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linn county captain graduates from the fbi national academy (Photo) - 06/20/17

Linn County Sheriff's Office Patrol Commander Kevin Guilford has recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement professionals. Cpt. Guilford attended a ten week session from April through June, at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Cpt. Guilford and a total of two hundred and twenty-seven other law enforcement professionals attended the 268th Session of the National Academy, which consisted of men and women from 47 state agencies, law enforcement organizations from 24 international countries, five military organizations, and seven federal civilian organizations.

There is a highly competitive process that law enforcement must go through before being selected for this honor. This process included a nomination by Sheriff Riley; interviews of Cpt. Guilford 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.

The FBI National Academy is internationally known for its academic excellence, which offers 10 weeks of advanced communications, leadership, and fitness training for selected individuals having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, FBI National Academy attendees have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. A total of 50,141 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.

Cpt. Guilford has more than 23 years of law enforcement experience, starting as a reserve deputy with the Linn County Sheriff's Office in 1994. Cpt. Guilford was hired for full time employment in 1995 as a resident deputy, working the Mill City area. He has since served his community as a D.A.R.E. officer, marine deputy, defensive tactics instructor, Dive Team member, reserve coordinator, Patrol Sergeant and Patrol First Sergeant.

"We are very proud of Cpt. Guilford's accomplishments in the FBI National Academy, which is a significant milestone in his career," said Sheriff Bruce Riley. The citizens of Linn County will benefit greatly from Cpt. Guilford's National Academy experience, increasing the quality of services and professionalism we provide to all of Linn County.

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Linn Deputies Respond to Boat Accident (Photo) - 06/06/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Sheriff's Office Water Rescue and Recovery Team responded this morning at approximately 8:22 a.m., to assist the Lebanon Fire District with a marine incident on the South Santiam River. The Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from the wife of one of the injured boat occupants, who stated the boat her husband was in had hit a rock, and all three occupants were thrown from the boat.

The operator of the 2002 Alumaweld Jet Sled, later identified as Clayton Newton IV, 47, of Portland, told deputies he was traveling downstream from Gills Landing boat launch in Lebanon, when the sled tipped while he was traveling through shallow rapids. All three occupants were thrown out of the boat. All occupants were wearing personal flotation devices, which aided in them reaching shore safely.

Fishing with Newton in the boat were Colby D. Howe Jr, and James E. Nocolaisen, both 69, from Portland. Newton was not injured and Howe and Nocolaisen both suffered only minor injuries.

Lebanon Fire District personnel were able to locate the boaters, and were aided by 9-1-1 GPS coordinates from the boaters' calls. LFD personnel reached the patients on land, rendered aid to their injuries, and transported them to their vehicle at Gills Landing.

Sheriff's Office Water Rescue members launched their Zodiac rescue craft, to determine if any environmental spills were endangering the waterway, to assess the boat crash, and conduct a boat investigation as required by Oregon State Marine Board law. The Alumaweld was intact, and had only suffered minor dents and scratches from the crash. Sheriff's Office personnel navigated the jet sled to a nearby boat landing, where it was trailered and returned to the owner.

Sheriff Riley wants this early-summer boating incident to serve as a reminder to all boaters the importance of wearing life jackets while enjoying water activities. River channels change from season to season, new obstacles are presented in different locations after each winter, and the daily changes in water flow create unfamiliar conditions to even the most experienced of boat operators.

Never operate any watercraft under the influence of any alcohol or intoxicant. Always wear your life jacket. Always be prepared, and have fun throughout the waterways of Linn County!

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