Message From The Chief
We made it through another Oregon winter! Although, it really wasn’t too bad this year but that does not mean I am not ready for more sunshine days! Beaverton has some fun activities coming up from now through the end of summer that will get you outside, enjoying the sun, nature, and mingling with your other Beaverton neighbors. Additionally, I have some updates on the new Public Safety Center building I’d like to share with you.
We kick-off spring with the Beaverton Police Department’s “Coffee with a Cop” on Wednesday, March 28 at Sunrise Bagels from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This event is a great way for officers to interact in a relaxed, positive environment with our citizens, support and strengthen partnerships with our local businesses.
Our annual Beaverton Police Department Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Southwest Bible Church on SW Weir Rd. We will honor those officers, specialty teams, other police department personnel, and citizens that have gone above and beyond in 2017 and should be recognized. This is one of my favorite events of the year.
On April 17, we invite you to join us at the City Council meeting at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. as we swear-in seven new officers to the Beaverton Police Department in front of the Mayor and City Councilors. This is one of the largest hiring groups we have had in a while and I am thrilled to welcome these new officers to our great city.
Mark your calendars! The very popular shred events will be taking place on April 28, June 9, and August 11. As always, the event is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sunset Presbyterian Church on NW Cornell Rd. This event is free, but a canned food donation for the Oregon Food Bank is appreciated. There is a limit to three boxes of documents per vehicle.
In June, we will kick off our series of “Picnics in the Park” and “Third Thursday Concerts at The Round.” Be sure to check the City’s website calendar for all the latest information on dates and times.
Sunday, June 3 is the new Beaverton half-marathon and 5K. This race will start and end at Portland Running Company in Beaverton. Be sure to keep an eye out for runners and road closures from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. It will take a lot of coordination of the runners, residents, and police to make sure the event is safe, runs smoothly and goes as planned. You can register to join at https://runwithpaula.com/beaverton-half-marathon/.
Our first Beaverton Night Market of the year will be on Saturday, July 21, followed by the second one on August 11. This extremely popular event fosters a space for cross-cultural exchange and interaction by community members, creates a space for emerging ethnic food/craft vendors to display their work and share their traditions and offers a fun, family-friendly, cultural activity locally.
Beaverton will celebrate National Night Out against crime on Tuesday, August 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beaverton City Park Fountain (across from the Beaverton City Library). Kids and adults alike can enjoy a police K-9 demonstration as well as free food, games and prizes, fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and much more. We are in partnership with the National Association of Town Watch on this event.
The annual Flicks by the Fountain will be on Friday, August 24. This outdoor movie event featuring pre-movie activities, music, food carts and a giant inflatable screen. This event is free and open to all ages. All movies begin at dusk, with pre-movie activities and entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. at City Park.
You definitely will not want to miss the Beaverton Celebration Parade on Saturday, September 8 and Bike Beaverton on Sunday, September 9! These events are a fun way to wrap up your summer that you can enjoy with your whole family. Last year I walked the parade with our K-9 team and had a blast!
Of course, there are many other events always going on around town. Please check the calendar on our website along with the City of Beaverton website for all of the latest information on events all year long.
Finally, I would like to share with you the progress we will be making this summer on our new Public Safety Center, which will be built on the corner of Allen and Hall Blvd. The architects and consultants are continuing to develop building and site plans which will be submitted to the City in early July. The existing buildings on the site are scheduled for removal in June and early foundation and site work is scheduled for August or September, but is dependent on permitting from the City. We are so excited to finally break ground!
I would like to encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get up-to-date and live-breaking information on what is going on in Beaverton. Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and sunny spring and summer!
Chief Jim Monger