Meet one of our levy new hires!
Ofc. Chino Pumpelly is one of our newly-hired officers made possible with the passage of the May 2020 police services levy. He worked in private sales and was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s when he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer! He was born in Vietnam and was adopted by a family in southern Oregon, and says that experience helped him be more inquisitive in and curious about other diverse cultures. He is married with two grown children and we are happy to have him!
About the Levy
On May 19, 2020, nearly 55% of Tigard voters approved Measure Number 34-295 a five-year Police Services Levy. The passage of the levy provides:
- Eight additional patrol officers to respond to increased calls for service, multiple emergencies at the same time and neighborhood patrols.
- Another school resource officer to enhance student safety.
- Training for all sworn officers in advanced crisis intervention and de-escalation to address increased mental health crises.
- Additional staff to manage an increase in evidence and records, support data-informed policing, communications and human resources.
Levy Progress Report
By the end of June 2021, the Tigard Police Department successfully hired ten (10) of the eleven (11) levy funded levy positions. What was originally estimated to take two full years, has nearly been completed - full levy staffing is expected by the end of 2021.
Year 1 Accomplishments
Eight (8) Patrol Officers: hired!
All levy-funded patrol officer positions were filled by the end of May 2021 thanks to the hard work of the Police Department’s internal hiring team, including additional background investigators, Human Resources, and community members. We have hired a mix of experienced officers transferring from other departments locally and nationally, as well as people new to law enforcement who must attend the full police academy.
One (1) School Resource Officer (SRO): hired!
The SRO program was placed on hiatus for most of the 2020-2021 school year. After several months of community-based conversations with stakeholders, the Tigard-Tualatin School District voted to continue with a newly-structured SRO program. All three (3) SROs, including the newly funded position, will report to the schools in September.
Two (2) Non-sworn positions: 1 of 2 hired!
The new Property & Evidence Specialist position was filled by the end of June. The position will help process the anticipated increase in evidence gathered by the additional patrol officers and the increase in digital evidence due to the implementation of the department-wide body worn camera program.
Advanced Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)/ De-escalation Techniques: Underway
The advanced level CIT classes, which are required to be held in person, have been delayed due to COVID-19. By the end of June, only two officers have been able to complete any advanced level training in this subject. However, most officers have attended a mandated two-hour virtual de-escalation training during that time.
Year 2 Plans
Non-sworn Police Records Specialist
The Records Specialist recruitment is active and the position should be filled by the end of 2021. This position will help manage the increased level of officer support needed as a result of the new hires.
New Officer Training
By the end of FY 2021-22, we expect that our levy hires will have completed their police academy and coaching training, which takes 12-18 months. At that time, they should be off probation and taking calls in ‘solo status.’
Emergency Response Times Decline
Although lower traffic levels due to COVID-19 have been a contributing factor, response times for emergency calls for service have declined. For the 10 months ending in April 2021, our average emergency response time was 5:57 - an improvement from the 2018 average of 6:14 and the 2019 average of 6:11. As new officers complete their training and become more familiar with the city, we anticipate emergency response times will continue to drop.
Police District Coverage Will Increase
With the additional patrol officers on board, the Department has committed to increasing coverage across the five police districts within Tigard. The current level of coverage is 3 or 4 officers per shift depending upon day of the week. The new coverage is scheduled to be 5 officers on the afternoon shift. We expect this additional coverage will contribute to an ongoing reduction in emergency response times.
Advanced Crisis Intervention Training / De-escalation Techniques
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted, we are in the process of scheduling our officers for newly available trainings. We are in the planning stages to host an advanced CIT class in early 2022.