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Vancouver Police community forum follow up - 09/12/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On September 11, 2019, the Vancouver Police Department held a community forum to discuss a use of force study that is being conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).  The Vancouver Police Department wants to thank everyone who attended this forum. Those that were unable to attend, or did not have the opportunity to speak, can send their comments via email PERF at <a href="">


During the event, there was discussion on several related topic areas and interest expressed by several community members to become more involved in community discussions and more informed about police training. Below are links to more information related to comments and questions raised at the forum:

Training requirements regarding use of deadly force: The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), as part of the implementation of the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA, formerly known as I-940 or SHB 1064), must create and adopt “rules” to establish training requirements (including first aid) and establish criteria for independent investigations of deadly force.

There have been a series of community forums across the state to gather input on independent investigations criteria and CJTC representatives will be in Vancouver on September 24, 2019 to conduct one of these community forums. This forum is hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, event contact: Leslie Cushman,

Date:               Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time:                5:30 to 7:30 PM

Location:          Bridgeview Resource Center (505 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA 98661)

Police officer applicant disqualifiers: Link to the Vancouver Police Department’s sworn disqualifiers:

Curriculum for Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy: The Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy and the Reserve Academy are available at



Caroline Keller
Caroline Keller
Vancouver Police Searching for Missing Child (Photo) - 09/11/19

*** Update*** Child has been located.


9/11/19, The Vancouver Police Department is asking the public's assistance in locating a missing ten year old girl, Caroline Keller.  She left her home after school today at approximatley 1:30pm to an unknown location.  She is approximately five feet tall, about 86 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes (See attached photo of Caroline).  She was last seen wearing a light green top and pink jeans.  

If you see Caroline or have any information, please call 911 immediately.

Attached Media Files: Caroline Keller
Vancouver Police to receive Mental Health Field Response grant - 09/10/19

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has been awarded nearly $315k in grant funding by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) Mental Health Field Response program.

This new $2m initiative established by the Washington State Legislature provides a groundbreaking opportunity for VPD to partner with Clark County Crisis Services and SeaMar Community Services Northwest. VPD will provide pass-through funding to Clark County for three new full-time mental health responder positions to assist VPD officers in the field.

Mental health is a critical public safety issue in Vancouver. VPD is deeply committed to improving services to this vulnerable community, and works actively with a strong network of dedicated local leaders and exceptional service organizations to provide a continuum of effective care options to best meet the needs of each individual.

“While law enforcement continues to serve as a first responder for many individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, we recognize that other service providers are often better suited to provide assistance. Partnering with mental health responders to provide access to timely evaluation and referral services can have a significant impact on an individual’s long-term safety and success. Arrest and incarceration should never be the default response for addressing mental health issues,” said VPD Chief James McElvain.  This WASPC grant will add mental health crisis responders to assist VPD officers in the field and enhance opportunities to connect individuals to additional resources, services, and treatment options.

This initiative builds on the successes of the current crisis response program in Vancouver, which is highly successful in diverting individuals from the hospital or jail when other service providers are better suited to provide assistance. The proposal was supported by several community leaders and partner agencies, which included prosecutors, crisis responders, behavioral health service providers, and advocacy organizations.  

“Enhancing field response capabilities should prevent many mental health crises from escalating. We hope to serve as a model for the rest of the state to follow,” said Judge Darvin J. Zimmerman, who has spearheaded recent mental health discussions for our region.

 “Our goal is to provide individuals in Vancouver with the behavioral health support and services they need. We believe that this strategy will be beneficial for individuals, behavioral health service providers, law enforcement, and the community,” said Daniel Jass, Program Manager for Clark County Crisis Services. New staff will be hired and trained this fall.

“We are fortunate for this opportunity to bring new state-level resources to Vancouver,” said VPD Police Chief James McElvain. Vancouver is one of nine Washington communities selected for funding.





The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit

Vancouver Police use of force study community forum - 09/10/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On September 11, 2019, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) will be attending a community forum as part of their work on a use of force study for the Vancouver Police Department. The forum will be held at the Clark College Foster Auditorium, (accessible through the Hawkins Hall courtyard) (see the attached map).

  • The forum will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Attendees should park in the Red Lot 3 parking lot.
  • ADA access to Foster Auditorium is available via the north entrance of Hannah Hall.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside Foster Auditorium but there is a student center adjacent to the auditorium where food and beverages are allowed.
  • In the interest of allowing all who wish to participate a chance to speak, participants will be asked to limit speaking time to three minutes.

For those who may not have the opportunity to attend the forum, don’t have time to speak, or would prefer to privately submit input, PERF has set up an email box to receive input directly: <a href="">

To access the Vancouver Police Department policy manual visit:

For more information on the use of force study please visit:

For more information on the Police Executive Research Forum visit:



Attached Media Files: Clark_College_Map.pdf
Fiona Belden
Fiona Belden
UPDATE: Missing Twelve Year Olds from Vancouver's Cascade Middle School (Photo) - 09/09/19


Both girls were located safely and returned back to school.


The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating two twelve year old females, Desiree M. Collazo and Fiona R. Belden.  Desiree and Fiona are both Vancouver residents and students at Cascade Middle School.

Desiree and Fiona were last seen on September 9, 2019 at approximately 11:30 am when they left Cascade Middle School together.

Desiree is a white/hispanic female, 5'5" tall, weighing approximately 135 lbs.  She has brown hair and brown eyes.  Desiree was last seen wearing all black clothing and a black hat. Desiree lives at 2015 NE 92nd Ave, Vancouver, WA. 

Fiona  is a white female, 5'7" tall, weighing approximately 175 lbs.  She has blonde hair and blue eyes.  Fiona was last seen wearing a tie-dyed sweatshirt.  Fiona lives at 3108 NE 146th Pl, Vancouver, WA.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desiree and/or Fiona is urged to call 911.

Attached Media Files: Fiona Belden , Desiree Collazo
Vancouver Police investigate fatal hit and run (Update: Suspect Arrested) (Photo) - 09/06/19


The suspect in this case has been identified as Dennis Bogle, 58, of Vancouver, WA.  Dennis was arrested this evening at his home near SE Nancy Rd and SE 10th St in Vancouver.  Dennis's Dodge truck was also located at his home and taken for evidence purposes.  No further assistance is requested from the public at this time.


**** Update ***

The suspect vehicle has been identified as a dark green 2001 Dodge Ram with a flat bed

OR plate 705JSE. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this vehicle should call 911.




Vancouver, Wash. –On September 5, 2019, at approximately 8:51 p.m. Vancouver Police patrol responded to a parking lot in the 500 block of SE Chkalov Dr. They located a female who had been struck by a vehicle.  The victim was found on the ground, conscious and alert with unknown injuries.  She was transported to an area hospital for treatment and later died.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is conducting the investigation and information gathered indicates the suspect vehicle is a dark colored full size truck with silver wheels and a black canopy. The canopy may have some white writing on the passenger side. The vehicle should have damage to the front grill or bumper.

Anyone with information on the location of this vehicle or information about this incident is asked to contact 911.





Attached Media Files: 3F2621A5-58A7-4C00-A0C7-E3ED556A447A.jpeg
Vancouver Police investigate death of male and female - 09/06/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On September 5, 2019 at approximately 10:18 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 8400 block of Mt. Olympus Avenue for the report of two injured people inside. When officers arrived they located a male and a female inside the residence deceased.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit is investigating. There is not believed to be any threat to the general public.

The identity and the cause and manner of death will be determined by the Clark County Medical Examiner.

Nothing further is releasable at this time.





Zach Childers
Zach Childers
Missing Endangered Adult (Photo) (UPDATE) - 09/02/19


Zachary has been located and is back with his family.  Huge thanks to all media outlets and citizens for assisting with the search. 

There is no further information available for release at this time.



Vancouver, Wash. – On September 1st, 2019, Vancouver Police are requesting help in locating a missing endangered male adult, Childers, Zachary, 35. Mr Childers has mental health issues that require medication every 4 hours. He was having an episode when he fled from family near the Walmart at NE 104th Ave and NE Mill Plain Blvd.

Mr Childers is 5 foot 9 inches tall weight approximatley 230 lbs. He is bald with no eyebrows. He was last seen wearing a sea foam or Teal color polo shirt and grey sweat pants and a Black BaseBall cap with Black shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr Childers is asked to call 911. Case 2319-14439

Attached Media Files: Zach Childers , Zach Childers
Eighteen year old Hudson's Bay H.S. student missing from Vancouver FOUND (Photo) - 09/02/19

Elishah Saheb has been located safe by Vancouver Police Department missing-persons detectives.  The department would like to thank the community for their tips and assistance in this case.  No further information will be made available at this time.

Attached Media Files: IMG_0411.JPG
Vancouver Police investigate fatality collision - 09/02/19

On September 1, 2019 at approximately 5:17 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a vehicle collision at SE 164th Avenue/SE 12th Street. The collision involved a 1995 Cadillac and a 2015 BMW. The Cadillac reportedly was in the left turn lane of northbound SE 164th Avenue to go southbound onto SE 12th Street and turned on the red arrow in front of the BMW, which was southbound on SE 164th on a green light. The BMW struck the side of the Cadillac, pushing it into traffic signal pole on southwest corner. The male driver of the Cadillac was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female driver of the BMW and her male passenger were transported to an area hospital with reportedly non-life threatening injuries.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and nothing further is available for release at this time.


Vancouver Police seek public's help to locate missing man (Photo) - 08/29/19


Update as of 8/29/2019:  Mr Ellis was located alive and well. VPD thanks the community for being vigilant.




Vancouver, Wash. – On August 26, 2019, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding a missing male, Kevin S. Ellis, 42. Mr. Ellis left his home in the late morning of 8/24/19 and spoke with a family member that evening saying he was in Portland and would be home approximately one hour later. He never returned home.

When Mr. Ellis left his home he was riding his 2011 Harley Davidson V-Rod motorcycle which is black with skulls and flames. He is 6’2”, 260 lbs., has brown hair and hazel eyes.

According to family members, Mr. Ellis has been experiencing dizziness lately.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kevin S. Ellis is asked to call 911.





The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit

Attached Media Files: K_Ellis.jpg
Vancouver Police host community forum on use of force study - 08/28/19

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department is constantly looking at ways to improve how we conduct business and seek opportunities to implement best practices through policies, training and procedures so that we are providing the best possible service to our community.

In early 2019, the Vancouver Police Department was involved in four officer-involved shootings within a four week period. The unusual number of incidents in a short timeframe drew significant public attention. In an effort to address community concerns, and to ensure that the department policies and training practices are meeting the highest standards, a decision was made to bring in a third party consultant to review department policies around use of force.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) has been contracted to conduct this study. PERF is a nonprofit national law enforcement membership organization that has, over the past 40 years, conducted over 250 comprehensive management studies of law enforcement agencies across the United States and is recognized as a national leader in the field of use of force and police accountability.

PERF representatives will be in Vancouver for their first onsite visit the week of September 9, 2019 and will be meeting with a cross-section of department personnel, elected officials, representatives from the Chief’s Diversity Advisory Team and community members.  The Police Department has acknowledged the community’s expressed desire to participate in this process, and have set aside time for this to occur.

The community participation forum, which is open to the general public, will be held:

            Date:                Wednesday, September 11, 2019

            Time:                6:00 p.m.

            Location:          Clark College Foster Hall Auditorium (1933 Fort Vancouver Way) 

This forum will provide the PERF representatives the opportunity hear from the general public, as well as members of the Chief’s Diversity Advisory Team who will also be invited to attend. 

For more information on PERF please visit:

For more information on the Use Of Force Study visit:


Vancouver Police substitute PIO - 08/28/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will unavailable August 29- Sept 2. Taking media calls during office hours August 29 and 30 only will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

For afterhours, weekend or holiday inquiries please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel.

Do not leave emails or voice mails or call cell phone numbers for past substitute PIO staff. Please follow the contact information and dates listed above.



Vancouver Police looking for witnesses to malicious harassment incident - 08/26/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On August 18, 2019, Vancouver Police responded to the 3900 block of Main Street for the report of criminal threats. Officers located a female who reported that she was walking and pushing her infant child in a stroller when an unknown male approached her and began yelling racial slurs and making threats of physical violence to both her and her infant child. The victim in this incident is African American. At one point the suspect grabbed part of the stroller, preventing the victim and her child from being able move away. During the incident,a motorist stopped to ask the victim if she needed help and the suspect then let go of the stroller and walked away. After the motorist left, the suspect ran toward the victim and her child again. The victim was able to run across the street where she called 911. Neither the victim nor her child was injured.

A suspect description was obtained and the detective assigned to this case was able to locate surveillance video from cameras in the area that matched the suspect. In the photos, the suspect was wearing a distinctive backpack. Those photos were circulated to Vancouver Police personnel and on August 26, 2019 a Vancouver Police patrol officer located a male matching the description of the suspect in this incident, to include the backpack.

The male was detained, photographed and was positively identified by the victim.

Austin James Lansdon, 28, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for two counts of Malicious Harassment and two counts of Unlawful Imprisonment.

Detectives would like to speak with the motorist who offered help and any other possible witnesses to these crimes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Dustin Goudschaal at (360) 487-7436.





The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit

Giovonni Jones
Giovonni Jones
Missing Child (Photo) - 08/20/19

***Update, child has been located and is safe.***

8-20-19, the Vancouver Police is asking the public's assistance in locating a missing child, 1 1/2 year old Giovonni Jones.  Giovonni was taken this evening by his father, 35 year old Cabre Jones, and both are believed to be in the Portland area.  Cabre Jones was last seen in a blue or green four-door Honda or Toyota with Giovanni. (See attached photos of Cabre Jones and Giovonni Jones)

If you see Giovonni or Cabre, or have any information please call 911 immediately.    

Attached Media Files: Giovonni Jones , Cabre Jones with Giovonni Jones

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