Nyssa — Nyssa’s recently hired chief of police, Raymond Rau, brings with him several years of law enforcement experience to the town, along with a high expectation of training and growth expectations for his officers.
Prior to serving communities in Oregon as a police officer, Rau served the nation, he said. Rau spent time in the Army Reserves, the Army National Guard and then eight years active duty Navy before settling back in Oregon.
Rau’s “recruitment” into law enforcement began under a rather unusual encounter, he said. While working at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution a Milton Free Water police officer stopped him one night for having a headlight out.
“He gave me a warning, and we got to talking and he told me about a reserve program,” Rau said. “I went down and filled out an application for the reserves, and six months later I was interviewed to be a full-time officer.”
Rau said he actually declined the job offer since he already had a good-paying job with great benefits, he said. He was called back shortly after, however, to meet with the police chief, and this time accepted the position.
In 1999, after two years on the Milton Free Water Police Department, Rau transferred to Sandy where he received several recognitions for his service, particularly in his efforts to deter and arrest individuals for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, he said.
Rau also trained others at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in areas such as defensive tactics and controlled substances, he said.
As far as his approach to serving as Nyssa’s police chief, Rau said he has three priorities.
“I need to provide a consistency in the decisions made, a long-term vision with the police staff and the community and bring stability to the staff,” Rau said.
Rau said he’s aware there’s a concern in the community about the retention of the Nyssa chief and that people sometimes seek the position to gain certifications and not to stay for the “long haul.” That is not the case with him, however, and Nyssa is where he intends to finish out his career.
“I grew up in eastern Oregon, my wife grew up in Vale and we got married there, and every possible certification I could get out of this job, I already have,” Rau said. “We wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and this allows us to be closer to my wife’s family, too.”