Press Releases

Press Coverage

The following are press releases sent out by the City of Woodburn on various police and other City-related news. For more information, contact Jason Horton at 503-982-5256 or

Chief Ferraris Honors 16 from Department, Community

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris honored 16 individuals at Monday’s Woodburn City Council meeting. Eight sworn officers and eight civilians were awarded medals and certificates of appreciation from the chief for a variety of lifesaving and community-minded efforts.

Christmas Tree Disposal

The City of Woodburn Public Works Department, in conjunction with Republic Services, is assisting Woodburn residents with Christmas tree drop-off recycling. All trees must be free of decorations, which includes tinsel. The location is the parking area on Second Street behind the Woodburn Post Office between Lincoln Street and Grant Street.

Eric Liljequist Hired as Public Works Director

After undergoing a rigorous recruiting and interview process, which included two rounds of interviews, the City has hired a full time public works director in Eric Liljequist.

Be Wary of Nigerian Scams

In 2016, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 400 reports of 419 scams (Nigerian scams). The total losses reported by victims exceeded $1 million.

So what are Nigerian 419 scams? The number 419 refers to a section in Nigerian law concerning con artistry and fraud that deals specifically with people requesting assistance with transferring money. This scam has been around for a long time, but now more often than not, the scammer is contacting victims electronically.

Rail Safety Week Sept. 24-29

Did you know that in 2016 at least 1000 people were killed or injured in vehicle versus train collisions?  Did you know over 900 people were killed while walking on or near the tracks? 

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. 

Coffee with a Cop

The Woodburn Police Department will be hosting its first-ever Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks located inside Safeway at 1550 N. Pacific Highway.

Coffee with A Cop launched in Hawthorne, Calif. in 2011, resulting from a brainstorming session with local law enforcement officers. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.

Chief's Editorial: Relationships Build Trust

The recent decision by the federal government to end DACA causes me to once again reflect on the relationship between our immigrant communities and local law enforcement. As I am out and about in the greater Woodburn community, I hear of continued confusion, fear and mistrust of government among immigrant communities.

Safety Reminder: School Back in Session, Keep Speeds Down

School will begin for students in the Woodburn School District this week. The Woodburn Police Department would like to remind everyone to follow the laws whether you are driving a vehicle, riding a bicycle or walking.

WPD Welcomes New K-9

The Woodburn Police Department’s newest K-9, Enzo, is now with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart, and the two are in the midst of a bonding time before heading to seven weeks of training in October.

“He’s not read to be deployed yet and we are getting to know each other before we head off to training,” Stewart said. “He’s doing great, is friendly and has met most of the department, but he’s still a puppy.”


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