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Battle Ground Police Department responds to Governor Inslee's "Stay at Home" Order - 03/25/20

A message from Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort:

With the new orders to stay home from Governor Inslee, I want you know what you can expect from the Battle Ground Police Department. 

First, we have seen the majority of our citizens already comply with the restrictions put into place last week.  Our citizens are compassionate, and care about their neighbors and loved ones. We expect the same compliance will happen as a result of the Governor’s “stay at home” order.  Our citizens know the dangers of spreading this pandemic to our most vulnerable citizens is real.

Our police officers’ primary goal is to educate people about how to comply with the Governor’s order to stay home, and why it is important in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Officers will also address groups of people that gather in violation of the current restrictions. Officers will remind people who are not complying with the order about the health risks to their loved ones, and the legal ramifications if they fail to comply. 

We are confident that our citizens genuinely care enough about their fellow citizens that we will not have to resort to arresting or citing anyone.  In order to quash some rumors, there will not be “checkpoints” or any other such action to specifically determine a person’s reason for traveling, nor is anyone  required to carry “papers” indicating their reason for movement. . .  However, enforcement of existing laws is an option for those who simply will not comply with the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. (RCW 43.06.220 (5) makes it a gross misdemeanor to willfully violate the order issued by the Governor, however, I expect enforcement will be a last resort.)

Citizens wishing to submit a complaint about activities that do not comply with the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order may do so by using the department’s anonymous tip form at www.cityofbg.org/tips and officers will follow up as priorities allow.   Please do not call emergency or non-emergency dispatch for these complaints. 

A note for our businesses: 
Our police officers will remain especially vigilant around businesses.  You can expect police officers to be on extra alert around businesses that have been closed by order of the Governor.  We realize not only the economic fear that goes with closing a business, but also the real fear of crime when a business is closed. We are asking for people to keep watch in their neighborhoods and businesses for suspicious activity and report it to 311 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergency situations.

Final note:
The men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis.  Like you, they also have families that are impacted by the shut-downs yet they continue to diligently serve their community with compassion.  I am proud of the great work they do every day, and I am proud to be part of the Battle Ground Community.

City of Battle Ground establishes protocols to ensure the delivery of essential services in response to Stay Home, Stay Healthy order - 03/24/20

The City of Battle Ground continues to follow State and Federal regulations and guidance from health officials related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The City’s March 16 Declaration of Civil Emergency allows the City to respond swiftly and legally in order to protect public health, safety and welfare during a time of quickly-changing conditions. 

Governor Inslee’s March 23rd “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Executive Order requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. 

The city’s management team has established policies and procedures to allow essential City staff to work while also complying with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.  This means that some staff will work by telecommuting and some will work in City offices with strict protocols in place to ensure appropriate social distancing. Our primary responsibility is to protect the health and welfare of the community and City employees.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 13.  The EOC team, a structured team of City staff, works to develop and coordinate plans to ensure essential city services continue.  The EOC remains active, now in a virtual setting, to respond to quickly-changing circumstances.  

The City of Battle Ground continues to provide essential services.  These services include police, fire/EMS, public works (including water, sewer and stormwater drainage utilities), finance, court and community development (building and planning). 

Although City offices are closed, staff remains available by phone or online to assist essential needs of residents and businesses. We ask that community members use staff resources judiciously and refer to the City website at www.cityofbg.org for information about specific services and the City’s COVID-19 response.

The City’s COVID-19 page at www.cityofbg.org/816/COVID-19-Response contains several informational resources related to the COVID-19 public health emergency that will assist both residents and businesses.  It also includes a link to the Governor’s latest order and a summary of what is closed and what is open. 

We are witnessing the resilience and the compassion of the Battle Ground community.  Please continue to follow Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders.  Working together toward this common goal will help us get through these difficult and unprecedented days.

A message from Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort to the community - 03/20/20

Amid all the uncertainty that is COVID-19, I want you to know that your police officers are still here keeping you safe.  Although we have changed some service protocols based on recommendations from health experts, our commitment to the community remains resolute.  We have fears like everyone else, but the men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department are committed to keeping our community safe. We are still responding to crime, and we remain vigilant in watching out for your safety.  Our officers are proud to serve, and profoundly committed to the citizens of Battle Ground. 

In order to slow the the spread of COVID-19, and keep as many people as safe as possible, here are a few things we are asking from our citizens:

  • First, call 911 for life-saving emergencies, and/or crimes in progress.  These remain our top priority, and we will respond immediately, as always.
  • Second, if you wish to report a crime that is not life-threatening, we ask you to consider a few options to get your case reported and investigated with minimal direct contact with an officer:
    • Call 311 to report the crime and ask for the officer to call you so they can take your report over the phone.
    • Consider online reporting.  This new service is an excellent option for those who have limited time to wait for an available police officer to take the report.  You will immediately receive a case number, and you can rest assured that a police officer will contact you if more information is needed.  You can view the type of acceptable reports as well as file your report online by accessing the Public Safety Citizens Online Portal at www.cityofbg.org/police
  • Finally, if you would like to meet with an officer regarding a non-emergency type incident, please meet them outside in an open-air environment.  This paired with the County Health Director’s recommendation to practice social distancing by maintaining six-feet distances if possible while communicating with others, will help safeguard both you and our first responders.

The men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department are not only here to serve the community…we are part of the community too.

City of Battle Ground Closes Offices & Facilities to Public Access - Essential Services Continue - 03/17/20

*Please note correction made to Utility Bill Payment phone number:1-833-208-7231*

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Battle Ground, Wash – The City of Battle Ground continues to take guidance from public health officials who have recommend additional social-distancing steps to support the efforts against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  With the continued spread of the virus throughout the region, the City of Battle Ground is closing all city offices to public access effective today, March 17. 

The decision to close City offices and facilities came March 16 after City Council reviewed and ratified the Declaration of Civil Emergency issued by City Manager Erin Erdman on March 13. The declaration allows the City to move swiftly and legally in its response related to the COVID-19 to protect public health, safety and welfare through streamlining processes and providing access to federal, state and local emergency resources and funds.

Offices closed to public access include the Finance Counter, and the Community Development and Engineering offices located at City Hall, Police and Fire Stations, Public Works Operations Center, the Battle Ground Community Center and Senior Center.  
Battle Ground Municipal Court Judge Roger Bennett has ordered the court offices closed to public access every day with the exception of Thursdays when court is in session. A limited amount of case types will be heard. 
Essential services, including police, fire/EMS, water, sewer and stormwater drainage services, will continue. 

The city offers both online and phone options to access services during the closure of offices:


•    Utility Bill Payments: To better accommodate the ability of customers to make online payments at www.municipalonlinepayments.com/battlegroundwa , service fees are being waived.   Payments may also be made by phone at 1-833-208-7231 or via the lock box in front of City Hall located at 109 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground.  Late charges will be waived, and the city will temporarily suspend water shutoffs to ensure sanitation resources remain available in homes to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.  

•    Permit Center:  The permit center will be closed to the public, however staff will still be processing applications. Staff will receive and issue permits and planning applications by appointment only.  Please call (360) 342-5046 to set up an appointment.  Inspections will continue as scheduled at this time. 

•    Court Payments: Court payments may be made online at www.cityofbg.org/CourtPayment  or by phone at 866-549-1010.  (Use Bureau Code: 7542884.) Payments by cash or check may be left in the lock box in from of Battle Ground City Hall located at 109 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground.  Write your name, phone number, and case number if known on the envelope and make certain it is sealed.

•    Online Citizen Action Request: Citizens may submit questions or comments, identify an issue, or report a concern to various city departments at www.cityofbg.org/471/Citizen-Action-Request  

•    Contact us by Phone:  Call the City at 360-342-5000 or find specific department level phone numbers on our website at www.cityofbg.org

The City recognizes the significant impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak to our community.  Directives to business establishments effect not only the business, but its employees, and patrons. In an effort to support local business and inform residents, the City will communicate messaging from businesses, including restaurant and bar owners, on City communication platforms. 

All grocery stores will be permitted to receive supply deliveries 24 hours a day.  In order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community, any section of the Battle Ground Municipal Code which may preclude a grocery store from receiving a supply during certain hours of the day are suspended.

The City also recognizes the health benefits of parks; City parks will remain open.   Park users should exhibit personal responsibility and take steps to protect their health and the health of others.  For some, this may mean avoiding parks, for other it may mean avoiding such things as play structures and being in close contact with others. Park users should avoid gatherings that exceed WA State directives.  

More information and updates on the City’s response to COVID-19, as well as helpful resources, are available at 
www.cityofbg.org/816/COVID-19-Response

 

Battle Ground Police Department Investigating Report of Abuse at Day Care Center - 03/05/20

On February 25 of this year, the Battle Ground Police Department received a report of alleged abuse at Great Starts Child Development Center.  The department responded and immediately began an investigation led by Battle Ground Police Officer Josh Phelps.  The department also reported the alleged abuse to Child Protective Services.

The Battle Ground Police Department case (20-351) remains open; the police department investigation is ongoing in cooperation with the Battle Ground Prosecuting Attorney’s office.  No arrest has been made. 

Parents or others who may have information related to this police investigation may contact Battle Ground Detective Neil Seifert at 360-342-5261 or t@cityofbg.org">neil.seifert@cityofbg.org.

Child Protective Services is a Washington State agency; questions regarding any investigation they may be conducting should be referred to them.