Category Archives: JoCo Public Input

SOS Calls for “The Round Table of Josephine County”

Dear Josephine County Residents,
Here is a draft proposal approved by the SOS Board that was recently submitted to the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners.  We look forward to your comments!

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“The Round Table” of Josephine County

As the name suggests, there is no head of the table, implying that everyone who sits at the table has equal status.

Mission:  To Accept and Review Proposals for Providing Financial Resources to the Law Enforcement and Justice Programs Operated by Josephine County.

A summary of the general idea is as follows:

A large public outreach campaign, done directly by Josephine County Commissioners asking Josephine County residents “how do we work together to solve the financial crisis that currently exists in Josephine County Law Enforcement and Justice programs?”

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TELL YOUR STORY – SOS Invites Josephine County Residents to the “Victim’s Forum” on May 14th

Securing Our Safety (SOS) is sponsoring a Victim’s Forum on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Grants Pass City Council Chambers.  Victims all throughout Josephine County will be invited to attend and share their stories and frustrations with the Criminal Justice System.  Members of the Criminal Justice System will be on hand to listen and direct victims to resources.  This is not a political event but rather a moment to share, heal, know you are not alone and shall be a step towards hope!  GPDPS Chief Joe Henner, Deputy Chief Bill Landis, Josephine County Community Parole and Probation Director Abe Huntley, and other local experts have agreed to participate!

See the following link for the event flyer:  SOS Flyer Victim’s Forum  Continue reading TELL YOUR STORY – SOS Invites Josephine County Residents to the “Victim’s Forum” on May 14th

SOS invited to KAJO 1270AM talk show next week and busy week ahead for Law Enforcement District discussions

Tune in to KAJO 1270AM this Tuesday, December 18, at 9:30am to listen to the weekly talk show.  SOS has been invited to talk about our recent recommendation that the County Commissioners begin the process of creating a Law Enforcement District.  Swift action is needed in order to leave the door open to potentially bringing this to a vote of the County in May of 2013.  Click HERE for the exact text of the SOS letter to the County Commissioners.

SOS has recommended the district to provide part of the solution towards restoring Josephine County’s criminal justice services.  The district could potentially focus on funding the base level of services shared and needed by the entire County:  The Adult Jail, District Attorney, Juvenile Justice, Court Security, and Animal Control.

As has been widely reported in the last week, the City of Cave Junction, the City of Grants Pass, and the Josephine County Commissioners are each scheduled to take independent actions on forming the new district next week.  On Monday, Grants Pass and Cave Junction will each have to decide whether to be part of the district.  Then on Wednesday the 19th the County Commissioners will have an opportunity to approve the initial order forming the district.  This is just the start of the public process and there will be additional public hearings required at the County level next year before Commissioners decide whether the idea should be brought before voters.