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 2014-15 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 2015-16:
The department continued integrating community policing and problem solving concepts into daily law enforcement operations, continued annual review and update of applicable department policies and procedures, continued upgrade to the agency's records management and computer systems, 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.
The department coordinated and lead efforts to conduct the Columbia City Emergency Management Fair. This event focused on educating the public on current emergency management issues within the City, soliciting registration for the county-wide CAN Emergency Notification System, provided training on shelter-in-place versus evacuation guidelines, provided earthquake mitigation and planning information, and promoted community partnerships.
The department coordinated and led efforts to re-write the City’s Emergency Operations Plan. This effort utilized both the standing Hazard Mitigation Planning Group as well as an outside technical assistance vender that was funded by a Homeland Security Grant. The department also led efforts to draft a Continuity of Operations Plan and Emergency Messaging Templates for use in emergency information and notification processes
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. These efforts have also led to Columbia City’s 2015 ranking as the 2nd safest city, per capita, within the State of Oregon.
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.
DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES FOR 2016-17:
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 the interest of achieving future re-certification of the local option levy in order to continue long term department financial funding. Target date: Ongoing.
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. Target date: June 30, 2016.
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, 2016.
Develop and implement a City Code Enforcement Program in order to more effectively and efficiently address ordinance violations within the jurisdiction, as well as improve overall quality of life issues for all citizens in a more equitable manner in accordance with 2016-17 Policy Goal and Objective 1-F as set forth by Council. Target date: September 30, 2015.
Continue 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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