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Chief Kathy McAlpine is given an FBI coin as an award for the department's achievement

COURTESY PHOTO: TIGARD POLICE - Chief Kathy McAlpine was awarded this gold coin for scoring the most points of any department for strategic planning. Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine was recently honored by the FBI for her performance in strategic planning for the department she has headed for the last four years.

Last year, McAlpine was selected last year by the Oregon FBI field office to attend the agency's two-week FBI LEEDS (an acronym for Law Enforcement Executive Directors Session). However, the session was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, held instead this year in in both Virginia and Florida. It attracted 43 police chiefs and county sheriffs throughout the nation along with some international representatives.

Without telling those in attendance, McAlpine said that the FBI agent who taught the class went to each agency's website to review their strategic plans based on a 20-point criteria.

"There was only one department that was in the range of 16-20. The majority were very low in points," McAlpine wrote in an email. "At the end, (the agent) walked up to me and handed me an FBI coin and stated we received 20/20 points."

The categories examined included a department's mission, vision, values, guiding policies, theories of success and more.PMG FILE PHOTO - MCALPINE

McAlpine said the Tigard Police Department has accomplished many of the goals set forth in its three- to five-year plan in only three years. That is despite a pandemic, wildfires, police reform and racial and social justice issues that came up over the last year or so, she noted.

"I am very proud of our team as many entities check a box when it comes to strategic planning and many put them on a shelf, never to look at them again," she said. "Ours is a living breathing document and a blueprint or roadmap to obtain our vision."


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