Chief Jerry Moore
proponent for a new police facility
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore oversees
a department with 190 officers, 118 civilians
and 95 volunteers. They work in a facility
built during the Nixon Administration, when
gasoline was 36 cents a gallon, a first-class
stamp was eight cents and the average price
of a new sedan was just over $3,000.
Salem's population in 1972 was 74,600. Today
it marches past 160,000.
On the three television networks, standardissue
criminals were neatly dispatched by the
likes of "Police Woman" Angie Dickenson. In
2017, Claire Daines portrays a bipolar CIA
officer defusing international terrorist plots.
Chief Moore agreed to discuss the gap between
then and now, providing insight into
the urgency of replacing a police headquarters
unfit for the 21st Century.
It has been said that the current police
headquarters limits some functions of the
department's work. How long has this been
I was hired in 1979 and the building is basically
the same as it was then, with remodels
having occurred throughout the years to accommodate
growth and operational needs.
Given that, I would say the current facility
has had limitations since the day I was hired.
What example would you offer to explain
how the lack of space limits functions?
I believe it starts at the front door. Citizen
victims or folks seeking information have no
privacy in which to share their needs or issues.
Lack of office space limits our ability to
take them anywhere private.
Once inside, crime victims are interviewed
in small, unfriendly interview rooms designed
for suspects, not victims. While one
room has been created for children victims,
the lack of soft interview rooms does not provide
victims the service they deserve.
Detectives, school officers and gang officers
(just as examples) work in cramped quarters
or no quarters at all within the current facility.
Many employees, such as dispatch or the
crime lab, work in offices off site.
Our crime lab is located seven miles away
and requires daily commutes to deliver or
recover evidence. Evidence is stored in locations
throughout the community as sufficient
evidence storage within the facility
does not exist.
Not all officers have lockers, and the storage
of equipment they need does not exist
or is sorely lacking. Vehicles they utilize are
parked in public parking, unsecured and unprotected.
Special teams, such as SWAT, have limited
storage or lockers for their equipment.
Cramped into a small room due to necessity,
they change into their duty uniforms in
hallways or even outside in an adjacent alley.
Vehicles they need are parked miles away
and require an officer to respond to retrieve
them, prior to their being able to deploy on
We have heard
that the absence
rooms can result
in training and
other tasks being
moved off site.
Can you provide
an example of
C o n f e r e n c e
rooms and training
rooms are entirely
The current police
shared by every
This limits squad
or unit meetings
and often results
in some meetings
being delayed or held in cramped office cubicles.
Training facilities for the department consist
of one small training room. Scenario
and realistic training is virtually impossible
in this room. Most officer training presented
by our department trainers occurs off site in
rented or donated facilities.
Yearly in-service training is held in Brooks,
at a cost, as we lack the necessary space.
Management team meetings take place in
locations such as Broadway Commons, Pringle
Park or other large rooms throughout the
city, often times requiring rental.
Do the limitations result in lost time that
could be spent in more beneficial ways?
Travel to and from off-site training facilities
is a perfect example. Providing driving
time is wasted time. There are many hours
lost due to the requirement of having to
move training equipment from one location
to another. This requires officers to spend
time loading, unloading, transporting and
travel from one off-site location to another.
In addition to training, many of our special
teams (SWAT/HDT) have all or much of
their required equipment off-site, so time is
lost in getting vehicles or equipment back to
the department prior to deployment for call
Transporting evidence to and from our
crime lab is unproductive time.
Inefficient storage, work flow and parking
impacts our patrol officers daily. Simply having
to search for your particular patrol car in
public parking is time consuming and unnecessary
and would not occur in a properly
Why is it that the armored vehicles for the
SWAT team have
to be parked off
site? Do they
The BEAR, our
has to be parked
it does not fit in
the parking structure
nor is there
ample parking for
a vehicle this size.
Also, since it is a
it is necessary to
keep it both under
cover and secure
stored inside it.
Our bomb truck
facility to be stored in because of the very expensive
electronic equipment stored inside
it. No space is available near the civic center.
When the station was built in 1972, what
aspects of modern-day police work were not
Security--both physical and digital--were
not considerations. We do not have secure
parking for our vehicles, and they are spread
throughout the city. Many years ago we had
pipe bombs detonate under several of our
vehicles parked off site. We have had people
film or tamper with our vehicles, which contain
equipment worth thousands of dollars.
Technology changes have certainly changed
since 1972 as has the size of our agency and
the specialized equipment to safely conduct
police operations. In 1972, we did not have
a hostage negotiations team, a bomb team,
a SWAT team or a variety of special units or
teams. The simple need of storing bicycles
was never a thought in 1972, nor did we have
We have had to install cameras for audio
recording in our investigative areas after
legislative action required it. Technology for
that need did not exist in the facility and was
completed by our staff. Our computer lab
needs upgrades for storage and security.
The amount of technical equipment necessary
to conduct our work has increased
enormously, such as radar, LIDAR, scanners
(TCU) and tactical equipment.
Items as simple as power outlets do not
exist, which are necessary to charge all of
our accessories, computers, laptops, night
vision, cell phones, radios and flashlights.
On a daily basis, officers are required to take
their equipment home to ensure it is properly
charged for their next shift.
It seems that "make do" and "can do" are
the department's prevailing attitudes. To
what do you attribute this positive approach?
Our goal is to keep this city safe, and our
employees strive to do that regardless of
their surroundings. Customer satisfaction
and problem solving are our number one
goals. When we see a problem our officers
love to fix it no matter what the limitations
are both internally and externally.
We are blessed with good, reasonable people.
We truly do "make do" with the hand
we are dealt, and we don't whine about current
conditions. I try to stress a positive approach,
yet we are human. For many of our
officers, this current building, with all of its
limitations, is all we have known or worked
When voters turned down the preferred
plan for the new headquarters, asserting that
the scale was too large, what did they not understand
about the building requirements?
In shaving $20 million, what aspects of the
original plan are now missing? In short,
what was lost?
Our City Council, following the work of the
Blue Ribbon Task Force, asked for a professional
review of our current and future
needs, and that was what was provided.
That review and plan detailed what the experts
felt was necessary for a police center to
serve this community for the next 40 to 50
years. Unfortunately, information relative
to why a public safety facility costs so much
more than a normal office building or home
construction, which most people are more
familiar with, was not successfully achieved.
In reducing the size and cost of the facility,
our 911 center (WVCC), opportunity for
suggested future growth, and some parking,
In the original plan, there was an accommodation
for community meeting space.
What was the thinking behind that?
I think some people feel this police center
is just a building for the police officers. While
we will certainly be housed there, this is really
a building for Salem, for our community
and for those we serve.
Having a community meeting space will allow
for our community to come to the police
center, not just when they need our services,
but also for other events. It allows us the
chance to interact with members of our community
and use their building for positive
events and activities and hopefully diminishes
what many often see as a negative response
to "going down to the police department."
Basically, inviting the community
into our home develops relationships and
improves police-community relationships at
a time when that is extremely important.
Tradeshow Exhibit Projects
New Tradeshow Exhibit Projects for
Dave's Killer Bread/Alpine Valley,
Schmidt's Naturals and Wedderspoon
Dave's Killer Bread Exhibit
TradeshowGuy Exhibits launched three
new exhibit projects in the fall of 2016, all of
which made their debuts in March 2017 at
the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim
TradeshowGuy Exhibits has worked with
Dave's Killer Bread from Milwaukie, OR in
the past, but Wedderspoon, from Philadelphia,
and Schmidt's Naturals, from Portland,
are new clients. Fabrication and design on all
three exhibits was by Classic Exhibits, Inc. of
Milwaukie, OR., one of the top exhibit
booth manufacturers in the country.
Tim Patterson, Owner of TradeshowGuy
Exhibits said, "Completing these three great
companies, all with new exhibits, was a great
process. All three loved the rollout of the exhibits.
We managed the setup and dismantle
of two of the exhibits, along with shipping.
All three companies say they got great feedback
from visitors - and they all loved the
exhibits and were impressed by the process
and final results."
Dave's Killer Bread, which was purchased
last year by Flower, debuted a 10x30 exhibit
which was a combination of the Dave's Killer
Bread and Alpine Valley brands.
Schmidt's Naturals, founded in Portland in
2010, used their new 10x20 exhibit to show
off their expanding line of natural deodorants,
and will move into soaps and other
products in the near future. Wedderspoon,
of Malvern, PA, imports honey from New
Zealand, and also debuted a 10x20 inline
TradeshowGuy Exhibits has been in Salem
since 2011, working with regional and national
companies including Bob's Red Mill,
Meduri Farms, gDiapers,
Yerba Prima, Earth
Mama Angel Baby,
Oregon State Marine
Board, SoYoung, Betterment
focuses on working
with small to medium
to improve their
tradeshow marketing with increased brand
awareness by providing custom tradeshow
booths and rendering expert tradeshow marketing
SBJ Green Awards
--By Beth Casper
Special to the Salem Business Journal
Some of Marion County's most environmentally
friendly businesses, organizations
and individuals took home a prestigious
prize in early March-a Green Award.
The 8th annual ceremony was March 11 at
the Willamette Heritage Center.
The special Lifetime Achievement Award
honored Brenda Knobloch, director of
the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation's
learning gardens program. She has been
instrumental in the set-up of 10 school garden
projects within the district, including
some aquaponics systems.
She also helped
organize Urban AgFest, a two-day festival
where in 2014, 1,000 students and parents
learned about local agriculture and growing
food. Her determined promotion and tireless
work for the gardens, greenhouses, composting,
cooking classes and tasting events
has brought hundreds of students a concrete
sense of achievement and a set of real skills
to enrich their own lives.
Willamette University's Grounds Team,
which cares for a 60-acre campus, received
the Green Award for the large Sustainable
Business of the Year.
This group composts all the fallen leaves
and tree litter to be used as mulch in shrub
and flower beds. On some of those same
lawns, the department reduced irrigation by
25 percent by eliminating watering with hoses
and letting them go dormant during the
dry season. Concrete waste is kept from the
trash and reused as both retaining walls and
stepping stone pathways. And partly because
Willamette University reduced the number
of synthetic pesticides used on campus from
58 to zero, it is the first university in Oregon
to be accredited by Oregon Tilth as Organic
Land Care Practitioners.
"Grounds staff intentionally plan the
grounds as habitat for wildlife, and work directly
with faculty and students to help use
the campus as a classroom to teach about
ecology and natural systems," according to
the Green Award nomination. "Staff also incorporates
edible plants into beddings later
in the growing season so students and employees
can casually enjoy fruits and vegetables
in the fall semester."
The small Sustainable Business of the Year
Green Award went to Rapid Refill, which
sells remanufactured ink and toner cartridges
as well as refurbished printers. The
business generates so little garbage that the
owner takes a trip to the dump once a month
instead of paying for garbage service. Part of
the way employees reduce waste is through
reuse. It has a dedicated room for the storage
of packaging materials and shipping boxes
so that new materials are never needed.
NuvoGlas, a business that uses glass bottles
from local wineries, breweries and restaurants
and transforms them into premium
etched drink ware, won the Green Award for
the Green Product of the Year. In addition
to removing glass from the waste stream,
NuvoGlas also partners with the nonprofit
Isaac's Room to provide skills to displaced
youth in Salem. For NuvoGlas, sustainability
is not simply an environmental term. It also
means providing lasting social change and
empowering the marginalized.
The Oregon Department of Corrections
also operates with a broad definition of sustainability
by engaging incarcerated adults in
gardening, beekeeping and native plant programs,
which help the environment but also
help the adults in custody gain marketable
skills. The department leases 380 acres of
excess farmland to local food banks to better
utilize the land to help feed Oregon's hungry
residents. The gardens yielded 249,249 lbs.
of produce and donated 13,277 lbs. to the
food banks. The department also completed
an oak release project on the 104-acre Savanna
This state agency is the winner of the Green
Award for the business Recycler of the Year.
It makes sense given that the agency recycles
hundreds of pounds of unusual materials,
such as ballistic vests, shoes and fabric; refurbishes
tons of outdated furniture; and donates
hundreds of blankets to the homeless.
The corrections department has six facilities
that are EarthWISE certified in Salem.
Greg Watkins took home the counterpart
Green Award for the individual Recycler of
the Year. Watkins has almost single handedly
developed and directed most of the
sustainable practices at Kerr Concentrates
for the last 15 to 20 years. Led by Watkins,
Kerr's Green team is actively working on reusing
reclaim water from the evaporation
process, recycling used plastic liners, and
helping build greater awareness of the benefits
of sustainable practices. Watkins built
a program with Marion County to repurpose
used plastic pails from puree and juice productions
to hold the county's recycled paint.
"My biggest accomplishment or personal
satisfaction has been watching how the sustainability
programs and our employee involvement
have grown," Watkins wrote as
part of the nomination. "I started recycling
with a few coworkers by saving "nuts and
bolts" in a plastic bucket. Since those days,
we have four employees who have participated
in Marion County's Master Recycling
class and are now contributing back to our
community through their volunteer hours."
Brooke Jackson is the winner of the firstever
People's Choice Green Champion
Award. Jackson is the founder of the Willamette
Valley Friends Co-op, a buying club for
local and organic products that has grown to
2,700 members. Jackson works with local
farms and businesses and finds products
that have a minimal footprint. Before purchasing
items, she considers the longevity
of use and avoids single-use and disposable
products and packaging whenever possible.
The co-op uses only reused paper or plastic
bags and doesn't use any packaging on items
that don't need it (carrots, potatoes and
apples are placed in customers' bins loose,
for example). The co-op has about a dozen
fridges and freezers at the site, and as soon
as one is empty, volunteers turn it off to save
Chemeketa Community College received
the EarthWISE Business of the Year Green
Award. The college dedicates more than
7,000 square feet to housing its surplus
property, which is repaired and repurposed
or taken apart and recycled. The surplus
property manager repairs and salvages appliances
from food service, repurposes tables
for shelving and redistributes old classroom
furniture for reuse. Scrap metals and wood
go to recycling, while unwanted, viable
items are sold online. Chemeketa has approximately
19 bottle filtration stations on
the main campus-keeping an estimated
321,000 plastic water bottles out of the landfill
last year and an estimated 525,081 bottles
over the lifetime of the stations to date. The
Salem Campus of the college has completed
several major LED lighting remodels and
was one of the earliest adopters of LED lighting
in parking lots.
"These Green Award winners are truly
exceptional at waste prevention, energy efficiency,
water conservation and operating
with a small environmental footprint," said
Alan Pennington, waste reduction coordinator
for Marion County. "These businesses
and individuals are leaders in our community
and they help push other organizations
to focus on sustainability."
For more information about the Earth-
WISE program, visit www.mcEarthWISE.
net or call Alan Pennington at 503-365-3188.