Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

Astoria Police investigate property crime caused by improvised explosive device.

On 07/06/2020 at 7:50 A.M. Astoria Police responded the Emerald Heights, Spruance parking area,  for a report of property damage to a vehicle related to fireworks.  Upon investigation it was determined that an improvised explosive device made with additional items to act as projectiles had been set off causing damage to two vehicles. Debris from the devices was thrown in an approximately, 30 foot radius from the explosion site.  Based on interviews, it is believed the device was set off at approximately 2:00 AM on 07/06/2020

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Cory Gerig at 503-298-2547 or by email at





The second full week in April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. During this week, we take time to recognize and honor those who serve on the “Front lines for the First Responders.” These are the dedicated and talented women and men who serve in 9-1-1 Centers across the Country. Though they are rarely seen, they serve as the gateway for people needing public safety services; Medical, Fire or Law Enforcement.


For the previous 14,235 days, or 341,640 hours, or 20,498,400 minutes, these dedicated professionals have been answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service at Astoria 9-1-1, non-stop; never going out of service. The job has only become more complicated and busier over the years, yet these talented people simply adopt to the ever-changing demands, and roll on. Holidays, weekends, nights, family gatherings all take a back seat to the public service they provide.


It is not a job for everyone; in fact, very few distinguish themselves with the title of Public Safety Telecommunicator, oftentimes referred to as Dispatchers. Industry average tells us only about thirty percent will make it through intensive on-the-job training, as well as nearly a month at the Academy. Oregon was one of the first in the nation to require State level certifications for Dispatchers.


It’s my pleasure to take the week, and recognize them for the often thankless, unseen superb work they accomplish every day. They are told the worst, and always send the best!


Jeff Rusiecki
Emergency Communications Manager
City of Astoria 9-1-1

Property Watch Sign up 2020

In 2016 the Astoria Police Department started working with several Astoria business owners, apartment complex manager/owners, and commercial property owners to try out a program that has been successfully used by several other police departments in Oregon. The program helps reduce unwanted activity that occurs after business hours or when the person responsible for that property, or business, is not on site. The trial run showed promise and in 2017, the program was introduced as Property Watch. In 2019, over 100 different property owners in the City of Astoria signed up for the Property Watch program.

There is no cost to be a member of this program and it is open to commercial properties, businesses, and apartment complexes that are in the city limits of Astoria. This program is not available to single family residential houses.

By being a member of this program, Astoria Police Officers are able to assist those participating in the program by helping curtail unwanted activity that occurs after business hours, or when the owner (or manager) is not available. An example would be that the Astoria Police would have the legal authority to ask the person that is loitering in a parking lot at 3:00 am to leave the property. Unless the police have specific authority granted to them by the property owner, or manager, the police can be limited to what they could do regarding non-criminal activity.

If you would like to know more about the Property Watch program you can visit the Astoria Police Department webpage, Facebook page, or email Sgt. Andrew Randall at:


Rumors about a kidnapping-FALSE

There are numerous rumors about a kidnapping that occurred near Big 5 today. Those rumors are false, there is no truth to them at all. The report of people yelling and chasing cars had to do with a theft that occurred, nothing more.

Thank You

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement planned for September 10, 2019

On September 10, 2019 the Astoria Police Department will have extra officers on duty participating in a pedestrian safety enforcement program in conjunction with Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.  This enforcement effort will focus on drivers that fail to yield to an officer who is acting as a pedestrian crossing at marked as well as unmarked crosswalks.  Additionally, officers will be watching for vehicles that pass another vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  Officers will be enforcing other traffic violations that are witnessed during this enforcement period.  The fine for failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian or for passing a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian in $265.00.

The goal of the Astoria Police Department in participating in this enforcement is to increase the safety of all pedestrians and drivers in and around the City of Astoria.  The enforcement project is paid for with money awarded to the Astoria Police Department by Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

If you have questions about this project please feel free to contact Sergeant Brian Aydt at the Astoria Police Department or by phone at 503-325-4411.

Woman reports robbery on trail between Alameda Ave and Taylor Street.

On 08/27/2019 at 2:03 PM a 40 year old Astoria woman called 911 reporting she had been robbed when a male subject grabbed her in a “bear hug” and reportedly stole currency and prescription medication from her pants pockets while she walking on a trail near Smith Point in Astoria.  The suspect is described as unshaven (2-3 days growth) white male, medium build, medium height with shoulder length medium to dark brown curly hair.  The suspect was reportedly wearing a “grungy” dark color, Carhartt style jacket, a dark t-shirt and blue jeans.  The suspect was last seen running uphill towards Alameda Ave.  Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.   Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411.