Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation

Member of Camano Island Chamber of Commerce

About Us


The Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation (CLESF) was founded in 2011 as a non-profit charitable organization. The CLESF mission is to support programs and activities of the Island County Sheriff’s Office and State Park Rangers on Camano Island. It also assists and promotes the education of citizens of Camano Island in public safety and programs that help the Camano Precinct of the Island County Sheriff’s office as well as the State Park Rangers as law enforcement officers.

 

The Foundation financially assists Camano Deputies and Park Rangers due to their budgetary constraints of either not funded or underfunded, and the many volunteers of the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol which perform vacation house checks, business and church security checks, finger printing Camano citizens and courier transport to and from Coupeville.






SOME OF THE ITEMS PURCHASED BY C.L.E.S.F.


  1.  Gun safe for the Camano Sheriff's Precinct office.
  2. An outside storage container for garbage cans and small item storage for Precinct office
  3. Assumed the purchasing of uniforms for the Camano Citizen Patrol volunteers from the Sheriff's office.
  4. Misc. items for the Citizen Patrol vehicle, including flashlights, warning light, G.P.S. unit, cellphone holster.
  5. Portable radar speed indicator, (radar unit) for the Park Rangers in 2012, ($3,500).
  6. Radar trailer for the Camano Sheriff Precinct in 2014, ($5,700).  This unit is deployed by volunteers to place on public and private streets through out the Island.
  7. Two portable police radios, one as a backup for the Sheriff Precinct and the other for the Camano State Park Rangers.
  8. A protective "bullet proof vest" for the Camano Sheriff's Volunteer Chaplain.  The Chaplain often rides with deputies and wears the same work uniform.
  9. A  metal detector for the deputies and park rangers in 2015.
  10. Purchase 4 "trail cameras" for deputies and park rangers for investigations including trash dumping and theft.
  11. State approved breathalyzer for Park Rangers.
  12. Christmas "Shop with a Cop" program.  In 2017 provided $200 each for seven elementary students who participated with a deputy.
  13. C.L.E.S.F. sponsored four free basic hand gun safety classes as well as self-defense classes for women.  There will be more classes in the future.
  14. Safety Vests to support the "Be Visible - Be Safe" program.  83 purchased to date.
  15. Cellphone holster for SCP 740 patrol vehicle.
  16. Viking booster kit, (jump starting vehicles), for SCP 740.




Join us today and help us make a change!

This is a very difficult and challenging time for law enforcement. Law enforcement performs best with the support of the local community. CLESF supports law enforcement on Camano Island by holding fund raising events and then purchasing equipment which cannot be included in the current budgets. Lately the Foundation started supplementing the purchase of safety vests which are being handed out to Island walkers and bicyclist by the Sheriff Citizen Patrol whenever they are encountered on the narrow streets of the Island. With your support the Board of Directors and the members of the Foundation look forward to continuing serving this Island communities to maintain their quality of life by keeping them safe and secure for years to come. On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation, we thank you for your support. Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation--A Nonprofit Public Charity EIN 90-0669835, UBI# 603-089-676c State of Washington, Secretary of State’s Registration #: 32049ier

Team


Ram Prasad

Chairman

Jerry Betts

Vice-Chairman

Earl Barnard

Treasurer

Susie Ryynanen

Secretary

Glenn E. Morse

Member at Large

Programs


Support Law Enforcement

The purpose of the foundation is to operate as a charitable organization for the planning, fundraising, development, implementation, and support of programs and activities for the Island County Sheriff’s Office on Camano Island, Washington, and Camano Island’s Washington State Parks.

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Shop with a Cop

Provides funds to Camano Precinct Island County Sheriff deputies for the Camano-specific Shop With A Cop program

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Safety Vests

Be Safe, Be Visible Providing safety vests for Island walkers that are distributed through the Sheriff Citizen Patrol and the Island County Sheriff deputies.

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Sheriff Citizen Patrol

Provides financial support for the Sheriff Citizen Patrol program.

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Activities


Raffle

The 2018 CLESF Raffle 2018 Fund Raising Raffle is for a Junior Police Motor Cycle

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Fundraising

The Camano Law Enforcement Foundation raises money to support its activities through raffle and other fund raising activities including an annual Poker Party.

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Public Education

CLESF Sponsored Education offerings of public safety topics

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Community Events

CLESF supports various community events through out the year.

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CWP - Fingerprinting

The Sheriff's Citizen Patrol supports the Sheriffs office with fingerprinting services for a variety of needs as well as the Concealed Weapon Permit applications.

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Outstanding Citizens of the Year

Recognition of Marla and Randy Heagle of their support of the Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation.

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2018 Shop with a Cop


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Sheriff Citizen Patrol



 

The Camano Island Sheriff's citizen patrol is looking for a few good men and women! The Sheriff's Citizen Patrol have been patrolling Camano Island and assisting deputies for more than 20 years.  

These volunteers are not law enforcement officers but assist the Island County Sheriff's Office by conducting vacation house checks, processing concealed weapons permits, and delivering interoffice materials between Camano and Whidbey Islands. 


THE S.C.P. volunteers are NOT law enforcement officers or deputies.



Island County Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol’s services for the public:

 

 1.  Vacation house and after-hours business checks, (you can request a vacation house check here), 


 2.  Finger printing twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays between 1:30 - 4:30 PM,


3.  Placement of the “radar trailer” to help as a reminder for those speeding.  Any residential area may request the radar trailer to be placed in their community.



Other duties performed by the Citizen Patrol are:


1. Notifying a community when a “sex offender” has moved into their neighborhood, as per instructions from the Sheriff’s Office.


2. The delivery of “mail” 3 times a week to county offices at Coupeville and return with like items to Camano county offices.  The term mail includes items of official or sensitive nature.  If not for the volunteer Citizen Patrol, a county employee would be required to take time for these details. 


            3.  The S.C.P. volunteers will assist the I.C.S.O. when requested.


Candidates must pass a background check and undergo a training program prior to being placed in a volunteer position.  If you are interested in volunteering for this program, the applications can be found here:  SCP Application 2018.doc





PHONE SCAM ALERT


PHONE SCAM ALERT

MESSAGE FROM ISLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REGARDING A RECENT PHONE SCAM

We have received numerous phone calls regarding a subject identifying himself as "Lieutenant Daniels" with the Island County Sheriff's Office leaving messages requesting a call about a "Civil Matter" or a "Urgent Matter".  The number the subject leaves goes directly to the voice mail box of "Rick Felici" (the name of the current Chief Criminal Deputy) and the extension the victim is asked to dial goes directly to the voice mail box of "Lieutenant Daniels".  

If the victim answers their phone during the initial call,  or leaves a call back number on the voicemail, the next step usually involves threats of arrest for non-payment of fines or outstanding warrants.  The suspect will then ask for payment usually in the form of gift cards or prepaid debit cards.  In some instances the suspect may ask directly for the victim's credit card number. 

The Sheriff's Office will not request payment over the phone for fines or arrest warrant removal, especially in the form of gift cards or prepaid debit cards.  Legal fines are paid through the court system. The telephone number the call comes from and the telephone number the victim is directed to dial all appear to be local telephone numbers, however our detectives have tracked them back to a voice mail service in Florida.

 If you do get a message or end up speaking with an individual and you doubt who they may be, you can contact the Sheriff's Office main extension during business hours at 360-678-4422, or the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567. 
      

UPDATE:

We have gotten several more reports that the Island County Sheriff's Office phone scam is evolving.  The suspect is calling from a number that has had the caller ID changed (Spoofed) to show that it is coming from the Island County Sheriff's Office or the Island County court house.

 If someone answers the phone, the caller identifies themselves as "Rick Felici" (the current Chief Criminal Deputy) or " Lieutenant Daniels" and states that they need to speak about an urgent matter.  In an attempt to legitimize the call, the caller will often provide information to the victim such as their physical address, email addresses or other personal information that can be found online through various sources.
 

The caller then tells the victim that they have outstanding arrest warrants or civil fines that they need to pay or face arrest. The suspect then gets verbally aggressive with the victim and demands payment via prepaid credit cards or gift cards. If no one answers the phone, the suspect leaves a message directing the victim to call due to an "urgent" matter and leaves a number that goes to an automated voicemail.

If you receive a message from anyone claiming to be with the Island County Sheriff's Office, or if you speak with someone directly, you can verify who they are by calling our business line at 360-678-4422 during business hours or the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567 24 hours a day. 

Please remember: 

LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL NOT CALL YOU TO COLLECT FINES OR ACCEPT PAYMENT TO REMOVE ARREST WARRANTS, ALL FINES ARE COLLECTED THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEM.

ANY TYPE OF PAYMENT OWED WOULD NEVER BE IN THE FORM OF PREPAID CREDIT CARDS OR GIFT CARDS.

DO NOT PROVIDE YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD NUMBERS OR ANY BANK INFORMATION.


CRIME PREVENTION INFORMATION


Crime Prevention Tips for Homeowners


Island County Sheriff’s Department and its Citizen Patrol are here to help you.

     

Essential Crime Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

  

Smart homeowners plan for the worst–natural disasters, rusty pipes, burglaries, and the like. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the rate of household burglary decreased by more than half from 1994 to 2011, from a peak of 63.4 victimizations to 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 households. But the median financial loss during completed burglaries went up, from $389 in 1994 to $600 in 2011 (numbers adjusted for inflation). No matter where you live, you can protect yourself more effectively by planning ahead–and it doesn’t have to involve putting steel bars over your windows, adopting a dog, or investing in an expensive security system (though those may help too). The National Neighborhood Watch Association suggests that homeowners looking to burglar-proof their homes should take a three-fold approach: deter, detect, and delay. Here are 10 essential crime prevention tips to help your home a less desirable target for burglary:

Tip #1: Case the joint.

Walk around your home with the eyes of a burglar. Look for weaknesses–sliding doors that could be jimmied off the track, glass that could be broken to gain entry, window unit air conditioners that could be easily removed, and so forth. A committed burglar can usually find a way into a house, but you can make it more difficult for them, and this starts with knowing your property and potential entry points for a break-in. Take a walk around the outside as well and note what pricey items are in view, tempting would-be burglars.

Tip #2: Lock the door.

It may seem obvious, but the BLS reports that more than 40 percent of burglaries don’t include forced entry–meaning people are leaving doors and windows unlocked. Install deadbolts on all doors; double cylinders are best, since they require a key on both sides of the door, and it prevents burglars from breaking a pane of glass, reaching around, and unlocking the door. (Check your area’s fire code first; some places don’t allow double cylinder locks because they can trap inhabitants inside in the event of a fire.) And remember to lock the door leading from the garage to the house, even if the garage door is down. (It’s easy to manipulate.)

Tip #3: Don’t hide a key.

One day, you forget your keys, and you decide it’s a good idea to hide one under the doormat or one of those fake rocks. That’s a terrible idea. Get rid of that idea right now, and pretend you never even considered it. Give a spare key to a neighbor instead. If your closest neighbor lives 10 miles away, and you absolutely must leave a spare key outside, put it in a combination lockbox.

Tip #4: Don’t label your keys or mailbox.

If you lose your key and it has your address written on it, well–you do the math. It’s pretty easy to become a target. Also, don’t write your last name on your mailbox. It’s easy to look you up, find your phone numbers, maybe even your workplace, and begin to track your movements in preparation to enter the home when you’re not around.

Tip #5: Secure windows and sliding doors.

Many sliding doors can be popped off the frame, even when locked. Prevent this by placing a strong steel bar or two-by-four in the back groove, which prevents the door from sliding along the groove and opening. You can do the same with windows: Install a nail in the frame to prevent the window from opening more than a few inches.

Tip #6: Be modest.

Prevent your home from being a target by tucking away expensive items. Keep both the car and the bike into the garage. After purchasing a new piece of expensive electronic equipment, dispose of the box directly instead of leaving it next to your trash can–which lets would-be burglars know you have something shiny and new that could bring in great cash on the black market. While you’re at it, consider keeping expensive jewelry and your mattress full of cash somewhere safer, like a safe deposit box.

Tip #7: Create the illusion you’re always home.

The majority of burglaries take place when people aren’t home, particularly during the day, while the victims are at work. Deter burglars by creating the impression that you’re always home: Leave on lights, the radio, or the television. And if you’re going on vacation for awhile, don’t advertise your absence. Arrange for someone to pick up the mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, shovel the snow, and set out trash cans regularly.

Neighborhood WatchTip #8: Secure the area surrounding your house.

Secure the yard: Trim bushes and trees to discourage burglars from using them as hiding places. Avoid planting low shrubs in front of windows; you may even consider planting thorny shrubs for an added deterrent. And be sure to add lighting outside your home.

Tip #9: Get to know the neighbors.

Tight-knit communities suffer fewer burglaries because people look out for each other and strangers stick out. If your neighborhood doesn’t already have a Neighborhood Watch Program, consider starting one. Studies have found they reduce crime and violence in a given neighborhood.

Tip #10: Install an alarm system–or at least a sign.

Alarm systems are available at a number of price points, but an effective one should include sensors at entry points, motion detectors inside the house, and a loud outdoor alarm that alerts the entire neighborhood when someone has forced entry. If you don’t want to go all-out, fake out would-be burglars by sticking a home security system sign in your yard. The threat of an alarm may be enough to keep them from trying.



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Home Vacation Checks

If you are going on vacation or away for a few days:  


a)    Stop your mail delivery and newspaper, or have a neighbor pick it up daily, along with anything that may be left at your house (UPS type items, phone books etc.).


b)    For extended vacations (2 weeks & longer) request a Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol house check.  Also have a neighbor or friend check the house daily or as often as possible.  Consider having a friend or relative being a house setter. 


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Neighborhood Watch


One very effective way to prevent crime in your neighborhood is through the establishment of Neighborhood Watch.  There are many sources to get additional neighborhood watch information


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Holiday Crime Prevention


HOLIDAY CRIME PEVENTION 

The holidays are a wonderful time of celebration and often it is a time that people are away from their homes either shopping, attending events, or visiting family and friends.  Unfortunately, it is also a time people can become careless and there are those that take advantage of this.  Don’t let your holiday be ruined by becoming a victim.  Please take the time to apply the following holiday crime prevention measures.
 
Attending A Party

·        If you are going to consume alcoholic beverages, plan to have a designated driver or use public transportation. Never drink and drive.

At Home

·        Be aware that sometimes criminals will pose as couriers delivering gifts to case your home or to commit a crime immediately.

·        Be aware of scams that criminals commit to take advantage of people's generosity during the holidays.

·        Be cautious about locking your windows and doors even if you leave the house for only a short period of time.

·        When you leave your home for extended holiday travel, have a neighbor or friend watch your home while you're away. Have them collect your mail and newspapers while you're gone.

·        Place lights, radio, and television on timers so that your home appears occupied.

·        Avoid having large displays of gifts visible from windows and doors.

Children

·        If possible leave small children at home with a responsible adult when going shopping.

·        If they must go shopping with you, try to keep your children close to you at all times.

·        Teach them about “Stranger Danger” and who they can go to for help if they get separated from you. Children should know their full name, address, telephone number, and parent’s / guardian’s full name to give to police, a store clerk, or security if they get separated from you.

Driving

·        Be cautious while driving alone at night.

·        Keep all doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your vehicle.

·        Never park next to large vehicles or vehicles with heavy tinted windows.

·        Park your vehicle in well lighted areas.

·        Never leave your vehicle unattended with children inside or while it is running.

·        Do not leave gifts or other valuables in plain sight in your vehicle; it is an unnecessary temptation for thieves.

·        Be aware of your surroundings when approaching or leaving your vehicle.

·        Try to stay in a group when approaching your vehicle.

·        If security is available, ask for an escort to your vehicle if leaving at night and alone.

Dress

·        Dress casually and comfortably.

·        Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

·        Carry your wallet in your front pants pocket or your purse securely around your shoulder.

Shopping
 ·      Even though you are rushed and thinking of a thousand different things, always be aware of your surroundings.

·        Minimize shopping at night or alone; you are more susceptible to being victimized at night or while alone.

·        Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Take only the cash you need or pay with a credit card or ATM card; carry only as many cards as you will need.

·        If you must use an ATM, use one inside of a well populated building or a well lighted area. Only withdraw the amount of cash that you will need for that day.

·        Protect your PIN from the view of other people near the ATM.

·        Keep a record of all your credit card numbers at home in a safe location. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.

·        Be extra careful when carrying a wallet or purse; only carry what you absolutely need in them.  They are prime targets for criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, and bus stops.

·        Avoid overloading yourself with packages whether on your person or in your vehicle.


Stay safe and wishing you a Happy Holiday!



In the News


Local Law Enforcement Group Honors Heagles

CLESF honors Heagle's as Citizen's of the Year!

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2018 Shop With A Cop

Article published in the Stanwood Camano News detailing the 2018 Shop With A Cop program.

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Camano Island Fire Department Open House

Sheriff Citizen Patrol participates in Camano Island Fire Department open house.

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Letter to Editor regarding National Night Out

Letter to editor regarding Camano Island National Night Out crime prevention event.

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Volunteers hand out reflective vests on Camano

Article about Be Safe-Be Visible safety vest program funded by Foundation and distributed by Sheriff's Citizen Patrol and deputies.

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Sheriff Citizen Patrol seeks volunteers

Recruiting information for Sheriff Citizen Patrol membership.

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2017 Shop with a Cop program

Article regarding first Shop with a Cop Christmas children charity event.

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Become Involved


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With your participation you can show your support for Camano Island law enforcement by joining with us and becoming a member of the Foundation.

The Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation meets on the first Monday of every other month at the Country Club Fire Station, 1326 Elger Bay Rd. at 7pm. For more information go to the "Contact Us" section of this website. 

Forms


Here are downloadable forms as described within the website:

SHERIFF CITIZEN PATROL APPLICATION FORM  SCP Application 2018.doc

CONCEALED WEAPON PERMIT  cpl.pdf

VACATION HOME CHECKS  VacationCheckForm.pdf

Contact Us


  • Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation
  • P. O. Box 763 Stanwood, WA 98292

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