Dear Pasadena Friends and Neighbors,
We want the members and leadership of the Pasadena Police Department who put on the uniform every day to protect our community to know how much they are valued and appreciated. We're sending a heartfelt thank you to Pasadena Police Chief Eugene Harris and his leadership team and the City Manager Miguel Marquez for their extraordinary work, caring, time, and attention to detail. Harris and Marquez are two thoughtful, caring, and compassionate leaders that lead an extremely talented team of employees for the betterment of Pasadena, and our city is lucky to have them.
We know their job is not easy, and the risks encountered daily to be perfect are limitless. Their decisions are often made in the blink of an eye and those results are scrutinized in the court of public opinion. We know no police officer in Pasadena wants to bring harm or disrespect to anyone they encounter nor to themselves, family, or department. As members of the community, businesses, and residents, we know the police officers who serve us can never be perfect, but excellence is their goal. We also understand that they risk their own lives each and every day as they come across those who want to do us harm and selflessly trade their safety for ours. Is this because of a paycheck and job only? Of course not. It is because of their love for providing excellent public service, along with a love and duty for the city and their profession. We are grateful for these peace officers and for the Pasadena Police Department’s leadership, who work hard to keep each and every one of them safe from harm.
Thank you, Pasadena Police Officers and Association, thank you Chief Eugene Harris, and thank you City Manager Miguel Marquez. Law enforcement in Pasadena and from all around needs our support. Did you know our own Pasadena Police Officers Association was one of the first to denounce the horrific killing of George Floyd months ago and sent a widely-read statement?
Your Pasadena Police Officers and leadership wants to and does do it better and cleaner than anyone else. They are a highly trained, diverse, experienced, and caring group of professionals. They rely on the support of the community and elected officials to be effective in doing so.
It has become commonplace to only hear when things are bad, but the silent majority do not call to thank or reward when things are good or appreciated. We need to support our Pasadena Police Department and key city leadership who support them.
Please show your continued support for our law enforcement professionals who do it right and well.
You will not be forgotten, and we thank you for your service!