City of Corvallis Police Department

City of Corvallis Police Department Our Fundamental Duty is to Serve our Community. We are committed to working together in a problem-solving partnership with our community. We recognize our responsibility to provide superior police services with the highest professional standards, to combat crime and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Corvallis.

We willingly accept this responsibility and hold ourselves accountable for its accomplishment.

Mission: Our mission is to enhance community livability by working in partnership with the community to promote public safety and crime prevention through education and enforcement; to maintain public order while preserving the legal rights of all individuals; to provide effective, efficient and courteous service; and to reduce the impact of crime.

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HOLIDAY SEASON BURGLARY ALERTBurglaries go up almost 70% over the holiday season in Corvallis.  Criminals often look for...
12/05/2020

HOLIDAY SEASON BURGLARY ALERT

Burglaries go up almost 70% over the holiday season in Corvallis. Criminals often look for empty houses over the winter break.

You can help protect your property by doing the following:

-Make sure your doors and windows are LOCKED! Unlocked homes are THREE TIMES more likely to be burglarized in Corvallis.

-Give your house an “occupied look”. Lights on timers may deter burglars.

-Secure valuables out of sight, or take them with you if you travel away from home.

-Install adequate exterior lighting, including motion lights

-Consider installing an alarm and/or video surveillance

-Keep garage and shed doors closed, they are easy targets for burglars.

-Let your neighbors know if you’ll be gone so they can keep an eye out.

If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, alert police by contacting the Corvallis Police Dispatch at 541-766-6911

We are excited to welcome and begin working with the new Chief when the process is completed.
12/04/2020

We are excited to welcome and begin working with the new Chief when the process is completed.

CHIEF OF POLICE SEARCH:

It’s been a busy past few months within OSU’s Department of Public Safety, including recruiting and interviewing candidates to serve as the Corvallis campus police chief – a person who shares the core values and public safety goals of Oregon State University and the OSU community.

We thought you might be interested in an update on the chief selection process, a robust, multi-tiered approach that has emphasized extensive community engagement and collaboration.

1. The OSU team worked with Daigle Law Group in early fall to develop a set of qualifications for the position, promoting nationally the opening for police chief, and recruiting candidates.
2. A search committee comprised of OSU faculty, staff, students and administrators reviewed candidate applications and 11 candidates were given the opportunity to interview for the position.
3. Two finalists were interviewed by the search committee and met with members of the Department of Public Safety, Public Safety Advisory Committee, as well as university academic and administrative leaders.
4. The two finalists participated in discussions with local and state law enforcement leaders.
5. The two finalists made presentations and took questions during webinar meetings with OSU community members.

We are eager to finalize the process and share the news and hope to do so within the next two weeks!

The weather report is calling for freezing temperatures through the weekend. As a friendly reminder, defrost your windsh...
12/03/2020

The weather report is calling for freezing temperatures through the weekend. As a friendly reminder, defrost your windshield entirely before you drive. Attempting to drive with even a partially obstructed windshield can lead to traffic crashes and puts you and other road users at risk.

Here are some tips to make that morning commute safer:

Place cardboard or a towel over your windshield the night before to prevent ice build up.

Purchase a quality ice scraper or deicer spray and have them on hand in your vehicle.

Use LUKE WARM water to defrost your windshield, side windows and mirrors.

We would also caution you against leaving your vehicle unattended while you warm it up. There have been cases in the past where unattended running vehicles have been stolen.

The Corvallis Police Department has received over 1,600 reports of thefts this year.  Those numbers don’t include thefts...
11/30/2020

The Corvallis Police Department has received over 1,600 reports of thefts this year. Those numbers don’t include thefts on the OSU campus or the many thefts that go unreported to police.

Every holiday season, we see an uptick in “porch pirates”, stealing package deliveries from doorsteps. We take steps to curb seasonal package thefts through proactive initiatives, including the use of trackable “bait packages” throughout the city.

By deploying bait packages during the holiday season, Corvallis Police has been able to make several arrests in years past. As a result of thieves taking the bait, some of these arrests helped police resolve other thefts and return stolen property to victims. Proactive enforcement is a critical part of crime reduction, when used in conjunction with other prevention and education efforts.

Join the Corvallis Police Department on the Neighbors app to improve safety in our community. The Neighbors app allows y...
11/30/2020

Join the Corvallis Police Department on the Neighbors app to improve safety in our community. The Neighbors app allows you to share videos, photos and information about local crime and safety incidents with your neighbors. The Corvallis Police Department can view what has been posted publicly.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the Neighbors app to view posts about the community, and to have the option to post photos or videos.

Visit ring.com/neighbors to learn more or download the app.

The Corvallis Police Department needs your help in identifying these theft suspects. The female suspect stole a pair of ...
11/28/2020

The Corvallis Police Department needs your help in identifying these theft suspects. The female suspect stole a pair of boots from Wilco by concealing them in her bag. If you can identify either person in the photos, please contact Community Service Officer Michele Tracy at 541-766-6924

11/26/2020
It is illegal to park blocking the sidewalk. For those using a wheelchair or pushing a stroller the sidewalk is not acce...
11/23/2020

It is illegal to park blocking the sidewalk. For those using a wheelchair or pushing a stroller the sidewalk is not accessible and is not only an inconvenience, but can cause safety issues as they walk out into the street to go around.

When you are parked in your driveway no part of your vehicle should extend into the sidewalk area. This applies to commercial vehicles as well.

Parking citations for improperly parked vehicles are $45.

Distracted driving injured an estimated 400,000 people in 2018, according to NHTSA.Please put your phone down, pay atten...
11/22/2020

Distracted driving injured an estimated 400,000 people in 2018, according to NHTSA.

Please put your phone down, pay attention, buckle up, drive sober and drive safe.

“Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle” (UEMV) or “car break-in” is unfortunately a common crime in Corvallis.  These ...
11/21/2020

“Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle” (UEMV) or “car break-in” is unfortunately a common crime in Corvallis. These types of incidents are mostly crimes of opportunity. By eliminating the opportunity, we can reduce the crime. Here are some recommendations to help drivers protect their vehicles and belongings.

1. Keep your vehicle locked at all times
2. When parked, close all the windows and the sunroof
3. Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicles, but if you must, keep them out sight of people passing by
4. Park in a well-lit area and be cautious where you park at night
5. Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes
6. Consider purchasing a car alarm and a surveillance system at your residence

As a friendly reminder from CPD, please LOCK your vehicles and if you must leave valuables inside your vehicle, keep them OUT OF SIGHT!

If you become a victim of a UEMV, please report to CPD at 541-766-6924.

On 11/14/20, Officers responded to 1165 NW Jackson Av, First United Methodist Church, for a report of a burglary.  Offic...
11/19/2020

On 11/14/20, Officers responded to 1165 NW Jackson Av, First United Methodist Church, for a report of a burglary. Officers located a broken window and evidence that someone entered the church. Officers searched the church utilizing K-9 Bolt and located the suspect, Jeffrey Pearce (43) of Corvallis, on the third floor.

While making a K-9 announcement Pearce surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

Pearce was booked into Benton County Jail and charged with Criminal Mischief II, Theft III and Burglary II.

Welcome to the Corvallis Community! We are excited to have you joining our community of public safety professionals!
11/18/2020

Welcome to the Corvallis Community! We are excited to have you joining our community of public safety professionals!

NEW CHAPTER:
The Department of Public Safety at OSU is evolving to support a safe and welcoming OSU Corvallis campus environment.

A brand new police department is coming to campus to serve and protect students, faculty, staff and visitors.

As of Jan. 1, 2021, the OSU Police Department will take over policing responsibilities from Oregon State Police, which had a long-standing agreement with the university that ends Dec. 31.

As always, in the event of an emergency, call 911.

For a non-emergency response or to report a concern, call 541-737-3010.

Stay tuned for further updates about how we are building a department dedicated to accountability, transparency, and inclusive community engagement that supports safety for all.

In connection with the crash involving the Tesla, the Corvallis Police Department and Corvallis Fire Department want to ...
11/18/2020

In connection with the crash involving the Tesla, the Corvallis Police Department and Corvallis Fire Department want to make the community aware of potentially hazardous batteries in the area of the NW Walnut and NW Fairlawn.

During the crash, the Tesla car broke apart causing hundreds of small batteries, which power the vehicle to spread across the area. A concerted effort was made to collect as many of the batteries as possible at the time of the crash, but we received reports of the batteries actually going through windows of nearby residences because of the crash.

The public needs to be aware that the batteries:

Can reportedly stay hot to the touch for up to 24 hours and could cause burns if handled.

Can release toxic fumes that may harm people and animals if inhaled.

Can leak substances that may harm people and animals if they are exposed.

Please see the attached images of the batteries so you are familiar with what they look like. If you find one of these batteries, please contact the Corvallis Regional Communication Center at 541-766-6911 and do not touch the battery. Corvallis Fire Department personnel will respond to collect the battery for proper disposal.

On 11-17-2020 at approximately 10:18 PM officers responded to a single vehicle crash in the 800 block NW Walnut Blvd.  I...
11/18/2020

On 11-17-2020 at approximately 10:18 PM officers responded to a single vehicle crash in the 800 block NW Walnut Blvd. Information gathered during the investigation indicated the suspect was driving eastbound on NW Walnut Blvd in excess of 100 mph in a 2019 Tesla S when he lost control and left the roadway and traveled in excess of 300 feet before coming to a rest.

The vehicle was destroyed after shearing a power pole off at the base as well as striking and knocking over two trees and a telephone junction box. The damage from the collision caused the batteries from the Tesla to enter two different residences by breaking through the windows, one landing on a person’s lap and the second landing on a bed, catching the bedding on fire. A tire was ripped from the car during the collision and struck the second story siding of a nearby apartment complex with such force that it ruptured the water pipes within the wall, destroying the bathroom to the apartment and flooding the downstairs portion of the apartment as well.

The suspect fled on foot and was located approximately three blocks away. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was identified as, Dylan Milota of Corvallis. Upon evaluation it was determined Milota was impaired by marijuana. Milota was cited at the hospital for DUII - Drugs, Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief 2, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

Corvallis Police were assisted at the scene by the Corvallis Fire Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Corvallis Public Works, Pacific Power and Bob’s Towing. NW Walnut Blvd was closed between NW Highland Blvd and NW Satinwood Drive for approximately three hours for the investigation and subsequent scene cleanup.

The weather has taken a dramatic turn in the last 24 hours and we are now experiencing our first bout of winter weather....
11/13/2020

The weather has taken a dramatic turn in the last 24 hours and we are now experiencing our first bout of winter weather. As the winds increase, be prepared for power outages by have these items on hand at the ready:

Flashlight (with spare batteries)
Extra Drinking Water (1 gallon ay a minimum)
First Aide Kit
Candles

Get a full checklist of how to prepare from the American Red Cross:

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Power_Outage/PowerOutage.pdf

Many veterans continue to serve their communities through law enforcement careers.  Corvallis police officers who have s...
11/12/2020

Many veterans continue to serve their communities through law enforcement careers. Corvallis police officers who have served in the military have the option of wearing a “Veteran” pin above their nametag, both to recognize them for their service to country, and to provide a point of connection to the community and to current or former members of the armed forces. Look for the pin and join us in thanking them for their commitment to our country and our community!

11/11/2020
On 11/09/20, at approximately 1531 hours, the Corvallis Police Department responded to a business in the 1300 block of N...
11/10/2020

On 11/09/20, at approximately 1531 hours, the Corvallis Police Department responded to a business in the 1300 block of NW 9th Street for a reported theft. Employees from the business called and reported a male had come into the store and ordered food to go, and then grabbed the food and ran out of the business without paying. The male suspect got into the passenger seat of a small black Ford passenger car, and employees tried to stop the suspect vehicle from leaving by blocking the driveway exit. The female driver backed out of the parking spot and then accelerated hitting both employees with her vehicle, before fleeing the parking lot. The employees sustained minor injuries from being struck.

A description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast, and as Corvallis Police Officers were arriving at the scene, Lieutenant Bottorff of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle on Highway 20 near Garland Nursery. The suspect vehicle tried to pull off the Highway to avoid Lieutenant Bottorff, however the vehicle was stopped and both suspects were detained. The male was identified as Darshan Sreshta, 26 of Vancouver Washington, and the female driver was identified as Megan Evans 27 of Philomath.

During the course of Officers’ investigation, they learned that Sreshta and Evans were also the suspects in an earlier theft from 7-11 in Corvallis, as well as several other thefts reported to the Benton County Sheriffs Office. Both Sreshta and Evans were taken into custody and transported to the Benton County Jail, where they were lodged on the below listed charges:

Darshan Sreshta:

Robbery I
Attempted Assault II
Theft III

Megan Evans:

Robbery I
Attempted Assault II
Reckless Endangering x2
Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver-Injured Person
Reckless Driving

Looking back at October, the number of burglaries remained consistent, yet there was an increase in car break-ins. As a ...
11/09/2020

Looking back at October, the number of burglaries remained consistent, yet there was an increase in car break-ins. As a reminder to all our community members, please remove all valuables from your car. Car break-ins are crimes of opportunity where suspects are either entering unlocked vehicles, or can see an item of value from outside the car.

Along with the changing weather and falling leaves, parking can become a challenge. Leaves can make an area look like a ...
11/05/2020

Along with the changing weather and falling leaves, parking can become a challenge. Leaves can make an area look like a “parking space” but may be hiding a driveway or yellow curb. Taking a chance on that “great parking space” could cost a fine of $45 or more, and possibly having your car towed.

Also, please remember parking meters and time zones are enforced Monday – Saturday, especially in the downtown area.

On 10/29/20, at approximately 7:35 pm, The Corvallis Police Department, assisted by the Corvallis Fire Department, arriv...
11/04/2020

On 10/29/20, at approximately 7:35 pm, The Corvallis Police Department, assisted by the Corvallis Fire Department, arrived at the pedestrian crossing in the 900 block of NW Circle Blvd after receiving reports of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Witness reports indicated the pedestrian crossing signal was activated and functioning properly.

The pedestrian, a 63-year-old Corvallis female, was determined to have been struck by a pickup while in the crosswalk. She was found to have suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by CFD medics. The driver of the pickup was identified as 54-year-old Robert Kilbourne of Salem. Kilbourne was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail for the following charges:

Reckless Driving
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
Assault in the Third Degree

Know your limits.  Know the laws.  Be a good neighbor.
11/01/2020

Know your limits. Know the laws. Be a good neighbor.

Please consider these tips to keep your children safe this Halloween:    🎃 Accompany children trick-or-treating.    🎃 Ha...
10/31/2020

Please consider these tips to keep your children safe this Halloween:

🎃 Accompany children trick-or-treating.
🎃 Have children wait until they're home before eating any candy.
🎃 Teach children to never go in a stranger's home or car.
🎃 Only visit homes with a porch light on.
🎃 Do not cut across yards.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

10/30/2020
On 10-24-20 at around 3:00AM this male entered the laundry room of an apartment complex in the 900 block of SW 15th St a...
10/30/2020

On 10-24-20 at around 3:00AM this male entered the laundry room of an apartment complex in the 900 block of SW 15th St and stole a load of laundry. The laundry belonged to a female resident who reported the theft to Corvallis Police. If you recognize this male, please contact Officer Ralph Caldwell at 541-766-6924.

Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians. If you are trick-or-treating this year, please re...
10/30/2020

Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians. If you are trick-or-treating this year, please remember these tips to keep your children safe:

🎃 Fasten reflective material to costumes, or carry glow sticks or flashlights
🎃 Adults should accompany children
🎃 If older children are going alone, preplan their route for familiar, well-lit areas, and agree on a time for them to return
🎃 Don't run accross the street
🎃 Put electronic devices away and keep heads up

Happy Halloween!

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Corvallis, OR
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