Business checks

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"I hear there is a Business Check Program with the police department. What is it?"

Late last year, in collaboration with local business owners, the police department implemented a Business Check Program to promote a safe environment for both shoppers and business owners as well as making sure our officers stay visible and continue to build on the relationship between the police department and the business community.

The initial plan was to send dayshift officers out on foot to introduce themselves and see if the business owners had any concerns. The officers were surprised to find that several businesses had had crimes occur that they were not reporting, and there were also several employee safety issues brought to their attention. It was apparent after the first few business checks that a police presence was desired during the closing hours, so our swing shift officers were included in the program. After so much positive feedback from the business community and the great connections made during our initial checks, it was decided to extend the Business Check Program to our graveyard shift. Our graveyard officers continue to ensure a visible police presence throughout the night.PETERSON

After challenging the officers to find a business they have never been to and introduce themselves, since Nov. 28, 2012, the Lake Oswego Police Department has conducted 1,629 business checks on 641 businesses operating in Lake Oswego.

We view the Lake Oswego Police Department Business Check Program as an integral part of our ongoing commitment of service to the community. If you have any questions about the Business Check Program or specific safety concerns we can help with, or if we have not yet visited you, please contact Sgt. James Peterson at the Lake Oswego Police Department, 503-635-0250.

— Sgt. James Peterson

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