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Internal Use of Force Review Board Completed - 01/21/22

The Tigard Police Department has now completed its internal review of the officer-involved shooting that took place on January 6, 2021, resulting in the death of Jacob Macduff.

As shared in previous news releases, the Attorney General’s Office convened a grand jury to hear testimony and review evidence in the case. In mid-September, the grand jury determined criminal charges were not warranted against the officer. Upon the conclusion of that criminal investigation, the Tigard Police Department began an internal review of the case, which is routine department policy for every use of force. To allow members of the Use of Force Review Board to thoroughly review the hundreds of pages of investigative materials, the Board convened on December 28, 2021. The Board was comprised of five people, including a representative from an outside police agency.

The Board reviewed several Tigard Police Department policies in evaluating this case to determine if any policy violations occurred. They found that the force used in this case, including initial less lethal rounds and the subsequent deadly use of force, were both within department policy. As is common in many force response reviews, the Board identified potential opportunities for future training. They also noted issues with aging audio equipment which has since been resolved with the upgrade and expansion of the department’s body worn camera program.

“First and foremost, I want to acknowledge that any loss of life is tragic. I know the Macduff family continues to endure that painful loss,” said Chief Kathy McAlpine. “Although the actions of the officers were within policy, we will bring subject matter experts together to provide additional training relating to barricaded subjects. I am thankful to the members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team, Washington County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon Department of Justice, grand jury and the internal Use of Force Review Board for their thoughtful and comprehensive review of this case.”

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Tigard Man Charged in Child Abuse Case - 01/18/22

A Tigard man is facing serious charges in connection with the severe physical abuse of an 18-month-old child.

Tigard Police Detectives were notified about the suspected abuse on Thursday, January 13th, 2022, by staff at Randall Children’s Hospital, where the 18-month-old was being treated for life-threatening injuries. 

The child was in the hospital with his mother, while her boyfriend and 5-year-old child returned home. Detectives identified the mother’s boyfriend, Brandon Stevens (DOB 3/28/1988), as the suspect in this case. He had been the primary caregiver for her two children while she was away at work each day.

Out of a concern for the safety of the 5-year-old, detectives accompanied the mother to her apartment in the 9800 block of SW Frewing Street to remove the girl from Mr. Stevens’ care. When they arrived, detectives found the 5-year-old girl home alone and Mr. Stevens was gone. The little girl was not hurt.

Later that day, Mr. Stevens was found in the 11900 block of SW Manzanita Court. Several police resources responded to the area and Mr. Stevens was safely taken into custody. He was taken to the Washington County Jail on charges of assault I (a Measure 11 crime), child neglect II and criminal mistreatment I. He also had three outstanding warrants for his arrest: two in Lane County and one in Marion County.

The 18-month-old is expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks and requires ongoing medical care.

If you suspect a child is being abused, report it to the Oregon Department of Human Services by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE. If you think someone is being hurt or is in danger, call 911 immediately.

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Interview Opportunity: Tues 1/4, 1:30 PM - 01/03/22

WHAT: A partnership between mental health clinicians and police officers, serving Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and King City. Together, the team responds to 9-1-1 calls involving people in a mental health or behavioral crisis.

WHO: Officers and a clinician on the team are available for interviews about their work and the impact it’s having in our communities.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 4th at 1:30 PM

WHERE: Tigard Police Department (13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard)

RSVP: If you will attend, please RSVP to Kelsey Anderson (son@tigard-or.gov">Kelsey.Anderson@tigard-or.gov) so we can ensure we have enough space.

 

BACKGROUND:

The Washington County Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) has been serving people in crisis throughout Washington County for years by pairing a deputy with a mental health clinician from LifeWorks NW to respond to police calls involving people in crisis. 

As shared on the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website, this unique program offers optimum care to those in need – a rapid response from a skilled deputy and immediate intervention with an experienced clinician. As a team, there is more opportunity for problem solving on scene and minimizing the risk of a situation escalating. In addition to responding to the immediate crisis, the team also provides follow-up with individuals to ensure they are getting connected to the services and support they need.

In Tigard alone, roughly 65% of all police calls have a mental or behavioral health component. This represents hundreds of calls for service each and every month.*

Due to the overwhelming need for additional support, a new MHRT South Cities team was formed over the summer to dedicate one clinician exclusively to Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and King City. Currently, a LifeWorks NW Clinician spends two weeks paired with a Tigard police officer, then rotates to spend two weeks with a Sherwood police officer, and the next two weeks with a Tualatin police officer. The team may be assigned to any crisis call throughout the south cities region when the need arises, regardless of the rotation schedule.

The clinician and officer ride together in one patrol car to respond to crisis calls. The clinician must first receive training in radio communications and attend defensive tactics training, and wears a ballistic vest at all times while riding with officers, as they may be exposed to volatile and dangerous situations.

Services include face-to-face crisis assessment and evaluation, consultation with families and other professionals, referral for medication evaluation, psychiatric consultation, hospital diversion, stabilization services and follow up care, referral to appropriate services, flexible funding to assist with emergency housing, transportation or other unmet needs contributing to the crisis episode, and language or culturally specific services. 

The MHRT South Cities team is currently a one-year pilot program which operates through an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Washington County and the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and King City. The Tualatin Police Department secured a U.S. Department of Justice COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant to pay for one year of the clinician’s costs on behalf of all of the south cities served by the program. The current IGA expires June 30, 2022, but the goal is to secure funding to make the South Cities team permanent.

 

*2021 TIGARD POLICE DATA:

MONTHTOTAL BHI CALLS               (Behavioral Health Incident)% OF ALL CALLS FOR SERVICE
January 31266%
February33666%
March37465%
April28866%
May30264%
June22167%
July23865%
August38665%
September42064%
October30264%
November35962%
DecemberUnavailable at this timeUnavailable at this time