited.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)