Chief of Police
The Liberty Bay Police Department has a long and rich history serving the community since 1876. Our men and women are a professional representation of the honorable profession that is policing. You will find them in your community, at the grocery store, a soccer field, or even a rotary meeting. They are involved in many different ways with their community. We don’t practice “community policing” we live it.
Our Motto is Dedicated to Duty – Committed to community. It is the foundation of our policing philosophy.
In the early 1800’s a series of principles were adopted that included the principle that the police require the consent and cooperation of the citizenry. This has never been truer. The entire community must work together to address crime and disorder. You can help us by:
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We are proud of the work we do and promise that we will continue to move forward in maintaining and improving our relationship with the public and the services we provide.
The Liberty Bay Police Department is deployed in several divisions organized by function.
The patrol division is the heart and soul of the police department. It is made up of 20 officers and 1 Lieutenant.
We consider Patrol to be our core competency. The thing we do before all others. We are committed as a department to putting as many police officers on the streets every hour of every day as possible.
The patrol officer is the first responder of the police department. They are out in all weather all hours of the day working traffic crashes, lost dogs and initial response to all manner of crimes.
The Investigations Division is comprised of a detective and the commanding Lieutenant. The Investigations Division of the department is responsible for conducting follow up criminal investigations, preparing those cases for prosecution, and working with the District Attorney’s office to ensure the DA’s office has the information it needs to move forward in the resolution of a case.
Investigators are often assigned to incidents that include serious assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, missing persons, child abuse, death investigations, fire investigations, and financial crimes.
An investigator can also be called out to assist at major criminal incidents such as a bank robbery, a homicide, or a sexual assault. An investigator can also be called out to assist during the early stages of an investigation when the situation has the potential to become a major or long term investigation.
The Records Division is comprised of the Administrative Services Manager and one Records Specialist. The Records Division is a multi functional unit that must interact with patrol and dispatch. The Records Specialists must understand the working process in the other police departments. All, cases, log notes, property reports, and citations are processed by the Records Division.
Some of the functions of the Records Department include:
Checking all data entry for accuracy and ensuring that all information in a report is entered in the records management system, Answering inquiries from: other law enforcement agencies, State agencies, insurance companies, Military, and private citizens’ requests; fulfilling Discovery requests; releasing vehicle impounds; and tracking subpoenas.
The Records Specialist is responsible for the data entry of all crime in the Oregon Uniform Crime Report database, known as OUCR. This database is tracked by both the State and Federal government for crime statistics and can affect grant funding opportunities. Some of the funding Liberty Bay Police Department has been able to obtain include funding for public assistance programs (such as battered women’s shelters, juvenile programs, domestic violence programs, equipment and technology update and our school resource officer position).
Liberty Bay Dispatch is known in the industry as a Public Safety Answering Point, or PSAP. A PSAP is a call center that answers citizens 911 calls directly. Centers that do not answer these calls directly are known as Secondary PSAP’s. Liberty Bay 911 is one of two PSAP’s in Clatsop County.
Liberty Bay answers roughly 12,000 911 calls a year in addition to some 35,000 non-emergency calls for service. Liberty Bay dispatches for the Clatsop County Sheriffs Office, The City of Liberty Bay Police Department, and the Port of Liberty Bay’s Security units. In addition to these law enforcement agencies Liberty Bay 911 also dispatches for eleven Fire Departments throughout the County.
Liberty Bay 911 is staffed by highly trained emergency Dispatchers. These folks are always ready to assist people in need 24-hours a day every day.
Parks & Forestry
Liberty Bay Police Forestry Officers serve the expansive parks and forestry area in and around Liberty Bay. Working closely with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Liberty Bay Forestry Officers can often be seen patrolling and roaming through the green spaces of the city.
Founded in 1876, the Liberty Bay Police Department (LBPD) serves a growing population of over 300 residents.
There is currently one police station to meet the needs of the community, the Main Station.
Striving To Protect The Public By Offering Quality Service, Constructive Partnerships, Future Focus And Personal Development Of Individuals.
The Liberty Bay Police Department is committed to being a world-class leader in law enforcement. We will pursue and engage the best trained, equipped, and committed professionals who demonstrate the highest standards of performance and best policing practices in partnership with the community.
Provide effective police services
Develop and strengthen partnerships
** Dedicated To Duty **
** Committed To Community **
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
Periodically, the department hosts a Citizen’s Police Academy. This course is a multi=week series of training session that are designed to acquaint citizens of Liberty Bay with the activities of the department. The curriculum generally includes, department organization and activities, overview of the legal system, use of force, patrol procedures, firearms safety and orientation, investigations, traffic enforcement, a jail tour, and other current topics that may be of interest.
Pursuant to Liberty Bay City Code, all alarm users must obtain an alarm permit from the Liberty Bay Police Department. To obtain a permit, complete an Alarm Permit Application and submit it with the $25.00 fee to the Liberty Bay Police Department. Alarm users over the age of sixty-five (65) may receive a fee waiver. Permits must be renewed annually.
Burglary Prevention Tips
The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer and also deter potential burglars. Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be compromising your family's security.
Robbery prevention begins with reducing opportunities! Be Proactive Install a height indicator strip on the front door frame. Place a workable camera at eye level inside the business, aimed at the front door. develop a strong store policy -- Know what to do when faced with a robbery.
If you have tips about illegal activity or unlawful behavior, please submit this information to the Liberty Bay Police Department. You can remain anonymous or submit as much information as you feel comfortable with.
Jr. Police Cadets and Police Explorers Programs are starting soon! Interested youths will be able to soon begin their own investigation into the world of Law Enforcement through our two community oriented programs designed to give Liberty Bay Students an opportunity to live and experience life as a Police Officer while enhancing their core values.
Contact the Liberty Bay Police Department now for more information on these programs!
Joining the Liberty Bay Police Department
The Liberty Bay Police Department is always searching for qualified individuals who want to join our corps of law enforcement professionals. Many opportunities are available from sworn Police Officers to a variety of exciting and attractive civilian positions.
Law enforcement is an exciting and rewarding field, and the Liberty Bay Police Department is on the leading edge of 21st century policing.
How do I attend the Police Academy?
Becoming a police officer in Oregon begins with your being hired by a police department. You must be hired as a police officer before going to the academy.
What are the minimum requirements?
The absolute minimum requirements for a police officer in Oregon are:
WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE ARE SUCCESSFUL IN BEING HIRED?
While these are the minimum requirements the reality is that between 18 (when most people graduate HS) and 21 (when you are able to be hired) most people competing for the job have been doing something. They either have substantial work history, military experience, or college degrees. In Liberty Bay, every police officer we have hired in the last twenty years has either had experience, some college, or a substantial history as a reserve police officer.
WHAT IS THE HIRING PROCESS LIKE?
The hiring process starts with a job application. We will grade your application packet and assign a score based on the completeness of the application packet and the experiences demonstrated. In general you will receive a higher score if you have college degrees, military experience, or public safety experience.
Generally will hold a physical fitness testing and/or medical examination. This is a pass fail test. The test used is the Oregon Physical Abilities Test. It is a test based on a job task analysis of the police officer position and is designed to measure your ability to physically perform the rigorous job of police officer.
Based on the application scoring, the applicants who passed the ORPAT are ranked. Generally we will interview the top 10-14 applicants. While we don’t expect successful applicants to know the job of a police officer we expect that they have paid attention to what it is that police officers do, have good common sense, good communication skills and represent themselves well. This is the time that you have to sell yourself to us.
At the end of the interview process we first eliminate any applicants that we find unacceptable. Generally this is because of a disclosure during the interview, an answer that demonstrates complete lack of understanding of the position or lack of common sense, or someone who does not present them selves appropriately. We then rank the remaining applicants. Those applicants at the top of the list may receive an interview with the chief of police as well.
If the Chief of Police is satisfied with your background investigation he will make a contingent offer of employment. This offer is contingent on nothing else appearing in your background, a successful psychological examination, physical examination, and drug test. Once all of those are passed, you will receive the job offer on a non contingent basis.
So You got hired?
After getting hired, you will be placed in a training status. You can expect a Field Training Officer to guide you through the process of becoming an Liberty Bay Police Officer. At the completion of the training cycle you will be expected to be a functioning member of the patrol division of the department. It is not until this completion that you will operate in a solo capacity as a police officer.
Transfer Officers may experience a different track than is listed above based on experience.