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HSD’s New Department of Public Safety

November 9, 2017 - This school year, Hillsboro School District is pleased to announce the creation of a Department of Public Safety, led by our very own Chief of Police, Alex Oh.

Last spring, as District staff worked through the Smarter School Spending (S3) protocol to identify potential cost savings, the idea of bringing our after-hours security service in-house was discussed. Upon determining that the move would save money, Executive Director of Safety and Operations Casey Waletich set about exploring the value-add of having the internal security staff supervised by a sworn police officer.

Hillsboro Police Department Sergeant Alex Oh had overseen our School Resource Officers (SROs) for the past six years and was looking for a new challenge. When Casey posted the job for the new Security Supervisor position, Alex applied and was ultimately selected. Casey then was able to use a provision in the law to apply for the District’s recognition as an official Department of Public Safety. The School Board gave its unanimous approval for the proposal at their September 12 work session.

Now, Alex oversees two patrol monitors--TJ Ferrill and Rogelio Evangelista Sevada--who monitor our properties and respond to alarms in the evenings and on the weekends.TJ and Rogelio are unarmed, non-sworn staff members whose primary focus is on prevention. Their work complements that of the twelve daytime campus monitors at our middle and high schools, and our nine SROs to maintain safety and security across the District.

Alex is also an invaluable asset to the District because of his 22-year law enforcement career and strong partnerships with first responders and other community support organizations. He is currently working with Michelle Brady, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Manager, to build an emergency response structure, develop policies, and create training materials for staff. In addition, he assists our Human Resources department in conducting investigations, and collaborates with Casey on threat assessments and other incidents involving law enforcement.

If you have a safety concern to report, you can use the tip line feature on HSD’s mobile app, fill out the form on our Safety page, or contact Alex directly at oha@hsd.k12.or.us. Also available is the new statewide tip line, which allows people across the state to submit tips via e-mail, text, phone call, mobile app, or web submission. If the tip concerns our district, Alex will be notified immediately.