Explosive Device Discovered at Mountainview Elementary Site

At 9:48am this morning, Ferndale Police responded to a report from school district personnel of a suspicious device found in the parking lot of Mountain View Elementary School. Officers secured the device and removed it to a safe location. Using a K9 unit and additional support from the Bellingham Police Department, the Ferndale Police swept the surrounding area for additional threats and found nothing.

The device appears to be a modified commercial fireworks mortar. At this time, the Ferndale Police believe that there is no specific danger to the school, students or personnel although the investigation is ongoing.

Starting this year, the Ferndale School District is leasing part of the facility to the Educational Service District for a program serving 38 students from across Whatcom County. Per Law Enforcement, students remain onsite and are safely continuing school activities in the gymnasium.

Ferndale Police Department will update the public as more information becomes publicly available. For more information, please call Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353.

Fireworks Dos and Don’ts in the City of Ferndale

Fireworks Dos and Don’ts in the City of Ferndale

As we approach Independence Day, it is important for everyone to celebrate in a safe and legal way.

Please remember the only legal times to shoot off fireworks in the city are on July 4th from 9am to midnight.

Here is a graphic showing what fireworks are legal and which ones are not but a good rule of thumb is that if you can buy them at the stand at the grocery store, you can shoot them off. Many that come from the reservation, such as bottle rockets and firecrackers are not legal for use in the City.

Thank you and remember to stay safe this July 4th!

Three Month Investigation Leads to Drug Arrest in Ferndale

Three Month Investigation Leads to Drug Arrest in Ferndale

For Immediate Release           

May 24, 2018

Ferndale Police Officers had received information regarding the possible sale of illegal drugs from a house in the 5600 block of 1st Ave, across the street from Central Elementary School.  Ferndale Police worked in conjunction with the Whatcom County Gang and Drug Task Force (WCGDTF) to investigate this information.

During the course of a three-month investigation, the WCGDTF made four undercover controlled purchases of heroin from Pauline Florindo.  3 of the 4 purchases were made at the residence on 1st Ave, the four was made away from the residence.

A search warrant for the residence was applied for and granted.  On May 23, 2018, members of the WCGDTF, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ferndale Police Department served the search warrant.  Pauline Florindo was located at the residence and taken into custody.  During a search of the residence, detectives located numerous baggies of field-test positive heroin packaged for apparent resale.  Along with the suspected heroin were scales and suspected notes of previous or current drug sales.  In addition to the suspected heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drugs (clonazepam and oxycodone pills) were located.

Probable cause existed for the arrest of Pauline Florindo for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Heroin (x4), Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Clonazepam, Oxycodone and Maintaining a Vehicle/Premises for Drug Trafficking.

Pauline Florindo was transported and booked on the above charges.  Due to the proximity of the elementary school, a high bail was requested.






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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.

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