Independence Police Department

  • Agency: Independence Police Department
  • Address: 555 S Main St, Independence, 97351 OR
  • Chief: Vernon Wells (Chief of Police)
Phone: 503-838-1214
Fax: 503-838-5548

Independence Police Department is located at 555 S Main St, Independence, 97351 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is Vernon Wells. The Independence Police Department phone number is 503-838-1214.

Independence Police Department News

This little chihuahua was found at 9th and D St in Independence. Help us find the owner!

This week in history for Independence PD: Feb 25 1946 - “Runaway boy” 11 year old boy ran away on the 24th, took $5.00 from mom’s purse. Officer was informed that the boy thinks he is old enough to quit school and go to work. Located in California at his dads. Feb 25 1946 - “Malicious destruction of property” House on Marsh Street found with windows and glass in doors broken out and contents of house scattered over rooms. After investigation a 4 year old boy admitted to breaking the windows and turning over the furniture. Feb 27 1946 - Arrested Donald L.R. Streeter on a drunk and disorderly conduct. The man paid his fine of $7.50. March 2 1946 - “Orville Hill reports chickens stolen on night of March 1, he suspected one of the Staggs boys. A state policeman was called in and Jim Staggs was picked up on evening of March 2, 1946 and questioned. He admitted taking 4 hens and a rooster from the Hill place…..and took the chickens to his folks and there killed them and also stated he took one chicken to his father in laws on Boatlanding St in North Independence. Orville Hill will file a complaint.” Later in the week Mr. Staggs was arrested for Larceny. He plead guilty to stealing 5 chickens and was fined $100.

Thanks to our friends at the Salem Police Department, we were able to get these cookies back to their rightful Girl Scout. Several cars had been unlawfully entered on Sunday night and one car was stolen. Arrests were made and much property was recovered, including the car...and the cookies.

Missing Independence Man Update On Monday, February 19, 2018 a body was recovered from the Willamette River near the Wheatland Ferry. The body has been identified as 67 year old Mark Heppner of Independence, who had been listed as missing on January 22, 2018 after his vehicle was located unattended at the top of the Independence Bridge. Family members have been notified. An investigation by the Independence Police Department has concluded that Mr. Heppner likely jumped from the bridge shortly before his vehicle was located.

Winter Weather Advisory URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Portland OR 826 AM PST Tue Feb 20 2018 ORZ007-210030- /O.EXT.KPQR.WW.Y.0016.180220T2200Z-180221T1200Z/ Central Willamette Valley- Including the cities of Salem, McMinnville, Woodburn, Stayton, and Dallas 826 AM PST Tue Feb 20 2018 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected. Locally higher amounts possible. * WHERE...Central Willamette Valley. * WHEN...From 2 PM this afternoon to 4 AM PST Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute. Expect reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Gabriel has been located!

Gabriel has been located! Missing Child 7 year old Gabriel was last seen walking in front of Independence Elementary School, 150 S. 4th St., after school today (Friday). Gabriel was wearing a blue North Face sweatshirt and blue jeans. If your child attended IES today and saw Gabriel after school, or if you see Gabriel, please contact us at (503) 838-1214.

PRESS RELEASE Already in 2018, the Independence Police Department has made five Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) arrests. Two of the DUII arrests were the result of traffic crashes. Officers that worked on Super Bowl Sunday were happy to report no alcohol related calls for service that day. Independence Officers encourage members of the community to call 911 when dangerous driving is observed. Signs of an impaired driver include abrupt stopping, weaving in the lane of travel, wide turning and failure to use headlights at night. When calling 911 be prepared to provide the location, direction of travel, license plate and description of driver. The Independence Police Department, in partnership with funding provided by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement. Throughout the month officers will work extra shifts to seek out impaired drivers. Chief Robert Mason Phone: 503-838-1214

Swearing In Last night (Tuesday) our newest recruit, Ofc. Richard Gonzalez, was sworn in during City Council. Ofc. Gonzalez will leave us next week for 16 weeks of training at the Oregon Police Academy (DPSST). Jurando Ayer por la noche (martes) nuestro oficial más nuevo, el oficial Richard Gonzalez, fue juramentado durante el Concejo Municipal. El oficial González nos dejará la próxima semana por 16 semanas de entrenamiento en la Academia de Policía de Oregon (DPSST).

“Noise Curfew” Many people believe that a noise violation can only occur between certain hours within the city limits of Independence. A noise violation can actually occur at any time of the day or night. What does the city recognize as “unnecessary noise”? Sec. 14-153. – Unnecessary noise No person may make, assist in making, continue or cause to be made any loud, disturbing or unnecessary noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, safety or peace of others. The offense described in this section is an Independence Municipal Code Class B Violation, per section 1-22. The only exception to the ordinance is for construction in a residential district which limits the time from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The exceptions to this are: an owner occupied property may work between the hours of 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM; a proven urgent necessity in the interest of public welfare and safety, then a permit may be granted by the City Recorder. Refer to Sec. 14-154 (6) See the link below for more detailed information.

Traffic Safety Mission- For two weeks during the month of February (2/5/18-2/18/18), Officers with the Independence Police Department will be conducting enhanced traffic patrol thanks to a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. During this time of enhanced patrol, Officers will be on the lookout for motorists who violate speed laws, fail to use seatbelts/child safety restraints, and distracted drivers (in addition to other traffic violations). Studies by NHTSA show that motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death or disability in children from two to fourteen years of age. This number is due in large part to non-use, or improper use of child safety seats and seatbelts. Proper seatbelt and child restraint use is the number one way to prevent injury or death if you or your children are involved in a crash. Additional information regarding car safety seats and child passenger safety can be found at The Independence Police Department is dedicated to promoting and improving traffic safety through education, analysis and enforcement. For additional information, please contact Sergeant Banuelos at 503-837-1108.

FROM THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: Drunk driving kills. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. You know that many Super Bowl parties will involve alcohol, so play it smart by having a winning game plan in place to not drink and drive. We will all win on Super Bowl Sunday if we follow these keys to the game: Know the Rules: It’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. When it comes to drinking and driving, law enforcement doesn’t throw a yellow flag; they throw the book at you. Play It Safe: Defenses win championships; your best defense is to plan a safe ride. From buses and trains to car services and designated drivers, connect with the option that will get you home safely. Be a Party MVP: Volunteer to be a designated driver. If You’ve Been Drinking, You’re Benched: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. There’s no place on the road for anyone who has been drinking. If someone tries to drive after drinking, tell them to ride the bench until you help them find a sober ride home. If you’re hosting the party, you’re the head coach. Make the right call: take their keys before they drink and drive. We’re all on the same team when it comes to preventing drunk driving. And, however you or your guests travel on Super Bowl Sunday, always buckle up. Your seat belt is your best defense in any vehicle crash. We hope it’s a great game and that you enjoy it—safely—with friends and family. Remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

IRS Imposters It’s that time of year, and it’s happening here.

PRESS RELEASE: On January 22nd, 2018 at 11:25pm officers from the Independence Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle left unattended on the Independence Bridge that crosses the Willamette River. Responding officers determined the driver, a 66 year old man from Independence, likely jumped from the bridge into the Willamette River. Officers from Independence, Monmouth, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police searched the riverbanks using both night vision and thermal technology, with no success. A boat from the Jefferson Fire Department launched from Independence and searched the river, also with no success. Search efforts were suspended around 3am due to darkness and the extreme flow of the river. Independence Police, assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, plan to resume searching during daylight hours on Tuesday January 23rd.

Theft from Cars Late last week we had several thefts from vehicles in town. No arrests have been made. It appears that in every case, the car doors were left unlocked. While a motivated thief might be more willing to take the risk of breaking a window to access a car, the following tips may make your car a harder target: Park your car in a well-lit area Remove valuables Lock your doors Please report suspicious activity. Let’s have a good weekend.

Helicopters We’ve learned that the helicopter activity in our area this evening (Thursday) was part of a training operation for military personnel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord coordinated through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem. Questions regarding the exercise can be directed to JBLM.

City of Salem: South River Road has been reopened following a motor vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning around 2 a.m. UPDATE

City of Salem: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Temporary Closures on South River Road Be advised that South River Road was closed last night at approximately 2:00 a.m due to a motor vehicle crash which knocked down a power pole. South bound River Road is closed at Schurman Dr. S. Northbound River Road is closed at Croisan Creek Road S., Acacia Dr. S. and at Forest Ridge Apartments. Portland General Electric flaggers are onsite. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes. This message will be updated as additional information becomes available.