Mount Vernon Police Department

  • Agency: Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Address: 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, 98273 WA
  • Chief: Michael Barsness (Chief of Police)

Mount Vernon Police Department is located at 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, 98273 WA. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael Barsness. The Mount Vernon Police Department phone number is (360) 336-6271.

Mount Vernon Police Department News

A friendly reminder to all our wonderful MVPD FB Fans - as daylight savings time ends, remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when you “fall back” your clocks one hour before turning in THIS Saturday. Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead, or disconnected batteries, so maintenance is a simple and effective way to protect your family and reduce home fire deaths. Enjoy your one extra hour of sleep this weekend, and thank you for making Mount Vernon a safer place to live, work, learn and play.

The 7th annual Halloween Safety night was a success!!! Since safety is of utmost concern on a dark Halloween night, the Mount Vernon Police Department Crime Prevention Division along with 10 of our Citizens on Proactive Patrol members and Mount Vernon Fire Department, participated in the downtown trick or treat event and were able to distribute a number of glow necklaces to many costumed trick or treaters. The group then transitioned into local Mount Vernon neighborhoods and handed out additional glow necklaces. When all was said and done, nearly 5,000 glow necklaces were handed out to those in our community. It was great to see all the families out last night and we look forward to seeing you out next year!

Just a reminder of Drug Take-Back Day, which is tomorrow from 10a-2p at MVPD. In addition to expired and unused prescriptions medications, sharps of any type will also be accepted, to include lancets, needles, syringes, expended epi-pens and unused epi-pens. There will also be materials available on prevention efforts and ways the community can be involved in addressing drug abuse. Please share this event with others in your networks!

Update on Silver Alert from Lt. Greg Booth: "On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:58am, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office received a report from employees of the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), of a possibly deceased person lying in the area of a vehicle on a utility service road, north of the 26000 block of Walker Valley Road. The area is remote, and typically only accessed by utility and DNR employees. On arrival, deputies located a deceased elderly white male laying near a damaged vehicle, identified as the white, 2000, Saturn SL1 associated with Mr. Tinsley in the Silver Alert. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office contacted detectives with the Mount Vernon Police Department who responded and conducted the scene investigation. Detective’s located additional evidence at the scene leading them to believe the deceased is in fact, Ralph Tinsley. As a result, detectives made notification to the family. At the conclusion of the on-scene investigation, the body was turned over to the Skagit County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death is undetermined at this time, pending results of the autopsy. The vehicle was also impounded for additional investigation. The family of Mr. Tinsley, and the Mount Vernon Police Department want to express our thanks to the public for their concern and interest in helping locate him. We received several reports of possible sightings over the course of the last week, which detectives reviewed and determined were unrelated. These are very difficult cases for the involved families and law enforcement, and we had all hoped for a different outcome. Detectives are asking anyone who may have observed the vehicle on the service road, over the last week, to contact the Mount Vernon Police Department at (360) 336-6271."

Suspect in custody!

Law Enforcement has an active manhunt on Swan Rd for Curtis Cameron. No longer in the city.

Centennial School is no longer in locked down.

Skagit Valley College is no longer on lock down.

Law Enforcement has an active manhunt in Mount Vernon for Curtis Cameron. Skagit Valley College and Centennial School are both on precautionary lockdown. He's considered armed and has several felony warrants.

MOUNT VERNON POLICE DEPT. FOUND PROPERTY BIKES: 17-M17255 green Next BMX style 17-M17455 teal women’s Motiv 18-speed 17-M17711 blue women’s Huffy 10-speed 17-M18640 blue boys Magna BMX style MISC ITEMS: 17-M17226 2 small motors, for garage door maybe 17-M17304 Galaxy Note 3 17-M17878 Black backpack with misc. tools and personal property 17-M18105 Kia electronic door fob 17-M18327 LG cell phone To claim call 360-336-6231 or 360-336-6271 Mon-Fri, 8:00 to 4:30 with other identifying information.

Weather advisory from PSE: Yesterday was the first in a series of wind storms and power outages expected this week. The National Weather Service is expecting sustained winds up to 25-40 mph with potential gusts of 55mph. Please see the weather notice from NWS below. PSE crews are ready to deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so. The first step in restoring power is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and determining the extent of repairs that are needed. This process takes time, especially if weather remains an issue. Unsafe weather conditions can slow these efforts. As PSE prepares, we encourage customers to do the same. • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and even in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights and food • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out • Download the PSE mobile outage app now Safety first. Never touch downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems. Please review the downed power line safety video below for reminders of what to do https://youtu.be/fLVzvMTgGDY

Family of Ralph Tinsley reported him missing early this morning. Below is information that went out earlier today in a press release. Please contact Skagit 911 if you have any information about Tinsley's whereabouts. A Tip-Line has also been set up at (360) 419-3257. Press Release: On Tuesday October 17, 2017 Ralph Tinsley left his home in Mount Vernon, WA while his wife was sleeping sometime between 2000-0045 hours without notifying her or anyone else. Ralph, who is 84 years old, was medically diagnosed with dementia drove away from the residence in his White Saturn passenger car WA license ADK1477. NAME: Ralph James Tinsley AGE: 84 YOA HEIGHT: 5’-06” WEIGHT: 140 lbs. FEATURES: Short gray hair, glasses, green eyes, gold wedding ring on left hand, no tattoos CLOTHING: Unknown clothing description (possibly jeans with suspenders) Suffers from dementia, hard of hearing MVPD Case # 17-M19066

It is with great sadness we share the loss of a valued COPP member recently. Carl Box passed away unexpectedly on October 12, 2017. Carl attended our annual Citizens Academy and became an official COPP member in 2010. He was a very involved COPP member, putting in over 440 hours of volunteer service. He attended numerous meetings, trainings, community events and patrolled the city on a regular basis ensuring the City of Mount Vernon remained a safe and enjoyable community for all. Carl also sat on the MVPD’s Safety Committee for a number of years helping to improve personal and site safety for all at the Mount Vernon Police Campus. During his time working here at MVPD, many of us developed a close friendship with him. He was always happy and enjoyable to be around and we miss him greatly. A celebration of life for Carl will take place at a later date.

Newest Mount Vernon Police Officer On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Officer Ryan Strong was sworn in by Mayor Jill Boudreau during a ceremony at the Mount Vernon Police and Court Campus. In attendance were Ryan’s family, department personnel, city staff and department volunteers. Ryan grew up in the Snohomish area, and attended Washington State University where he received a BA in Criminal Justice and MA in Political Science. He is scheduled to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (Session #763) in Burien, on October 31, 2017. Officer Strong – Welcome to the Mount Vernon Police Department!!

WINTER COAT DRIVE Mount Vernon Police and Skagit Rotary Set Goal of Providing 3,000 Coats for Those in Need October 10, 2017 For the past several years, the Mount Vernon Police Department, Community Action of Skagit County, and the Skagit Rotary Club have worked together to collect thousands of coats and jackets for our County’s families that need assistance. This year is no different…..we need to help keep them warm! Our goal this year is to collect 3,000 new and gently used winter coats and jackets for all ages and sizes. The Coat Drive begins October 1, 2017, and runs through November 30, 2017. Collection bins will be placed throughout the Skagit Valley. As Officer Graham has said, “Chances are, if you shop in Skagit Valley, you will see a donation bin.” During the late winter and early spring months, all donated coats will be distributed by Community Action to our families and residents who need them the most. Community Action uses donated funds to purchase coats to meet specific needs of individual families. Your dollars and donations stay in the Valley and go straight to the need!! For monetary donations, please use the link: https://www.classy.org/campaign/fall-jacket-drive/c148061. Or, you may also bring donations to the Mount Vernon Police Department at 1805 Continental Pl, or Community Action at 330 Pacific Place, Suite A, Mount Vernon. Please help those in need stay warm this winter. Thank you kindly for considering a donation. Jerry Dodd Chief of Police Jason Graham Police Officer jasong@mountvernonwa.gov (360) 336-6271 A special thanks and recognition to those allowing us to place donation bins! • Modern Cleaners • Skagit Valley Hospital • Skagit Regional Clinics • The Skagit Valley Family YMCA • Skagit Bank • Whidbey Coffee • Cascade Mall • Coastal Farm and Ranch • Riverside Health Club • Safeway • Lowes • Skagit PUD • Walmart • Mount Vernon City Hall • Mount Vernon Police Department • Joann Fabrics • Old Navy • Hospice of Skagit Valley • Skagit Valley Food Co-Op • Skagit Valley College • Doggy Come Play

Mount Vernon High School is recognizing Officer Mikes’ contribution to schools, youth and the community at their football game this Friday night, October 6th. Game starts at 7:00pm. Please join us to honor Officer Mike during the half time celebration.

Sending out our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to ALL those affected by the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas last night. This being the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history - truly a horrible day for our nation. Huge thank you to the area law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and others who like LVPD, ran towards evil, while shielding the innocent. We salute and honor their willingness to take the risks in order to save lives. We must ALL stand united against this senseless loss of life.

With the new criminal justice center opening soon, a variety of groups have toured the new facility located in South Mount Vernon. One of the most recent groups to take the tour was the Kulshan Creek neighborhood residents. The tour was organized and lead by Chief Corrections Deputy Charlie Wend and translation was provided by Mount Vernon Police Neighborhood Resource Officer Edgar Serrano.

Press Release: Response To Threats At School September 20, 2017 Lieutenant Chris Cammock chrisc@mountvernonwa.gov (360) 336-6296 or (360) 661-6333 On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Mount Vernon High School Students overheard a conversation amongst other students where a word was mentioned and they were uncertain the context of how it was intended. The circumstance was then reported to school administrators. The Mount Vernon School District has worked hard cultivating a culture of communication between students and staff so they acted on the student’s observations using a safety assessment process. The first step involved school administrators finding the source of the information and investigating. Initial review found no merit that risk to the school or students was intended. The second phase involves a multi-disciplinary team comprised of school administrators, counselors, and police reviewing the incident, meeting with the involved student(s) and making a professional assessment before a student returns to the school environment. Mount Vernon Police Department has a full-time Police Officer assigned to the high school campus. He is a part of the multi-disciplinary team and has been involved in this incident throughout. Following multiple calls from parents concerned for the safety of their children, additional uniformed officers were present around the campus Wednesday morning to provide an additional safety and security presence. Mount Vernon School District has been working closely with the police department and we are taking all measures reasonable to ensure the safety of our students and community. This incident remains a school district issue between students, parents and administrative staff. We encourage parents with questions to direct those to Principal Rod Merrell or his designee at Mount Vernon High School (360) 336-6100. Lieutenant Chris Cammock

Tomorrow is “National Tell A Police Officer Thank You Day,” and, I’d like to publicly THANK all the men and women of the Mount Vernon Police Department for their hard work and the many personal and professional sacrifices they make every day. Also, I want to give a special thanks to the families for sharing their loved ones and for the sacrifices they make as well! Being a police officer is demanding, complex, and dangerous, and unfortunately most of their good work goes unnoticed. They wake up, do their job, and never know if they will return home to their family. They must witness the world’s daily struggles as part of their daily routine and are always easy targets for criticism. Now, more than ever, we must take a stand to show that we support them. Most citizenry could not do the job they’re asked to do. Their commitment and dedication to protecting and serving the citizens of Mount Vernon and its visitors is truly remarkable. Truly, they are hometown “Heroes” - THANK YOU!!! And, to all the law enforcement brothers and sisters in this great nation; be strong, be safe and stay alive! Chief Jerry Dodd

National Tell A Police Officer "Thank You" Day! Do you know what Saturday, September 16, 2017 is? It’s National Tell A Police Officer "Thank You" Day! We often take our police officers for granted. Every day, those wearing the badge on their chest put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe. Every time an officer, deputy or trooper start their shift they have no idea of the danger awaiting them. A simple way to show appreciation and gratitude to a law enforcement officer is by a simple "thank you." We encourage all our wonderful MVPD FB Fans to go out of your way to say "thank you" to a police officer this Saturday. Together, we can make Saturday, September 16, 2017 a very special day! Spread the word!!! Chief Jerry Dodd

On any given day in 2001, nearly 25,000 people departed on flights in the United States. On the early morning of September 11th, 19 men associated with the Islamist extremist group al Qaeda under the direction of Osama bin Laden boarded four flights intending to hijack the planes and use them as weapons to destroy major American landmarks. Today we honor all the Police Officers, Firefighters, First Responders and Volunteers that placed themselves in harm’s way during and after the horrendous attacks of 9/11 on our great nation. The attacks were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom. Sixteen years to the day, we still remember the 2,982 lives lost in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

SCHOOL STARTS TOMORROW… Children are preparing to return to school tomorrow and our days will start getting much busier. Please remember to talk to your kids about traveling to and from school: 1. Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards. 2. Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around. 3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust. 4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor. 5. Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school — to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather. 6. If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. 7. Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot. 8. Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies. Thank you for making Mount Vernon a safe place to live, work, learn and play!

Wishing all our wonderful FB Fans a safe and enjoyable Labor Day! Thank you to all the officers and staff working today in law enforcement so that the rest of us can enjoy Labor Day. To those who labor when others rest, we salute you!