Real Talk with Carl Povilaitis

Carl Povilaitis

Carl Povilaitis, the retired Chief of the Glendale, California Police Department, joins Liza on Real Talk with Liza.

The conversation highlights Glendale’s unique community, its diversity, and the importance of community policing and organizations in improving the city.
Carl talks about his involvement with the Glendale Kiwanis Club, emphasizing the importance of literacy, education, and service to children and the community.

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Nestled in the heart of the community, the Kiwanis Duck Race, under the watchful eye of Chief Povaitis, has become more than just an annual event; it’s a vibrant celebration of community spirit and generosity. Scheduled for May 4, 2024, at Verdugo Park, this event promises fun, excitement, and the opportunity to contribute to a noble cause.

A Day of Fun and Philanthropy with Chief Povilaitis

The Kiwanis Duck Race stands out as a hallmark of community engagement, perfectly blending entertainment with the ethos of giving back. Participants gather at Verdugo Park, eager to release their rubber ducks into the race, hoping for victory but knowing the true win is the support provided to the Kiwanis charity.

The Kiwanis Charity: A Beacon of Hope

At the core of this event is the Kiwanis Charity, an organization committed to changing the world by serving children, one child, and one community at a time. From scholarship programs to supporting pediatric trauma centers, the Kiwanis Club’s initiatives are diverse yet united in their aim to improve children’s lives. The Duck Race serves as a significant fundraiser, enabling the charity to expand its reach and deepen its impact.

The Race Day Experience

As the race commences, thousands of colorful rubber ducks, each adopted by supporters, are set afloat, creating a spectacular sight. The excitement peaks as the community cheers on, waiting to see which duck crosses the finish line first. Beyond the race, Verdugo Park buzzes with activities – food stalls, games, and entertainment, making it a perfect family outing. Chief Povaitis, often seen mingling with families and participants, embodies the spirit of the event – camaraderie, joy, and the shared goal of making a difference.

Why It Matters

Events like the Kiwanis Duck Race are more than just fundraisers; they’re a testament to what communities can achieve when they come together for a common purpose. It’s a reminder that every small contribution counts and that together, we can create waves of positive change. As we look forward to May 4, 2024, let’s rally behind Chief Povaitis and the Kiwanis Club, ready to make a splash for a cause that promises brighter futures for children.

Join us at Verdugo Park for a day filled with joy, community, and the collective power of giving back. Let’s make this year’s Kiwanis Duck Race the most successful yet because when we come together, we float above the rest.

About Chief Carl Povilaitis

Chief Povilaitis has been serving the Glendale community for the past 27 years.   He began his career in law enforcement with the Glendale Police Department in 1990 after graduating from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy class 267 in February of 1991. 

After graduating from the academy, Carl was assigned to the Field Services Division, where he worked in Patrol. He eventually transferred to the Investigative Services Division and completed a tour in the COPPS Unit, focusing on community policing and problem-solving.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2001. In 2002, he transferred to the Support Services Division, where he supervised the Glendale Police Department’s Air Support Unit until he was promoted to Lieutenant.  He served as the Traffic Bureau Commander, where he was responsible for traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, and major/special event planning for the City.

In 2009, he assumed duties as the Special Operations Division Commander to begin developing the DNA lab and the Information Lead Enforcement and Accountability Data Project. Chief Povilaitis was promoted to Captain in 2010 and has overseen all major divisions of the Police Department. In 2013, Carl was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.

He retired in 2022 and is now involved in many charities, including Kiwanis and the Annual Duck Race.

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