Message From The Chief
During the month of November the Beaverton Police Department participated in the popular “no-shave November” fund raising campaign. Department members raised over $4,000.000 for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
As we head into December, keep an eye out on both the Police Department and City’s website for fun holiday events going on around the city. You won’t want to miss Santa Claus and Mayor Denny Doyle at the Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2! The Holiday Open House begins at 4:00 p.m. inside the Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street). Outdoor activities begin at 5:30 p.m. across the street at City Park with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. In addition to the open house and tree lighting, the City will be collaborating with the German International School to host the annual German Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the City Park parking lot. The market brings the traditions of a European winter holiday including German food, crafts, live music, wine and beer tastings and more!
An unfortunate reminder of the holiday season is the increase in DUIIs and porch thefts. If you witness a driver you suspect is under the influence, please call 911. Alternatively, with convenient ride-share apps such as Uber and Lyft, we urge you to take advantage of these services when traveling to and from holiday parties if you plan to indulge in some adult beverages. The goal is for everyone to have a good time but to always arrive back home, safely. Packages stolen from porches increases during the holiday season. Some tips to keep in mind when ordering packages are to request a specific time frame or date for packages to be delivered, require a signature for delivery, and/or have the package sent to your place of business (if it is allowed). Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood and if something looks out of place or you have witnessed what you believe to be a package theft, please call the non-emergency phone number at 503-629-0111.
Car accidents also increase during the winter months. How could we forget the “snowpocalypse” traffic nightmare we experienced in early 2017? Regardless of your experience in driving in wintry conditions, there are some situations that you just can’t control and accidents can happen. As we head into winter, here are some tips from AAA for winter driving that can help to keep you, your passengers and others on the road safe.
- Check your tires. To have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread.
- Replace windshield wiper blades.
- Use your headlights so that others will see you and we hope, not pull out in front of you.
- If the road looks slick, it probably is. This is especially true with one of winter's worst hazards, "black ice." Also called "glare ice," this is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely.
- Learn how to get maximum efficiency from your brakes before an emergency. If you drive on icy roads or roads that are covered with snow, modify your ABS technique. For vehicles without ABS, push the brake pedal hard until the wheels stop rolling, then immediately release the brake enough to allow the wheels to begin turning again. Repeat this sequence rapidly. Your goal is to have the tires producing maximum grip regardless of whether the surface is snow, ice or damp pavement.
- Finally, if you don’t feel safe driving, stay home.
A lot of progress is being made on the design of the new Public Safety Building. Plans to break ground in late 2018 are moving forward and we encourage you to keep an eye out for more updates on the site designs in our special insert inside of the January/February issue of the Your City newsletter.
And finally, a new change is coming in 2018. Many of you probably do not know that the city is broken down into four districts for police response or any idea what district you live or work in. There is really no reason that you should since all that matters is that when you call we come to help. The districts are so that your police officers know what area of the city they are responsible for and what officer to send to a 911 call.
We believe the last time there was an evaluation of the geographical distribution of our officers was over 20 years ago. After this current evaluation, we believe that adding a fifth district will help us to continue providing the best service to our community. By adding the fifth district, we were able to make all the districts closer to the same size. By doing this, we hope that our response time stays the same or gets a bit shorter by reducing the distance a district office needs to go.
Most districts will have one officer assigned per shift, and our shifts overlap. This means that normally there should be at least two officers working each district. By making the districts closer in size, these officers can better serve the community members in their district.
Our hope is that there will be a better response to priority one and two calls (these are calls related to serious injury, weapons, violent person crimes), lower the waiting times for the other priority level calls, and better geographic distribution of patrol resources, improving efficiency.
Wishing you all a lovely holiday season and safe winter.
Chief Jim Monger