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Vancouver Police seek assistance from public regarding hit and run - 07/22/21

Vancouver, Wash. –On July 20, 2021, a pedestrian in the 600 block of Main Street was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound on Main Street. The suspect vehicle did not stop and fled the scene. The collision occurred between 11:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight. Several citizens helped the pedestrian following the crash, but no one called 9-1-1. The pedestrian later went to the hospital where it was discovered they had suffered serious injuries. Police were then contacted. 

 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating this hit and run collision and is asking anyone who helped the pedestrian, or who saw the crash or the suspect vehicle to contact Vancouver Police Officer Sean Donaldson at (360) 487-7479.

 

 

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SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team recruiting for non-law enforcement community representatives - 07/20/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The SW Washington Independent Investigative Response team (SWIIR) is currently recruiting for Non-Law Enforcement Community members to serve on this team.  Application materials are being accepted through August 19, 2021.This is a non-paid volunteer position.

With the passage of Washington State Initiative 940 in November 2018 and SHB 1064 in 2019, incidents where the use of deadly force by a peace officer results in death, substantial bodily harm, or great bodily harm require an independent investigation. The independent investigation is conducted in the same manner as a criminal investigation and state law now requires an "independent investigation" completely independent of the involved agency.

The Independent Investigative Team (IIT) will consist of a team of qualified and certified peace officer investigators and at least two non-law enforcement community representatives who operate completely independent of any involved agency to conduct investigations of police deadly force incidents. 

The IIT Non-Law Enforcement Community Representatives should have credibility with, and ties to, the communities impacted by the police use of deadly force. Representatives selected will participate directly in the vetting, interviewing, and/or selection of IIT certified law enforcement investigators, media communications, and use of involved agency equipment requests. 

The following are the minimum qualifications for the position of IIT Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative. At the time of application, the applicant shall:

1.        Be a Clark or Skamania County, Washington resident.

2.        Be able to pass a background check. 

3.        Be able to maintain a confidentiality agreement with each deadly force investigation.

4.        Attend identified training as it relates to the assigned position.

5.        Have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the 

           position of IIT Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative.

  • Ability to learn and understand police use of force policy and laws.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with members of police/sheriff agencies, and community.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and sign a binding confidentiality agreement for each police use of deadly force incident investigation.
  • Ability to make sound and well-informed decisions.
  • Maintain high standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Ability to minimize and resolve conflicts in a tactful and effective manner.

6.        Have the ability to meet the time and commitments required of an IIT Non-Law Enforcement Community 

            Representative position. 

  • Length of commitment to this position is four (4) years, which may be adjusted based upon the needs of the department/agency and the willingness to serve. 
  • Hours for this position will vary depending on the incident dynamics and the time and location of briefings, meetings, and identified training classes. IIT Non-Law Enforcement Community Representatives may be subject to call at various and unpredictable hours to include weekends and holidays.

Interested, qualified applicants must submit the following two documents no later than August 19, 2021

  • A letter of interest including a narrative identifying what the applicant believes their particular strengths and challenges would be in the position of IIT Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative. Letters of interest should be no longer than two pages.
  • An up-to-date resume including experience, applicable training, qualifications and why the applicant believes they have credibility with, and ties to, the communities impacted by the police use of deadly force.

The letter and resume may be emailed to vanpd@cityofvancouver.us (the Vancouver Police Department is participating as the central point of collection for any electronic applications for the Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative IIT applications) or applicants may drop off their letter and resume to their local law enforcement agency during regular business hours (please note some police facilities may still be closed to the public due to COVID so please check with your local jurisdiction’s offices prior to dropping off materials). 

To access the full application announcement, or for more information on the Independent Investigation Team (IIT), or SWIIR visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/independent-investigation-team-iit

 

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Vancouver Police looking for endangered missing Vancouver woman (Photo) - 07/20/21

UPDATE 7/20/2021

Family of Jamie Conness located her safe in Vancouver on 7/16/2021.

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The Vancouver Police Department hopes someone can help locate a missing endangered female, Jamie Conness (age 43), is a Hispanic white female who is 5'7" and 150 lbs. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. She was living in a white 1992 Dodge Dynasty (four door), which was found abandoned in Wintler Park on 6/29/2021.

Jamie is considered missing due to likely mental health crisis.

Anyone with information on where Jamie may be is urged to call 911 with this information. Tips can also be addressed to Detective David Jensen at david.jensen@cityofvancouver.us.

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Vancouver Police investigate drive-by shooting - 07/19/21

Vancouver, Wash. –On July 18, 2021, at approximately 8:51 p.m., Vancouver Police East Precinct Patrol responded to a report of shots fired in the 1800 block of NE 136th Ave.  The victim was at the Cascade Middle School field when a vehicle traveling on 136th Ave began shooting at them.  Multiple shell casings were recovered in the area by police. The victim was not injured. 

This case is being investigated by Vancouver Police Department Safe Streets Task Force. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

 

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Missing Person from Vancouver, WA (Photo) UPDATED - 07/19/21

Jakyra has been located around 1030 hours today and is safe and accounted for. 

 

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing person. Jakyra T Russell is described as an African American, 22 years old, female, 5'3,150lbs. She last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue pants. Russell is diabetic, suffers from seizures, and doesn't have her prescribed medications. 

Anyone with information on Russell's whereabouts is asked to 911 or 311. 

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Police Seek Assistance of Missing Vancouver Woman (Photo) - 07/07/21

***UPDATE***

Karina Nuno was located safe in the Vancouver area the afternoon of 7/7/2021. Vancouver PD would like to thank the public for their assistance.

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Vancouver Police is requesting assistance on locating Karina Nuno a missing adult since July 4th, 2021. Karina at increased risk due to a mental health crisis and has left her home under unusual circumstances.

 

Karina was last seen wearing either a pair of blue jeans or pink sweatpants. Karina was wearing a red Seattle labeled hooded sweatshirt and white Converse shoes. Karina had a silver necklace with a round diamond on. Karina is about 5'5" and 220 lbs. with brown eyes and shoulder length curly brown hair. She is believed to be driving a light blue 2010 Honda Fit WA Lic# BJR2956.

 

Please contact Detective Jensen at david.jensen@cityofvancouver.us with information.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating an endangered missing adult female. - 07/04/21

****UPDATE**** Missing person located****

 

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an endangered missing adult female.

Laura M Dills, 22-year-old, White female, 5’7”, 1119lb, light brown hair, hazel eyes. She was last seen on 7/4/21 at 1230 hours near Ike Memorial Park. She was wearing pink shoes, beige shorts, and an unknown color t-shirt. Laura has autism and is not familiar with the Vancouver area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 311 or 911

Vancouver Police substitute PIO July 5-9 - 07/02/21

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will be unavailable July 5-9

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will handling PIO duties July 5-9, during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at kathy.mcnicholas@cityofvancouver.us.

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed hours, or on weekends, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel.

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute for the above-listed dates.

 

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