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Message from Chief Don Johnson

Chief Johnson

A Great Start to 2016 - Automatic External Defibrillators, School Emergency Response, and 3 New Patrol Officers.

Earlier this month, we were successful in our work with Clackamas Fire in securing a Grant for $106,000 that will allow us to place Automatic External Defibrillators in every patrol car in Clackamas County. The dollars come from the County’s Emergency Medical System Enhancement Funds, which, in a roundabout way, are part of the contract we have with American Medical Response (AMR), our Ambulance service provider.  These lifesaving tools will allow every police agency in the county,  and the Sherriff’s Office to be dispatched to every critical medical emergency and will enhance every Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim’s chance of survival.  This is a GREAT example of police and fire working together to save lives!

The Police Department has been working closely with the Lake Oswego School District to ready our response to school emergencies.  We’ve recently loaded school site plans onto every police car computer, allowing immediate access to critical response information.  We have also developed a ‘threat assessment” team to proactively intervene in situations identified through any channel – from school personnel, to officers, to social service workers.  The idea is to find help for those who may be in need, well before the need has blossomed into negative action.  This effort promises to make our schools even safer in Lake Oswego; and encourages a close and positive partnership with the district.

And, We are always happy to introduce our newest Officers;

Meet Casey Okami- Watanebe, Mike Scott, and James Euscher. (Photo below)

Casey comes to us after graduating from University of Oregon – Casey will head off to the Police Academy in March.

Mike comes to LOPD after having worked as an officer in Portland for 12 years,  Mike calls Lake Oswego home – he grew up here and lives one block from where he was raised.  Mike started his law enforcement career as a Community Service Officer – right here in LO.  Mike will skip the academy and head right for patrol.  Welcome back Mike!

And you might recognize James – he has been a Lake Oswego Community Servicer since December 2014 – we saw great promise in James and promoted him to the Officer rank as quickly as we could. 

James is attending the Police Academy in Salem now and will graduate in June – we are looking forward to seeing James’ continued success.

Thanks for reading -

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Okami, Euscher, Scott