Message From The Chief
From Police Chief Jim Monger
The tree leaves in Griffith Park are just starting to turn shades of orange, yellow, and red, which reminds me to update the ‘Message from the Chief’ page! I like to update this page every change of season so I can share safety tips, police department updates, and also let you know about fun events we have going here in the Beaverton Police Department and throughout the City of Beaverton. Here is what we have going on this fall:
Monday, August 27 was the first day of school for the Beaverton School District. Remember to drive extra careful around schools and bus pick-up zones. You may want to give yourself a little more time on your commute as more motorists and pedestrians will be on the roads.
Our annual Beaverton Celebration Day Parade will be on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The parade will start on the corner of SW Wilson Ave. and SW Allen Blvd., and end at Griffith Park. I will be walking the parade alongside the Beaverton Police School Resource Officers, who will be riding in a school bus! You won’t want to miss it.
It will be a busy weekend because the very next day, Sunday, September 9, is the Bike Beaverton event! Join your neighbors for an educational safety rodeo with the Beaverton Police Department's bike team, and enjoy a fun community ride. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the City Park fountain at SW 5th Street and Hall Blvd. next to the Library.
I am excited to announce that on Monday, September 17 we will be breaking ground on the site of the new Beaverton Public Safety Center! Be there, as we celebrate the beginning of the city’s new building for our Beaverton Police Department and Emergency Management Services staff to serve the public. The groundbreaking is happening in coordination with Beaverton Welcoming Week activities.
During the month of October, you may notice two ribbon magnets on our patrol cars. One will be purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the other will be pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our officers will also be given the opportunity to purchase and switch out their normal uniform patch for a pink patch. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Friends organization.
This year Halloween falls on a Wednesday and there are many community locations you can take your trick-or-treaters to that are safe and indoors. If you choose to go door-to-door, remember to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If your kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. As for drivers out on Halloween, popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
“No Shave November” is a very popular month around the police department. Our grooming policy, along with our razors, will go away for a month—but only if the officer makes a donation to the selected cancer research organization! Last year the Beaverton Police Department raised over $4,000.00 for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
On Friday, November 30, join Santa Claus, Mayor Denny Doyle, and me at the Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony! The Holiday Open House begins at 4:00 p.m. inside the Beaverton City Library. Outdoor activities begin at 5:30 p.m. across the street at City Park with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m.
With that, the holiday season will be here and we will be dreaming of those hot summer days once again. Please check the calendar on our website along with the City of Beaverton website for all of the latest information on events all year long. Additionally, our Public Information Officer Jeremy Shaw, will post live-breaking information and updates to Facebook, Twitter, and the NextDoor app. Be sure to “follow” the Beaverton Police Department so you don’t miss a thing!
Chief Jim Monger