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Increased DUI enforcement in SW Washington (Photo) - 04/19/18

Vancouver, Wash. –On April 21, 2018, the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will have additional officers 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.  

These additional DUI enforcements are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, as well as high visibility marketing in support of Target Zero, Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.  

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

For more information on these DUI emphasis patrols visit our DUI Enforcement page: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement .

 

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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 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

 

 

 

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Vancouver Police Officer wins national Police Activities League award (Photo) - 04/19/18

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL ) received notification this week that the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League, Inc. (National PAL) selected Vancouver Police Officer Julie Ballou as the winner of their April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award. Through these awards, National PAL recognizes individuals in the PAL Network who inspire their PAL colleagues and friends, and who are steadfast in their service to their communities.

Here is the excerpt from the National PAL media release:

“Officer Julie Ballou of the Vancouver Police Department in Vancouver, Washington is the April PAL Law Enforcement Officer of the Month. Officer Ballou has spent the last ten years as an engaged member of the PAL Community, first serving as a boxing coach, and then as a PAL board member and mentor. Officer Ballou represents the patrol officers on the board, coaches the police team for the annual Hoopin’ with Heroes Charity Basketball game (where Police play against Firefighters), mentors several PAL teens, and has adopted a classroom as part of the PAL Patrol program. Every day Officer Ballou goes above and beyond, with a contagious passion for helping her community”.

Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain said, “Officer Ballou is extremely deserving of this award. Her ongoing commitment to serving youth in our community and her dedication to the Vancouver Police Activities League is truly inspiring”.

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

For more information on National PAL visit www.nationalpal.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 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

Vancouver Police make arrests in offer-up robbery - 04/13/18

Vancouver, Wash. –On March 30, 2018, Vancouver Police responded to a robbery of a 13 year old who was meeting with two unknown males to purchase a video game that was listed online for sale. The victim was robbed at gunpoint. He was not injured.

Vancouver Police East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team identified the two suspects and on April 11, 2018 arrested Devin A. Gonzalez, 19, and Hunter W. Woodley, 18, for Robbery I. Gonzalez was booked into the Clark County Jail, Woodley was already in the Clark County Jail on other unrelated charges.

The Vancouver Police Department reminds citizens that we have Safe Exchange Zones at each of our facility parking lots which offer a safer alternative to meeting a stranger in a remote or unfamiliar location. While department staff will not facilitate any transactions, the police facilities are located in populated and well-lit areas. If a buyer or seller is not willing to meet at a police facility this may be a red flag as to the intentions of the individual. 

The Safe Exchange Zone is meant for person-to-person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended; sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up.

The following Vancouver Police location parking lots are designated and signed as Safe Exchange Zones:

•         Vancouver Police Administration (605 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA)

•         Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd., Vancouver, WA)

•         Vancouver Police East Precinct (512 SE 155th Ave., Vancouver, WA)
 

Here are some additional crime prevention tips to remember when agreeing to meet someone to buy or sell items:

  • Meet during regular business hours whenever possible to increase the opportunity of other people being in the vicinity.
  • Avoid meeting in a remote location.
  • Avoid meeting at the person’s home or inviting them to your home.
  • Bring along a friend.

For more information on the Vancouver Police Department Safe Exchange Zones visit us online: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/safe-exchange-zones.

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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 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

SW Washington DUI emphasis results in 3 DUI arrests - 04/09/18

Vancouver, Wash. –On April 6, 2018, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments participated in a DUI emphasis.

Here are the results: 

  • Contacts: 68
  • DUI Arrests: 3
  • Citations: 13
  • Warnings: 21
  • Other Arrests: 4

These DUI enforcement efforts are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

For more information, visit the Vancouver Police Department DUI Enforcement page: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement

 

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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 Officers who discharged weapons during fugitive capture identified - 04/06/18

Vancouver, Wash. – On April 4, 2018 Vancouver Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of E. 26th Street for the report of a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived they identified the vehicle as stolen and the male inside as a wanted person, Brad Lee Reeves. As officers were approaching the vehicle, Reeves fled on foot into the neighborhood. After a multi-hour search Reeves was located hiding in a yard in the 2600 block of T Street and was taken into custody. During the contact with Reeves, two Vancouver Police Officers fired their weapons.  No one was injured.

The two involved officers are Vancouver Police Officer Katie Endresen 26 and Vancouver Police Officer Christopher Simmons 38.

Officer Katie Endresen was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in December 2013.  Officer Endresen is assigned to West Precinct Patrol and has a collateral duty assignment as a department firearms instructor.

Officer Christopher Simmons was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in June 2017. Officer Simmons previously worked as a Deputy for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office from August 2010-June 2017. Officer Simmons is assigned to East Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, both involved officers are on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing.

 

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Wanted man taken into custody after multi-hour search - 04/05/18

Vancouver, Wash. – On April 4, 2018 at approximately 8:49 p.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of E. 26th Street for the report of a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived they identified the vehicle as stolen and the male inside as a wanted person, Brad Lee Reeves. As officers were approaching the vehicle, Reeves fled on foot into the neighborhood. After a multi-hour search, which included members of the SW Washington Regional SWAT team, Reeves  was located hiding in a yard in the 2600 block of T Street and was taken into custody. During the initial contact with Reeves, officers fired their weapons.  No one was injured and an investigation is being conducted by the Regional Major Crimes Team.

Reeves is responsible for multiple incidents in Vancouver over the past several days:

  • On March 29, 2018, Reeves reportedly fired a gun at an individual who was calling in a suspicious circumstance in the area of Vancouver Lake Park. The victim in that incident was not injured.
  • On April 3, 2018, Vancouver Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Reeves who was driving a white Ford F250 pickup. Reeves proceeded to drive in a reckless manner towards Vancouver Police who conducted a PIT maneuver, which was unsuccessful, and Reeves continued to elude by ramming a patrol car multiple times before fleeing into Portland, driving in a reckless manner, disregarding the safety of others and at one point driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 during rush hour traffic.
  • On April 4, 2018, Reeves was believed to be driving a stolen blue Ford F350 that had been stolen earlier that morning. A Vancouver Police Traffic Sergeant spotted the vehicle, with Reeves driving, and attempted a traffic stop. Reeves again drove in a reckless manner and eluded police.

Reeves was booked into the Clark County Jail for two counts of Assault I,  two counts of Elude, one count of Driving While License Suspended III and an outstanding Clark County Felony Warrant.

All involved officers are on critical incident leave per standard protocol.

No additional information is expected to be released tonight.

 

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Increased DUI enforcement in SW Washington (Photo) - 04/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. –On April 6, 2018, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments will have additional officers 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.  

These additional DUI enforcements are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, as well as high visibility marketing in support of Target Zero, Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.  

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

For more information on these DUI emphasis patrols visit our DUI Enforcement page: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement .

 

 

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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 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

 

 

 

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Vancouver Police remind citizens of Safe Exchange Zones (Photo) - 03/27/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department has taken three robbery reports since March 10th from victims who were buying or selling items online and were robbed by the person they agreed to meet with. Two of the robberies involved a gun.

The Vancouver Police Department has Safe Exchange Zones at each of our facility parking lots which offer a safer alternative to meeting a stranger in a remote or unfamiliar location. While department staff will not facilitate any transactions, the police facilities are located in populated and well-lit areas. If a buyer or seller is not willing to meet at a police facility this may be a red flag as to the intentions of the individual.

The Safe Exchange Zone is meant for person-to-person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended; sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up.

The following Vancouver Police location parking lots are designated and signed as Safe Exchange Zones:
* Vancouver Police Administration (605 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA)
* Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd., Vancouver, WA)
* Vancouver Police East Precinct (512 SE 155th Ave., Vancouver, WA)

Here are some additional crime prevention tips to remember when agreeing to meet someone to buy or sell items:

* Meet during regular business hours whenever possible to increase the opportunity of
other people being in the vicinity.
* Avoid meeting in a remote location.
* Avoid meeting at the person's home or inviting them to your home.
* Bring along a friend.

For more information on the Vancouver Police Department Safe Exchange Zones visit us online: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/safe-exchange-zones .


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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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