Press Releases

Press Coverage

The following are press releases sent out by the City of Woodburn on various police and other City-related news. For more information, contact Jason Horton at 503-982-5256 or jason.horton@ci.woodburn.or.us.

Rail Safety Week Sept. 24-29

Did you know that in 2016 at least 1000 people were killed or injured in vehicle versus train collisions?  Did you know over 900 people were killed while walking on or near the tracks? 

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. 

Coffee with a Cop

The Woodburn Police Department will be hosting its first-ever Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks located inside Safeway at 1550 N. Pacific Highway.

Coffee with A Cop launched in Hawthorne, Calif. in 2011, resulting from a brainstorming session with local law enforcement officers. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.

Chief's Editorial: Relationships Build Trust

The recent decision by the federal government to end DACA causes me to once again reflect on the relationship between our immigrant communities and local law enforcement. As I am out and about in the greater Woodburn community, I hear of continued confusion, fear and mistrust of government among immigrant communities.

Safety Reminder: School Back in Session, Keep Speeds Down

School will begin for students in the Woodburn School District this week. The Woodburn Police Department would like to remind everyone to follow the laws whether you are driving a vehicle, riding a bicycle or walking.

WPD Welcomes New K-9

The Woodburn Police Department’s newest K-9, Enzo, is now with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart, and the two are in the midst of a bonding time before heading to seven weeks of training in October.

“He’s not read to be deployed yet and we are getting to know each other before we head off to training,” Stewart said. “He’s doing great, is friendly and has met most of the department, but he’s still a puppy.”

Quick Action by Witnesses Aid Arrest of Graffiti Sprayer

A pair of attentive residents help catch a person spray painting graffiti on the morning of June 13. They noticed a young male dressed in black applying graffiti to various buildings. One quickly captured video of the suspect while the other called Woodburn police. The location was the intersection of Mount Hood Avenue and Tierra Lynn Drive, which just happened to be near the Woodburn Police Department.

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Suspects

The Woodburn Police Department has been responding to and investigating a series of commercial burglaries that have occurred over the past several months. During the course of these investigations images of persons of interest have been captured on video surveillance during the course of the burglaries.

The Woodburn Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying any of the individuals shown in the attached surveillance stills.

National Night Out to be Held Aug. 1

The Woodburn Police Department is now accepting reservations for National Night Out block parties on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m.

Woodburn police officers along with command staff will be going to various registered parties to talk about crime prevention and awareness, how to strengthen police-community relationships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Rep. Alonso Leon Named Fiesta Parade Grand Marshal

Former Woodburn City Councilor and current House District 22 Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon was recently chosen to be this year’s Fiesta Mexicana parade grand marshal.

Labor of Love

Donna Gramse recently completed a 15-year photo project with the Woodburn Historical Museum, uploading some 5,000 photo records and in the process helping to identify much of Woodburn's history.

Gramse, who has been volunteering since she first moved to Woodburn in 1999, joked she "got sucked into" the project.

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