Message from Chief McAlpine
Many residents who follow Tigard Police on social media may recall a January 30th statement prepared and posted by the Department which affirmed our commitment to fair and equal enforcement of the laws of Oregon. To lend further clarification and to help those who felt worrisome regarding their own immigration status; the message referenced Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820 which read:
“No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.”
Over the months since an Executive Order on Immigration was issued by the Federal Government on January 25th, nothing has changed here in Tigard. In fact, if anything, we know that there is an even greater level of trust amongst our residents knowing that the Tigard Police remain unwavering when it comes to inclusiveness and respect for all. Our focus remains on protecting everyone from victimization, to seek and hold all offenders accountable for their actions and do whatever possible to ensure fairness and justice for everyone. No one should fear contacting Tigard Police for assistance. We are here for you! For everyone. To restate our position — the Tigard Police Department has not nor will enforce federal immigration laws. Period.
Tigard is a safe and caring city. What makes our city great — our residents! We remain a city that is committed to providing a safe place for everyone; regardless of ethnicity and without fear of reprisal based solely on immigration status.
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