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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

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.

WPD to Participate in National 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign

Do you drive at night? What if you were given one piece of advice that would protect you twice as much as the average Oregonian. Interested? … BUCKLE UP! That’s it.

Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96 percent of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27 percent of daytime and 50% of night time crashes.

Former Woodburn Asst. City Attorney Convicted of Public Indecency

On April 6 former Woodburn Assistant City Attorney, Jonathan Stuart, was found guilty of two counts of Public Indecency by the Honorable Susan Tripp following a trial to the court in Marion County Circuit Court. 

Woodburn police officers will soon carry anti-opiate serum

Woodburn police officers will soon begin carrying an anti-opiate serum to reduce overdose deaths. Chief Jim Ferraris introduced this to the Salem Police Department in 2015 and Woodburn becomes the seventh known agency in Oregon to use Naloxone, a drug that temporarily counteracts the effects of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

Woodburn K9 Rudy Retires

Woodburn’s Police K9 Rudy has retired, effective Feb. 10 at the age of 9 1/2 years old.

Rudy entered duty with the Woodburn Police Department in September 2011 and partnered with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart. Rudy completed basic police K9 training from Sept. 19 to Oct. 26, 2011 for a total of 240 initial training hours and he and Stewart passed their first Patrol K9 standards test that same month to become a patrol K9 team certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association.

Woodburn Police Chief Hires, Promotes 12 on Historic Night

Photo caption: Back row, l-r: Sgt. Altabef, Sgt. Araiza, Deputy Chief Boyd, Chief Ferraris, Support Services Manager Eubank, Lt. Millican, Lt. Pilcher, Sgt. Hershberger; front row, l-r: Officer White, Officer Gill, Officer Ponce, Officer Vasquez, Officer Smith.


Chief Ferraris Addresses Hate Crimes, Immigration Fears

As I am out and about in the Woodburn community I talk with many people. With the recent election behind us, I've been made aware of two issues that cause me some concern. Those issues in our community have to do with fear about hate crimes and confusion and fear about the role of local police in immigration matters. 


Hate Crimes

Fiesta Designated Oregon Heritage Tradition

The City of Woodburn was notified this week that the Fiesta Mexicana was designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

City leaders presented the Fiesta to the Commission on Jan. 23 before it was approved.


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