Updated: June 1, 2020
THANK YOU, TIGARD!
On May 19, 2020, Tigard voters approved a five-year Police Services Levy by a solid margin, nearly 55% to 45%. With the passage of the levy, we will:
- Hire 8 additional patrol officers to respond to increased calls for service, multiple emergencies at the same time, and community patrols.
- Add one school resource officer to enhance student safety.
- Train all sworn officers in advanced crisis intervention and de-escalation to address increased mental health crises.
We will design reports for accountability of levy funds police services for regular reporting to the community, and continue to communicate as we have been on this webpage and on social media.
The process of hiring additional police officers is underway.
Statement from Mayor Jason Snider
“Tonight is a victory for every one of Tigard’s 53,148 community members. Our Police Department will now have the resources needed to provide the safe and secure Tigard that our community expects and deserves. With the passage of the levy comes great responsibility. The city will fulfill the city council’s promises and will do so in a transparent, financial responsible manner. The entire community will benefit from decreased response times, safer schools, more neighborhood patrols, and officers better equipped to deescalate mental health crises. I invite the community to track our progress on this page.”
Statement from Police Chief McAlpine
“Thank you so much, Tigard, for supporting the Police Services Levy. One thing I have come to value about Tigard is the community support. The Tigard Police Department takes pride in providing a high level of service, and over the years we’ve seen an erosion in our services because the staffing levels have not kept pace with the population growth and the demand for police services. At times we have been challenged in providing the level of service you’ve come to expect, and quite frankly, deserve. With the passage of this levy, we look forward to hiring eight patrol officers to be in your neighborhoods, to conduct timely follow up, to be more geographically distributed and to handle more than one emergency at one time. We will also add one School Resource Officer to be assigned to each of the middle schools so we can provide and focus on school safety, and build relationships with our youth. Every police officer will also receive advanced training in crisis intervention and de-escalation skills to better address those individuals who are exhibiting signs of distress. We will immediately begin to recruit and hire those individuals who reflect our community and possess our core values. During the first year, we will focus on the hiring and training of those new officers. I will be strategic and transparent with your tax dollars. On behalf of the men and women of the Tigard Police Department, I want to thank you for your vote.”