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Yamhill County District Attorney Offers Resources For Witnesses of Las Vegas Shooting Incident - 10/12/17

From: Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley C. Berry
Re: Oregon residents who witnessed the Las Vegas shooting incident

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, friends and others, touched by the tragic shooting rampage in Las Vegas, NV, on October 1, 2016.
The State of Nevada has the Nevada Victims of Crime Program, which is offering assistance to victims of the shooting, including those who witnessed the event. Available assistance includes counseling. This assistance is available to any victim, including those who were residents in states other than Nevada. I am aware that there are Oregon residents who were victims of this tragedy.
Victims wishing assistance can fill out an application online, at the address below. The application requests copies of the police reports, but those are not required to get aid from this event.
Victims should file online at: Voc.nv.gov
Victims may also contact the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, Director of Victims Services, Debra Bridges, at 503-434-7539, for further assistance.

Sheriff Svenson Honored with Award for Commitment to Mental Health (Photo) - 10/12/17

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the 7th Annual Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Conference was held at the Deschutes Conference Center, in Bend, OR. CIT is designed to create awareness and teach techniques for dealing with the vulnerable populations experiencing mental health crisis.

As part of this conference, Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson was presented an award for 2017 CIT Agency Executive of the Year along with Mr. Walt Beglau of the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Sheriff Svenson was recognized for his commitment to mental health intervention over the last ten years at the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Since recognizing the value of the program both on the streets and in the correctional facility, he has worked to provide access to the training by all his sworn staff and has collaborated with bordering counties to offer regional training at least three times per year. In 2017, Sheriff Svenson solicited and was awarded funding from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which allowed him to partner with the McMinnville Police Department and the Yamhill County Behavioral Health Division to offer this training free of charge to other agencies around the northwest.

Sheriff Svenson has also established a partnership with Yamhill County Health and Human Services to provide mental health counseling and crisis management in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility and as partners in the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT). In August, Sheriff Svenson collaborated with Yamhill County's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to bring a presentation to McMinnville outlining Rural Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). LEAD is a harm-reduction program which allows deputies and officers on the street to immediately divert individuals, who are otherwise at risk of arrest, into intensive case management services, including those with known or suspected mental health concerns. This program is consistent with Sheriff Svenson's goal of keeping vulnerable populations out of jail and instead connecting them into services they need.

Tim Svenson grew up in Clatskanie, OR. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement, with Public Policy and Administration studies, from Western Oregon University. He is a 2000 graduate of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police Academy, a 2011 graduate of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police to Corrections Academy, and holds basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, and management level certifications through DPSST in both police and corrections. He also holds an executive level certification in police, as well as a leadership certification. He remains dual-certified in both Patrol and Jail Operations.

The awards banquet was hosted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission CIT Statewide and CIT-King County Programs, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, CIT-King CO Coordinators Committee, Oregon DPSST -- Center for Policing Excellence, FBI -- Seattle CAAA, Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit, Marion County Crisis Outreach Response Team, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), and the CIT Center of Excellence (CITCOE). CIT International board members were also present to recognize the nominees and award recipients.

Attached Media Files: CITaward
Traffic Blitz - 10/05/17

The Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson is pleased to report over the past eight months, February to September, the use of seatbelts has increased from 92% to 97% in Yamhill County. The increase can in part be attributed to the use of overtime funds provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The funds paid for three "Blitz" periods of the past months. Deputies worked to not only on gaining compliance through citations, but also through educating driver's on why seatbelts are so important.

The Sheriff's Office will continue to use these types of funds to ensure all of the roadways and highways in the county are safe for all users.

Yamhill County to Contract Kenneling Services with Homeward Bound Pets - 09/21/17

Today, Yamhill County Commissioners approved a contract for dog kenneling services with Homeward Bound Pets, a non-profit animal shelter located on Loop Road in McMinnville. The county contract with Homeward Bound includes the availability to house up to five dogs of various sizes, with the availability for overflow, for use by the Sheriff's Office for found dogs. A separate area will also be provided, as needed, for the quarantine of dogs by Yamhill County Public Health. Homeward Bound and the Sheriff's Office are pleased to be working together to ensure dogs in the care of the county are properly provided for. The partnership, part of the larger transition of the county dog control program, brings to fruition Sheriff Svenson's goal of joining with non-profits to provide a service to dogs and their owners.

Homeward Bound, which was originally named Evergreen Doe Humane Society, was founded by Julie Julson in 1975. From the beginning, they have been dedicated to placing homeless animals in good homes and remain committed to their role as a "no-kill" shelter. They have continually expanded their services and currently operate facilities for both dogs and cats, including a spay and neuter clinic.