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Minutes Matter: Tigard Police Levy

Why Does Tigard Need a Levy?

Since 2013, calls for police service have increased 24% and emergency response times have risen by 21% to an average of 6 min. and 14 sec. Each year, officers respond to more calls related to mental health crises, addiction and homelessness. Despite the growth in demand, officer staffing levels have remained the same. On many shifts, there are 3-4 patrol officers fielding calls for service, which is not enough to respond to more than one high priority call occurring simultaneously.

When You Need Us, Minutes Matter 
Chief McAlpine provides an overview of Tigard police services and current staffing challenges. Our goal is to be “there when you need us” from saving a life to improving the quality of life.

Messages from the Mayor

Mayor Jason SniderKeeping Tigard Safe: "However, our police officers will continue to face an increasing number of calls for service, with less time to respond to each. Every minute matters when responding to an alleged robbery or assisting a victim of domestic violence. A minute can be the difference in saving a life or apprehending a violent criminal. With this in mind, I encourage you to watch a brief video that details a typical day shift for Officer Eric Enzenberger:"

Just Okay is not Okay: "Now consider what happened on April 24 – our police department responded to three major incidents. Officers worked throughout the night to capture two suspects in a shooting stemming from a disagreement among two couples. The first suspect was immediately apprehended, while the second suspect was captured hours later trying to elude police by hiding in Fanno Creek."

Perseverance of Tigard Police:
"As a parent of three school-aged children, I was thankful for Officer Sanders’ efforts to revive a 14-year-old race participant who collapsed at Fowler Middle School. Officer Sanders administered an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and monitored the teenager during these critical minutes. His actions, along with those of an off-duty Beaverton police officer, stabilized the teen, who was transported to a hospital and ultimately survived.

A Day in the Life of a Police Officer

A Day in the Life of a Police Officer
The Minutes Matter Video features a typical day in June 2019 when Officer Eric Enzenberger responded to 15 calls for services on day shift, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Minutes Matter

The Tigard Police Department is an engaged, resilient and progressive department working to make your community safer and more livable. In this series of articles, Tigard Police covers a wide range of topics including making a positive impact on the homeless community, growing work load from issuing warrants, and working the graveyard shift. 

Tigard Police - Minutes Matter

Levy and Bond Advisory Task Force

The Levy and Bond Advisory Task Force is tasked with providing feedback about the levy to Council.

We are
exploring the following questions:
  • Which specific services do voters most value and would be willing to pay for?
  • What information do voters need to better understand the finances, the service levels and the ask?
  • What communication tools and messages are most effective about delivering the information?

Full details are here.

What's Happened So Far?

Staff Contact
Kathy Nyland
Assistant City Manager
Performance Audit Findings
A 2019 audit recommended Tigard Police add eight additional officers to achieve the goal of a five minute response time for high priority calls.  

City Report Card
From 2013 to 2018, Tigard Police responded to a 23% increase in calls for service.

Community Policing


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