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                                                                                              City of College Place Social Media PolicyDylan Schmick

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College Place Police Department Receives Accreditation
June 18, 2020

The College Place Police Department was recognized as a fully accredited police agency during a Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) Commission on Accreditation meeting held this afternoon (6/18/20) in Lacey, Washington. The Accreditation Committee oversees and maintains the standards, conducts on-site audits and recommends accredited agencies to WASPC.

Recently, the College Place Police Department (CPPD) underwent a review by a team of WASPC assessors to determine the application of best practice, policy and compliance of standards. The rigorous review involves on-site visits, employee interviews and the close examination of written documents, policy, training records, officer reports, employee evaluations, accountability and the application of industry best practice. Chief Tomaras says, we serve our community and therefore should be open to public criticism and accountability. Accreditation is one of several steps toward strengthening public trust, says Tomaras.

The WASPC commission on accreditation began in 1976 following direction by Washington State Legislation to professionalize Washington State law enforcement agencies. For more information on Law Enforcement Accreditation please click here: WASPC ACCREDITATION

2020 marks the 75th anniversary for the College Place Police Department and the first time in their departments history of achieving Accreditation. 

New Officer is Commissioned
July 14, 2020

The College Place Police Department commissioned a new officer following a lengthy training process. After completing thirty-one weeks of training, 19 ½ weeks at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien, followed by twelve weeks of field training, Officer Eric Adams was ready to be commissioned.  Chief Tomaras swore in Officer Adams during last night’s College Place City council meeting increasing their police staff to 13 officers.

 Officers undergo a rigorous testing process to become a police officer in the State of Washington. Potential candidates must pass a written test along with a physical fitness exam. Successful candidates move onto an oral board. From there, the top three candidates are interviewed by the Chief who makes the final selection. Candidates must then pass a polygraph, psychological testing, extensive background investigation and medical examination.

 There are no other jobs in our state that undergo this extensive of a testing process says Tomaras. Candidates are screened for bias, criminal backgrounds, ethics and character. From testing to commission the process generally takes 12 months. Recruiting and hiring the right people is one of my most important functions as Chief says Tomaras. We are looking for individuals who encompass our values and seek a call to public service.

LOCATION OF STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO WARRANT ARREST, SEISURE OF FIREARM AND NARCOTICS July 21, 2020

On July 19, 2020 at approximately 12:00 P.M., a College Place Police Officer noticed a suspicious looking vehicle occupied by two individuals in the 600 block of SE Elm Avenue, College Place. As the officer turned around to drive back through the area he observed a female occupant gathering items quickly from the vehicle as the other male occupant took off running towards the residence the vehicle was parked near.

As the officer stopped to make contact with the individuals, Walla Walla County Dispatch was able to confirm that the associated vehicle was listed as stolen out of Vancouver, Washington.

As additional officers arrived on scene, the female was detained. The female was identified as Erica J. Martinez out of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Martinez was in possession of the keys to the stolen vehicle, however she was uncooperative and failed to provide any information to officers. The officers on scene noticed a handgun that was visibly positioned between the driver seat and the center console. 

Consent to search the residence at 630 SE Elm Avenue was given by the residing occupant.

With assistance from the Walla Walla County Sheriffs Office and the Walla Walla Police Department, officers and deputies searched the residence and located the male who had fled from the vehicle, hiding under a pile of blankets. The male was detained and identified as Thomas G. Brummer out of Los Angles/Inglewood, California. Brummer had a felony warrant for his arrest from the Department of Corrections out of Vancouver as well an additional warrant for his arrest out of the United States Marshals Office.

Officers applied and were approved for a search warrant on the stolen vehicle. As the officers searched the vehicle they recovered the observed firearm, multiple different forms of drug paraphilia as well as 15.6 grams of a brown substance that provided a positive presumptive test for heroine.

Brummer was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail (WWCJ) on his confirmed warrants as well as charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm/Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.

Martinez was also booked into the WWCJ on charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.


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