The chief of the Pasadena Police Department announced his retirement Monday, effective April 10.
“The decision to step away from serving my community is a difficult one which took much deliberation and careful thought,” Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a statement released by the police department. “For the past eight years I have had the honor of leading one of the nation’s finest law enforcement agencies, comprised of heroic men and women who serve with distinction in keeping our city safe. Putting on the Pasadena police uniform every day has truly been a humbling experience.”
Sanchez said he was proud of progress made during his tenure, including implementing new technologies such as body-worn cameras and broadening recruitment efforts.
“We have increased the diversity of the police department to reflect the community it serves, all the while enhancing our responses to terror threats at large events, while working hard to deliver exceptional police service,” he said.
Sanchez said that he and his wife Deborah “are blessed to have a large family and after a 38-year career in law enforcement, I look forward to spending time with all of them in the years ahead.”
Sanchez did not make mention in his statement to controversies facing the department, including fire from the Black Lives Matter movement that has criticized the department for alleged police brutality against the African-American community.
–City News Service, staff