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Tigard Elementary Student Reports Being Approched By Stranger Driving A White Van - 01/12/18

On Thursday, January 11, a parent reported to Tigard Police that their child was approached by a stranger in a vehicle while walking home from school. The incident occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. in the vicinity of 93rd and Inez St. in Tigard, just blocks away from Templeton Elementary School.

The child stated that while walking, a white van traveling the opposite direction stopped and asked if they needed a ride home. The child recalled that the driver, an adult white male, remained behind the wheel and spoke out of the passenger window. The child immediately ran from the van and arrived at a safe location unharmed.

Tigard Police are also investigating a similar incident which occurred on January 3 near Mary Woodward Elementary School in Tigard. In that incident, a child reported a white man stopped and offered a ride. The vehicle was also described as a white work-type van with tinted windows The child also added the windows were tinted and tarps covered the rear windows. Tigard Police received numerous tips however none lead to the likely vehicle.

Although both incidents contain similarities; Tigard investigators cannot confirm the suspect and the van are the same.

Tigard Police is asking the help of residents who reside in the area of today's incident to check if any video surveillance may be available which reveals a white van. Tips can be provided by calling 503-718-COPS (2677) or via email at: tips@tigard-or.gov

A Tigard Elementary School Student Approached By Stranger In Van - 01/04/18

Tigard Police would like to take this opportunity to remind parents the importance of speaking to their children regarding safety. Children should be encouraged to be alert and to know what steps to take in the event they find themselves in a situation that could be uncomfortable or possibly harmful.

Tigard Police obtained information from an elementary school-aged child reporting being approached by a stranger who offered a ride home, as well as some toys. The incident occurred on January 3, within walking distance of Mary Woodward Elementary School in Tigard. The student was walking home along Katherine St. near 125th Ave. when the incident occurred.

The child reported to police that the suspect was driving a white, work-type van. The child believes the windows were tinted, as well as a tarp covering the rear windows. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30 years of age, with a short, salt and pepper- colored beard. The van had a dent in the rear and displayed an Oregon license plate with a tree emblem. The child was not harmed and was able to run and get to a safe location.

If anyone observed a similar vehicle around the time and in the area of the incident, they are urged to contact the Tigard Police tip line at 503-718-COPS (2677) or via email at tips@tigard-or.gov

Once again, the importance of children doing the right thing, such as what is being reported here is paramount. The student acted on solid instincts and remained observant. Encourage your children to be aware of their surroundings, avoid being alone if possible, and know what to do if they are approached or become targets of unwanted contact.

Tigard Police and OLCC Conduct Compliance Check in Tigard - 01/03/18

One out of 12 businesses visited in Tigard on December 27th failed to pass an OLCC check for alcohol sales to minors. The Tigard Police Department assisted the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) with the recent compliance check. This grant-funded effort consists of a team of two Tigard Police officers and an OLCC inspector accompanying an eighteen-year-old volunteer. The group visited the pre-selected establishments in Tigard, which either sell or serve alcohol. Oregon Revised Statutes set strict guidelines for the OLCC regarding minor decoy operations at businesses selling alcohol. Throughout the year, checks are conducted unannounced at randomly selected businesses to ascertain compliance regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. Compliance checks may also be initiated based upon complaints lodged with the OLCC or local law enforcement.

This recent alcohol sales check in Tigard demonstrates 91 percent compliance, which surpasses the most recent statewide average. Historically, compliance rates in Tigard peaked as high as 100 percent (2016) and drew dismal compliance figures as low as 30 percent (2009).

One way police are working to combat the problem of underage drinking is to partner with coalitions that help educate and support our community's youth in efforts to promote healthy and substance-free lifestyles. Tigard Turns the Tide is one example. You can learn more about this community coalition at www.tigardturnsthetide.org In addition, Tigard Police plan on continued enforcement and additional compliance checks to reaffirm the importance to affected businesses that the sale of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated.

High Visibility Enforcement Campaign Yields Multiple DUII Arrests - 01/03/18

During the most recent High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) campaign which began on December 15th and ended January 1, 2018; 5 drivers were arrested for DUII and one driver charged with MIP (Minor in Possession). In addition, during the two-week long safety campaign, Tigard Police initiated 60 additional motorist contacts resulting in the issuance of a citation or warning for other violations including speeding and driving while suspended.

Tigard Police plan to continue participation in the grant-funded program which focuses on extra police officers patrolling with the primary focus of arresting impaired drivers. The NHTSA sponsored campaign is credited with improving the safety of our roads, especially during the holiday season and other times when alcohol typically is consumed such as when major televised sporting events air. The next planned HVE will be conducted in February, throughout Super Bowl weekend.

You can learn more about what is being done to make our highways and roads safer by visiting
www.nhtsa.gov Additionally, you can find more information on how Tigard Police is working to help keep you safe: http://www.tigard-or.gov/police/news.php