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Bend Police to host Community Academy beginning April 2 - 02/20/24

Bend Police announce Community Academy beginning April 2, 2024

The Bend Police Department is pleased to announce it will host its 40th Community Academy beginning in April. 

Community Academy will take place from April 2 through June 4, with 10 classroom dates and one optional range day on Saturday, May 4. 

The Bend Police Department Community Academy has been recognized as a national and regional model in allowing an inside look at how the Department operates. The goal of the program is to inform and educate participants about the Department and the various ways police officers carry out their mission. Instruction includes classes on narcotics, traffic, CERT, K9s, officer survival and more. The classes are taught by officers chosen according to their specific area of expertise in law enforcement.

The class will meet once a week for 10 consecutive weeks, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. The Community Academy can accommodate 40 students per session. There is no charge to participate in the Community Academy. Preference is given to those who live in Bend city limits. 

Learn more by visiting the Bend Police website:

To participate, please complete and submit the Community Academy Application online. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 29. 

Uber driver arrested on kidnapping charge - 02/15/24

Date: Feb. 15, 2024

Case #2024-00008480

Incident: Uber driver arrested on kidnapping charge

Date / Time of Incident: Feb. 13, 2024 / 7:21 p.m. 

Arrested: Rocky Eugene Earl Heath, 48-year-old La Pine resident

Offenses: Kidnap II, Disorderly Conduct II

Bend Police on Tuesday evening arrested an Uber driver on suspicion of kidnapping. At approximately 9 p.m. on Feb. 13, officers spoke with a woman who reported that she used the Uber app to order a ride to her Bend home, approximately 5 minutes from the pickup location. The Uber driver, identified in the app as Rocky, picked her up at about 6:26 p.m. 

At 6:29 p.m. the driver, later identified as 48-year-old La Pine resident Rocky Heath, canceled the ride and drove her around for 25 to 30 minutes despite her requests to take her to her house. After a half hour, he dropped the woman off at her home. 

Officers searched the area and attempted to find Heath's vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of NW Minnesota and NW Lava at approximately 11:18 p.m., stopping the 2023 Polestar 2 that Heath was driving. Heath was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree disorderly conduct. Officers towed the vehicle and reported the allegations to Uber. 

This is an ongoing investigation.