Local Business Feels the Effect of Lack of Criminal Justice Services

Here are a few quotes from last night’s SOS meeting:

Owner of 7-Eleven in Grants Pass:  “I have lost $5,500 in inventory in the last 90 days.”

Chief Joe Henner:  “Crime at the north Safeway has gone up nearly 180% over last year.”

GP Detective:  “Nearly 20 cars were broken into last night at hotels on the north side of Grants Pass.”

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Is Cite & Release Appropriate?

Here is part of one of yesterday’s front page articles in the Courier:

“A 30-year-old local man found himself looking at the business end of a gun held by an off-duty Grants Pass police officer on Tuesday after he tried to steal a truck out of her driveway, police say.”

“Schirle had been bold: Donaghy’s marked police cruiser was in the driveway, next to the truck. She’s the department’s crime prevention officer.  Because the jail holds so few inmates due to budget cuts, Schirle was merely given a citation to show up in court, on charges of vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft.

Schirle, who has past felony convictions for theft and drug possession, eventually was dropped off on Sixth Street.”

Is cite and release appropriate here?  Talk about bold….a perfect example of why SOS is working hard to find solutions.

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Seeing Spike In Burglaries

Here is the top story on CBS Channel 10 tonight:


“Josephine County is seeing a dramatic increase in crime. Last month alone the sheriff’s office took in 231 calls. One of the biggest problems at the moment are burglaries. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says that in June they had 56 reports of burglaries, and 44 reports of larceny.
The sheriff says it’s a huge increase from the spring before most deputies were laid off.
With only two deputies left to answer phones Gilbertson says it’s impossible to keep up, “your new profession is, you’re gonna fish for a living. But by the way you can’t use a fishing pole. Do the job but without, you know, the tools. It’s just very difficult to do the job especially the way it’s suppose to be done.” The sheriff says they are doing the best they can to call people back but it can often take days or even weeks.”