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Lt. Mike Fort w/ kids
Lt. Mike Fort w/ kids
Battle Ground Kids Shop with a Cop (Photo) - 12/13/18

Battle Ground, WA - Eighteen deserving kids spent the morning of Saturday, December 8 shopping for gifts for their families and items for themselves during Battle Ground's Shop with a Cop at Walmart.  Accompanying the kids were their shopping partners, seven of Battle Ground’s finest who volunteer for this special assignment.  

The cops and kids started the day at the Battle Ground police station for a meet and greet before heading to the Battle Ground Walmart in a police vehicle motorcade complete with lights and sirens.  The kids received a warm welcome from Walmart staff who provided refreshments for families and a bag of treats for each of the kids.

The participating children attend schools in Battle Ground and were nominated for the program by school staff for exemplary citizenship and academic efforts.  Each child was granted $125, as much time as they needed to shop with their cop, and the assistance of a Walmart store associate. 

The smiles of the kids and the cops, as well as everyone who witnessed the activities, reflected the season’s spirit of giving. Walmart patrons, moved by what they saw, donated $70 in cash towards the program.   

Battle Ground's annual Shop with a Cop, in its fifth year, would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Walmart Foundation.  This year’s $2,250 Community Grant supported these 18 children and their families.       

"We appreciate Walmart's support of this program," said Police Chief Bob Richardson, "These kids are deserving and our officers appreciate the opportunity to further build relationships with them and with the public we serve."

Sheila and Dylan last seen leaving BGHS today at 1:30 pm
Sheila and Dylan last seen leaving BGHS today at 1:30 pm
Battle Ground PD is requesting assistance in locating two endagered teenagers (Photo) - 12/03/18


Battle Ground PD is happy to report that Sheila Raisanen and Dylan Sauls have been located.  They are safe and have been reunited with their families.  Battle Ground Police Department thanks everyone who assisted with the search and the community members who called with information and sightings. 


Battle Ground PD is requesting assistance in locating two teenagers, 16 year-olds Sheila Raisanen and Dylan Sauls.  Both teens have special needs and are thought to be together.  They are currently listed as runaways and are considered endangered because of their cognitive limitations that may limit their ability to be aware of dangerous surroundings.  

The two teens were last seen leaving Battle Ground High School together at about 1:30 pm today, December 3.

Raisanen is described as a white female, 5’4’’, 115lbs, blonde hair, green eyes and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt hoodie, white/tan backpack, and blue jeans.

Sauls is described as a white male, 5’8’’, 134lbs, curly short brown hair, brown eyes, and last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black jeans and black work-style boots.

Their families have organized a search with Clark County Search & Rescue assisting.

Anyone who may see both or either teen, or who may have information about their whereabouts, should call 911. 

Vision for Battle Ground's Future to be Presented to City Council - 11/30/18

Battle Ground, WA - A group of citizen volunteers—the Navigators—will be presenting the results of their work to the Battle Ground City Council on Monday, December 3 at the 7:00 p.m. council meeting. The Navigators, twelve community members appointed to offer guidance and present their recommendations to City Council, have been working since June to develop a community-wide vision and to prioritize projects. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the recommended vision and priority actions.

The vision and action plan—called the Battle Ground Roadmap—is designed to chart a direction for the City’s future.  It has been built on input gathered from area residents including 2,000 survey responses, interviews with community leaders, along with feedback from 60-plus community members who attended an interactive open house to review the initial set of priority projects.

Identified projects include city initiatives as well as initiatives that are community-driven. City initiatives include:

  • Old Town Revitalization: Promote ongoing revitalization of Old Town Battle Ground as the traditional heart of the community.
  • Interconnected Trail Network: Build a network of trails, bikeways, sidewalks and paths that connect residents and visitors to the greater outdoors and in-town destinations.
  • City Planning Districts: Establish a new system of planning districts covering the entire city, and update Battle Ground’s Comprehensive Plan to reflect the future vision.
  • BG Green Plan: Create a master plan for the city’s parks and recreation resources of the future.

Community driven initiatives include the support of a successful school system, eventual redevelopment of the Battle Ground High School campus, and the development of activity centers and gathering places. 

 “Many of the priority projects in the action plan will become City of Battle Ground initiatives. Some of these city initiated projects are set to begin right away in 2019,” notes Erin Erdman, Interim City Manager/Community Development Director. Other community driven priorities are expected to be implemented over a longer time, with ongoing support from the City and other key partners.

Once the Roadmap vision and action plan is accepted by the City Council, implementation will begin with the help of the Navigators.

“We will get started right away on several of the top priority projects once approved. While some other actions are further off in the future, we will have a roadmap to achieve the community’s vision for our city,” explains Erdman.

Learn more about the project at Battle Ground Roadmap.

Battle Ground PD Awarded WASPC Accreditation
Battle Ground PD Awarded WASPC Accreditation
Battle Ground Police Department earns third consecutive Accreditation Award (Photo) - 11/20/18

Battle Ground, WA - The Battle Ground Police Department has earned its third consecutive accreditation from the Washington Association of Police Chiefs (WASPC).  First accredited in 2010, the department must reapply for accreditation every four years, certifying that it is operating under industry best practices and maintaining 139 professional standards set by the WASPC Accreditation Committee. 

The accreditation process is rigorous and thorough, takes up to a year to complete, and involves every member of the department.   Law enforcement agencies must demonstrate, through institutionalized policy and practice, their ability to meet each of the 139 standards.

Only 21% of law enforcement agencies in Washington State have earned WASPC accreditation and the Battle Ground Police Department is one of just two WASPC-accredited agencies in Clark County.

“This is an outstanding achievement by our department and by our accreditation manager, Lieutenant Kim Armstrong,” said Police Chief Bob Richardson, “Meeting the WASPC standards reduces risk, improves transparency, and increases the professionalism of our agency.”

The department received the Accreditation Award at the WASPC Conference on November 14.  Pictured, from left to right are: WASPC Director of Professional Services Mike Painter, Chief Bob Richardson, Lt. Kim Armstrong, WASPC President Ken Thomas.