Message From The Chief

Interim Police Chief Groshong- headshot

From Interim Police Chief Ronda Groshong

It is such an honor to be selected by Mayor Doyle as Beaverton’s Interim Police Chief. Beaverton has been my home during most of my professional career and I look forward to leading the police department during this transitional period.

I like to update this page during the change of seasons to make you aware of special events going on around the city, department updates, or safety tips. Since we see an increase in accidents during the winter months, I’d like to share some winter driving tips to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road, safe. Regardless of your experience with driving in wintery conditions, there are some situations you just can’t control and accidents can happen. 

  • Check your tires. To have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread.

  • Replace windshield wiper blades.

  • Use your headlights so that others will see you and we hope, not pull out in front of you.

  • If the road looks slick, it probably is. This is especially true with one of winter’s worst hazards, "black ice." Also called "glare ice," this is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely.

  • Learn how to get maximum efficiency from your brakes before an emergency. If you drive on icy roads or roads that are covered with snow, modify your ABS technique. For vehicles without ABS, push the brake pedal hard until the wheels stop rolling, then immediately release the brake enough to allow the wheels to begin turning again. Repeat this sequence rapidly. Your goal is to have the tires producing maximum grip regardless of whether the surface is snow, ice or damp pavement.

  • Finally, if you don’t feel safe driving, stay home.

As always, please check the calendar on our website along with the calendar on the City of Beaverton website for all of the latest information on events all year long. Additionally, our Public Information Officer Matt Henderson, will post live-breaking information and updates to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor. Be sure to “follow” the Beaverton Police Department so you don’t miss a thing!

Wishing you all a safe and healthy winter!

Interim Chief Ronda Groshong