|New Police Chief on duty July 1|
Mario Lattanzio will become Albany's new Chief of Police effective Monday, July 1, 2013.
|Police Chief Lattanzio|
Lattanzio comes to Albany from the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department
where he recently retired as an Assistant Police Chief with 20 years of
experience. He worked in almost every area of the Mesa department
during that time, completed the Northwestern University's School of
Police Staff and Command and the Southern Police Institute's Chief
Executive Leadership program.
also holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's
degree in environmental management with an emphasis in emergency
management. Both degrees are from Arizona State University.
As chief in Albany, Lattanzio said he plans to work on data-driven policing, property crime reduction, and community outreach.
has an aunt who grew up in Albany; her family owned the hardware store
in the building that is now the Albany Regional Museum. Other
family members live in the Portland area.
he was growing up, Lattanzio lived four years in Guadalajara, Mexico,
and learned to speak Spanish. He later served eight years in the
Army National Guard where he was an Engineer Officer. He is
married with a 21-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son.
Albany Police Department has 87 employees. The department budget
for fiscal 2014 is $12.5 million. More information about APD can
be found at http://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/police.
Chief Lattanzio can be reached at email@example.com.
River Rhythms, fireworks on the Fourth of July
The 2013 River Rhythms concert series
opens Thursday, July 4, at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany.
Soul, blues, and R&B singer Nikki Hill is the featured artist
to open the series' 30th year. A community fireworks show will
follow the concert in celebration of Independence Day.
The Brownish Black band, a ragged mix of old-school R&B soul and garage rock will open for Hill at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks show is expected to begin about 10:00 p.m.
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
vendors open at 5:00 p.m. The blanket seating area and beer
garden, featuring beers and cider by Gilgamesh Brewing of Turner, open
at 5:30 p.m. Children's art activities, sponsored by the locally
owned Red Robin, are from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Park will be closed to the public until 10:00 a.m. July 4 to allow
setup for the fireworks show. Fireworks fans can park at Bryant
beginning at 10:00 a.m. for $5.00 per vehicle.
The lower (north) Bryant shelter area will be used as the fallout zone for the fireworks and will be closed all day.
community fireworks are made possible entirely by donations from
Albany-area businesses. The show is presented by Lassen Toyota,
Northwest Toyota Dealers, Toyota Let's Go Places, with major sponsors
Co-Energy Propane, Kutsch Dentistry, KGAL/KSHO, KRKT/KLOO, H&R
Block, Stutzman & Kropf Contractors, Stutzman Services, Western
States Insurance Agency, CNS Firearms, and Xtreme Grafx.
Gather your neighbors for National Night Out August 6
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, neighborhoods throughout Albany are invited to
join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th
annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.
Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;
strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are
organized and fighting back.
in neighborhoods throughout Albany are asked to lock their doors from
6:00-9:00 p.m., turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside
with neighbors and Albany Police. Many neighborhoods will be
hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts,
flashlight walks, contests, youth activities, and anticrime rallies.
you would like to organize a Neighborhood Watch group or simply support
local crime prevention efforts and participate in National Night Out,
this is an excellent opportunity to organize your neighborhood to reduce
crime, get to know your neighbors, and host a neighborhood
celebration. If you live within the Albany city limits and want
more information regarding National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch, or to
register your neighborhood event, contact Community Education
Specialist Carmen Westfall at 541-917-3206. Registered
neighborhoods are eligible for visits from the Police and Fire
Departments. Please register prior to Friday, July 26, 2013.
Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch
and cosponsored locally by the Albany Police Department and TARGET,
will involve over 35 million people from all 50 states.
Sign up for Police Citizens Academy July 1
Albany Police Department will accept applications for the 2013 Citizens
Academy beginning July 1. The Citizens Academy will be held Tuesdays,
6:00-9:00 p.m., September 3-November 12, 2013. Two Saturday
classes are also planned.
Academy is offered free to Albany citizens age 18 or older and who pass
a criminal background check. The Academy is designed to promote
awareness and understanding of the Albany Police Department's role in
the community, the criminal justice system, and to educate citizens
about the Department's daily functions and operations.
will attend 40 hours of interactive classroom and hands-on
instruction. Topics include police officer selection, training,
and duties; investigation skills; tactical operations; use of force and
defensive tactics; canine procedures; firearms use; narcotics
investigations; crime scene processing; and crime prevention.
Students will be actively involved in a variety of educational,
Academy applications are available at the Police Department, 1117 Jackson Street SE, or by download from the Police link at www.cityofalbany.net/police.
spaces are available. Completed applications must be returned to
the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013.
One credit hour plus tuition costs are available through Linn-Benton
Community College upon successful completion of the Academy. For
more information, call 541-917-7680.
Police Chief Boyd honored by American Legion, peers
Albany Police Chief Ed Boyd has been honored by American Legion Post 10
as Police Officer of the Year for 2013. Chief Boyd was nominated
for the award by more than a dozen of the men and women who work for
him, who described him in their nomination as leading "with honor,
integrity, pride of service, unity and compassion."
nominating Boyd, his peers noted that, during his service in Albany, he
secured land for a new police station; serves on a number of local and
state boards that make a difference in the lives of children and law
enforcement professionals; and volunteers regularly at community events
has presented the definitive image of leadership," the nominating
letter said. "He is open, approachable, and engaging. He has
created a close-knit organization of professionals who strive to
deliver the very best service possible to the citizens of Albany.
He provides honest and tempered leadership while demonstrating his
philosophies and all of the tenets of the Law Enforcement Code of
Boyd can retire knowing he left the Albany Police Department in a much
better place than when he arrived here. It has been a pleasure and
an honor to work with such a professional and personable man."
received the Legion award during his retirement reception at Albany
City Hall May 31. He was a police officer for 27 years, the last
seven as Albany's chief. He is a US Marine Corps veteran and also
served in the Oregon Army National Guard. He and his wife Tawni
live in North Albany and are raising their five-year-old grandson,
Free Outdoor Water Saving Kits Available
City of Albany appreciates your efforts to save water.
Water conservation reduces water and sewer bills and keeps more water in
rivers where it benefits fish, wildlife, and the river ecosystem.
free kits to help cut back on outdoor water use are available at the
Engineering counter on the second floor of City Hall, 333 Broadalbin
Street SW. Each kit includes:
- Hose nozzle with six settings, so users can choose the most efficient one
- Lawn watering gauge to help keep irrigation to one inch of water per week
- Helpful information
For more water conservation tips, visit http://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/public-works/water-a-sewer-system and click "Tips for Conserving Water around the Home"
questions or to schedule a free outdoor water conservation audit,
contact Kim Kagelaris, Environmental Services Technician, at
541-220-0312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.