Vancouver Police Department Completes the Second Testing and Evaluation Pilot for Body Worn Camera Program

Tristian Witt

Tristian Witt

High risk missing person – Located (16 year old male) (Photo)08/17/22

Tristian returned home.

The Vancouver Police is seeking assistance from the public in locating a missing juvenile. Tristian Witt, 16 years of age. He left his Vancouver family home around 1900 (7pm) hours on 08/16/2022. Tristian is described as an white male, 5’00”, 110lbs, light blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and light blue pajama pants with a shark print design. Tristian is autistic and suffers from disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Tristian is medication dependent. Tristian is considered high risk because of the above mentioned factors which should be considered if located. Anyone with information regarding Tristian’s location is urged to call 911.

Vancouver Police Department Completes the Second Testing and Evaluation Pilot for Body Worn Camera Program08/16/22

Vancouver, Wash. – In July, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) began testing and evaluation (T&E) of a second body-worn and in-car camera platform. Five officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and five vehicles were equipped with front-facing and rear-passenger compartment cameras. VPD concluded the T&E with this platform and all cameras were shut off on August 5 at 12:00 p.m.  

The Request for Proposal (RFP) committee, that includes two community members and representatives from the City Attorney’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, and the Information Technology Department provided their recommendations to the Executive Sponsor Committee on August 15. Based on the feedback, contract negotiations between the City of Vancouver and the vendor will begin. Once the contract is finalized, the VPD is tentatively expected to present the contract to the Vancouver City Council in September 2022 for their approval.

Since 2019, the VPD has been working to research and establish a state-of-the art police camera program to enhance the safety of—and improve interactions between—police officers and the community, as well as to aid in the investigation process.

The City Council budgeted $3 million in the FY21/22 budget for the program and the City is slated to receive $1.5 million in federal funding in fall 2022 to support the program. 

More information on the Vancouver Police Department camera can be found at: Vancouver Police Camera Study | City of Vancouver, Washington, USA. 


Vancouver Police investigate shooting08/14/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On August 14, 2022, at approximately 4:26 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 6900 block of Carolina Lane for the report of a shooting. Several people were in the backyard area of the residence when an unknown individual walked up and opened fire on the group, striking three males. All sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating. There is no suspect description at this time and there have been no arrests. 


Vancouver Police investigate assault08/12/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On August 11, 2022, at approximately 4:38 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 2700 block of NE Arnold Rd. for the report of an injured male laying in a field. The male was suffering from multiple injuries and was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition. Based on information from the investigation, police determined Jordan A. Spisla, who lives at a residence near the field where the victim was located, was responsible for the assault. A warrant for his arrest was issued and police responded to Mr. Spisla’s residence. After multiple attempts to get Mr. Spisla to exit the residence, he was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Clark County Jail for Murder II (attempted).

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating. 




High risk missing person (11 year old female) (Photo)08/10/22

Update 8/10/2022  10:12 AM:

The child was found by her family Wednesday morning, 8/10/2022. Thanks to the public for their concern and vigilance.


The Vancouver Police is seeking assistance from the public in locating a missing juvenile. Alyssa Angelica Miller, 11 years of age. She left her Vancouver family home around 1800 (6pm) hours on 08/09/2022. Alyssa is described as an white female, 4’06”, 90lbs, light brown hair and brown eyes and may have some scars on her legs. She was last seen wearing black shorts, white top and Birkenstock style sandals. Alyssa is considered high risk missing persons due to her age. Anyone with information regarding Alyssa’s location is urged to call 911.

Vancouver Police investigate shooting08/08/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On August 7, 2022, at approximately 9:07 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to NE 62nd Avenue/NE Fourth Plain Blvd. for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located a 34-year-old male on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Responding officers quickly began advanced first aid and applied chest seals to treat the victim before emergency medical personnel arrived to transport the victim to an area hospital.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Task Force are investigating. There is no suspect information at this time, and nothing further is releasable. 


Vancouver Police Investigate Serious Injury Collision08/06/22

On 8/6/22 at approximately 9pm, Vancouver Police responded to a collision in the 3200 block of NW Lower River Rd. The collision involved a Dodge Nitro and a Yamaha motorcycle.  The rider of the motorcycle, a 22 year old Vancouver resident, was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.  The driver of the vehicle was a 15 year old female and the passenger was a 55 year old male, both Ridgefield residents.  The driver and passenger were not injured in the collision.

The VPD Traffic Unit responded and is conducting the investigation.  Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the collision.  The names of the involved persons are not being released at this time.

Kevin Osterkamp 2

Kevin Osterkamp 2

Vancouver Police looking for missing man (Photo)08/02/22

8/2/2022 Update:

On the morning of 8/2/2022 Clark County Sheriff Search and Rescue under the direction of VPD conducted a search of wooded areas northeast of Lacamas Lake. The search commenced at the trailhead parking lot for the Lacamas Heritage Trail at the corner of NE Goodwin Rd and NW Alexander Ln.  Remains of a male were found in a densely vegetated location between the trail and Lacamas Creek, about a half mile from where Kevin Osterkamp’s pickup truck had been found abandoned. CCSO SAR conducted searches on four days leading up to this recovery.

Confirmation of the identity and cause and manner of death of the remains is still pending from the Medical Examiner. At this time no foul play is indicated.


The Vancouver Police Department seeks the public’s help in locating Kevin Osterkamp, a 44-year-old Vancouver man missing since late June. Based on a conversation with a close friend, the last time he spoke with anyone was June 22nd. Osterkamp’s Nissan Frontier pickup truck was towed from the parking lot of Lacamas Regional Park on July 18th, but had reportedly been in the lot for over a week before being removed. Osterkamp is a white male with brown hair and eyes. He is about 6’1″ tall and about 160 lbs. Anyone with information about Kevin Osterkamp is asked to call 911 or to email Detective David Jensen at [email protected].

Vancouver Police to end participation in Regional Drug Task Force08/02/22

Vancouver, Wash. – During the regular Vancouver City Council meeting on August 1, the Vancouver City Council unanimously voted to approve the withdrawal of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) from the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force.

In early July, Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori provided Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins a courtesy notice of the intent to discontinue the VPD’s participation in the Clark/Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force (DTF). Following last night’s City Council Meeting, Chief Mori will provide Clark County a formal six month written notice to withdraw from the DTF. 

“We didn’t come to this decision lightly, but with a 27% increase in police reports since 2020, about 70 per day, combined with our current staffing shortages, we need to focus all of our law enforcement resources on the Vancouver community,” Chief Mori said. “I believe it is in the best interest of the City of Vancouver and our community to return the DTF resource back to VPD in support of addressing the increasing crime issues our community is experiencing.” 

Established in 1982, the DTF is a multi-agency drug enforcement team designed to identify, investigate and disrupt or dismantle drug trafficking organizations working in Clark County. The Vancouver Police Department has dedicated a varied number of detectives to the DTF since its inception. Currently, the VPD has one detective assigned to the task force.

Currently, drug-related investigations in Vancouver are handled by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and officers within the Patrol division who frequently investigate individuals involved in smaller scale drug sales and distribution. The Vancouver Safe Streets Task Force, which partners with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), focuses on identifying and arresting individuals associated with violent crime, of which the drug trafficking nexus is a significant component. These units will continue to handle those investigations and the plan is to assign the VPD detective that is currently in the DTF to one of the VPD investigative units to assist with the growing workload.


Carol Jean Rice

Carol Jean Rice

Missing Endangered Person (Photo)08/02/22

***UPDATE***  Carol was located and safely returned home.

The Vancouver Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a Missing Endangered Person. Carol Jean Rice was last known to be in the area of NE 39th St and NE Edmunds Rd in east Vancouver on 08/01/2022 at about 9:00pm. She was driving a silver 2006 Toyota Corolla 4 door sedan, CA license plates 5RHT356. Ms. Rice is described a 75 year-old, white female, 5’00” tall, 150lbs, gray hair, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray shirt and gray pants. She is considered a missing endangered person due to medical conditions that require medication that she does not have with her and due to her mental state. A Silver Alert has been issued for Ms. Rice. Anyone who has information regarding Ms. Rice’s whereabouts is urged to call 911. 

Vancouver Police Make Arrest in Shooting08/02/22

Last night at approximately 0138 hours Vancouver Police responded to a collision near 1504 NE 138th Ave.  Officers arrived and found a vehicle had left the roadway and rolled over.  The victims in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.  They  stated they were chased by the suspect from the shooting on 8/1/2022 on E 35th St in Vancouver.  The suspect vehicle was located and the suspect fled on foot from officers.  Containment was set and the suspect was taken into custody near the 13000 block of NE 24th Circle.  Members of Major Crimes. Neighborhood Response Team, Safe Streets Task Force and the Traffic Unit responded to process all scenes and continue the investigation.

Shuderrin Javion Flentroy, 03/04/2000, was booked into the Clark County Jail on one count of Assault I and one count of Assault II.  More charges could be added at a later time.

Vancouver Police Investigate Shooting08/01/22

Vancouver Police were called to the 2000 Block of E 35th St at approximately 1415 hours for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg and a small child with an injury still under investigation.  Officers provided medical assistance to both victims and AMR arrived for transport to the hospital.  The victims have non-life-threathening injuries.

Major Crimes and Safe Streets Task Force responded and are processing the scene and conducting interviews.  Investigation is ongoing.

Vancouver Police substitute PIO August 1-507/29/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Affairs Manager Kim Kapp will be unavailable August 1-5

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will be covering PIO duties August 1-5 during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at [email protected].

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed hours, or on weekends, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel. 

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute for the above-listed dates. 


Vancouver Police investigate fatality traffic collision07/27/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 27, 2022, at approximately 7:19 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a traffic collision at S Andresen Rd./MacArthur Blvd. involving two vehicles. The investigation from the Vancouver Police Traffic Unit indicated a truck failed to stop at the 4-way stop and t-boned a Toyota Prius that was in the intersection. Speed of the truck was estimated to be 60-70 m.p.h. The driver of the Prius was pronounced deceased at the scene. Speed and impairment were factors in the collision. The driver of the truck was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries and once released will be booked into the Clark County Jail for Vehicular Homicide and DUI. 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. Nothing further is releasable at this time.  


Vancouver Police retail theft emphases result in eleven arrests07/26/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On June 28 and July 20, Vancouver Police partnered with multiple retailers in east Vancouver, and their respective loss prevention teams, to focus on retail theft. 

 The June 28 emphasis involved four retailers, lasted four hours and resulted in three arrests. The July 20 emphasis involved eight retailers, lasted eight hours and resulted in eight arrests, the seizure of two vehicles for search warrants and the recovery of stolen property. 

Although both emphases focused on retail theft, in which those arrested were charged with Theft II and/or Theft III, additional charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, forgery, violation of a protection order and the apprehension of multiple wanted individuals were also a result of this focused enforcement. 

The Vancouver Police Department continues to work with retailers throughout Vancouver to conduct retail theft enforcement emphases to address and deter this type of criminal activity. 




Vancouver Police continue shooting investigation (Update: Witness information) (Photo)07/25/22

*** Update ***

Detectives have now identified and contacted three of the four witnesses. The individual in the attached photo has yet to be identified. 

*** Update ***

The Vancouver Police Department is continuing the investigation into this shooting and is seeking to interview additional witnesses and to identify and interview the individuals in the attached photos. 

Tips or information related to this crime can be sent to Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit Detective Corporal Neil Martin, (360) 487-7423 or the Vancouver Police Tip Line, (360) 487-7399.


Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police Department is continuing the investigation into a shooting that occurred on July 17, 2022, in which an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were killed, and a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were injured. All four victims are out of Portland. The two injured victims remain hospitalized in stable condition and their identities are not being released at this time. The identities of the two deceased victims will be released by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, pending completion of their investigation. 

The incident began as a party at a residence in the 3600 block of E 11th Street that started at approximately 10:00 p.m., with 15-20 invited guests, and quickly grew to over 70 people by midnight. At approximately 1:20 a.m., a verbal altercation between attendees at the party escalated, and four individuals were shot, each sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. 

There is no suspect information currently and the investigation by the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Task Force is continuing. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Vancouver Police Corporal Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423 or the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399. 


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