Message from the Chief
In April 2017, I had the honor of being sworn-in as the Tigard Police Chief. I have spent the following months getting to know the residents, business owners and elected officials. I have also met with each member of the Police Department to determine their values and any obstacles that impede their work. I learned from officers that "no call is too small" and they take great pride in providing a high level of service to the community. Despite some communities experiencing a strain in police and community relations, the Tigard Police Department is grateful for continuing support from the community.
Demand for police services in Tigard is significantly increasing but our resources have not kept pace. At the same time, Tigard police officers are the first responders to an increasing number of calls about individuals exhibiting signs of crisis related to mental health issues, substance abuse and homelessness. Our department has been proactive in gaining a better understanding of homelessness and its causes. We have been involved in the City’s Homelessness Task Force, and the Washington County "Addressing Homelessness: A Dialogue between Faith and Government" in an effort to identify solutions to these important issues.