Ontario Police Department

Non-Emergency (24/7)
541.889.5312 - General
541.889-3026 - Fax
Tip Line:

Chief of Police Mark Alexander

Phone:  541-889-5312 ext 2303


Police Office/Network Manager
  Sheri Smith
Phone:  541-889-5312  ext 2310

Mission Statement: "The mission of the Ontario Police Department is to provide high quality police services in a professional manner."


The Ontario Police Department is located in City Hall at 444 SW 4th Street in Ontario, Oregon.  The police department provides services to the citizens of Ontario 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The Ontario Police Department consists of 28 full-time employees and one part-time.
The department consists of several divisions.  The administration consists of Chief Mark Alexander and Office Manager Sheri Smith.
There are 18 officers in the patrol division, which include four patrol sergeants.  We also have two officers that serve as School Resource Officers (SRO).  Depending on weather and staffing levels, any of the officers can patrol on one of the two police bicycles. 
The patrol division is broke into two teams who work a unique shift schedule.  One team will cover Monday through Thursday, working 10-hour shifts, while the other team covers Friday through Sunday, working 12.5-hour shifts.  The teams switch workdays every four weeks.  The team working the 12.5-hour shifts end up owing 10 hours, which is taken care of during a scheduled training day.  We are able to get an array of required training to officers without having to pay overtime.  This shift schedule allows each officer an equal amount of day shifts, night shifts, and weekends off.  The schedule also allows sufficient time to change from day shift to night shift or vice versa.
Each officer is guaranteed 60 hours of in-service training per year due to the shift schedule.  Officers generally receive additional training through a variety of sponsors.  Some officers receive specialized certification training relating to firearms, defensive tactics, Taser, and crime scene investigation.
Officers Ramon Rodriguez and BJ Snyder serve as the School Resource Officers for the Ontario School District.  In turn, the School District funds a portion of the SRO program.
The Ordinance Control Officer is Lynsey Hansen.  Officer Hansen addresses issues such as dog, weeds, garbage, abandoned vehicles and building codes.
The Ontario 9-1-1 PSAP (Public Safety Answer Point) Center has four full-time Telecommunicators.  They operate the 9-1-1 Center, maintain a records division and dispatch for police, fire and ambulance.  The center handles walk-in traffic and is the first point of contact for most police issues at City Hall.
The police department maintains 15 vehicles.  Most are marked patrol units, but others consist of an ordinance pickup and undercover vehicles.  Computers have recently been made available to patrol cars, which allows officers access to an array of records in the field.
Through the front desk at city hall, we issue authorization for parades, yard sales, bike registrations, and dog licensing.  We work with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and their application process for business liquor licenses as well as alcohol permits and licenses for other events taking place in our community.  The police department also provides public services such as fingerprinting, child safety seat education, bicycle registration, crime prevention education and rape prevention education.
The Ontario Police Citizens Board is a community group that meets once a month to discuss events happening in our community and to learn about the different tools used by our staff to enforce the laws and ordinances of Ontario.  The community is always welcome to attend.  Check our calendar for dates and topics.



Related Links:

2011 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

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