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Card "Skimmer" Discovered at Walmart, Battle Ground (Photo) - 03/04/24

On March 3, 2024, employees of the Walmart store located in Battle Ground reported the discovery of a bank card “skimmer” attached to a payment terminal at one of their registers.  Illegal card skimmers are known to read/store/access/obtain information encoded on credit/bank cards without permission from the owner.

Store employees stated that it is possible the skimming device could have been in place as early as 6:00am on March 3, until 10:45pm when the device was discovered. 

Battle Ground Police suggest that anyone that made a purchase at the Walmart store during this timeframe, check their financial records.  If you suspect your financial information has been compromised, please call 3-1-1 to file a report.   

The Battle Ground Police Department is continuing to work with Walmart to identify a suspect in this case.  We thank the Walmart employees for reporting the incident quickly, likely preventing additional victims. 

Consumers are reminded to remain vigilant when using card payment terminals:

  • Always be aware of the devices that you use and if they seem suspicious, immediately report it to an employee.
  • If you think that your card(s) have been compromised, check your financial records, and contact your financial institution for advice.
  • Check your credit report if you believe that someone has fraudulently opened a credit card in your name.

Attached Media Files: Card Skimmer
Flynn, Dennis
Flynn, Dennis
Battle Ground City Manager Announces Hiring of Dennis Flynn, New Chief of Police (Photo) - 02/26/24

City Manager Erin Erdman is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis Flynn as the City of Battle Ground’s next Chief of Police, effective March 18. 

Chief Flynn accepted the position following his successful completion of a multi-phased pre-employment screening process.  The employment offer is also contingent upon Chief Flynn securing an active Commission in the State of Washington within nine months of his effective date of employment. 

The city began recruitment efforts in August 2023 and received a total of 16 applications for the position.

Chief Flynn comes to Battle Ground with 36 years of law enforcement experience, with more than 22 of those years in police leadership.  He served the first 30 years of his career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department working his way up through the ranks before his retirement in 2015 as Lieutenant of the Robbery Division.   

Most recently, Chief Flynn served the last six years with the Commerce City Police Department in Colorado.  In his role as the Deputy Chief, he was responsible for the department’s patrol, traffic, school resources officer, and community services programs.  He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in police leadership from San Diego University.  He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University’s Police School of Staff and Command. 

Chief Flynn is married to his wife of 22 years, Shalene, and is in the process of relocating to the area.  The couple has three children and two grandchildren.

“I am honored for the opportunity to lead the men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department,” said Chief Flynn.  “Over the past few months, I have had the chance to interact with officers and professional staff of the department.  Their knowledge and dedication are impressive.  I’m confident that with the talented staff we have, we will continue to make Battle Ground a safe and wonderful place to work, live and play." 

Chief Flynn will take his ceremonial oath of office during the March 18th Battle Ground City Council meeting.  The meeting will take place at City Hall, 109 SW 1st Street, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, beginning at 7:00pm.  The public is invited to attend as we welcome Chief Flynn to Battle Ground.   

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Battle Ground Police Department Announces 2023 Officer of the Year (Photo) - 02/22/24

Officer Brian Archer, an 18-year veteran of the Battle Ground Police Department, is the recipient of the 2023 Officer of the Year Award. 

Each year, Battle Ground Police Department employees select an officer to recognize for his or her exemplary performance.  In 2023, Officer Archer played a significant role in the implementation of the department’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program.  The program has been a great success and continues to develop, thanks in large part to Officer Archer’s contributions. 

As a UAS pilot, Officer Archer had the first "capture" when he successfully located a suspect in a felony domestic violence case.  The suspect fled on foot and Officer Archer was called in to assist with tracking the suspect using the drone. Officer Archer demonstrated creativity and out of the box thinking in this case, that led to the safe apprehension of the suspect.

In addition to the UAS program, Officer Archer serves as an Acting Supervisor and is a valued Field Training Officer (FTO).  With an unprecedented year of hiring for the Battle Ground Police Department, the Field Training program has maintained a steady stream of officer trainees. Officer Archer’s experience and knowledge has not only been critical to the FTO process, but his willingness to help other officers and the department is valuable beyond words, setting himself apart as a mentor. 

Officer Archer’s service extends beyond his duty as a police officer.  He is extensively involved in Community Policing and Engagement efforts, participating in events like Shop with a Cop, National Night Out, and even playing a pickup game of cornhole with community members at a block party. 

“Brian's dedication and hard work have not only made a significant impact on our department but also on the community we serve,” said Lieutenant Jason Perdue.  “We are proud to have Brian as a member of our team, and we look forward to his continued success in the future.”

Officer Archer was presented with a plaque to commemorate this achievement, which reads "For his outstanding service to the community, which reflects the mission and values of the Battle Ground Police Department.” Please join us in congratulating Officer Brian Archer as our 2023 Officer of the Year. 

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FOUND: Missing Battle Ground Girl Found Safe - 02/19/24

We are pleased to report that 12-year-old Gianna Emra, of Battle Ground, has been found safe.

Battle Ground Police received a report of a runaway, Gianna Emra, on February 13.  Gianna was last seen by her guardian at the Vancouver Mall on the afternoon of February 11.  Officers immediately entered her as a missing person and began the investigation.

Gianna was located by the Vancouver Police Department shortly after 1:00pm on Monday, February 19. The details of her whereabouts during the timeframe she was missing are still unknown.   

The Battle Ground Police Department is grateful to our partners at the Vancouver Police Department for their efforts in helping to locate Gianna and bringing a successful resolution to this case.  Additionally, we would like to thank the public and media for sharing information.