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St. Patricks Day DUI enforcement - 03/23/17

Now that we have put away our St Patrick's day green, the Hillsboro Police Department has tallied the results of it's enforcement efforts.

Two officer's were assigned to the detail.
3 - DUI arrests were made
2 - other citations were written
10 warnings were given

In comparison, during the Superbowl DUI enforcement detail there were no DUI arrests made. 15 warnings were issued.

Hillsboro Police Department Code Enforcement cleans up residence (Photo) - 03/17/17

On March 15th, 2017, The City of Hillsboro Police Department completed the abatement of a property at 651 SE 3rd Ave. Officials said the property had become a public nuisance, as well as a health and safety hazard to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Since August 2015, the Hillsboro Police Department Code Enforcement Unit had attempted to work with the property owner and reach voluntary compliance by correcting the violations. Due to the lack of compliance, the Code Enforcement Unit determined an abatement was necessary.

Thanks to the hard work and focus of the Code Enforcement Unit, an abatement warrant was issued for the property. In the end, fourteen (14) trucks of solid waste were removed from the property. This included several large appliances, mattresses, wood debris, scrap metal, and household garbage. Two (2) vehicles were also removed from the property as well.

While the Code Enforcement Unit continues to make every effort to reach voluntary compliance, there are times where abatement is the only option.

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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Timber to get body armor (Photo) - 03/17/17

Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Timber will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Timber's vest is sponsored by Jason and Brenda Bailey of Sherwood, OR and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Protection in memory of Sebastian and Lilo". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Timber is a three (3) year old half German Shepard half Belgian Malinois from Israel and has been deployed with HPD for the past year. Officer Lee and Timber have 18 captures to date.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Hillsboro has a long, proud tradition of training and effectively utilizing police K9's. From the inception of our K9 Unit in 1978, Hillsboro has conducted numerous K9 classes, training nearly all of our own K9 teams. Additionally, HPD has assisted to train many other K9 teams for numerous different departments, including federal agencies, and agencies from other states.

Before hitting the road, each canine and handler must complete, at minimum, 10 weeks of basic training and meet the Oregon Police Canine Association Standards. In addition, each team trains weekly to maintain their skills.
Since 1978, the Hillsboro Police Department has deployed 44 patrol dogs trained in tracking and apprehension, and four narcotic detection dogs. Over that time period, we have employed 37 Dogmasters, some of which have had multiple dogs over their careers.

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Follow-up: K9 Odie (Photo) - 03/16/17

In response to your requests regarding K9 Odie's career: Odie served our agency from May 28, 2009, until March 9, 2017. Odie was originally trained as a patrol dog, but in January of 2014, Officer Lemen and Odie certified in narcotics detection and became our agencies first cross-trained team. The duo had over 2000 hours of training together. During the span of his nearly 8 years of service he had 86 captures, over 50 article finds, and was credited with seizing over 6 ounces of Cocaine, and 38 grams of Methamphetamine.

We at the Hillsboro Police Department would like to thank Odie for his years of dedicated and distinguished service. Rest in peace Odie, you will be missed!

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St. Patrick's Day safety reminder - 03/14/17

As Hillsboro residents rummage through closets looking for their St. Patrick's Day green, the Hillsboro Police Department is also preparing for the holiday.
St. Patrick's Day has become one of the nation's biggest times to celebrate and party. Tragically it has also become one of the nation's deadliest holidays. On Saturday, March 17, The Hillsboro Police Department, along with other metro area law enforcement agencies, will be stepping up DUII enforcement, watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired.
Remember that drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver's license, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.

Follow these trips to stay safe on the road this upcoming St. Patrick day weekend:

* If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party.
* Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
* If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi/Uber/Lyft, phone a sober friend or family member, use Tri-Met.
* Try NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
* If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
* If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone's life.

We hope that with all the available resources and personalized tools such as smartphone breathalyzers, drinkers will make educated decisions and think twice before driving impaired."

So as you don your green, we ask for you to put down your keys if you want to avoid getting "pinched" on March 17th.

joy of street sweeping - 03/12/17

Arrested: Haguewood, Tyler
Charges: Theft of a vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude, Unlawful Entry into a Vehicle, Unauthorized use of a vehicle, Parole Violation

On 3/12/17 at approximately 0345 hours, Hillsboro responded to a theft of a Isuzu NPR street-sweeper from the WINCO parking lot, located on 1500 SW Oak.

The victim was a private contractor, who at the time was cleaning the parking lot. The victim stepped out of the vehicle to use a handheld blower in order to clean an area where the street-sweeper could not reach. While the victim was out of the vehicle, Haguewood jumped into the vehicle and drove off - the vehicle was left running.

The vehicle was observed by HPD in the area of 1stAve (Hwy 219)and Walnut. The vehicle was traveling South on 1st Ave (Hwy 219) at the time. Officers activated their overhead emergency lights. The street-sweeper failed to yield.

Speeds ranged from 30 - 65mph.

The vehicle finally came to a stopped after Spike Strips were deployed in the area of Scholl's Ferry and Rainbow Lane by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The Driver, Haguewood was place into custody with out incident.

K9 Odie (Photo) - 03/10/17

Hillsboro K9 Odie passed away last night after recently discovering he had cancer. Odie had served the Hillsboro community for the past 9 years. Odie was still on active duty.

After his passing last night, on duty Hillsboro Officers paid tribute to Odie through a "last call" ceremony.

Odie will be missed.

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Homicide Suspect Arrested - 03/03/17

The Hillsboro Police Department detectives with the assistance of Washington County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence in Southeast Hillsboro on 03/03/2017 at 9:45pm. Arrested was one Alex Ortiz, age 33. Ortiz is the suspect in a Portland homicide and a Hillsboro rape case.

Ortiz was arrested without incident and was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail by PPB detectives.