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Vancouver Police investigate vehicular assault (Update: Arrests) - 05/27/17

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On May 27, 2017, Vancouver Police were notified that the victim in this incident did not survive his injuries.

Vancouver Police interviewed and subsequently arrested two juvenile males. Both were arrested for Robbery I and Attempted Murder I and were booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. With the death of the victim this morning, the Attempted Murder I charges will be amended to Murder I.

The investigation is still ongoing and nothing further is anticipated for release this weekend.



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Vancouver, Wash. -- On May 26, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a reported hit and run in the Safeway parking lot located at 13875 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Initial information from witnesses indicate that at least two juvenile males met in the parking lot and shortly thereafter an altercation occurred between them. One of the males associated with the altercation reportedly hit the victim with a vehicle and the victim was reportedly dragged in the parking lot, causing significant injuries. The suspect(s) fled in a vehicle which was later located by police. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are currently interviewing the suspect(s) and multiple witnesses. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.


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Vancouver Police Department eliminates online reporting - 05/12/17

Vancouver, Wash. --On May 12, 2017, the Vancouver Police Department eliminated the online reporting system. The initial goal of this system was to allow citizens to report lower priority crimes using a convenient online format while minimizing impacts to department personnel. Online reports were entered into the same electronic report system as police reports generated by Vancouver Police Department personnel and were reviewed by staff prior to final approval. After assessment of the online reporting system, which was in place nearly seven months, the end result was a significant increase in workload for department staff responsible for reviewing and approving the online reports. Common issues included mis-categorization of crimes by the reporting party, which required revision by department personnel; missing narrative information that required follow up; and crimes that should not be reported using the online system being entered, which required follow up by department personnel.

In an effort to more effectively and efficiently utilize personnel, increase customer service, and provide more access to police services, the department recently hired additional Police Service Technicians (PST's). These new PST's are assigned to the patrol division and are available to respond in-person to lower priority crimes seven days a week. They also work later evening hours to provide increased after-hour access to citizens. Police Service Technicians, both those working in patrol and those that take telephone reports at the precincts, are available to take the same crime reports that the online system was designed to accept:

* Graffiti or Tagging (damage less than $750.00)
* Harassing Phone Call
* Identity Theft or Fraud
* Lost Property
* Malicious Mischief (damage less than $750.00)
* Theft (amount of theft less than $750.00)
* Vehicle Prowl
* Vehicle Prowl -- Motor Home

To report a lower priority crime from the list above, or a crime without suspect information, citizens can call 3-1-1. For emergencies, crimes with suspect information, or any time the presence of a police officer is needed citizens should call 9-1-1. As always, citizens may make telephone reports by calling the Vancouver Police Department at (360) 487-7500, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (excluding holidays).

The Vancouver Police Department is committed to providing increased access to police services, while also maintaining accurate and timely crime statistics. With the addition of the patrol Police Service Technicians to the existing cadre of precinct Police Service Technicians, we believe we can offer citizens increased options to report crime, allow for more efficient and effective use of our personnel and maintain the integrity of crime analysis.



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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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Cinco de Mayo enforcement results in 6 DUI arrests (Photo) - 05/08/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On Friday, May 5, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments conducted increased DUI enforcement in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off our roadways.

The enforcement resulted in a total of 68 contacts, 6 DUI arrests, 19 citations, 40 warnings and 10 other arrests.

During this particular emphasis, volunteers from the Vancouver Police Department Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program were utilized as extra eyes and ears. At one point in the evening, NOW volunteers observed a driver dumping beer out of his vehicle and driving erratically and reported their observation to one of the officers working the enforcement. The driver was located by police and arrested for DUI.

These regular DUI enforcement efforts are made possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of Target Zero, Washington's strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

For more information on DUI enforcement efforts in SW Washington visit the Vancouver Police Department DUI Enforcement page: http://bit.ly/vpddui.


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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 launch auto theft prevention program - 05/08/17

Vancouver, Wash. --Thanks to a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA), the Vancouver Police Department will distribute steering wheel locking devices during department-hosted events throughout the year as part of an auto theft prevention program.

The Vancouver Police Department will be holding two, simultaneous auto theft prevention events:

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Locations: Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park (12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd. /West Parking
Lot)
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Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)

While supplies last, vehicle anti-theft devices will be available for Vancouver community members at department-hosted events. Recipients must meet specific criteria. The Vancouver Police Department has a limited supply of steering wheel locking devices available for individuals who live or work within the city limits of Vancouver AND meet at least ONE of the following additional criteria:

* Recipients must be the registered owner of a 1990-2000 Honda, Toyota, or Subaru.
* Recipients have had their vehicle stolen at least once in the past 12 months AND have a
police report documenting the theft.

In order to obtain a steering wheel locking device at one of the events, recipients will need to have their photo ID, a vehicle registration showing ownership of one of the above-listed vehicles (address must match photo ID), and a police report for those that are a prior victim of auto theft.

Steering wheel locking devices act as a deterrent, when used properly and consistently, in combination with other auto theft prevention strategies. They provide high visual deterrence as well as an unauthorized use deterrent.

For crime prevention tips please visit the Vancouver Police Department at www.vanpolice.org.

For more information on reducing auto theft, please visit the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority at www.waautotheftpreventionauthority.org.


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Missing persons (Update: No longer missing) - 05/07/17

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Vancouver Police received notification from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office that Zeier and Jarvombek had returned to their vehicle and are no longer considered missing.



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John A Zeier 65 years old, white male 5'8 136lbs and Andrea J Jarvombek 43 years old, white female 5'5 130lbs were last seen on 5/6/2017 at about 0630hrs. Their last possible location was at the Tarbell Trail or Siouxon Creek trail where they intended to go trail running.
They were last seen driving a 2016 Toyota RAV 4 Dark Grey in color with Washington license plate, AYC4806.
If anyone has any information as to their location, please call the Vancouver Police Department.

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Increased DUI enforcement for Cinco de Mayo (Photo) - 05/04/17

Vancouver, Wash. --On May 5, 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies throughout SW Washington will have additional officers out enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols.

If you or someone you care about will be out drinking, or consuming other intoxicants, make sure to celebrate responsibly. Select a sober, designated driver, or use mass transit, taxis, or a rideshare service to get around town. As a reminder, Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

For more information about the Vancouver Police DUI enforcement efforts and DUI prevention tips visit: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!

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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 Police seek assistance to identify voyeur suspect (Update: Arrest) - 05/04/17

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Vancouver Police identified the suspect in this case as Johnathan R. Hollis, 19, of Vancouver. On May 3, 2017, Hollis was interviewed by Vancouver Police and subsequently arrested for Burglary II and booked into the Clark County Jail. Charges of Voyeurism and Theft III were referred to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review.


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Vancouver, Wash. --On May 1, 2017, Vancouver Police took a report of an incident that occurred on April 22, 2017, in which a male subject entered the women's locker room at the Firstenburg Community Center (700 NE 136th Ave.), pulled a towel off a women who was changing her clothes and fled on foot. The victim reported that prior to the incident inside the locker room she had seen the male standing in the hallway holding a cell phone and believed he also had the cell phone in his hand when he was inside the locker room. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect who fled out the back side door of the community center.

Vancouver Police are asking for help from the public to identify the suspect who is described as an Asian male, 18-20, short orange-colored hair with long swoopy bangs, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

Anyone who may have experienced a similar incident and did not make a report is asked to call 911 and make a police report.

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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 PAL hosts literacy event - 05/01/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the next literacy event:

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 10: 00 a.m.
Location: Burton Elementary School (14015 NE 28th Street)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.



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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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Enforcement results in 4 DUI arrests (Photo) - 05/01/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On Friday, April 28, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments conducted increased DUI enforcement in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off our roadways.

The enforcement resulted in a total of 64 contacts, 4 DUI arrests, 6 citations, 39 warnings and 2 other arrests.

This DUI emphasis was made possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of Target Zero, Washington's strategic road map for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

The next DUI emphasis in SW Washington will be Friday, May 5th.

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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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