Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sierra Madre Weekly (May 6, 2016): Sierra Madre Police Chief Says Department Will Be Back In Full Swing By September

(Mod: Given his near-rumored departure from this community, plus the continued and apparently unending presence of the LASD on the streets of Sierra Madre each evening, can we now say with confidence that Chief Giannone's bold predictions in the following article are today no longer operative? Link to the original here.) 

Sierra Madre Police Chief Says Department Will Be Back In Full Swing By September

SMPD Takes on Bold New Look: Starting May 1, the officers and dispatchers from the Sierra Madre Police Department (SMPD) were sporting a new look with redesigned badges and patches. “This will be the new fresh look as we continue to rebuild the police department and add new officers and dispatchers to the SMPD family, Chief Larry Giannone said in a Facebook post.

“We want to thank the community for your support while we transitioned from some tough times to a newer, brighter department. Very soon you will see some new faces out in the community. Recruitment is going well and we are focused with embedding the officers, both new and old back into the community so we may continue to provide the high level service that not only keeps our small town safe, but allows the citizens to know their police department and for the police department to know the members of our community,” said SMPD Chief Giannone.

The recruiting process is going “very well,” according to Giannone, “We have three new officers graduating from the police academy on Wednesday, May 4. Once they are done with the orientation phase, they will start their field training at the end of May or first week of June. Additionally we have two more officers in backgrounds and are looking at sending two more officers to the police academy in July. In addition we just promoted one of our officers to sergeant, opening up a potential spot for another anxious recruit. For the first time in years, with the hard work of Lieutenant Donna Cayson who is assigned to the recruiting process, we actually have a fairly long list of potential employees that we can hire,” Giannone told the Sierra Madre Weekly.

While the department has been under considerable fire from many directions due to the mass exodus and the perceived take-over by LASD, Giannone maintains confidence the department will be up and running by September, “Providing the background checks and other procedural requirements go well were are hoping to be back up to full staff by the end of the year. We will however be able to start patrolling the community again full time by September, providing everything goes well with the hiring and training process.

Regarding the new badges [some questions arose about the building on the badge] the building matches our patches, which is the old city hall. This fresh look and fresh start has reinvigorated our officers and everyone is excited about rebuilding the department, training the new officers, and getting them back into the community as soon as possible,” Gianonne stressed.

In conclusion the chief said, “We have great community support, continued support from our city councilmembers, and the city staff has been wonderful helping us get through the past several months. We are excited about the future and know that the community is excited to get us back as well.”

(Mod: Of course, the Chief didn't say which September. There are many more of that special month to come, I'm sure. We'll be certain to keep you up to date with any further developments just as soon as that information becomes available.)

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44 comments:

  1. Keep us updated on the Recycling Commission as well. This community needs to stay informed.

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  2. So is he leaving or staying?

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  3. No tears or sad face when any of the leave.

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  4. Your tax dollars at workSeptember 21, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    That would be February to current at a net cost of $60k a month.

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    1. It's OK. The UUT increase will pay for it.

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    2. I believe the LASD's evening patrols are costing the city around $110,000 a month. We now bear the cost of having two police departments.

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    3. Good thing taxes were raised!

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    4. With new patches I feel safer already

      Does the Sheriff's Department tout how many inexperienced and new officers they put on the street?

      The residents have more experience policing than our own PD

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  5. Maybe there should a community raffle. Those chosen at random get to be police officers.

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  6. The building on the patches matches old city hall. I don;t know what building that is on the badge.

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    1. No, the old city hall is across the street from the Bottle Shop, and that is not what it looks like.

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    2. are these patches photoshop proof?

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    3. Look again, 7:53. It's not a good likeness, but it is that building.

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    4. The building on the patch IS the old city hall. The fire trucks used to be housed there, thus the big garage door on the left. When it was converted to offices, the large door was eliminated. It looks like Independence Hall has been put on the badges.

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  7. A patch is easier to order with local art work that a metal badge. The badge looks like a generic mid-Western schoolhouse.

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  8. This bunch could show up for the puffery of the Cities Active Shooter presentation but NOT for the National Night Out which brings in emergencies resources from many areas to help citizens prepare for emergencies both natural and human caused.

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  9. I hope their will be a redesign of their mustaches.

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  10. Do we know when the SMPD will be back to full staff?

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    1. amazing - we're hiring fresh out of school graduates to dominate our force and the Chief considers that a positive?

      what a moron

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    2. Are they old enough to go into the Buc in case of trouble?

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    3. Is Officer Amos one of the training officers?

      This is how you shoot an unarmed man in the back and get promoted....

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  11. The building is that of the old Fire Station with a fire pole from second floor to first. The Police Station is right next door with the only real jail in town; converted now to the town's only real bed and breakfast that can be rented for an overnite stay.
    The buildings new owner has been paying the electrical bill for the City for years; because no one noticed the mistake in billing.
    Appears everything is back to "normal" for the town of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"; filmed here in Kersting
    Court and the "other" original hotel. Glad to know the Chief is staying and glad that information is released and forthcoming from the Department; I hope that will be a new tradiction that citizens can count on from now on.

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    1. The Chief is staying? Where has that information been released?

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  12. Hey I just watched the old 1980s comedy 'Better Off Dead' and realized it was filmed partly in Sierra Madre! Baldwin Ave particularly.

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  13. It would be great to have Production Companies return to town; the Council should "re-start" all those restrictive location and rental fees. "We" have the UUT forever tax in place; time to stop the over reach and crazy fee structure. No wonder the Hart Park House with that brand new kitchen is very seldom rented out. No wonder Film Companies return to other towns.

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    1. The film companies that have been in our neighborhood behave like teenagers whose parents are out of town. There isn't enough money in fees to make up for the disruption those arrogant and careless crews bring with them.

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  14. The city government's number 1 priority is pension fund raising.

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  15. Inconvenience? How about the pick up and drop off of all the schools in town? How about the slow all in a row, Kenniston Senior outings when crossing the street? I don' t recall any fees making up for these.

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  16. How bout them Dodgers? I know! and on Vin Sully day :(

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    1. Andrew Toles. Rookie of the Year.

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  17. Let's get this party started ! Breaking news...
    New word for Democratics: Trumpacratics.

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    1. Dunno dude. Getting really bored with all that.

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  18. Have to admit one elephant in the room is the fantastic job the sheriffs have done for us at night. I've had my share of dealings with them due to an ongoing noise problem, and they have really stepped up to handle the issue in a way the SMPD never did. I had no strong opinion during the SMPD vs. sheriff/UUT debate, but after seeing the sheriffs in action, well, let's just say I'm not in a rush to return to normalcy.

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  19. City is putting out a press release today dealing with personnel changes and the future of the Sheriffs in SM. I will share it when I get it.

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  20. The best thing about the Sheriff is that they use common sense in dealing with hard core offenders who make u-turns downtown.

    To that end, the boobs who worked nights at SMPD until February would see a punk a** u-turn geezer fighting for a spot on Baldwin so he/she wouldn't have to walk 100 yards to feed their face. SMPD would pull said geezer over right in front of the al fresco seating at Wistaria or Casa Del Rey. The SMPD boob would then spend the next 20 minutes ruining our small town atmosphere - not to mention my sapphire martini up with a twist - by blasting their radio and their lights. It looked like a murder had taken place. All the while cars would back up on Baldwin and try to drive around the "crime" scene because the boobs were blocking one of the two available lanes.

    The Sheriff has never done this. Hooray for professional policing!

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    1. Sheriff dept. corrupt.

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    2. Sleeping Lives Matter.September 21, 2016 at 12:49 PM

      By the way, what ever happened to that poor guy in the Murano that SMPD ventilated with a 9MM?

      Is he okay? Did he get a big settlement from the City, or are we still litigating with him? is the officer that capped him still on the force?

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    3. 12:49, the settlement was confidential

      the officer (Amos) who freaked out and shot him - he got promoted and still racks up overtime

      got give Amos credit, he was able to get the bullets out of his shirt front pocket - load and blast away before the guy was able to fully wake up and crawl out of his vehicle



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    4. All the ones that could left. Those left behind got promoted. Like Ed Delacoure.

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  21. Sure; he's on horse back now. Don't jump in front of a moving equine.

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  22. Didn't the guy jump out of a car trunk ?

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