Public Safety Committee - Minutes

Fri., Apr. 21, 2017

Councilor Kirwan called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. Present were Councilors Hardin and Primmer, City Manager Byron Smith, Chief Edmiston, School Resource Officer Tim Miears, Corporal Chris Martin, Communications Manager Amanda Hartsteen, Captain Travis Eynon, and Lilly Alarcon-Strong.

Personnel Update

Chief Edmiston introduced police staff present, and gave a personnel update of the following positions:

  • Operations Captain Scott Clark, effective May 1st to fill the retirement of Captain Johnson.
  • Detective Lieutenant Randy Studebaker, effective July of 2017.
  • Patrol Sergeant, final assessment and determination will be made shortly.
  • Training and Evidence Officer Tim Miears, effective June.
  • New Chaplain, Jim Simpson
  • Open positions:
    • Sandy Warner will retire April 30th. Her Senior General Clerical position was announced and closes today. As of right now, there are 32 applicants of whom at least 20 are qualified, with the education, experience, and knowledge that are desired.  
    • Police Officer position. This position will fill the void left by Captain Johnsons retirement and will close on May 5th.
  • School Resource Officers, Chris McMahon effective April 24th and Betty Nava who is currently going thru the academy.

Chief Edmiston asked Captain Eynon to give an update on the current changes that are taking place at the academy.

Captain Eynon stated the academy attained a new training director from the Portland Police Bureau who has implemented changes, to include:  

  • Students no longer dress in their duty gear or uniform. Academy students had been required to do this to get accustomed to wearing these items on a day-to-day basis as they are uncomfortable.
  • DPSST staff no longer has ranks at the academy. Lieutenants, Captains and everyone who has worked hard to be promoted no longer have titles; they are simply called Sir or Ma’am, etc.
  • Study group sessions with instructors are no longer allowed.
  • And other changes.

Captain Eynon stated he feels that these changes are not for the betterment of the academy, especially when most of these changes have been implemented in the middle of an academy.

There was some discussion regarding reaching out to state government officials for their support on the restructuring of the academy. Chief Edmiston stated he will be gathering more information and report back with his findings and recommendation.

1st Quarter (2017) Crime Report

Chief Edmiston reviewed the 1st quarter crime stats and stated the numbers are very low and believes this is due to the bad winter weather the region had; people didn’t want to be out committing crimes in the harsh winter conditions.

Department-wide meeting

Chief Edmiston stated a department-wide meeting will be held in June. Announced at this meeting will be all the personnel changes and descriptions to their new roles and what part they play in those roles, as well as review current roles.

(Corporal Martin exited the meeting at 5:32pm)

Chief Edmiston stated Sergeant Maess will be Chairing a Social Committee to engage and strengthen relationships in the department and have more of a family feel.

Drug Take Back Day

Chief Edmiston stated in partnership with the DEA, Captain Johnson will be monitoring Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Last year, 120 pounds of “drugs” were surrendered at this event, and were able to be disposed of properly instead of being dumped into the water system or landfills. The PD will be notifying the media about this successful event.

National Police Week 2017 - May 15th through May 21st

Chaplain Terry Cummings will be at the City Council Meeting on April 24th to promote this event.

Misc. Closing Comments

Chief Edmiston stated the PD will be working on ways to enhance the National Night Out Event including, possibly having a pre-event BBQ and kid activities at the police station.

Chief Edmiston went over shift schedules for the department, positive Code Enforcement updates, working with the County Dispatch as Fire Department call-outs have other needs than the PD, communication and team building, budget, vehicle replacement schedule, crime lab shut-down, positive updates regarding the City Prosecutor, and, in the future, possibly partnering with the Hospital to provide services similar to the School District.

The Committee thanked Chief Edmiston and his department for their hard work and service.

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned at 6:00 pm.

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