Message from the Chief
In April 2017, I had the honor of being sworn-in as the Tigard Police Chief. I have spent the following months getting to know the residents, business owners and elected officials. I have also met with each member of the Police Department to determine their values and any obstacles that impede their work. I learned from officers that "no call is too small" and they take great pride in providing a high level of service to the community. Despite some communities experiencing a strain in police and community relations, the Tigard Police Department is grateful for continuing support from the community.
Demand for police services in Tigard is significantly increasing but our resources have not kept pace. At the same time, Tigard police officers are the first responders to an increasing number of calls about individuals exhibiting signs of crisis related to mental health issues, substance abuse and homelessness. Our department has been proactive in gaining a better understanding of homelessness and its causes. We have been involved in the City’s Homelessness Task Force, and the Washington County "Addressing Homelessness: A Dialogue between Faith and Government" in an effort to identify solutions to these important issues.
In 2017, as guardians of the community, we stood beside our community partners and engaged in difficult conversations on immigration, sanctuary city status, being an inclusive city and implicit bias. The conversation around implicit bias was a focal point at the Building Bridges 2 event at the Muslim Educational Trust.
One of my highlights for the year was the success of the first Police Open House in June. I was amazed with the over 600 community members, young and old, who toured the police facility, watched demonstrations of police tactics and engaged in conversations with our officers.
We move forward as a department focused on implementing the recently completed strategic plan. The plan was developed by understanding our strengths, identifying challenges on the horizon and understanding the needs of the community. We will identify strategic priorities that will guide the decisions we make over the next three years to address critical issues and close the gap between our current state and our future vision.
I am confident that the men and women of the Tigard Police Department are working every day to build public trust and make Tigard a safe community. I am honored to begin my tenure alongside so many dedicated and caring members and to serve a community that supports us.