The Monmouth Police Department has a full time staff of fourteen sworn officers, a Records Supervisor, a part time Community Service Officer, a part time Records Clerk, a part time Evidence Technician and a complement of up to six reserve police officers.
Darrell Tallan has served Monmouth as the Chief of Police for 17 years. He has 30 years of law enforcement experience in the Monmouth/Independence community. A lieutenant and three sergeants assist with management duties by supervising patrol, investigations, and special projects.
Current staffing allows for professional operations in the areas of patrol, crime prevention, investigations and interagency drug enforcement. One officer is assigned to a detective position working primarily felony investigations, and also serves as a member of the Polk County Major Crimes Team. Another officer is assigned to a detective position on the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT).
Reserve officers augment the functions of the full-time patrol officers. All reserve officers attend the Mid Valley Reserve Training Academy which is sponsored by several agencies in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. Many of Monmouth’s reserves are students at WOU, and most are majoring in a field within the criminal justice program. Many reserves also complete their practicum with the department. The experience gained, coupled with their education, greatly enhances future career opportunities upon graduation.
The budget for the department is approximately 2.4 million dollars. This level of budgeting allows the city to pay comparable salaries and benefits in relation to other cities of similar size. It also provides adequate money to fund purchasing of modern equipment.
Monmouth Police Department has utilized the most modern of technologies to streamline job responsibilities, mostly due to partnerships with multiple agencies. MPD utilizes the Willamette Valley Communications Center for dispatching services in order to take advantage of an enhanced 9-1-1 system and to operate mobile data terminals in patrol vehicles. We also participate in a Records Management Consortium and RAIN, Oregon’s COPLINK Node, which allows us to share information with many surrounding agencies.
Year-end statistics for 2016 showed Monmouth Police Department handled 10,343 events, which resulted in 3,568 case reports, 1,018 adult arrests and 203 juvenile referrals.
The City of Monmouth maintains a full service Municipal Court that handles a wide variety of violations, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses. In 2016 the court handled 1,524 cases. The courtroom is located behind City Hall in Volunteer Hall; 144 S. Warren Street. The Court Clerk’s office is located in City Hall.