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PAPD officers to receive international award

July 16th, 2014 - 5:30am

(Port Angeles) – A pair of Port Angeles Police Officers will be recognized in October by an international organization in the department's effort to emphasize safe alternatives to police vehicle pursuits.

Sergeant Glen Roggenbuck and Corporal David Dombrowski will be honored an award ceremony at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention in Orlando Florida on October 28th.

Roggenbuck and Dombrowski will be receiving the “SAFERWAY AWARD” from an organization (PursuitSAFETY.org) that recognizes safe alternatives to police vehicle pursuits.

Their airline and lodging costs will be paid for by PursuitSAFETY.

On September 25th, 2009 in Port Angeles, a potentially violent federal fugitive was reported to be in a residence on East Sixth Street.

Based on information known to officers it was believed that the subject had a strong potential to flee in his vehicle and engage law enforcement in a vehicle pursuit.

With the assistance of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Task Force plain clothes officers and unmarked vehicles were deployed around the residence.

An incident action plan was established and Sergeant Roggenbuck assumed the role of incident commander.

A tactical and arrest plan was implemented that included blocking all avenues of escape for the suspect vehicle and deploying road spikes behind the suspect vehicle.

The alley leading to the suspect’s residence and roadway fronting the residence was also blocked.

The Washington State Patrol, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department and the US Border Patrol provided assistance.

Corporal Dombrowski, as a trained crisis negotiator, was assigned as the primary negotiator.

He was able to hail the subject from the front of the residence.

The subject was eventually compliant and surrendered to officers outside the residence.

Port Angeles Deputy Chief Brian Smith says police pursuits have evolved over the last 40 years with a lot more training and situational awareness on the part of law enforcement.

The Port Angeles Police Department has less than ten “police pursuits” per year. Each officer and detective vehicle is equipped with a set of tire deflating road spikes.

Sworn personnel are trained regularly in emergency vehicle operations (EVOC) and pursuit tactics in Bremerton as part of an interagency consortium led by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

The Port Angeles Police Department has two trained EVOC instructors and uses what is called “the incident command system” on complex and potentially hazardous incidents.

Arrests of dangerous fugitives are (whenever possible) made in a controlled environment and at a time and place of law enforcement choosing.

Vehicle pursuits are supervised by the on duty supervisor and are terminated whenever appropriate.

All pursuits receive an after action supervisory, Deputy Chief and Police Chief formal review.

For more information on the award that includes past recipients please visit www.pursuitsafety.org.


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