Ferndale Police Recognize Officers, Volunteers at 2018 Awards Banquet

Sgt. Kevin Davis, Det. Justin Pike, Officers Eric Grant and Josh Scott, Chief Kevin Turner

Ferndale Police Recognize Officers, Volunteers at 2018 Awards Banquet

Last Friday, officers, employees and their families, volunteers and local elected officials gathered at the Pioneer Pavilion to honor the accomplishments of the Ferndale Police Department over the last year. This new tradition allows the department the opportunity to spotlight outstanding examples of leadership and service.

“This is an opportunity for our officers to connect with each other, and reinforce the values of public service that make our department a great place to work.” said Police Chief Kevin Turner. “We have some great people working for us, and with us. I’m proud to have this opportunity to appreciate their dedication to our community.”

The following awards were presented:

  • Volunteer of the Year:                    SCOPE Don Hubbard
  • Patrol Partner of the Year:            Officer Eric Grant
  • Medal of Merit:                                Detective Justin Pike
  • Chief’s Award of Excellence in Teamwork:      Officer Josh Scott & Officer Eric Grant
  • Employee of the Year:                    Kim Martin, Support Specialist
  • Officer of the Year:                          Detective Melanie Campos

This event was made possible without expending any public funds thanks to Haggen Market Street Catering who donated their catering services for the event. Donations were also made by the Ferndale American Legion and the Ferndale Heritage Society who provided the table settings. Roger Quiggle provided the music and atmosphere for the event.

SCOPE Don Hubbard

Officer Larrick Winslow accepting Officer of the Year award on behalf of Det. Melanie Campos

Chief Turner with the Haggen Market Street Catering team (Blair, Sean, Lydia, Jamie, Kieran, Kaily and Victoria)

New Data Tools Lead to Traffic Change at Main Street and Labounty

New Data Tools Lead to Traffic Change at Main Street and Labounty

Starting the week of June 4th, the City will be modifying the channelization of Main Street, eliminating left turn movements between Main Street and the North Sound Center parking lot located between I-5 and Labounty. Public Works crews will be installing plastic traffic delineators along the centerline of Main Street in an effort to prevent drivers from making left turns into and out of the North Sound Center parking lot. Drivers wanting to access the North Sound Center parking lot from Main Street or westbound Main Street from the parking lot will need to utilize the intersection at Main and Labounty.

This change was motivated by the use of “Intelligence-Based Policing”, where the Ferndale Police Department works hand in hand with the City’s GIS mapping team to identify hot spots by layering crash data into the City’s GIS mapping database.  Utilizing this approach, the City is better able to identify changes in accident distribution and identify areas where increased patrols or modifications may be necessary.

“We are addressing this problem with both enforcement and road design,” said Police Chief Kevin Turner. “Together we can keep people safe as they travel through Ferndale.”

For more information, please call the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

DUI Display and Drill at Ferndale High School This Week

In coordination with St. Joseph Medical Center, Whatcom County Fire District 7, Washington State Patrol, Ferndale Police and Airlift Northwest, there will be a DUI drill on the Ferndale High School football field, Thursday April 12th from 9 – 10 am.

***Please be advised this is only a drill.***

Here is what you can expect to see on Thursday:

– A wrecked car will be placed under the FHS reader board Wednesday morning
– A helicopter will land on the football field during the drill on Thursday
– Police department vehicles and personnel
– Medical transport vehicles and personnel
– Fire department vehicles and personnel
– Unusual (but planned) activity at and around Ferndale High School

In addition, there will be a staged DUI car crash on display in front of Ferndale High School starting tomorrow. It is just a display, please do not call 911.

Arrest Made in Connection to Online Shooting Threat to Ferndale High School

On the morning of February 22nd, the Ferndale Police Department School Resource Officer was advised that several students were receiving Snapchat messages from an unknown person.  Those messages indicated that there would be a shooting at Ferndale High School.

Uniform patrol officers provided extra security at the school while Ferndale Police Detectives attempted to identify the owner of the Snapchat account.  Ferndale police were able to identify the IP address where the messages originated, and with assistance from Lummi Police and the FBI, Ferndale Police detained two juveniles.

The juveniles were interviewed and one juvenile confessed to making the Snapchat threat.  The juvenile advised that it was just a hoax.  No weapons were located and it did not appear that the juvenile had access to any weapons.  That juvenile was booked into Whatcom County Juvenile Detention for Threat to Bomb or Injure property.

Fake Threat to Ferndale High School Circulates Online

From the Ferndale Police Department:
There is a post from “Ray Andres” being circulated around social media last night in the Whatcom area. The post indicates that “Ray” intends to bring a gun to school and do harm. The school mentioned is “SHS,” and is no more specific than that.

It appears the identically written post has originated in another state, likely Ohio according to news reports, and has been circulating throughout several states, including Ohio, Oregon, and California. There is no indication the post was specifically referring to schools in Ferndale and several news articles indicate the post referenced a school in Ohio.

We have investigated the post and there does not appear to be any credible threat to Ferndale High School. Ferndale Schools and the Ferndale Police Department continue to work together to ensure the safety of our children and we take each threat to safety and security seriously and investigate thoroughly. Please continue to encourage your children to report these types of incidents.

Ferndale Police: 2018 Lateral and Entry Level Applicant Lists

On January 30th and 31st, 2018, the Ferndale Police Department held testing and oral interviews for both lateral and entry level officers.  The three lateral applicants all met the minimum passing standards, as did 12 of the 14 entry level applicants.  On the 1st of February, 2018, the Civil Service Commission reviewed and certified the lists.  Individuals will remain on the lists for a period of one year from date of certification.

Click here to see the list.  All certifications expire February 1, 2019.

Join the Youth Emergency Services Club

Want to help your family, school, and community be prepared for any emergency or natural disaster?

The Ferndale Police Department is partnering with the Ferndale Emergency Resource Network to form a Youth Emergency Services (YES) Club for teens, ages 14-18, living in the Ferndale School District.

Youth Emergency Services Club members can earn their amateur radio license, train to be part of the Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), learn about disaster preparedness and response, and complete FEMA courses to prepare them to volunteer in an Emergency Operations Center.

The Youth Emergency Services Club will hold its first meeting on September 30 from 10 – 11 AM in the Ferndale Emergency Operations Center at the Ferndale Police Department, 2220 Main Street.

Want to know more? Email ferndaleacs@cityofferndale.org

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