Black Friday Theft Suspect Arrested - 11/28/14
On November 28, 2014, Corvallis Police responded to Fred Meyer, 777 NW Kings Blvd. for a theft report. Jacqueline Day Underwood, loaded a shopping cart with televisions, blue ray players, PS3 games, and clothes, and walked out of the store amidst the crowd of Black Friday shoppers. The value of the merchandise was in excess of $1500.
Underwood was contacted by police and detained. During the investigation by Corvallis Police Officers, Underwood was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine.
Underwood was arrested for Theft in the First Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. She was transported and lodged at the Benton County Jail with a bail of $25,000.
Calea Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment - 11/12/14
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive December 1, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Corvallis Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Jon Sassaman announced today.
Verification by the team that the Corvallis Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Sassaman said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The session will be conducted in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they are encouraged to do so by calling (541) 766-6109 on December 2, 2014 between the hours of 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Corvallis Police Department. Local contact is Lieutenant Jim Zessin at (541) 766-6735.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Corvallis Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
The Corvallis Police Department has to comply with 483 standards in order to retain accredited status, Chief Sassaman said. By maintaining our accredited status, the Corvallis Police Department continues its commitment to providing the citizens of Corvallis with highly professional law enforcement personnel dedicated to maintaining service excellence.
The Accreditation Manager for the Corvallis Police Department is Lieutenant Jim Zessin. He said the assessment team is comprised of law enforcement professionals from CALEA accredited agencies. The assessors are Deputy Chief Cynthia Aaron, Burleson Police Department, Burleson, Texas, and Deputy Chief Jacqueline Daumont, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the agency maintains accreditation status, Lieutenant Zessin stated.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The Corvallis Police Department first became nationally accredited in 1995, and then re-accredited in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011. It is currently one of only three law enforcement agencies in Oregon currently accredited by CALEA.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.
Corvallis Residents Receiving Numerous Scam Phone Calls - 11/06/14
SCAM ALERT: On November 6, 2014, the Corvallis Police Department received numerous complaints about attempted financial fraud/theft occurring via the telephone. A person(s) is reportedly calling Corvallis residents purporting to be a lieutenant (or other member) with the Corvallis Police Department, and is telling the person called they have either missed a court date, have an arrest warrant, missed serving on grand jury, or some other falsehood. The caller is demanding credit card information and threatening they will be arrested if they do not. The caller ID for many of these calls is showing 541-205-8817. These calls are completely fraudulent. Do not give any caller your credit card or personal information. The Corvallis Police Department does not conduct such activity. Again, do not send money or give out any personal information allowing your identity to be stolen.
Corvallis Police Investigate Numerous Business Burglaries - 10/31/14
Shortly after 1:15am, Corvallis Police Officers responded to a business alarm at Dock 22, 151 NW Monroe Ave. When officers arrived they discovered an unknown suspect(s) had forced entry to the front door of the business. Once inside the suspect(s) stole the cash register and other items from the business.
Subsequent searches of the downtown area and reports by business owners turned up four more completed burglaries, and two attempted burglaries. The suspect(s) in each incident forced entry to each business and appear to have been targeting cash.
All incidents are suspected to have happened between midnight and 2:00am. The number of suspects or suspect descriptions are unknown at this time.
If someone from the community was in the downtown area, and saw something that could be related to these crimes, they are encouraged to call Detective Christy Molina at 541-766-6782.