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SOS PROJECT – Law Enforcement: Where We Stand

SECURING OUR SAFETY TAKES BOLD STEP FORWARD

Wednesday morning September 6th, 2017 Jay Meredith, Securing our Safety (SOS) Chair, along with Sheriff Dave Daniel and Public Safety Chief Bill Landis, gathered with other community leaders and members in front of the Juvenile Justice Building. It was announced that SOS had signed a $60,000 contract with NPC Research of Portland to conduct a study of Josephine County: Law Enforcement: Where We Stand.

Sheriff Daniel remarked that “now is the opportune time for such a study to be conducted.”  His office would only be “too happy to coordinate with NPC Research” as they gather needed information. Public Safety Chief Landis briefly reflected on the many positive steps taken in support of public safety and expressed appreciation and support for this “next step” effort.

A timeline for securing the $60,000 total was not given but all hoped that it could soon be reached. On behalf of SOS Mr. Meredith gave a check for $7,000 to start the fund raising effort. The funding effort will be led by SOS Board member, Keith Heck.

Securing Our Safety is a non-profit 501(c)(3), citizen-led organization dedicated to the mission of providing for a secure, stable, and sustainable future for Josephine County, Oregon.

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The SOS Project Law Enforcement:  Where We Stand will assess all aspects of our local criminal justice and Public Safety programs in Josephine County whether operated by the State, County, or City.  While County Law Enforcement/Justice programs are in rebuilding mode over the next year, SOS can come alongside these programs to assist in planning for the future.

Josephine County Adult Jail Statistics • Part 1, November 2016

All parts of the Josephine County criminal justice system took a big hit with the 2012 loss of federal timber (SRS) funds that used to provide revenue to these programs. The County’s adult jail was no exception, and cutting back on the ability to take alleged criminals to jail due to budget cuts has had a massive effect on all law enforcement agencies that operate in Josephine County.

For the full report on this topic, CLICK HERE.

Take a look at the following stats from the Grants Pass Police, keeping in mind they only have 28 total jail beds to use under a special contract with the jail:

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Continue reading Josephine County Adult Jail Statistics • Part 1, November 2016

First Responders Appreciation BBQ – Thank you!

 

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our First Responders Appreciation BBQ at the Josephine County Fairgrounds last Friday, Oct. 7!

It was a fun night, and a well-deserved moment of recognition for our local first responders who work hard each day under challenging conditions to keep us safe!

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The dinner, catered by Taylor’s Sausage, was in honor of:
• Police
• Firefighters
• Sheriff’s deputies
• Corrections personnel
• Dispatchers
• Paramedics
• Volunteers

Link to the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1684306781891046/