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.

Operating as usual

Over the past two months, officers from the Corvallis Police Department have been investigating multiple cases that have...
09/22/2020

Over the past two months, officers from the Corvallis Police Department have been investigating multiple cases that have occurred throughout Corvallis. Through there investigative efforts, officers identified the suspect as Bonnie Peters, a 25 year old female from New Hampshire who now resides in Corvallis.

Peters was arrested on 09-12-20 and new charges were added on 09-22-20 after evidence showed Peters created a fictitious persona with the name “Halley Callahan.” Using this fake name, along with a fake Social Security Number, Peters reportedly, accessed medical services at the Good Samaritan Hospital, ambulance services from the Corvallis Fire Department, received insurance coverage from the Oregon Health Plan, passed forged prescriptions, rented an apartment in Corvallis, and even attained employment at a local restaurant. In addition to the crimes linked to her fake persona, Peters was identified as the suspect in multiple burglaries, trespasses, and other various theft cases.

Peters is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail on the following charges in relation to numerous investigations:

Identity theft x 5
Perjury
Giving False Information to a Police Officer
Burglary 1 x 3
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
Theft 3 x 2
Computer Crime

The Corvallis Police Department would like to thank those who assisted in this complex investigation. If you have any information about Bonnie Peters, or information related to her fake persona of “Halley Callahan” please contact Officer Rhoda Krause at 541-766-6924.

Many in our community are interested in knowing more about the safe disposal of old, expired, or no longer needed medica...
09/21/2020

Many in our community are interested in knowing more about the safe disposal of old, expired, or no longer needed medications. Though the Corvallis Police Department does secure and destroy medications in relation to criminal investigations, we do not have an open drop off location for the general public to access.

We do participate in a drug take back event one time a year with some of our local partners, but if you are in need of a safe location to dispose of medication we would encourage you to visit the below link to access a searchable database created by the Drug Enforcement Administration:

https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e2s1

To wrap up this weekends posts of internet safety for kids. We would like to share this information from the Department ...
09/21/2020

To wrap up this weekends posts of internet safety for kids. We would like to share this information from the Department of Justice which has some good tips and also provides some resources on how you can report suspicious online activity.

Stay Safe at Home. Stay Safe Online.

Having conversations around internet safety can be hard and sometimes uncomfortable. Yesterday we shared some static res...
09/20/2020
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Having conversations around internet safety can be hard and sometimes uncomfortable. Yesterday we shared some static resources from our partners at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Today we would like to highlight some great videos they have as part of their NetSmartz program.

These videos are geared towards kids of all age ranges and cover a variety of safety concerns.

NCMEC NetSmartz Videos: https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/videos

09/20/2020
For Parents: Stay Safe at Home. Stay Safe Online.

As parents and caregivers it is our responsibility to ensure our kids are having safe and positive experiences when they are online. There are numerous sources of information available about online safety and how to have these conversations with your family.

Here are two quick resources from our partners:

Department of Justice (Attached Video): https://youtu.be/puxGG29jGkc

NetSmartz a program by the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children: https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources

End Violence has teamed up with our partners in the technology industry, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Roblox and Snapchat to develop a new...

The recent wildfires have been devastating for our communities. The Oregon Department of Agriculture wants to help by wo...
09/19/2020

The recent wildfires have been devastating for our communities. The Oregon Department of Agriculture wants to help by working to reunite animals displaced by wildfires with their families.

Visit the below link if you are missing a pet or livestock in relation to the recent wildfires:

The ODA Animal Tracker: https://oda.direct/AnimalTrack

If you are caring for animals from the fires and do not know who the owner is, email:

[email protected].state.or.us.

The email must include the following information:
• Shelter Name & Location
• Shelter Phone Number
• Shelter Email Address
• Location where animal was found
• Species
• Color
• Sex
• Picture(s) of animals

As we continue to navigate the changes to our lives in response to Covid-19 we would like to take some time to discuss t...
09/19/2020

As we continue to navigate the changes to our lives in response to Covid-19 we would like to take some time to discuss the impacts these changes are having on our children and teens when it comes to being online. The Corvallis Police Department wants to remind parents and caregivers that with the start of distance learning, children and teens are accessing and using the internet now more than ever. This can often occur in unsupervised spaces as families balance distance learning, working from home, or leaving the home for work.

We must stay aware and on the lookout for those who wish to take advantage of these technologies to victimize our children and teens. Stay tuned this weekend for some resources that we will be posting to our social media regarding online safety for kids. Working together, we can help safeguard or kids safety as they continue to learn and grow.

Importance of Recording Serial NumbersThe Corvallis Police Department routinely responds to reports of property theft, i...
09/18/2020

Importance of Recording Serial Numbers

The Corvallis Police Department routinely responds to reports of property theft, including electronics, power equipment, firearms and bicycles. Many of these items have manufacturer-applied serial numbers already in place, and others can be engraved or otherwise marked with an owner-applied number to assist with identification and recovery of stolen property.

Officers are much more likely to recover stolen property if the owner can provide serial numbers when the initial theft report is taken. We recommend recording the make, model and serial numbers for high-value items in a manner that allows for easy retention, like an Excel folder or other digital means, and storing it on a thumb drive (or similar device) in a secure location.

Providing this information to Officers allows us to enter the items into a database and greatly increase our ability to recover and return the property to the rightful owner.

In light of school being online only to start the school year, School Zone speed limits will not be enforced at this tim...
09/17/2020

In light of school being online only to start the school year, School Zone speed limits will not be enforced at this time.

We will continue to enforce the normal speed limits through school zones since students will not be physically present at the schools until later this fall. We will resume school zone enforcement when students are physically back in classrooms. We will update the community via our social media platforms, and with a press release prior to the dates.

You can also locate updates on the schools returning to in person learning on the 509J School Districts page and webpage:

509J Webpage: bit.ly/CSD2020-21
509J Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csd509j

The great folks from Swire Coca-Cola USA stopped by yesterday with some Coca-Cola energy drinks to show their appreciati...
09/16/2020

The great folks from Swire Coca-Cola USA stopped by yesterday with some Coca-Cola energy drinks to show their appreciation for our staff and the work they do everyday. We know our staff, and especially our night shift officers, are going to appreciate this kind gesture!

Thank you Swire for your support!

On 9-14-20, officers responded for a robbery occurring in the 1300 block of NW 9th St. A female was in the area with a m...
09/16/2020

On 9-14-20, officers responded for a robbery occurring in the 1300 block of NW 9th St. A female was in the area with a male acquaintance, later identified as Felipe Morfin a Corvallis resident. The female and Morfin were engaged in an argument at the bus stop when Morfin grabbed the females phone from her hand. Witnesses reported seeing Morfin grab the phone and physically shove the female back when she attempted to retrieve her property.

While a witness called 911, two other witnesses confronted Morfin and rendered aid to the female. Morfin tried to flee and push his way past the witnesses, but was grabbed and restrained on the ground by one of them. Officers arrived moments later and took Morfin into custody. Morfin was subsequently arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail on the following charges:

Robbery 3
Harassment – Domestic Violence
Disorderly Conduct 2

The Corvallis Police Department would like to thank the community members who took decisive action in assisting the victim in this case and with restraining the suspect. We also want to remind our community to always consider your personal safety before intervening in a crime in progress.

If your bike gets stolen, help us return it to you by registering your bike. Visit Project529.com, download the Project ...
09/15/2020

If your bike gets stolen, help us return it to you by registering your bike. Visit Project529.com, download the Project 529 app, or stop by the Corvallis Police Department today between 11:00am and 6:00pm.

We always encourage you to take steps to reduce the likelihood of break-ins such as:• Always lock your vehicle• Roll up ...
09/15/2020

We always encourage you to take steps to reduce the likelihood of break-ins such as:
• Always lock your vehicle
• Roll up all windows when parked
• Never leave valuables in unattended vehicles
• Park in a garage if possible
• Park in well-lit areas
Always remember: if you see something suspicious, say something specific!

****** Update *******This suspect has been indentified and arrested by Officer Crawford. **********************Officer C...
09/15/2020

****** Update *******
This suspect has been indentified and arrested by Officer Crawford.

**********************

Officer Crawford took a report of a package theft which occurred this weekend in the 1400 block of NW Highland Dr. If you recognize this male, or have seen him in your neighborhood, please contact Officer Cody Crawford at 541-766-6924.

On 09-03-20 our officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a grey Nissan Titian. The driver immediately fled from t...
09/14/2020

On 09-03-20 our officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a grey Nissan Titian. The driver immediately fled from the officer and a pursuit was initiated. After losing sight of the truck, officers discontinued the pursuit for the safety of the public. The truck was last seen heading towards Albany on Highway 20.

An investigation into the trucks origin showed the truck was stolen from the Kiefer Nissan car lot on NW 5th St in Corvallis. Officers were able to canvas nearby businesses and located video of the suspects entering a gas station before the theft of the truck.

The driver, pictured in the green shirt, is described as 25-30 years old with a short beard. He has a full sleeve tattoo on his left arm which possibly continues onto his left hand as well as a half sleeve on his right arm.

If you have any information about the stolen truck, or the identities of any of those pictured, please contact Officer David Vidal at 541-766-6924.

COVID-19 SCAM ALERTYou may get a text message, phone call or e-mail from scammers purporting to be COVID-19 contact trac...
09/14/2020

COVID-19 SCAM ALERT

You may get a text message, phone call or e-mail from scammers purporting to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers may ask for your name and address, health information and the people and places you have visited. A scammer will likely ask for more information:

• Don’t pay a contact tracer.
• Don’t give your financial information.
• Don’t give your Social Security number.
• Don’t share your immigration status.
• Don’t click on links or download files.

If you are unsure whether a legitimate contact tracer is contacting you, contact your local health department before providing any information. Visit FTC.gov/scams for more information.

Here is today's helpful hint:Take a few minutes with your phone to create a video inventory of your residence.  Make sur...
09/13/2020

Here is today's helpful hint:

Take a few minutes with your phone to create a video inventory of your residence. Make sure the video captures as much of your personal property as possible -- pay special attention to serial numbers or things that are valuable.

Keep that video safely secured somewhere you can access it later (not just stored on your phone, which could get lost or stolen).

If your property is ever stolen or damaged, this recording will be a useful visual record of the item(s) you can share with law enforcement or your insurance provider.

Be fully prepared for an emergency by updating your emergency preparedness kit. Make sure to add items needed by each fa...
09/12/2020

Be fully prepared for an emergency by updating your emergency preparedness kit. Make sure to add items needed by each family member:
- Food &water
- Cash
- Medication
- Important documents
- Pet supplies
Hopefully you won't need it, but it is always good to be prepared!

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but due to extreme fire danger and some of our firefighting resources being used ...
09/12/2020

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but due to extreme fire danger and some of our firefighting resources being used for active fires in other areas, the following natural areas have been closed until further notice:

• Bald Hill Natural Area
• Brandis Natural Area
• Chip Ross Natural Area
• Forest Dell Natural Area
• Herbert Farm Natural Area
• Marys River Natural Area
• Noyes Natural Area
• Orleans Natural Area
• Owens Farm Natural Area
• Timber Hill Natural Area
• Witham Hill Natural Area

Please help keep our community safe by honoring these closures. If you have any questions, please contact Corvallis Parks and Recreation at 541-766-6918.

09/11/2020
With the continued nice weather, dog owners are taking advantage of all the outdoor recreation opportunities around town...
09/10/2020

With the continued nice weather, dog owners are taking advantage of all the outdoor recreation opportunities around town. We are receiving numerous complaints in local parks about dogs running around off leash. We would like to remind the public to keep your dog on leash when not in specifically designated off leash areas. This helps to protect the public while they enjoy the park as well as the animal from possibly getting struck or injured or possibly encountering other dogs while not being accompanied by an owner. Below is the Corvallis Municipal Code:

5.03.050.040.04 - Leash law
Except as permitted in subsection 5.03.050.040.10 (off leash parks) of this Section, no dog shall be at large within the City. No person shall permit or allow any dog owned by the person to be at large in the City.

If your pet does get away from you or is lost, please call our partners at Heartland Humane Society at (541) 757-9000.

On 09-07-20 at approximately 1:20 AM, Officers responded for a report of a robbery that occurred around midnight near th...
09/10/2020

On 09-07-20 at approximately 1:20 AM, Officers responded for a report of a robbery that occurred around midnight near the Corvallis High School. The caller, a male juvenile from Corvallis, reported he had another juvenile friend were robbed at gunpoint, by two juveniles known to them (Suspect 1 and 2) along with a third they did not know (Suspect 3).

The victims reported they were seated in a vehicle eating food, when the three juvenile males approached the vehicle. The victims stated Suspect 1 pulled small handgun from his waistband and demanded the two victims turn over personal belongings. As the victims complied with the demand, the gun was handed from Suspect 1 to Suspect 3. Suspect 3 continued to hold the victims at gunpoint until Suspect 1 collected the items they intended to take from the vehicle. Once the items were collected, Suspect 1 struck one of the victims in the face and the three left the area on foot.

Officers canvassed the area and approximately 20 minutes later located Suspect 1 and Suspect 3 in the area of NW Division St and NW Hobart Ave. As officers approached, Suspect 1 crouched down briefly. Once the suspects were detained, officers located a small handgun on the ground where they saw Suspect 1 crouching. Both Suspect 1 and Suspect 3 were subsequently arrested for:

Robbery 1
Coercion 1
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Pointing a Firearm at Another
Menacing
Assault 3.

Both juveniles were transported to the Linn Benton Detention Facility in Albany.

As all the involved parties are juveniles and the case is still under investigation, we will not be releasing the names of those involved or any additional information.

We have seen there is interest from the community to see what they can do to assist those who have been affected by the ...
09/09/2020

We have seen there is interest from the community to see what they can do to assist those who have been affected by the fires in our neighboring communities. There is now a drop-off location in Corvallis where you can take much needed supplies. Check out the link below to learn how you can help!

Thank you for your overwhelming volunteer support and donations! The donation drop-off location is NOW OPEN at the Corvallis Benton Library drive through underground parking structure at: at 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330. For hours operation and list of donation item requests, please visit: http://ow.ly/50HM50Bmszz

There is also new a recovery website for individuals affected by wildfires and evacuations, and for those who would like to make a donation or volunteer. Please visit: https://bentoncountywildfireresponse.recovers.org/

Please do not take donations to the fairgrounds. Staff are not available to take supplies at that location.

To be clear, Corvallis and Benton County are NOT under any evacuation orders. There have been rumors circling which are ...
09/09/2020

To be clear, Corvallis and Benton County are NOT under any evacuation orders. There have been rumors circling which are not true. Visit trusted sources for information such as those at the link below.

Corvallis and Benton County, Oregon are NOT under any evacuation orders — please be careful sharing rumors on social media. You can rely on these verified pages for accurate information:

• Benton County, Oregon
• Benton County Sheriff's Office
• City of Corvallis Police Department

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180 NW 5th St
Corvallis, OR
97330

The Law Enforcement Center is half a city block north of the Intermodal Mall.

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