About Police Services
The department is currently composed of eight fully commissioned police officers. Chief of Police Ed Sorger came to Evergreen in 2006, prior to that, he held the rank of Commander at the Lacey Police Department in Lacey, Washington. Chief Sorger has attended the FBI National Academy for police administrators and holds a Law Enforcement Executive certification from the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. He is an active participant in the community, he is also a member of Lion's Club and Lacey Chamber of Commerce.
The Evergreen Police Department operates a 24/7 operation and employs eight police officers, all of whom are fully commissioned by the State of Washington. They receive the same training and are invested with the same powers and authority as other police officers in the State, including the authority to make arrests. Campus police officers work closely with other police agencies in the area, as the campus is surrounded by Thurston County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction and near the city of Olympia, Washington. Aside from patrol, traffic and community service roles, the department plans and provides security for major campus events, including the commencement ceremonies.
Campus police officers investigate all crimes reported on campus and enforce all applicable criminal and traffic laws. Persons arrested by officers have their cases adjudicated in local courts.
The department houses its own self-contained 24-7 emergency dispatch center staffed by five full time Emergency Communication Officers (ECO's). The ECO's have direct connections to state law enforcement computer databases, and have connections with the Thurston County E911 Center. ECO's are trained similarly to 911 telecommunicators and are the main link to and from officers in the field.
The Emergency Communication Center functions as a central point of communications for Police Services, and after business hours, for college special needs such as activities, housing and maintenance problems and other related issues.
Another component of the Police Services Department is Parking Services. A supervisor is assisted by an office assistant and three parking enforcement staff members. Sixteen students are temporary employees and staff the parking booth and the parking office. Parking Services operates on the revenue generated by the sale of daily and long term parking passes. The parking supervisor also coordinates the alternative commuter transportation program under two state grants.