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Police Department FAQs
What is considered property nuisance by city code?
According to the Vernonia Municipal Code a nuisance is:
1. A violation of any City of Vernonia development, land use, or public health regulation;
2. Committing an act, omitting to perform any act or duty, or permitting or allowing any act or omission, which injures, endangers, or interferes with the comfort, repose, health or safety of others, is unreasonably offensive to the senses, or which obstructs or interferes with the free use of property so as to interfere or disrupt the free use of that property by any lawful owner or occupant; or the existence, without limitation, of any of the following conditions:
Trash Covered Premises
Potential Vermin Habitat or Fire Hazard
Obstructions to Public Right-of-Way
Dumping in Waterways
Where can I get a Driving Manual?
The Vernonia Police Dept. has driving manuals for cars, motorcycles and commercial drivers. They are also located at the Vernonia Public Library.
How do I find out if someone is in Jail?
The Vernonia Police Department does not have a facility to hold prisoners. Persons arrested are booked and either cited and released or transported to the Columbia County Jail.
How do I inquire about Found or Seized Property?
Please call or come into the Vernonia Police Department and we will assist you as best as we can.
How do I report an accident to Police?
In the case of an emergency always call 911. For a non-emergency such as damages found on your vehicle with no suspect information you can report it to the Non-Emergency/ Dispatch number at 800-696-7795. Typically to complete the report the Officer will need to see the vehicle damage.
What if I hit a vehicle or property, and no one is around?
If you hit a vehicle no one is in, try to find the owner. If you cannot find the owner, leave a note that identifies you as the person who hit the unattended vehicle and how to contact you. By law, ORS 811.700(1)(B), you are required to write your name and address on the note and a brief description of what happened. If you damage property other than a motor vehicle, you also must try to find the owner or someone in charge to report the damage. Call the Non-Emergency/ Dispatch number at 800-696-7795 and an Officer can help determine the vehicle or property owner.
What are the bike helmet laws?
ORS 814.485 requires a person under 16 years of age to wear protective headgear when riding as an operator or rider of a bicycle on a roadway or on premises open to the public. The helmet must be labeled certifying compliance with U.S. CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Oregon law does not specify a minimum age for when bicycle helmets are required to be worn. Learn more about bicycle safety, walk and bike to school day, bike lanes and laws by visiting the State of Oregon Bicyclist Safety Program.
What are the regulations for Car Safety Seats?
Buckle up your children safely. For guidelines, laws, best practices and upcoming car seat inspection events visit Oregon Impact. In Oregon, the relevant statute requires that infants must ride rear facing until they are one year old and twenty pounds. Before children can ride forward facing, they must meet both of these benchmarks. Once a child has reached a minimum of forty pounds they must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are eight years old or are taller than four feet nine inches. After a child is age eight or older, or they are at least four feet nine inches they must be secured properly with the vehicle safety belt system.
How can I find out about sex offenders in my area?
The Oregon State Police maintains a registry of sex offenders. ORS 181.592 authorizes the Oregon State Police to make information about registered sex offenders available to the public. Information is available online but only provided for sex offenders who have been designated as Predatory, as provided in ORS 181.585, who have also been determined to present the highest risk of re-offending and to require the widest range of notification; or found to be a sexually violent dangerous offender under ORS 144.635. Visit the Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry Web Site.
To obtain list of both supervised and non-supervised sex offenders you can contact the Oregon Sex Offender Registration Unit at 503.378.3725 Ext. 44429. Leave a voicemail message with your name, mailing address and the city or zip code area you would like mailed to you. Lists are also available by email request. Please send your request to email@example.com and include the same information listed above. For more information about registration and laws visit the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registry.
How do I report harassing phone calls?
To trace a phone call - hang up and dial *57 and stay on the line to see if the call was successfully traced. You need three traceable calls in a 24 hour period to make a report. Make sure you tell the caller to not call this number again. Call the non-emergency number at 800-696-7795 to make a report.
Who is the current Chief of Police in the City of Vernonia Oregon?
Chief Michael Conner has been in office since August 2010. He has worked for the Department for 11 years.
Does the Police Department provide a ride service?
Yes, we do. See our Ride-A-Long service under the Services menu for details of this service.
Are the police on duty 24 hours a day?
We have staff available in shifts. Patrol cars cruise the area during the night looking for suspicious activities.