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

WPD to Participate in National 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign

Do you drive at night? What if you were given one piece of advice that would protect you twice as much as the average Oregonian. Interested? … BUCKLE UP! That’s it.

Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96 percent of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27 percent of daytime and 50% of night time crashes.

Former Woodburn Asst. City Attorney Convicted of Public Indecency

On April 6 former Woodburn Assistant City Attorney, Jonathan Stuart, was found guilty of two counts of Public Indecency by the Honorable Susan Tripp following a trial to the court in Marion County Circuit Court. 

Woodburn police officers will soon carry anti-opiate serum

Woodburn police officers will soon begin carrying an anti-opiate serum to reduce overdose deaths. Chief Jim Ferraris introduced this to the Salem Police Department in 2015 and Woodburn becomes the seventh known agency in Oregon to use Naloxone, a drug that temporarily counteracts the effects of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

Woodburn K9 Rudy Retires

Woodburn’s Police K9 Rudy has retired, effective Feb. 10 at the age of 9 1/2 years old.

Rudy entered duty with the Woodburn Police Department in September 2011 and partnered with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart. Rudy completed basic police K9 training from Sept. 19 to Oct. 26, 2011 for a total of 240 initial training hours and he and Stewart passed their first Patrol K9 standards test that same month to become a patrol K9 team certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association.

Woodburn Police Chief Hires, Promotes 12 on Historic Night

Photo caption: Back row, l-r: Sgt. Altabef, Sgt. Araiza, Deputy Chief Boyd, Chief Ferraris, Support Services Manager Eubank, Lt. Millican, Lt. Pilcher, Sgt. Hershberger; front row, l-r: Officer White, Officer Gill, Officer Ponce, Officer Vasquez, Officer Smith.


Chief Ferraris Addresses Hate Crimes, Immigration Fears

As I am out and about in the Woodburn community I talk with many people. With the recent election behind us, I've been made aware of two issues that cause me some concern. Those issues in our community have to do with fear about hate crimes and confusion and fear about the role of local police in immigration matters. 


Hate Crimes

Fiesta Designated Oregon Heritage Tradition

The City of Woodburn was notified this week that the Fiesta Mexicana was designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

City leaders presented the Fiesta to the Commission on Jan. 23 before it was approved.

OSP Urges Drives to be Careful During Holiday Weekend

The Oregon State Police is urging people to travel safely this holiday weekend. With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways in recent days, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War game in Corvallis.

This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho.

Chief Ferraris Completes Leadership Program

Jim Ferraris, Chief of Police of the city of Woodburn (Oregon) Police Department, Woodburn, Oregon, completed the Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Nov. 10, 2016.

Keith Boyd Hired as Deputy Police Chief

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris is pleased to announce the hiring of Keith Boyd as his Deputy Police Chief. Boyd has been employed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California since May 1996. Prior to that he was with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a year.


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