The goal of the Klamath Falls Police Department is to serve our community in a professional and efficient manner
We strive to provide superior police services for the Klamath Falls area with innovative and new ideas to better serve our community. Current police services must evolve to the ever changing times in society, and the Klamath Falls Police Department is always looking for better ways to address the problems in our city.
The Klamath Falls Police Department continues to move forward in 2012. Even during uncertain economic times, the police department had been able to sustain our current staffing level. There were a number of promotions and hiring of one new patrol officer because of retirements and attrition. These promotions include Lieutenant Ryan Brosterhous, Sergeant Aaron Thomas, Sergeant Morrie Smith, and Corporal Gregg Wheat. Officer Jesse Snyder was selected as an entry level patrol officer after a rigorous selection process. Officer Snyder also was a former reserve officer for the department before being hired for a full time position.
The Patrol Division leads the way for public safety in the community. Patrol Officers respond to a variety of calls for service to include civil matters up to major crimes. Patrol Officers are the first on scene and are responsible for making split second decisions for the safety of all involved, while maintaining a professional demeanor and being mediators for the resolution of the conflict. The Patrol Division has responded to over 30,000 calls for service this year, taken approximately 3000 written reports, and approximately 2100 of these written reports were cleared by arrest and / or citation. Another patrol officer’s duty is traffic enforcement. Patrol Officers responded to 681 motor vehicle crashes and conducted over 700 traffic stops in 2012.
K-9 teams are assigned to every patrol squad and are responsible for a number of details to include normal patrol duties, article and suspect search / apprehension, and drug interdiction. K-9 units also respond to outside assists for the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police to assist in drug interdiction enforcement and other search details for our region. K-9 “Achilles” has retired from service this year and Officer Bill Warner recently returned from K-9 training with his new K-9 partner “Aries”.
The Klamath Falls Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team provides assistance county-wide when a situation arises that exceeds the capabilities and equipment of standard police patrol resources. The team is comprised of officers from this agency and Klamath County Fire District #1. The Klamath Falls Police Department maintains command and control of the team. There have been past members from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office but none currently. The main objective of the team is to take control of situations where the life of a citizen or officer may be in jeopardy. The primary goal is to effectively apprehend or render a situation safe without the use of force, whenever possible.
The Detective Division of the Klamath Falls Police Department is tasked with pursuing criminals that commit violent crimes and habitual offenders. The Klamath Falls Police Department Detective Division continues to be an active member of the Major Crime Team. The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of detectives from our agency, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police. The Klamath County Major Crime Team is responsible for the investigation of all major crimes or crimes that significantly affect the safety of residents throughout Klamath County. The Detective Division Street Crimes Unit consists of two detectives who conduct drug and property crime investigations and are sometimes tasked to assist the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office with these investigations outside the city jurisdiction.
The Klamath Falls Police Reserve and Explorer Programs continue to be a vital program to the community. Membership fluctuates in these programs as reserve officers often move toward fulltime law enforcement employment.
These Reserve Officers and Explorers are utilized in a multitude of assignments including; downtown patrol, parades and many other special events. The Reserve and Explorer Programs remain an essential component of the police department providing substantial hours at minimal or no expense to the department.
Community Watch promotes an interactive program of crime prevention between citizens in the community and the Klamath Falls Police Department. Klamath Falls citizens are encouraged to attend Community Watch meetings that are generally held on the last Thursday of each month in the Klamath Falls Police Department located at 2501 Shasta Way from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to contact Lt. Rob Dentinger at 883-5342 to obtain further information about the Community Watch program.