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Battle Ground PD Awarded WASPC Accreditation
Battle Ground PD Awarded WASPC Accreditation
Battle Ground Police Department earns third consecutive Accreditation Award (Photo) - 11/20/18

Battle Ground, WA - The Battle Ground Police Department has earned its third consecutive accreditation from the Washington Association of Police Chiefs (WASPC).  First accredited in 2010, the department must reapply for accreditation every four years, certifying that it is operating under industry best practices and maintaining 139 professional standards set by the WASPC Accreditation Committee. 

The accreditation process is rigorous and thorough, takes up to a year to complete, and involves every member of the department.   Law enforcement agencies must demonstrate, through institutionalized policy and practice, their ability to meet each of the 139 standards.

Only 21% of law enforcement agencies in Washington State have earned WASPC accreditation and the Battle Ground Police Department is one of just two WASPC-accredited agencies in Clark County.

“This is an outstanding achievement by our department and by our accreditation manager, Lieutenant Kim Armstrong,” said Police Chief Bob Richardson, “Meeting the WASPC standards reduces risk, improves transparency, and increases the professionalism of our agency.”

The department received the Accreditation Award at the WASPC Conference on November 14.  Pictured, from left to right are: WASPC Director of Professional Services Mike Painter, Chief Bob Richardson, Lt. Kim Armstrong, WASPC President Ken Thomas.

Battle Ground's 29th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Battle Ground's 29th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Battle Ground's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting features live music, selfies with Santa, and a spirit of giving (Photo) - 11/16/18

Battle Ground's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting features live music, selfies with Santa, and a spirit of giving

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the honored guests again this year at Battle Ground’s 29th annual Holiday Tree Lighting.   This year’s free community event to kick-off the holiday season will take place on Friday, December 7 at the Battle Ground Community Center located in historic Old Town at 912 East Main Street.

Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with caroling led by the Battle Ground High School Jazz Choir.  To the delight of all who are young and young-at-heart, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by Fire District 3 Engine to light the tree. 

After the tree lighting, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the celebration moves indoors to the warmth of the community center where Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and pose for pictures – be sure to bring your cameras!   

The North County Community Food Bank will serve free warm and tasty refreshments.   Please join us in the spirit of giving by donating to the food bank - your cash donations help individuals and families right here in our community.   Learn more at https://nccfoodbank.org.  

The outdoor caroling and tree lighting will warm your heart, but the weather outside may be frightening so be sure to dress for rain, shine, or snow!    

 

 

City of Battle Ground Honors Veterans at November 12 Ceremony - 10/30/18

Please note correction on date:  Monday, November 12.  

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Battle Ground, WA   -   The City of Battle Ground will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony held Monday, November 12, 11 am at the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 East Main Street in Battle Ground.

Mayor Mike Dalesandro and Councilmember Philip Johnson will lead the ceremony and invite community members to gather with them to recognize veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and to remember thirty-one honored veterans, local service men who died in service to our country.

The ceremony will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the day that World War I ended.  The War, known as the Great War, and cited as the war to end all wars, ended with an armistice at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918.  

Community Invited to Preview Vision for Battle Ground's Future - 10/29/18

The Battle Ground community is invited to an open house set for Thursday, November 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center (912 East Main Street). To contribute to the Battle Ground Roadmap vision and action plan, participants will be asked to provide feedback on the draft vision and several “Big Ideas” projects.

The Navigators, twelve community members appointed to offer guidance and present their recommendations to City Council, have been working since June to develop a vision and prioritize projects. At the event, the Navigators will share what they have learned and invite fellow community members to weigh in.

“We are excited to share the results of the Navigators’ work. The resulting vision and action plan will guide policy and align City resources for years to come. The more community input we get at the upcoming Open House the better the plan will be,” explains Erin Erdman, Battle Ground’s acting city manager.

The six priority “Big Ideas” being considered by the Navigators are:

1. Successful School System. Support the broad-based community leadership essential to a successful public school system.

2. Old Town District Revitalization. Promote the ongoing revitalization of Old Town Battle Ground as the traditional heart of the community with shops, restaurants and other attractions that preserve the community’s enduring small town heritage and charm.

3. Activity Centers & Gathering Places. Develop new—and expand existing—spaces that contribute to quality of life for Battle Ground’s growing population of all ages. Projects may include expanding the Community Center, developing a new YMCA/aquatics center, and creating more parks and gathering places in neighborhoods.

4. Future Jobs & Industry. Identify Battle Ground’s most competitive economic opportunities and employment niches for the future, creating a comprehensive economic strategy that includes new jobs, targeted industry sectors and their locations.

5. School District Site Redevelopment. Plan for the eventual redevelopment of the Battle Ground High School campus to accommodate a new town center for mixed use housing, employment and recreation—Battle Ground’s “living room.”

6. Town Planning Districts. Establish a new system of planning districts covering the entire city, reinforcing the unique identities of Battle Ground’s various areas and establishing a framework and vision for future development.

The Battle Ground Roadmap project began earlier this year with a comprehensive analysis of the area’s demographic and economic trends, interviews with a cross-section of community stakeholders and a survey completed by more than 2,000 community members. The Roadmap vision and action plan is expected to be presented to City Council by the end of 2018.

To learn more about Battle Ground Roadmap, visit http://www.battlegroundroadmap.org .

BGPD offers glow sticks and pedestrian safety tips
BGPD offers glow sticks and pedestrian safety tips
37th Annual Halloween Fun Fest to draw hundreds of families to Battle Ground's Main Street (Photo) - 10/25/18

The 37th Annual Halloween Fun Fest in Battle Ground is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Battle Ground’s Main Street, east of SR 503, will be alive with superheroes, princesses, pirates and a myriad of other costumed kids as they trick-or-treat down Main Street at participating businesses.  

Motorists traveling on Main Street between SR 503 and Fairgrounds Avenue during the event should expect delays and are asked to remain cautious and patient as hundreds of children and families trick-or-treat along Main Street. 

Thanks to a Target Zero grant, Battle Ground Police Officers will be on site to talk with kids and kids-at-heart about pedestrian safety.  Because being visible to vehicles when walking at night is so important, officers will be offering glow stick bracelets and the following pedestrian safety tips to young trick-or-treaters:

  • Always look left, then right, then left again before you begin crossing the roadway
  • Cross at intersections and stay within crosswalk lines, if available
  • Make eye contact with each vehicle driver to make sure they are looking at you
  • Watch out for vehicles backing up in parking lots and driveways
  • When walking at night, wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight so you can be seen by drivers

Halloween Fun Fest features the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce’s Trick-or-Treat Street event and the City of Battle Ground’s Fright Night – a free family-friendly event at the Battle Ground Community Center with numerous games, activities, prizes and candy!   For more information, visit www.cityofbg.org/Halloween

 

Battle Ground City Council appoints Erin Erdman as Acting City Manager - 10/23/18

Effective October 22, 2018, Jeff Swanson tendered his resignation as City Manager for the City of Battle Ground.  Jeff has enjoyed his time as City Manager for Battle Ground, but has decided that he wants to pursue other opportunities.   Jeff remains committed to ensuring a smooth transition of his responsibilities as City Manager and plans to continue working in cooperation with the City to ensure that there will be no interruption of any city operations for the citizens of Battle Ground.  Jeff enjoyed working with the community and city staff in Battle Ground and wishes everyone the best.  The City thanks Jeff for his service.

The Battle Ground City Council has appointed City of Battle Ground Community Development Director Erin Erdman to serve as Acting City Manager.  Ms. Erdman will continue to serve as Community Development Director as well.