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BGPD Investigated Report of Implied Threat at BGHS - 12/05/22

On December 2, 2022, Battle Ground Police became aware of an apparent threat of gun violence at Battle Ground High School for a specific date and time.  Officers immediately began the investigation, working closely with the Battle Ground School District.  After exhausting every investigative lead, including engaging partner law enforcement agencies, investigators were unable to identify the source or credibility of the threat. 

As a precautionary measure there was an increased police and security presence at the high school on Monday, December 5, as the investigation continued.  The case is currently suspended until further information is developed.

“As always, we take every threat seriously, particularly when they involve schools”, said Chief Mike Fort. “We have no reason to suspect this is a continual or on-going threat.  We would like to thank everyone who provided information in this case.” 

The Battle Ground Police Department and the School District maintain a longstanding partnership, most notably through our School Resource Officer Program.  We will continue to work closely together for the safety of our students and educators. 

BGPD Receives WASPC Award
BGPD Receives WASPC Award
Battle Ground Police Department Accredited for Highest Professional Standards of Policing (Photo) - 11/21/22

The Battle Ground Police Department has successfully completed a rigorous accreditation program that certifies it is operating under best practices and standards for law enforcement.  The program is administered by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and involves a multi-phase process over several months. 

“We are proud to be accredited by WASPC,” said Chief Mike Fort.  “It means our department has achieved the highest professional standards for policing.”             

Benefits of accreditation include administrative and operational effectiveness, fair recruitment and employment practices, better records management, improved use of technology, health and safety, training, codes of conduct and prisoner security, among other important law enforcement tasks.

“Battle Ground Police Department has worked hard to obtain this achievement,” said Steven Strachan, WASPC executive director. “The community should be proud of local law enforcement for taking direct and tangible steps to earn the public’s confidence in their operations.”

The certification is awarded for a four-year period after initial accreditation has been achieved.  Battle Ground Police Department’s 2022 accreditation follows its previous accreditation in 2010, 2014 & 2018.

The Washington Legislature originally called for the development of standards and goals for law enforcement in 1976.  The current WASPC program is continually updated and strives to guide law enforcement with best practices, accountability measures and heightens organizational discipline. Battle Ground Police Department is one of 67 law enforcement organizations, which make up approximately 25% of all Washington law enforcement, that is currently WASPC accredited. 

WASPC was founded in 1963 and represents executive and top management personnel from law enforcement agencies statewide. With more than 900 members it includes the 39 elected county sheriffs, and 240 police chiefs, as well as the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, and representatives of several federal agencies. 

Attached Media Files: BGPD Receives WASPC Award
City of Battle Ground Seeking Applications for Parks & Community Engagement Advisory Board - 11/10/22

The City of Battle Ground is seeking applications for three vacant positions on its volunteer Parks & Community Engagement Advisory (PACE) Board.   

The PACE Board is a 7-member volunteer board that supports City parks and recreation programs by fostering public interest in events and activities such as the recent Pooch Parade and the Annual Fright Night Event. The Board serves in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the City Council regarding the development and operation of public parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities. 

Board members serve three-year terms, and typically meet with staff once a month (as needed) and participate in Parks & Recreation activities throughout the year.  Among the vacancies is a youth position, reserved for a person aged 14 to 18 that resides in the City's urban growth area or attending a school within the Battle Ground School District.  Applicants for the other vacant positions must reside, own property, and/or own a business within the City of Battle Ground or urban growth area. 

Applications are available online at www.cityofbg.org/PACE-Application and will remain open until filled. 

Visit www.cityofbg.org/Parks-Board to learn more about the Parks & Community Engagement Advisory Board.