The community is divided into North and South patrol sectors with a total of six patrol districts. The patrol division is the most visible unit of the police department and is staffed by 50 officers who respond to calls for service in marked patrol vehicles. They are supervised by two commanders, one during day shift and the other during an evening shift and seven sergeants. This design promotes the greatest responsiveness and accountability to the community. It also allows officers to be assigned to patrol districts for extended periods of time and encourages neighborhood communication and community partnerships.
Commander Jamie Sidell - North Sector - Districts 1, 2 & 3
Commander Sidell was hired with the City of Auburn in 1987 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. While in the Patrol Division he served as an Field Training Officer, training recruits in law enforcement functions. In 1992, Sidell was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit as a Pro-Active Detective and held this position for nearly five years. Sidell then served as the Department's Community Policing Bicycle Officer for three years before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999. As a Sergeant he supervised a patrol shift and the Department's Crime Scene Response Team. He was also assigned to the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team for three years and supervised a regional team of four narcotics detectives and a King County Prosecutor. Upon completion of his duties at the task force, Sidell returned to head the Inspectional Services Unit where he obtained state and federal grants and investigated Internal Affairs issues. He was then assigned to the Detective Division as the Major Crimes Sergeant before being promoted to the rank of Commander in 2008.
As Patrol Commander, Sidell managed seven Patrol Sergeants, Traffic Unit, Bicycle Unit, Mall Officers and the Crime Scene Response Team. He was concurrently assigned as the Commander for the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, where he still serves today. Sidell was then re-assigned to the Investigations Unit Commander where he served for over three years. During that time he managed the Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Investigations Unit and the Evidence Unit. Concurrently he also served as the Commander to the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team. Commander Sidell was assigned to the Administrative Services Unit from 2012 to late 2014 where he managed Accreditation, the Training Unit, Community Programs and Volunteers. In September of 2014, he rotated back to the Patrol Division as a Patrol Commander.
Commander Sidell is on the board of the Auburn Valley YMCA, and supporter of the Auburn Police Officer's Association, City Giving Campaign, American Cancer Society and Little League. He is a 2007 graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police-Leadership in Police Organizations. Commander Sidell is also the 2009 class speaker and graduate of the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound.
Commander Mark Caillier - South Sector - Districts 4, 5 & 6
Commander Caillier has been a police officer since 1991 and was hired by the Auburn Police Department in 1994. Commander Caillier served as a Patrol officer, Major Crimes Detective, Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer and a K9 handler prior to being promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Mark is a past Team Leader for the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit and was a lead supervisor for the Valley Investigations Team. Mark supervised the Major Crimes Unit from January, 2011 to November, 2013 when he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Mark holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. He currently is assigned as a Patrol Commander supervising the South Sector of Auburn.
Sergeant James Nordenger - District 3
Sergeant Nordenger started his law enforcement career in 1993 when he became a reserve police officer for the City of Newport in Pend Oreille County. He became a full time officer in 1996 and worked for the citizens of Newport until January, 1999 before he transferred to the Auburn Police Department. While working in the patrol division, Sergeant Nordenger was a sniper and entry team member on the SWAT team. As an officer, James was also a Field Training Officer for several years, an Honor Guard member and is currently a Use of Force/Defensive Tactics instructor. In 2004, Nordenger joined the traffic division as a motorcycle officer before he was promoted to his current rank of Sergeant in July, 2006. In 2009, Sergeant Nordenger moved to the Major Crimes Unit, which mostly dealt with felony persons crimes. In 2011 he was placed back into the Traffic Unit as the unit's supervisor where he oversaw the daily operation of the traffic officers, parking control officers and animal control. On September 1st, 2015, Sergeant Nordenger rotated back to the patrol division.
James currently holds a college degree in Criminal Justice, and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Institute of Puget Sound.
Sergeant Les Muterspaugh - District 2
Sergeant Muterspaugh was hired by Auburn Police Department in February, 2001. He was assigned to Patrol from 2001 to 2007. During that period, Les was also a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU), Honor Guard Team and was a Field Training Officer. In March 2007, he was selected as a detective and was assigned to the Property Crimes Division. Sergeant Muterspaugh investigated fraud and forgery cases in Property Crimes until November 2008 when he was selected as a Provisional Sergeant and took over supervision of the Property Crimes division. In January 2009, Muterspaugh was promoted to Regular Sergeant and was re-assigned to the Patrol Unit. He worked as a Patrol Sergeant from January 2009 until January 2012, when he was assigned as the Property Crimes Sergeant. In November 2013, Sergeant Muterspaugh rotated from the Property Crimes division to the Major Crime division where he oversaw the investigation of felony crimes, robbery, homicide and sex crimes. On September 1st, 2015, Les rotated back to the Patrol division.
Les holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Sergeant Sam Betz - District 1
Sergeant Betz has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2006. While in Patrol, he spent time on the Crime Scene Team, President of the Auburn Police Officer's Association, Auburn Police Guild Executive Board, Valley SWAT Team, and as a K9 handler for a narcotic detection K9. In 2012, Sergeant Betz was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit of the Auburn Police Department as a detective. In 2013, Sergeant Betz was promoted to Sergeant and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.
Sergeant Betz holds a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Sergeant Jamie Douglas - District 4
Sergeant Douglas has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1998. He joined the Auburn Police Department in October, 2000.
Jamie has been a member of the Clandestine Drug Lab Unit, a Narcotics K9 Handler with his partner "Gunner", a Motor Officer, and is a Drug Recognition Expert. He has been heavily involved in DUI enforcement and has received numerous commendations and awards for his work in that field. In May of 2014, Jamie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with Auburn PD.
Sergeant Andrew Clapp - District 5
Sergeant Andrew Clapp graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Andrew began his career in Law Enforcement in 1996 when he was hired by the Auburn Police Department as a Police Service Specialist. In 2000, Andrew became a commissioned Auburn Police Officer. In 2007, he joined the Crime Scene Team specializing in photographing major crime scenes and the same year Andrew became a Field Training Officer. In 2010 Andrew became a member of the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) staff as an instructor of both driving and Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT).
Andrew was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June, 2014 where he currently is assigned to the Patrol Division. Andrew proudly calls Auburn his home where he lives with his wife and two children.
The K-9 unit consists of two K-9 officers teamed with 3 year old German Shepherds. They are "generalist" patrol dogs utilized for tracking suspects, locating evidence, and handler protection. Each dog is certified after successfully completing an initial 400 hours of training. In addition, each dog remains accredited by the Washington State Police K-9 Association.
The Traffic Unit consists of a Sergeant, two motorcycle officers, and two traffic cars. Their primary responsibility is traffic enforcement and accident investigations. Advanced expertise includes Technical Collision Investigation, Collision Reconstruction, and Drug Recognition Enforcement.
Sergeant Brian Williams
Sergeant Williams has been with department since 1996. He has a B.A. in Sociology from WWU and returns there yearly to help teach criminal procedure and search and seizure classes. He has been assigned to the patrol division (1996-1999), Special Operations Unit (2000-2003), Special Investigations Unit (2003-2006) and was promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Sergeant Williams has been the supervisor for Property Crimes, Special Investigations, Administrative Services and as of September 1st, 2015, he is the newest Sergeant to the Traffic division.
Sergeant Williams was a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit from 1997 to 2000 and the Crime Scene Team from 2008 to 2012. Brian is a department instructor for Emergency Vehicle Operations and Taser Gun Operations. Brian is active with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and has assisted with fundraising for various local charities since 1999.
Parking Enforcement is staffed by 2 enforcement officers. The Parking Enforcement Officer enforces the parking regulations and monitors the timed parking areas downtown. In addition, the officer is responsible for impounding abandoned vehicles throughout the city.
Police Explorer Post
The Explorer Post is designed for young people 14 through 20 years of age who have an interest in a law enforcement career. Through their involvement, members gain valuable training and develop qualities of team building, dedication, discipline, and leadership. Explorers are involved in community service projects and competitive activities with other explorer posts. For more information or an application, please call 253-931-3080.
The Bicycle Patrol unit consists of two officers specifically assigned to the downtown Auburn corridor and Sounder Commuter Rail Station. Bicycle Officers are highly visible and capable of quick response in a dense urban environment.
School Police Officers
The Auburn School District and the Police Department have joined forces in an invaluable neighborhood-policing program, which benefits Auburn's greatest resource - its children. Just as neighborhood police officers become a part of the neighborhood they serve, school police officers are a part of the staff at the schools where they work. Each of the three Auburn high schools has a full time police officer. These officers are not there to serve as security guards, but to provide a professional police resource to the students and staff. School police officers are available to assist students and staff in a number of ways.
Not only do they respond to problems which are criminal in nature, they are involved in classroom education on everything from career presentations to government and civics classes. Two of the school police officers are employees of the Auburn School District and the third is a commissioned Auburn police officer. For more information please contact the Auburn School District at 253-931-4900.
The Investigations Division consists of three sergeants and 16 detectives. The Investigations Unit is divided into three distinct areas of responsibility; Major Crimes, Economic Crimes, and Special Investigations. The Major Crimes Unit investigates the crimes of sexual assault, felony assault, robbery, and homicide. The Economic Crimes Unit investigates the crimes of auto theft, felony theft, burglary, fraud, and forgery. The Special Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating drug and vice complaints as well as directed enforcement for specific problems.
Commander Mike Hirman
Mike came to the Auburn Police Department in 1992 after serving with the US Army CID Command. Mike was a patrol officer and a detective for five years and then in 1997 was promoted to Sergeant. He was assigned to patrol and then as the Major Crimes Sergeant until 1999 when he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Mike was a Patrol Commander for two rotations: 1999-2002 and again from 2009-2011. He also served as the Administrative Services Commander from 2002-2005 and as the Jail Commander from 2005-2009. Since 2011, Mike has been serving as the Inspectional Services Commander in charge of internal investigations, grant administration, departmental inspections, and public information officer. Mike has also served as the SWAT Commander, has been the department Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Coordinator since 1997, is currently the department Emergency Management representative.
Mike earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Business Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is well on his way toward his Masters in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the 235th session of the FBI National Academy.
Mike is a member of the board of directors for the Auburn Downtown Association, is actively involved with Special Olympics, organizing and participating in an annual relay torch run from the Idaho State line to Joint Base Lewis McChord. He enjoys sailing and is an avid runner, having completed 14 marathons, the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Triathlon and several shorter races.
Sergeant Jon Thornton
Sergeant Thornton was hired by the Auburn Police Department in January, 1991. Jon served on the Civil Disturbance Unit (Riot Team) for 10 years. During this time, his squad was involved in the World Trade Organization riots for three days in Downtown Seattle in November, 1999. His squad was the first squad to deploy tear gas during the riots.
In 1995, Jon was selected as part of the Auburn Police Mountain Bicycle Patrol where he spent five years mostly patrolling the Downtown area. In 2002, Jon joined the Valley Regional SWAT Team where his primary duty was as a shield operator. Jon held other duties within team structure such as Armored Vehicle Instructor, Auburn Team Leader and Valley SWAT Assistant Team Leader. Jon was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June, 2011 where he was assigned to the Patrol Division. On September 1st, 2015, Sergeant Thornton rotated to the Property Crimes division where he will oversee the investigation of auto theft, burglary, fraud and forgery.
Sergeant James Frith
Sergeant Frith has been with the Auburn Police Department for 16 years. Before joining the department, he was active duty Army for 6 years as a Flight Engineer, and then spent 2 years in the Washington Army National Guard as a Flight Engineer and a Department of the Army Civilian Aircraft Mechanic.
James has served as a Patrol Officer, a Narcotics Detective with the Special Investigations Unit, and a Field Training Officer. In James' time with the department, he has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor, a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit, Honor Guard, and the Valley Swat Team. Sergeant Frith was promoted to an acting Sergeant in 2010 and promoted to Sergeant in 2011. James worked in the Property Crimes division where he oversaw the investigation of auto theft, burglary, fraud and forgery. On September 1st, James rotated over to the Major Crimes division where he will oversee the investigation of felony crimes, robbery, homicide and sex crimes.
The special operations division consists of units made up of officers who receive specialized training to handle high risk situations as they come up.
The Auburn Police Department partners with Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila and the Port of Seattle police departments to provide a combined Regional Special Response Team to support their respective communities. They provide extraordinary law enforcement response to incidents such as high risk warrant service, barricaded subject, hostage, and sniper situations. Each agency staffs and equips a team. All agencies share in joint operational expenses. In addition to intense ongoing training; the team responds to 40-60 call outs per year.
Valley Crisis Communications Unit (Negotiators)
Just like the SWAT team the Auburn Police Department partners with Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, Des Moines, and the Port of Seattle Police Department to provide negotiations at special response type events. The primary mission of the Valley Crisis Communications Unit (VCCU) is to provide support to other elements of the participating agency's department in hostage/barricaded/suicidal subject(s) situations, through the deployment of specially trained officers skilled in crisis management and hostage negotiations, with the goal of attaining a peaceful resolution through communication. These specially trained officers will respond to incidents involving, or potentially involving, a high risk to the public, police officers, or suspects.
Valley Civil Disturbance Unit (VCDU)
The Auburn Police Department partners with Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, and the Port of Seattle Police Departments to provide a well trained and equipped civil disturbance/civil disobedience response for South King County and the region. The overall size of the VCDU is in excess of 80 officers and has a fully equipped "Cut Team", skilled and equipped to defeat obstacles and locking devices commonly used by demonstrators. The VCDU trains regularly and has deployed in support of WTO and recent anti-war demonstrations in Olympia and Tacoma.
The Inspectional Services Commander reports directly to the Chief. This portion of the department is responsible for managing commendations and allegations of misconduct. The Inspectional Services Commander is also responsible for staff inspections and serves as the Public Information Officer. Commendation, Inquiries and Allegations of Misconduct (CIA) investigations are designed to allow the agency to look at our department from the eyes or our community members.
Commander Steve Stocker
Commander Stocker was hired with Auburn Police Department in 1990 and worked as a Patrol Officer for several years. After his time in Patrol, Steve spent two years assigned to The Outlet Collection. He then spent 5 years as a Major Crimes detective before being promoted to a Major Crimes Sergeant where he worked for 2 years. During his time at the department, Steve has spent a total of 6 years on the SWAT team. After his time in the Major Crimes division, he was rotated to work two years as the training sergeant.
Steve was promoted to the rank of Commander in January, 2007 where he worked 3 years in Admin Services, 3 years in Patrol, and is currently the Investigations Commander which is in charge of Auburn's Crime Scene Response Team. In addition to the department's command staff, Steve is also the commander of the Valley Crisis Communications Unit as a negotiator, as well as the commander of the Valley Investigations Team which oversees officer involved shootings in South King County.