Category Archives: SOS Meetings & Events

SOS Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser – Oct. 28

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Please join Securing Our Safety at the Wild River Pub on Friday, Oct. 28 for our Spaghetti-Feed Fundraiser. Show up anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner!

Admission is $20 / Free for ages 12 and under

Features of the night include live music and a dessert auction featuring desserts made by local celebrities!

Buy your tickets online now HERE. You can also reserve them by calling Melissa at (541) 846-8170

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward hiring a part-time administrative assistant for Grace Roots, and the continued efforts of SOS for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.

To learn more and see who else is going, check out the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

12 Things to Know About the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

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1) The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have enough staff to handle all of the calls for service.

2) At times, deputies are handling calls in less-than-safe conditions and without adequate backup.

3) The Sheriff’s Office depends on Oregon State Police to cover calls after hours, and OSP only responds to emergency calls during that time. People reporting non-emergency crimes like burglaries are told to call back during business hours.

4) Handling all of Josephine County’s crime after hours leaves less time for Oregon State Police to focus on their traditional duties of patrolling state roadways, responding to crashes, and targeting DUII drivers and traffic violators.

5) The Sheriff’s Office no longer has a detective unit, and therefore is unable to present many cases for prosecution.

6) Patrol has inadequate support services such crime analysis, accident investigation detail, internal affairs, and other internal functions most law enforcement agencies have.

7) There are no school resource officers.

8) There’s no crime prevention unit, and the Sheriff’s Office relies heavily on volunteers for many functions, including court security and staffing substations.

9) The Sheriff himself is having to handle calls, which at times pulls him away from his role as administrator of his department.

10) Because of understaffing, the 262-bed Josephine County Jail is only operating at HALF of its capacity. The city of Grants Pass rents 28 jail beds for people arrested within city limits. Those arrested outside of city limits are often cited and released, or released from jail early because of overcrowding.

11) If the jail is at capacity and a deputy finds someone wanted on a warrant, that person might be cited and released. If the warrant is for a serious crime, another offender will be freed to make room.

12) Medical first responders (AMR and firefighters) can’t go into crime scenes without law enforcement. Last month, fire crews and paramedics waited at a crime scene for 40 minutes before they could go in and help a shooting victim. It was after hours, and no deputies were on duty. OSP troopers were on duty but none were nearby.

 

 

 

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/

The President Sends Letter to Local Law Enforcement Agency

The President sent the following letter to a local law enforcement agency dated July 18, 2016.  It starts out as following:

To the brave members of our Nation’s law enforcement community:

Every day, you confront danger so it does not find our families, carry burdens so they do not fall to us, and courageously meet test after test to keep us safe.  Like Dallas officer Lorne Ahrens, who bought dinner for a homeless man the night before he died, you perform good deeds beyond the call of duty and out of the spotlight.  Time and again, you make the split-second decisions that could mean life or death for you and many others in harm’s way.  You endure the tense minutes and long hours over lifetimes of service…

For the full letter, see below.

Download (PDF, 1.51MB)

And we also say THANK YOU, and continue working to “give you the tools you need to build and strengthen the bonds of trust with those you serve, and our best efforts to address the underlying challenges that contribute to crime and unrest.”  We too, have your backs.