Message From The Chief
From Police Chief Ronda Groshong
The year of 2020 is going to be remembered as a challenging time by many across the world for the events that took place -- and those that didn’t as a result of the effects of COVID-19. Our officers and support staff demonstrated their resolve in serving our community and continued to show up to work every day undeterred; through the pandemic, hazardous air conditions during summer wildfires, and accomplished a massive move to our new Public Safety Center. As a department, we are united, resilient, and continue to be committed to serving our community. Beaverton remains a safe place to live, work, and visit because of the hard work and dedication of our officers, support staff, and volunteers.
Tough conversations regarding police/race relations occurred at local and national levels in 2020. Police departments all over the nation have been faced with hard questions and harsh criticism from their own communities. The Beaverton Police Department is no different. While we always strive to be transparent with our community, it became abundantly clear we need to do better. Transparency yesterday is different than what it is today. We want to ensure all individuals feel heard and we increased our focus on listening to our community members, provided requested data and statistics, examined our policies, and made efforts to ensure information was easier to find on our website.
As we head into 2021, we are excited for more opportunities to engage and interact with our community in a personal way through events and in-person public meetings. We are also looking forward to building a stronger relationship with our Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Once public health restrictions lift, we are eager to bring back our Community Academy, which will be re-vamped and hosted within the new Public Safety Center. I am hopeful we will be able to gather again soon and I look forward to continuing to serve the City of Beaverton.