Watch commander: “Nope. Nothing. It’s probably the weather.” (By the way, most cops blame the weather when it’s too cold, too hot, too foggy, too windy, too rainy or too mild.) I have no doubt similar exchanges have taken place over the past month with watch commanders in Montebello. We’ve reported nothing, because we’ve been told nothing. Yet, confidential memos from the Police Department to members of the City Council indicate plenty of violence has occurred in the gritty community on the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Valley. Some examples: 11:30 p.m. Sept. 29 – A woman walked into the emergency room at Beverly Hospital after she was shot in the face near the intersection of Poplar and Lincoln avenues. 1:48 a.m. Oct. 1 – A 31-year-old man was shot several times as he stood with other friends in the 400 block of North Maple. 4:50 p.m. Oct. 2 – A car-to-car shooting was reported near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Garfield Avenue. A nearby house was hit by stray gunfire. Several pedestrians witnessed the shooting. None were hit. 6:40 p.m. Oct. 8 – “An adult received gunshot wounds, non-life threatening.” In August, a sheriff’s deputy was shot in the face serving a search warrant in the 900 block of Orcutt. He survived and will fully recover. About 10 days ago, a woman with a gun was seen near the Senior Center, about an hour later a woman matching her description was reported firing shots at City Park. I did a quick check of our archives and found that none of these incidents made their way into the paper or onto our Web site. Montebello isn’t alone. Similar incidents have occurred in Baldwin Park, where police officers have told me they are not allowed to speak to the newspaper about crime in the city. Similarly in Pasadena, staff photographer Keith Birmingham was harassed by the Police Department when he went to shoot photographs of a fire at Brookside Country Club on Thursday. What are we to do? We could ban stories on missing persons, wanted persons and stop promoting police department plans to buy high-tech gadgetry. Except we don’t work that way. The better approach – and it’s the one our reporters are using – is to not let the lack of cooperation from some become a roadblock to our readers. That’s called a working relationship. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext 2717 Frank Girardot is the city editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Visit his blog at www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here’s how we work. Every morning during the week a reporter comes in early, about 7a.m., and makes a round of what we know as “cop calls.” A typical exchange goes something like this: Reporter: “Hi, this is Frank Girardot, with the newspaper. I’m calling to see what happened overnight.” Watch commander: “Nothing.” Reporter: “So, no arrests? No domestic violence calls? No drunken drivers? No shootings?” We’re supposed to have a working relationship with the cops. They want to use us to find missing persons, wanted suspects and promote their purchases of the latest gadgetry. And we expect them to be forthcoming about crime in the neighborhoods where you live. Because we’re always looking for news, we pretty much hold up our end of the bargain. But, lately some local police departments haven’t been too friendly – or forthcoming, for that matter – when it comes sharing information.