Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Humans of Downey - Garth

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"My major in college was architecture. I was going to Cal Poly Pomona and soon, I was going to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Some friends of mine, that were in law enforcement, went with me in my 1970 Camaro to the Lakewood outside theater to see a movie. I parked my Camaro, with its Pioneer Supertuner Cassette Player, in the lot. I came out after the movie and both doors are broken into and they had stolen my stereo. My friends say, 'Hey dude, you got ripped off.' I'm thinking, 'My friends are policemen. Hey, you guys get paid to catch these guys.'

"So, at the time, I was weighing my future plans and what I was currently doing, the drafting and all the drawings. That was a turning point for me, my being a victim of an auto burglary. For me, it wasn't so much that they took the stereo, it was insured, but the damage they did to get to the stereo is what bothered me. So, the next thing you know I applied at Los Angeles PD, Los Angeles Sheriff, and Downey PD. Downey got me and that was the start of my career at Downey Police Department.

"The interesting thing is that the skills I cultivated during my architecture major days, I've used during my policeman days. I've used it to draw crime scene drawings that are very exact and used in prosecutions. We had a murder investigation of an Orange County officer, Tommy De La Rosa, and I was involved in the crime scene drawings for that case. Also, my skills with AutoCAD were used during the O. J. Simpson trial regarding showing elevation of a crime scene. E.g. if you are 6 feet tall and you're across the street, this is what you can see. So, I got to be a part of that which was pretty unique.

"So, that was the beginning of my career in police work. I heard the stories of my friends and thought, 'That would be interesting and exciting.' And it has been. It turned to be exactly as I thought."
~ Garth

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

One ride you don't want to take

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As part of our tour of DPD, Corporal Boggs showed us to the police vehicles. He described himself as "old school" because he still chooses to drive a Crown Vic.

IMG_0227 as Smart Object-1He gave us a demonstration of how uncomfortable it would be to ride in the back of his vehicle. It is a hard-plastic, molded frame and not at all forgiving—and absolutely no room for your feet to go.

And, of course, it's all recorded on the mounted cameras set in place to document what happens when you end up taking the ride you really don't want to take.

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"Bravery is not the absence of fear but ACTION in the face of fear."

Monday, September 26, 2016

The right to remain silent

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This evening, DDP had the privilege of a guided tour through the Downey Police Department (DPD), provided by Corporal Garth Boggs. For the next week (or two), we'll introduce you to Corporal Boggs and some tidbits about life at the station.

You'd think that a 30-year veteran of the police department would know the Miranda warning by heart by now. Well, Corporal Boggs does know it, but he, like the rest of the DPD, carries the Miranda text on a card in his shirt pocket. When it's time to read a suspect his rights, Corporal Boggs pulls the card out of his pocket and "reads" them. All of this is recorded by his body camera (or a camera in the station), so that at trial, it can be shown that all these technicalities were performed, to the letter.

The requirement to inform detained suspects of their constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination (the Miranda warning) has been in effect since 1966. It's an extra burden for the police, but an extra protection for our democratic processes.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's official

Orange Estates signs

We've posted before about the Orange Estates area of Downey, where there used to be more orange trees than houses. (See If you're an orange.) Now it's officially an area, as you can see by the updated street signs with the "D" logo printed on an orange, and "Orange Estates" on top.

Kind of makes me feel special!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Power towers


I did not make it out to take a picture today, so I dipped into a picture I took last year for today's post. It's not a compelling picture (although, I liked that it was close to sunset, I always love the colors). I just thought it was interesting to see the vast number of "power towers" we have in this area of Downey. It makes me wonder how exactly they work. I am thankful for the power they provide.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Signs of fall


I was in Seattle last weekend, where the air was brisk and the leaves were turning colors. It felt like fall, even though fall wasn't officially here yet.

Pumpkin lotBut here in southern California, those aren't the signs we look for. Our leaves are still green, the temperatures are in the 90s, and the only sign of fall is the abundance of pumpkins, including preparations for the pumpkin lot at the local CVS store.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Humans of Downey - Tim and Vanessa


"One of my earliest memories I have is in the early 80s my grandparents had season tickets so we used to go frequently to see the Dodgers. I remember having Dodger dogs and being part of the 'True Blue Club,' that's the kid's Dodger fan club. When we'd go to the Dodger games I got to see my heroes: the pitchers and batters, Hershiser, Fernando, Ron Cey. Those are some of the early memories I have.

"My grandmother used to bring a brass cowbell to the games. Our seats were on the top deck and she would ring it during the game. This was before they banned noise makers. She had been a Dodger fan for a long time so whenever something good was happening she would ring that bell. Also, eating Dodger dogs and putting the peanut shells underneath the seats. In 1988, I got to see the Dodgers win the World Series. I saw Kirk Gibson's fist pumps. I saw the parade and the whole city come together. Those were great memories. Let's hope they do it again this year."
~ Tim

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 International Food & Music Festival


This past Saturday a wide swath of Downtown Downey was cordoned off for the 2016 International Food & Music Festival. There was music for almost every taste and volume level. In addition to music and food there was also art for you to express yourself.

DSC_0830This group, called The Pasadena Transit, entertained the audience with their renditions of Chicago hits.

DSC_0827There were plenty of photo opportunities to show off your Downey pride.

DSC_0822And everywhere you looked there were events for the kids to participate in. This rock-climbing attraction was a big hit with both the parents and kids.