Wendy A. Svaren began work in law enforcement in 1992 working for Ashland Police Department as a Community Service Officer. In 1993 the department assigned her to the Evidence Division where she had direct responsibility for preserving all incoming property & evidence. During her 8 years of employment with Ashland she was twice awarded Employee of the Year.
She moved to the Portland Metro area in 2000 taking a position with Lake Oswego Police Department as a Community Service Officer assigned to the Evidence Division; where she is currently employed. Wendy has been awarded both Police Support Employee of the Year and Employee of the Year during her 15 years with Lake Oswego Police Department. She routinely receives excellent marks on her department personnel reviews with remarks such as, “Wendy produces results and always completes tasks assigned to her. Her contributions to her profession are unparalleled, she is an asset to this agency and to the law enforcement field as a whole.”
Wendy has been a member in good standing with International Association for Property and Evidence since 1992. She is also a Certified Property & Evidence Officer through this organization. In 2002, seeing the need for a state-wide organization for property & evidence she got to work and successfully formed Oregon Association for Property & Evidence Officers. She is currently President of this organization which is a subchapter of Oregon Peace Officers Association. She has also served as President of Oregon Peace Officers Association and was awarded a Public Service Award from OPOA in 2007.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum appointed Wendy to the Attorney General’s Biological Advisory Committee in May of 2015. The committee was tasked with developing administrative rules related to the collection, retention, preservation and cataloging of biological evidence as required by statute. Ms. Svaren has conducted audits of Property/Evidence rooms across the State of Oregon at request of the respective Chiefs at those departments. In 2005 she served on a committee for Clackamas County Sheriff, Craig Roberts, overseeing an inventory which was being conducted at their department.
Ms. Svaren is currently employed at Lake Oswego Police Department managing all department held property & evidence. She is also tasked with training all patrol staff and new recruits in department policy/procedures and best practices in regard to the evidence function. Ms Svaren is also involved with conducting Inventories with Evidence Control Systems, Inc.