Irwindale is loosing a good police chief

Irwindale is loosing a good police chief

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Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#1 May 17, 2013
IRWINDALE -- Police Chief Dennis B. Smith is resigning as police chief effective May 24, according to an email he sent to City Hall recently.

Smith was sworn in as police chief in June 2011 with a five-year contract that paid him $150,000 a year. He previously was a lieutenant with the Claremont Police Department.

However, under his watch, the Irwindale Police Department has had problems with a number of officers who are under investigation or charged with crimes.

Officer Dennis Alva, 47, has been charged with stealing his 89-year-old father's life savings of $250,000, which was hidden in a garage. Alva pleaded not guilty to the charge last month in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Two other officers are under investigation for alleged criminal sexual incidents.

One officer is accused of a sexual assault on a woman during a traffic stop in October. The officer left the department during the investigation.

Another officer is on paid administrative leave due to charges he had inappropriate relationships with Explorer Scouts.

In 2012, a high ranking officer, Lt. Mario Camacho was named in two lawsuits. A suit filed in federal court in July by Officer Rudy Campos claimed Campos didn't get overtime and got bad performance evaluations after he voted against a contract item Camacho favored.

A suit filed on Dec. 11 in Los Angeles Superior Court claimed

Camacho sexually harassed Alma Chavez, a nonsworn police cadet.

Requests for comment from Mayor Julian A. Miranda and City Manager John Davidson were not immediately answered.

Smith announced his resignation in a May 6 email to the staff of Irwindale City Hall.

Smith wrote:

"After almost 30 years in law enforcement I have decided to retire as Chief of Police, effective May 24, 2013. It has been a privilege to serve and protect the citizens of Irwindale and my honor to have led the men and women of the Irwindale Police Department."
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#2 May 17, 2013
Breceda wants him gone so he can control the police department

Let me give you some examples of his control before Chief Smith

Rosemary Ramirez beat up her husband. Domestic assault call. The police had her in cuffs. Breceda was notified and ordered them to release her. No charges were filed.

Rosemary Ramirez's 15 year old son involved in a hit and run. Police discovered a front license plate and went to her house to arrest the boy. Breceda was notified and no charges were filed.

Breceda's live in illegal alien was stopped for driving Breceda's truck over 100 miles an hour down Irwindale ave. The police just took him to Breceda's house.

Baldwin Park Council woman Marlen Garcis's 15 year old unlicensed daughter stole her mothers car and was stopped in Irwindale driving with no lights on. Breceda was called and NO charges were filed.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#3 May 17, 2013
Breceda cousin

The Azusa Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, are investigating Officer Dennis Alva on suspicion of stealing a large sum of money from a family member in Azusa, officials said. The allegation was made in late December.

"A family member of Dennis Alva reported that Dennis allegedly took a large amount of cash from a family member," Azusa police Lt. Steve Hunt said in a written statement.

"Reportedly, the theft took place over an extended period of time," Hunt said. "The Azusa Police Department investigated the allegations and forwarded the facts of the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Justice System Integrity Division."

The theft took place over an extended period of time

The allegation was made in late December.

The Azusa Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, are investigating

How is Chiefs Smith responsible for this.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#4 May 17, 2013
The most recent complaint, filed Dec. 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that Camacho sexually harassed Alma Chavez, a non-sworn police cadet who started working with the department in 2008. She alleged that Camacho held her hand, kissed her and groped her while they were on duty, sometimes in his office or city-owned car.

Initially, she rebuffed his advances, but gave in when he created "a hostile work environment," according to the lawsuit. When Chavez accepted Camacho's advances, he promised her a full-time permanent position with the city.

Camacho "would be really mean to her and make it difficult for her at work, but when she accepted the advances he was really nice to her," said Brandi Harper, a lawyer representing Chavez and Campos. "When she started, she was 19 years old, her dream was to be a police officer and he knew it."

During Chavez's more than four years of employment at the Irwindale Police Department, Camacho gave her gift cards worth hundreds of dollars at Victoria's Secret and Forever 21, as well as a Tiffany's bracelet and Louis Vuitton purse, according to court records..

Over a four year period.

This happened 3 years before Chief Smith Chiefs
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#5 May 17, 2013
What about Rosy Breceda's daughter the Irwindale dispatcher got knocked up by a married Irwindale Officer.

That happened before Chief Smith

And it was Mark Breceda who got her the job with no experience Not Chief Smith
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#6 May 17, 2013
Two other officers are under investigation for alleged criminal sexual incidents.

One officer is accused of a sexual assault on a woman during a traffic stop in October. The officer left the department during the investigation.

Looks like Chief Smith handled that serious problem correctly.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#7 May 17, 2013
Irwindale citizens YOU need to wake up.

Mark Breceda has no business running the Irwindale Police Department.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#8 May 17, 2013
"We took this matter very seriously," Smith said. "As soon as the allegation was brought to our attention, the employee of concern was placed on administrative leave and we immediately launched an administrative investigation.

Chief Smith did a good job.

What should he have done differently. Maybe pull his gun and shoot them.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#9 May 17, 2013
They had a cop at Irwindale once, a Sergeant who told the Chief about another Sergeant having sex with explorers, and told the Chief about Camacho and some other 'dirty' cops. This guy was a good, honest cop with a spotless record for over 15 years. Within a week after crossing the blue line to do something about the bad cops, he ends up with false charges, a threatened demotion, and possible termination for his efforts. I heard that after his attorney got involved, they quietly retired him with a large payoff and a gag order. They forced him out to keep their dirty secrets a secret -- now look what happened. Sad...an honest cop tries to do right and gets crucified for it.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#10 May 17, 2013
@Thin Blue Line
Yes I do remember that good cop...he was always in the paper doing good things with the homeless and he was the DARE officer for like 8 years or something. He's the one that told Chief Sol Benudiz about the corruption and sexual misconduct back in 2006. I heard Benudiz tried to screw him over for breaking the code and the good cop got a lawyer, sued for a retirement, forced the Chief and (2) Lieutenants "retire/leave" afterwards. Also heard that he got a large settlement to keep quiet about all of it. You blow the whistle in Irwindale, and you get quietly whisked away into the night.

This was before Chief Smith
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#11 May 17, 2013
Read this and tell me that Chief Smith is the problem

Anglo-Latino Rivalry Splits Irwindale Police
May 11, 1986|MARK ARAX | Times Staff Writer

The police department in the tiny city of Irwindale is so fractured by a feud between Anglo and Latino officers that some are wiring themselves for sound and secretly recording conversations with fellow officers, the chief of police and the city manager.

Two years after a private consultant warned city officials that the feud between the two rival groups in the 27-man department threatened public safety in the eastern San Gabriel Valley city of 1,000, police personnel say conditions have gotten even worse.

A handful of officers in one camp say they received death threats after they reported assaults on Latino prisoners and incidents of police misconduct to the chief and city officials.

Several policemen said they so fear for their lives that they are compelled to wear bugging devices as a means of protection and gathering evidence against other officers.

"The threats that I received were on my life," said one Latino officer who, like many of those interviewed, asked that his name not be used. "The people who made them are very serious. It's pretty heavy."

Six weeks ago, a reserve officer who had received a death threat earlier was shot at while on patrol. The officer, who was not hit, had parked his squad car and was walking to check a building when four shots rang out in the distance. Four bullets were recovered from the car. No arrests have been made in the shooting--the first involving an on-duty Irwindale officer in 12 years.

The feuding factions split roughly along racial lines, with white officers in one group that in the past year has become commonly known as the "A Team" and Latino officers in another group called the "B Team." Several Anglo officers who have befriended Latino colleagues and belong to the "B Team" say they have been ostracized by rival white officers.

Officers in both camps interviewed by The Times during a month long investigation say the department's problems have been allowed to deteriorate because Irwindale is a city where the same entrenched families control the City Council and the Police Department, and they are reluctant to criticize each other.

These families have run local politics and the Police Department since this city's incorporation in 1957, overseeing its transformation from a dusty town of gravel quarries 26 miles east of Los Angeles to a wealthy city of industries including companies like Miller Brewing.

Their control, however, has not been without controversy. In 1972, City Councilman Richard Breceda was recalled in an election while he was on trial for allegedly taking part in a conspiracy to blackmail then-Mayor Richard Diaz into supporting poker parlors.

The case became known as the "spiked enchilada caper" because a hypnotic drug was used in a plate of enchiladas to drug Diaz and then pose him beside a nude woman. Breceda was acquitted, but three other defendants alleged to have conspired with him pleaded guilty or were convicted.

The feud within the Police Department began about 10 years ago as a personality dispute between two officers, one of whom is Breceda's brother, and has escalated to the point that the entire police force stands divided and distrustful.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#12 May 17, 2013
In the early ’70s, Richard Diaz, who was a longtime mayor, was the target of a blackmail plot that involved spiked enchiladas, lewd pictures, drugged drinks and chloroform. All were an attempt to blackmail him into backing legalized gambling in the city. The effort failed, and people went to jail in connection with that mess.
A ’60s investigation into corruption prompted me to hunt down the picture on the photo above.
I read a July 10, 1961, story written by several reporters, including recently retired editor Bill Bell, who used Lewis Bell as a byline and who Frank Girardot, our city editor, believes is the young man with glasses typing away at his computer in the photo.
In the article, the prose rattled with condemnation and characterizations of crooked elections, investigations, recalls, hamstrung law enforcement and dictatorial leaders.
“Irwindale is a city scared out of its wits. Appearance of a stranger is enough to send women scurrying into their yards to fetch their children indoors.”
The headline on the story was:“Irwindale Exclusive: City Scared, Honest Cops Wait It Out.”
The photo was taken while reporters were working on the scandal. A West Covina police officer was there for protection, and reporters were armed when they went to Irwindale meetings. Yes. It was a simpler time.

Breceda's father was indicted on that one. Not Chief Smith.
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#13 May 17, 2013
The 2nd District Court of Appeal said in its decision that the four officials spent "shocking" amounts of city money and showed an "abuse of the public trust." But the court said Los Angeles County prosecutors withheld two key documents from the grand jury that indicted them.

Who will run the Irwindale Police Department better.

Chief Smith. Or Embezzler Breceda

Irwindale watch your money
Car Parker

Glendale, CA

#14 May 17, 2013
Okay I have thought a little bit on this....um, I think Breceda will do a much better job and won't inappropriately touch the employees or harass the officers like Camacho or Smith ! I nominate Mark Breceda For Chief. See you at next weeks council meeting
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#15 May 18, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
Okay I have thought a little bit on this....um, I think Breceda will do a much better job and won't inappropriately touch the employees or harass the officers like Camacho or Smith ! I nominate Mark Breceda For Chief. See you at next weeks council meeting
Mark Breceda won't inappropriately touch the FEMALE employees
Ha ha ha

San Diego, CA

#16 May 18, 2013
Car Parker wrote:
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Mark Breceda won't inappropriately touch the FEMALE employees
James hunley inappropriately touches himself.
Ha ha ha

La Puente, CA

#18 May 18, 2013
Unbelievable wrote:
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but we all know Breceda loves men more.
I guess those two homosexuals James Cuntley and Greg Tittle don't have anything to worry about since they're not men. They're more like college students who are experimenting with each others disgusting bodies.
Car Parker

United States

#19 May 18, 2013
Ha ha ha wrote:
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I guess those two homosexuals James Cuntley and Greg Tittle don't have anything to worry about since they're not men. They're more like college students who are experimenting with each others disgusting bodies.
How did you know? Where you looking through my window again? Darn, I need to get a set of blinds! Village People Forever.
Car Barker

Reno, NV

#20 May 20, 2013
The title reads....."Irwindale is losing a good chief.". Where is he? I know they have not had a good chief for several years since Julian Miranda! I've been told there have been some good interim chiefs but not good regular full time ones. So I don't know what this fool was talking about when this discussion was started. Clueless Idiot!
Car Parker

Monrovia, CA

#21 May 20, 2013
Irwindale watch your money

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