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Lt. Jason Harvey recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In mid-March, Lt. Harvey and two other Oregon law enforcement officer completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
There is a highly competitive process that local law enforcement officers must go through before being selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews of the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.
"Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the chance to attend the National Academy each year," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The exceptional leaders selected to participate have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and to learn best practices from officers from across the country and the world."
Lt. Harvey has more than nineteen years of law enforcement experience, starting as a reserve police officer with the West Linn Police Department. Since joining the Corvallis Police Department in 1997, Lt. Harvey has served as a police officer, field training officer, canine handler, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. Lt. Harvey also serves as a department firearms instructor and deputy medical examiner. Lt. Harvey is currently assigned to the Community Service Division as the investigations lieutenant.
"We are very proud of Lt. Jason Harvey. Being selected to attend and graduating from the FBI National Academy is a significant accomplishment and milestone in his career," said Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman. "The education, challenges and exposure he's experienced at the National Academy are unmatched opportunities. I know Lt. Harvey has benefitted from this experience, and we are excited to have him return and continue to serve the Corvallis community."
During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Harvey's classes included Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leadership; Leadership: Spirituality, Wellness, and Vitality; Drugs, Society, and Contemporary Drug Enforcement Strategies; and Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers. The program allows the participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.
Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States as well as from around the world. While in the Academy, the officers and deputies will live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.
The Warm Springs Police Department located 11-year-old Kaitlyn Stofiel and her father, Thomas Stofiel, a few minutes after 10 this morning. An FBI agent and a Warm Springs detective were driving separately down Highway 26 approximately 25 miles west of the city of Warm Springs when they saw the Stofiels hitchhiking. Warm Springs transported both back to town. Both Kaitlyn and her father were wet, cold and hungry but otherwise appeared physically uninjured.
The Stofiels were found within a mile of where they had abandoned their truck previously. The Stofiels reported that they spent most of the past two weeks camping a few miles away in an isolated area.
Kaitlyn is in protective custody, and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is working to place her with family.
No charges have been filed, and no charges are expected at this time.
The FBI and Warm Springs Police Department thank the media and the public for helping to spread the word about Kaitlyn's disappearance. At this time, there is no further information to release.
**Note change in Kaitlyn's age to 11 years old
The FBI and Warm Springs Police Department are asking for the public's help in locating a 11-year-old girl - Kaitlyn Stofiel - who is missing and possibly endangered. Law enforcement officers believe Kaitlyn is with her custodial father, Thomas Clarence Stofiel, age 44. At this time, officers and agents simply want to locate Kaitlyn to ensure that she is safe.
Stofiel's truck was found in late February parked approximately one-half mile down the Mt. Wilson turnoff off of Highway 26 (near milepost 76) on the Warm Springs Reservation. Neither Thomas nor Kaitlyn Stofiel has any known connection to the reservation other than the fact that the vehicle was found on the reservation. They were living in Portland most recently, and Kaitlyn was reportedly being home-schooled.
There have been no confirmed sightings of Kaitlyn or Thomas Stofiel in at least a week.
Thomas Stofiel may be distraught, is known to possess various weapons and reportedly has survival skills.
THOMAS CLARENCE STOFIEL
Weight: 125 pounds
Height: Unknown (tall and thin)
Hair: Long, dark hair
Anyone who has information about their immediate whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1. DO NOT APPROACH. Anyone with information should call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (ext. 0) twenty-four hours a day; the FBI in Bend at (541) 389-1202; or the Warm Springs Police Department at (541) 553-1171.
Less than an hour after a bank robbery on February 28, 2017, a Eugene Police Officer spotted Roderick Jay Wilson, age 48, walking a few blocks away from the bank. Wilson matched the description of the man who entered the Banner Bank, located at 169 W. 6th Avenue, at 10:15 am on Tuesday and demanded cash. After talking to Wilson, the officer detained him until FBI agents arrived and took Wilson into custody.
FBI Agents arrested Wilson and obtained a federal criminal complaint charging him with bank robbery. Wilson is also a suspect in an attempted bank robbery on February 24th in Florence, Oregon.
Wilson will make an initial appearance before a federal magistrate at the U.S. Courthouse in Eugene on March 1st at 2 pm.
All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.