On October 31st, 2016 the Hermiston Police Department in conjunction with the Hermiston School District, implemented a second school resource officer (SRO). After serving 11 years as a reserve officer with Hermiston, Administrative Assistant/Evidence Technician Betty Nava was selected to assume the role of SRO. Officer Nava will be reporting to the 16-week basic police academy in Salem this February.
On May 1st, 2017 Sergeant Scott Clark will be promoted to captain and assigned to operations. Captain Clark will shadow Captain Darryl Johnson who is slated to retire in June after serving almost 20 years with Hermiston and 25 years total as a police officer in the state of Oregon. Captain Clark was raised in Hermiston and graduated from HHS in 1993. Scott has been a full-time law enforcement officer since 1997 starting with the Umatilla Police Department and then coming to HPD in 2005. Scott was promoted to sergeant in 2012.
An internal sergeant selection process will be conducted in the coming months to replace Scott’s position.
In mid-June after Hermiston schools are released for summer break, School Resource Officer Tim Miears will rotate to a Training Officer/Field Evidence Technician position. Officer Miears will report directly to Chief Edmiston and will be responsible for the processing of all evidence for HPD. Tim will also be responsible for the entire training program at HPD (currently budgeted at $35,000 for 27 sworn officers and 3 civilian positions) to include tracking information that ensures officers receive adequate schooling with the ever changing best practices in policing today.
On July 1st, 2017 Detective Randy Studebaker will be promoted to Investigative Lieutenant. Lieutenant Studebaker will have (2) general detectives and (1) drug detective assigned to the drug task force under his command. Randy has been with HPD since 2012 and previously served for 9 years (6 of those years as a sergeant) with the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office. This position is a partnership with Umatilla County Fire District 1 as they will contribute $12,000 annually to ensure adequate investigation takes place on any suspicious fire within their entire district. Randy will be attending a 2 week arson investigation school at the National Fire Academy (Maryland) in the spring and a 4 week supervisor school in Texas this June.