Department updates Mission Statement and patrol vehicles
April 18, 2014
The department is updating its Mission Statement as well as replacing its fleet of Patrol vehicles. During 2013, two employee committees worked on selecting and outfitting new patrol vehicles and updating the department's mission statement.
The police department's fleet of patrol vehicles is being replaced over the next several weeks after nearly 4 years of use. The Ford Crown Victorias, each with well over 100,000 miles, are being replaced with Ford Police SUVs. The department sets money aside each year in a vehicle replacement fund to ensure funds are available when the cars need to be replaced.
The move to a new model of patrol vehicle was necessary since the Crown Victoria "Police Interceptor", which the department has utilized for many years, is no longer in production. A committee consisting of a cross section of officers from the department reviewed and evaluated the five vehicles available for police patrol use. After extensive research, which included driving each of the vehicles, the committee unanimously selected the Ford SUV Interceptor as the right fit for WWPD. The Ford SUV is powered by a V6 engine and is significantly more fuel efficient than the current Crown Victoria. Additionally, the SUV's are all-wheel-drive, which will provide an added level of safety for officers responding to emergency situations during periods of inclement weather. Of the police rated vehicles, the Ford SUV is the second least expensive of the available models. The committee elected to go with a more traditional look for the squad cars—black and white, as the current blue color is not a stock option for the Police Package.
Sgt. Kevin Braman led a committee that reviewed the department's mission statement to ensure it was truly reflective of the department's commitment to public safety. The updated statement reflects that commitment:
As partners in our community, we will perform our duties with fairness and respect for all citizens. We will have the courage to do what is right, stand against what is wrong, and return with Honor in all our endeavors.
Police Chief Scott Bieber summed up the changes to the Mission Statement and patrol vehicle fleet by stating, "It is truly an honor for the men and women of the Walla Walla Police Department to serve our community. Each member of the department exemplifies both personally and professionally the department's three core values of service, pride and integrity. There is great pride in the new patrol vehicle fleet, but more importantly, pride in the level of service this department provides daily to ensure the safety of the community in which we live."
For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal
Prescription Take Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
THREE LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU BETTER!
College Place Police Department, 625 S. College Avenue
Waitsburg Fire Station, 234 Main Street, Waitsburg
Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Moore Street
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
According to the 2011 Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
SHRED EVENT FUNDRAISER
Protect your Identity by shredding sensitive documents!
BENEFITS WALLA WALLA AREA CRIME WATCH "CHIEF FOR A DAY PROGRAM"
Limited number of Locked shred bins will be available at all 3 sites
Limited to 4 grocery bags or 2 legal boxes per person
Sponsored by the UB, Crime Watch, and DeVries Business Services
For more information, please contact Vicki Ruley at the Walla Walla Police Department at.
SWAT Team receives new armored vehicle
April 15, 2014
The Walla Walla Police Department has received a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicle from the Department of Defense. The vehicle will be used by the Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team during training exercises and high risk operations.
The MRAP gives the Team a level of protection previously unavailable, providing full armor to enhance the safety of members as they are delivered directly to the scene of volatile situations involving potentially armed suspects. It will also allow for the safe evacuation of citizens from a scene in the event of an active shooter incident.
The cost of the MRAP to the City was $6,900, to cover the cost of transporting the vehicle to Walla Walla from Texas. The sales price to the US Army was $733,000.
Being a member of the SWAT team is a collateral duty, in addition to the officers' normal assignment. The SWAT Team, consisting of PD Officers, WWSO Deputies, and a City Firefighter/Paramedic, train twice a month on tactical issues. There are a total of 15 members on the SWAT team, including Team Leader Sgt. Mike Moses and Team Commander Captain Chris Buttice.
The SWAT team covers all of Walla Walla County to include the City of Walla Walla as well as the other cities and towns in Walla Walla County. In addition to training, the SWAT team is called out approximately 7 times a year on high risk emergency situations which include the service of high risk search warrants.
Once outfitted with emergency lights and police department identification, the vehicle will be displayed occasionally during local public events.
For more information, please contact Tim Bennett at the Police Department at.