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Prevent auto prowl, don't store valuables in vehicles - 07/23/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Do you know what your vehicle looks like to a thief? If you store valuables inside, it looks like a minute's worth of effort for a lot of free stuff. During summer months, parking lots near restaurants, trail heads, marinas, sports fields and other areas where vehicles are left unattended for periods of time are often frequented by auto prowlers looking for easy targets. These thieves will often work in teams, look for unsuspecting drivers who attempt to 'hide' a purse or wallet in their car or even the trunk. Once the driver moves away from the vehicle, the thief smashes the window, grabs the goods and makes a quick getaway with his buddy! Don't be fooled, thieves know all the "hiding" places. In addition to the damage caused to the vehicle, and the loss of property, identity theft and fraud often accompany this crime.

Protect your vehicle, your valuables and your identity. Don't store valuables in your vehicle!

Visit the Vancouver Police Department Auto Prowl Prevention page for the downloadable flyer and check out our auto prowl prevention video.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Officer Involved in Shooting Identified - 07/21/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On July 19, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 16000 block of NE 37th Street where a male was threatening family members with a gun. Vancouver Police patrol officers and on-duty SWAT members arrived and located Cacy L. Jordan, at the residence. Jordan refused commands from the officers at the scene and was shot by a Vancouver Police Officer during the incident. Jordan was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Jordan remains in police custody at the hospital and once released, will be booked on two counts of Assault I Domestic Violence. Additional charges are possible.

The Vancouver Police Officer involved in in the shooting is Christopher Douville, 29. Officer Douville has been employed with the Vancouver Police Department since April 2013. Previously he was employed as a police officer with the Spokane Police Department from August 2008-April 2013.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Douville is currently on paid administrative leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.
Vancouver Police Respond to Disturbance, Suspect Shot (Update 1) - 07/20/14
*** UPDATE ***

The suspect, Cacy L. Jordan, 37, remains in police custody at an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Jordan will be booked on two counts of Assault I DV, pending release from the hospital. Additional charges are possible.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information will be released related to this investigation this evening.

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On July 20, 2014, at approximately 10:48 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 16000 block of NE 37th Street. The caller reported to dispatch that a male was armed with a gun and was threatening family members at the residence. Vancouver Police patrol officers and on-duty SWAT members arrived and located the suspect, who refused commands from the officers at the scene. A Vancouver Police Officer fired at the suspect, hitting him. The suspect was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Regional Major Crimes Team will be investigating this incident and no further information is expected to be released this morning.
Assault & Robbery investigation in East Vancouver area - 07/15/14
On 07-15-14 at approximately 5:48 pm multiple Vancouver Police patrol units responded to a radio call of "Disturbance With a Weapon" at 3800 block of NE 132nd Ave. Upon arrival, it was determined that several individuals were involved in the altercation.

As a result of the investigation so far, Vancouver Police Detectives detained two individuals. One of the two individuals is a juvenile male. At time of this report the juvenile has been charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and felony assault. The second individual is an adult male. He has been charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree.

This incident involved a drug related transaction, which turned into a robbery. During the altercation a weapon was used, a type of sickle farming tool. At this point in time, it is not believed that anyone was seriously injured during the fight.

This investigation remains active and no other details are available at this time. We are unable to specify how many other suspects are involved in this incident, other than the fact that more arrests and / or charges are expected to be filed in the near future.
Vancouver Police taking applications for NOW volunteers through July 23 - 07/15/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Founded on the crime prevention theory that the more eyes there are on a street, the safer the street is, the Vancouver Police Department is looking to add to its citizen patrol volunteer team called, Neighbors On Watch (NOW). These volunteers conduct foot, bike and vehicle patrols throughout the city, are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month after receiving specialized training provided by the Vancouver Police Department.

"The NOW program has proven to be a valuable asset to our community-oriented policing strategy. Recognizing the benefits received from the dedication of those willing to give enhances our ability to deliver a higher level of service to the community," says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

NOW volunteers are a huge resource for the Vancouver Police Department. These citizen patrol team helps staff special events with the police department, canvass neighborhoods for missing children and vulnerable adults, and are able to assist in a multitude of ways to assist the Vancouver Police Department with its public safety mission.

The Vancouver Police Department is accepting applications through July 23 for the NOW program. Citizens who apply will undergo a thorough background investigation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and live in the city limits of Vancouver. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at (360) 487-7467 or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us. For more information and a printable application, visit the Vancouver Police NOW page.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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(Updated) Missing 70 year old woman with Alzheimer's Disease (Photo) - 07/14/14
Update:

Mrs. Forkner has been located and reunited with her family.


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Mary P. Forkner, who drove away from the 3500 block of NE 102nd Court in Vancouver sometime between 0600-0845 hours on 7-14-14. Mrs. Forkner has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and gets lost easily.

Mrs. Forkner is 70 years old, wears glasses, is 5'02 tall, weighs approximately 180 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was possibly wearing blue stretch pants and a purple University of Portland windbreaker when she left this morning.

Mrs. Forkner was driving a green 1997 Ford Explorer with Washington plate 661XVV.

If anyone sees Mrs. Forkner or her vehicle, please call 911 to provide that location.
Attached Media Files: V14-10644
Vancouver Police NOW volunteer program recuiting new members - 07/11/14
see attached news release
2 Arrested in Waterfront Assault case - 07/06/14
On 7/6/2014 at approximately 12:44 AM, Vancouver Police officers were summoned to a disturbance at a waterfront beach area off of Lower River Road. The victims reported that the suspects, Andrew Mortensen (30 years old) and Michael Nottingham (26 years old), threatened them with a firearm and assaulted them. The incident stemmed from a disagreement over the volume of music being played by the suspects while camping. One victim suffered facial injuries. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. A third victim was threatened after reporting she had called 911.

Clark County Search & Rescue volunteers responded to the scene and assisted detectives in the search for evidence.

Arrested were:
Andrew Mortensen
Assault 1 (2 Counts)
Felony Harassment (1 Count)

Michael Nottingham
Assault IV (1 Count)


This is an active investigation. The Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit has assumed this investigation. No further information will be released today.
Vancouver Police remind citizens of laws around legal marijuana - 07/03/14
Vancouver, Wash. - In preparation for the start of sales of marijuana in Vancouver, the Vancouver Police Department has developed a fact sheet with information on the laws around consumption and use, legal possession amounts, and penalties for violations.

The Vancouver Police Department anticipates compliance with not only the marijuana laws, but also with parking regulations in and around retail establishments, pedestrian and vehicle traffic right of way, and other ordinances, such as camping and noise as well.

For information on the fact sheet and to download a copy, visit the Vancouver Police Department at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/marijuana-legal-do-you-know-law.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Officer Identified (Update 2) - 07/03/14
*** UPDATE ***

Ofc.Goudschaal has been released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing and no additional information related to that investigation is available at this time.

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*** UPDATE ***

As of this morning Ofc. Goudschaal's condition is Satisfactory. He remains hospitalized.


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Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Officer that was shot multiple times during a traffic stop yesterday morning is Dustin Goudschaal. Officer Goudschaal, 32, was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2008 and was previously employed as a police officer with the University of Arizona Police Department. He was the recipient of a department Meritorious Service Award for an incident December 12, 2011 and has been a traffic motor officer since September 2013.

Officer Goudschaal remains hospitalized, and as of this morning is in stable condition.

The department wishes to express sincere thanks for the outpouring of support for Officer Goudschaal that has come in from the community at large.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Regional Major Crimes Team Seeking Information on Additional Victim (Photo) - 07/01/14
Vancouver, Wash. -The Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing their investigation into the shooting of a Vancouver Police Officer and are seeking assistance from the public in identifying the victim of an attempted carjacking that occurred on June 30, 2014 in approximately the 14500 block of NE 31st Street (in the vicinity of Diamond Park).

Anyone with information on the above-mentioned carjacking or that had contact with suspect James Todd Sapp, and who have not already spoken with police, is encouraged to call the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 1-877-CRIME11 (274-6311) or ccsomcu@gmail.com.
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Vancouver Police officer shot during traffic stop - 07/01/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On June 30, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a Vancouver Police traffic officer was shot while conducting a traffic stop in the area of NE 162nd Avenue/NE 34th Street. The Officer was shot multiple times and is in critical condition at an area hospital.

Officers and SWAT personnel responded to the area and at this time two individuals are in custody and are being interviewed by Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit.

NE 34th Street will remain closed between 162nd and 160th Avenue, and 162nd Avenue southbound has a partial lane closure at 34th Street while investigators are on scene.

A collision involving a police car that was responding to the shooting occurred at SR 500/Stapleton Rd., there may be traffic delays in that area as well.

The Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooing incident and no further information is being released at this time.

***UPDATE*** ***UPDATE***

One person has been arrested and booked into the Clark County jail related to this incident. James Todd Sapp (47 years of age) was booked on charges of: Attempt Murder I, Robbery I, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm II.

The Regional Major Crimes Team will continue to investigate this matter.

No further information will be released this morning.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Vancouver police seek assistance to locate assault suspect (Photo) - 07/01/14
Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are asking for assistance in locating Jason A. Hanson, DOB 12/15/1990. Hanson is 6'0", 165lbs., brown hair, brown eyes and has tattoos of a bomb on back (right shoulder) and cross on left leg. Hanson is wanted in connection with an assault in Esther Short Park on June 23, 2014. Hanson is considered violent and should not be approached. He is believed to frequent the downtown Vancouver area.

The female suspect in the assault case has been identified, is a juvenile, and is in custody on unrelated charges.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jason A. Hanson is asked to call 911.

***** UPDATE *****UPDATE *****

The suspect being sought by Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit detectives, Jason A. Hanson, was arrested on 6/30/2014 in Salem, OR on an unrelated matter. Detectives will be seeking to have Hanson brought back to Vancouver, WA related to this assault investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Vancouver arson team investigation continues (Photo) - 06/30/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On June 20, 2014 Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire responded to the 800 block of SE Tech Center Dr. for the report of an apartment building under construction that was engulfed in fire.

The Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire Arson team is continuing the investigation and are seeking assistance from the public to identify three persons of interest related to this case.

Anyone with information on these individuals is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Subway robbed - 06/30/14
On June 30, 2014, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery at the Subway restaurant located at 2265 Andresen Rd. A male suspect entered the restaurant, approached the counter, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the employee. Suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Subject was described as a white male, 5'09", medium build, late 20's to early 30's, wearing a black zip up hoody with the hood pulled up, black pants, and black shoes.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.