Oregon’s liability insurance company for most Oregon cities and counties paid Lincoln City Police Chief Steven Bechard a heavy compliment in front of the city council Monday night. The City-County Insurance Services representative said Chief Bechard’s department had the fewest number of “need to improve” categories than any other police department they insure in the state. Just three deficiencies. And all three were very minor. And because of the department’s 99% compliance record on “best compliance practices,” CCIS is giving the city a 3% discount on its insurance premiums for the coming year.
However, the CCIS representative said although Lincoln City had the best record with just three minor deficiencies, he wanted the council to know what those deficiencies are. He recommended that the city conduct a random audit on the way cases are handled in the evidence room. He said it needs to be established that there is corresponding paperwork and actual evidence alignment with that paperwork in all cases to ensure what’s called an iron-clad “chain of custody” for all evidence. He said it’s something that the courts and district attorneys demand. Secondly, CCIS would like to see more police officer training for high speed chases and other high risk police tactics. He admitted that such training can’t be done except in special facilities which means trips out of town. But he encouraged the city to find a way to do it. And thirdly, although city streets covered with ice and snow are not necessarily the rule on the coast in the Winter, he would like to see pullover steel spiked traction devices for officers’ shoes to prevent slip and falls when black ice and snow do become occasional problems for law enforcement.