Guns at the ready, nearly the entire Tualatin Police Department has swarmed through the abandoned Haggen Food and Pharmacy building at the intersection of Boones Ferry and Tualatin-Sherwood Road. But don’t worry. There were no bad guys on the loose. Instead, the building was provided to the police department for training.
“We are very appreciative of the property manager, Mr. Robert Durgan, for partnering with us so we can use his vacant facility for training purposes,” explains Sgt. Nate Cooper, a 16-year veteran with the Tualatin Police Department. “It was just a perfect canvas for us, because it afforded us that real life situation in a business setting. We do have to search commercial properties like that, so it helped out a lot and allowed our officers to get some really good building-search training.
“It is a very large building and has many different aspects to it,” adds Sgt. Cooper. “There are a variety of areas. Not only office space, but a very large floor with many obstacles we can use to hone our skills. The value to Tualatin citizens is our officers are trained to the point they can identify a suspect quickly and take that suspect into custody safely.”