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.”

Grants Pass Crime Mapping, July through 7-26-12

In Grants Pass, for the month of July through 7-26-12, there have been 80 crimes reported (excluding disturbing the peace calls).  Here’s what the map looks like in July:

[note the only local agency reporting to this system is the Grants Pass Police.  A lack of symbols out in the County does not mean a lack of crime in the County]


Due to new lack of Josephine County funding we have officers to respond in the City of GP, but practically no jail to house offenders and limited DA services.  Go to to change the dates or see what each of these symbols mean for your neighborhood.

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