Objective of the Police Department is to continue to maintain the peace and quality of life that the citizens of Columbia City presently enjoy. The Police Department enforces state laws and local ordinances, protects life and property through preventive and proactive law enforcement practices, and contributes to the livability of the City by taking the lead and being an active participant in the development of community policing relationships, in direct support of the 2013-14 Policy Goals and Objects 1(A) as set for by Council.
Michael McGlothlin serves as the City's Chief of Police. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the operation and activities of the Police Department. He can be reached by calling (503) 397-4010, faxing to (503) 366-2870, or mailing to PO Box 189, Columbia City, OR 97018. You may also contact him through our online contact form.
The Police Department is funded by property taxes, fines and intergovernmental revenue.
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DEPARTMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2012-13:
The Department continued integrating community policing concepts into daily law enforcement operations, continued annual review and update of department policy manual, continued upgrade and rebuild to the agency's records management and computer system, continued improvements to the evidence and property room procedures, and continued the department's emphasis on improvements in leadership, accountability, and personal responsibility. Numerous training courses were also attended by officers.
Coordinate and lead efforts to conduct Columbia City Emergency Management Fair. This event will focus on educating public on current emergency management issues within the City, solicit registration for the county-wide CAN Emergency Notification System, provide training on shelter-in-place versus evacuation guidelines, and promote the building of community partnerships. Target date: September 21, 2013.
Specific problem areas relating to criminal and illegal drug activity, traffic safety issues, animal complaints, and nuisance issues were addressed and resolved. In support of established City Council Goals, ongoing efforts in working with City residents to resolve concerns within their neighborhoods have been successful and will continue to be ongoing.
The Hearing Conservation Program was continued for all department personnel. Maintenance record systems for all vehicles, mobile data terminals, tasers and other equipment were maintained and updated as required. Grants awarded during the year include: the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police Seatbelt Enforcement Overtime grant, the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police Enhanced DUII Overtime Patrol grant, UASI grant funding for replacement and upgrade of the police department mobile data terminals, and the ODOT Motor Carrier Enforcement Program grant.
DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES FOR 2013-14:
Continued implementation of the City's Public Policy on Policing as established by Resolution No. 08-933-R. Target date: Ongoing.
Continued exceptional performance of department personnel in order to achieve future re-certification of the local option levy in order to continue long term department financial funding, decreasing the annual strain on the City’s general fund.
Continue to improve officer and employee safety, minimize liability and meet federal and state mandates through continued and expanded training programs and equipment upgrades. Target date: Ongoing.
Continue to expand on a number of community safety programs to include, but not be limited to, Child Identification Programs, Identity Theft Awareness, Traffic Safety Awareness, and Neighborhood Watch, and establishing the Columbia City Citizen Corps Program. Target date: December 31, 2013.
Achieve Department compliance with "Best Practice" standards as represented in a City County Insurance Services best practices survey dated June 10, 2008. Target date: June 30, 2014.
Continued commitment to the Reserve Officer recruitment and training program in order to provide for a professional and qualified pool of officers to compliment the regular officer force. Efforts will also provide the maximum amount of police protection and services to the community. Target date: Ongoing.
Facilitate and attend core skill level training, at no cost to the City, through collaborative efforts on a regional basis. Efforts to utilize these opportunities to the maximum extent possible will continue to be a priority for the department. Target date: Ongoing.
Continue cooperative agreements and mutual aid agreements with other local, state and federal agencies to ensure that the City continues to receive assistance from those agencies at times when needed. Memorandum of Understandings and Interagency Agreements also have and will continue to provide for investigative services as well as access to equipment that the department does not have and could not otherwise afford. Target date: Ongoing.
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