As many of you are aware, Whatcom County has within its boundaries a number of facilities and locations that are eitherclosely associated with or contain criticalinfrastructure such as refineries,pipelines, dams, power transmissionlines,substations and transportation corridors. Locations that are secured and/or have limited access should be treatedwith a heightened awareness and concern for security and potential acts of sabotage or activities that could besurveillance andpre-planning for attacks.There arealso locations that are very accessible and have little externalhardening or physical security, such as pipelines, railways, bridges, pumping stations, power transformers, etc.Calls to these sites, as well as observed instances of suspicious or unauthorized activity should always be documented ina case report and those reports are to be forwarded to the proper authority such as the FBI.Local law enforcement isviewed as the first line of defense,not only by patrolling and responding to these locations, butthrough developinginformation and intelligence that may later provide invaluable in prevention and deterrence.We encourage the security entities and managers responsible forsites located in the Countyto call 911 and request aresponse from WCSO when suspicious activity, trespass, or situations exist that could indicate a threat or potentialthreat to security.Please remember totreat these with the concern that is warranted.If there is any question as to alocation or site and how it may relate to Key Resource or Critical Infrastructure please do not hesitate to contact me orDon Boyd at DEM.
(End of Directive)Deputy Murphy,Pleasereview and comply withthe request to document information as described and directedabove.Your email, via a personal email address is not an appropriate or sanctioned method of communication for L.E. Sensitive information concerning Homeland Security matters.Please furnish suchinformation via a written case report or FIR as per the standard operating procedures of the Sheriff'sOffice.I applaud, and appreciateyour efforts and initiativeand forchecking on your observations and followingup where others might not.Please keep up the good work.Please realize that these well intentionedactions carry a responsibility to follow our internal protocols.Thank you,
I was poking around the end of Gulf Rd. last week, checking on one of my projects: VinceJones, BC Smuggling, Inc.and found a freshly cut trail, west into the tree line roughly halfway between Henry Rd and Gulf Rd. on Powder PlantRd. Bonsen, Van Loo and I later trekked in to see where it went and found that it went all the way to a creek bed ravineabout ¼ mile in (north westerly) through heavy brush. It terminates at a swampy looking ravine, in an area where theheavily treed canopy opens up a bit. It all appeared to be freshly cut and appeared to have taken considerable effort todo so, but we couldn’t identify the purpose of it at the time. To me, it had the feel of being something haphazard andillicit, but I’m hard pressed to say what the purpose would be.I was in the same area tonight doing an area check and found 2 more of these trails not far from the first one. While Iwas there, I met up with one of the refinery security patrols, Shane Walls, and asked him about the trails. Walls tells methat they also discovered the trails, about 6-8 total, and they don’t know what to make of themeither. Walls tells methat they have verified that the trails are not geological, survey or pipeline related and that neither of the large plantsknows why they were made either. Walls also told me that they found 1 trail that terminates just short of the US CoastGuard station off Cherry Point and speculated that perhaps it may have been intended as a back access to that area forreasons unknown at this time.Shane told me that their security office has already notified the refinery and aluminum plantsand that DHS has alsobeen advised of the discovery by USCG personnel. As it’s already been reported and up-channeled to DHS, I didn’t seeany point in creating a duplicate report for our already plentiful archive of useless paper.