Message From The Chief
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.
We update this page every change of season so we can share safety tips, police department updates, and also let you know about fun events we have going here in the Beaverton Police Department and throughout the City of Beaverton. Here is what we have going on this fall.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative with a goal of building trust between community members and police officers, one cup of coffee at a time. Police officers and community members come together in an informal setting, such as a local coffee shop, to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. The friendly atmosphere helps remove barriers and allows for relaxed one-on-one interactions, leading to lasting connections and enhanced relationships. We encourage you to stop by one of these events:
Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, September 19
Human Bean at 14435 SW Tualatin Valley Highway from 8:00am-10:00am
National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, October 2 at the following participating locations:
Dutch Bros Coffee, 16400 SW Barrows Rd., Beaverton, 7:00am-10:00am
Starbucks, 4037 SW 117th Ave., Beaverton, 7:00am-10:00am
Peet’s Coffee, 10150 NE Cornell Rd., Hillsboro, 7:00am-10:00am
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's a time to recognize and celebrate survivors of abuse, as well as grieve the lives lost. On Tuesday, October 8, we’d like to invite you to join us for a Community Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil at the lawn of the Washington County Courthouse located at 150 E. Main Street, Hillsboro from 5:00pm-7:30pm.
October is also breast cancer awareness month so you may notice pink ribbon magnets on the BPD patrol vehicles to show our support. Additionally, during the month of October our officers are given the opportunity to wear pink BPD patches on their uniforms if they make a donation to a cancer charity of their choice.
The last shred event of the year will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, OR 97229. Shred-It Document Destruction Services will donate two commercial-sized shredding trucks to use for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Limit of three boxes per vehicle. Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of two commercial-sized shredding trucks. The event is free but monetary donations are happily accepted for the BPD Cadet Program as well as canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank.
The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) hosts the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year in which temporary collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. BPD will be hosting one of these events on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00am until 2:00pm.
This year Halloween falls on a Thursday and there are many community locations you can take your trick-or-treaters to that are safe and indoors. If you choose to go door-to-door, remember to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If your kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. As for drivers out on Halloween, popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
“No Shave November” is a very popular month around the police department. Our grooming policy, along with our razors, will go away for a month—but only if the officer makes a donation to the selected cancer research organization! Keep an eye on our social media pages to see our officers like you’ve never seen before!
On Friday, December 6, join Santa Claus, Mayor Denny Doyle, and myself at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event starts at 6:00p.m. at City Park and is an event for the whole family to enjoy.
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 Jeremy Shaw, will post live-breaking information and updates to Facebook, Twitter, and the NextDoor app. Be sure to “follow” the Beaverton Police Department so you don’t miss a thing!
Wishing you all a safe and healthy fall!
Interim Chief Ronda Groshong