Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Local law enforcement stresses education as Gov. Brown’s order confuses residents

After an unofficial request for Oregonians to stay home led to potentially dangerous crowds filling the state’s beaches and parks over the weekend, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Monday officially restricting the state’s 4 million people to their homes except for essential work and needs. Those who violate the order are subject to […]
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CO law enforcement split on governor’s new order

Sheriff Nelson says he won’t arrest violators; other agencies say they will. A day after Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay home “to the maximum extent possible” to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Central Oregon law enforcement agencies are divided in how they plan to enforce the unprecedented rule. Source: CO law […]
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Pandemic-driven gun sales concern law enforcement

Oregon State Police handled 19,401 background check in the first two weeks of March. Fears that the novel coronavirus will lead to a breakdown in public order has spiked gun and ammunition sales across the country and in Central Oregon. Source: Pandemic-driven gun sales concern law enforcement | Local&State | bendbulletin.com

Police change behavior in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Police calls for service way down; DUI arrests drop by half in Bend. Around Central Oregon, police are trying to provide service while not getting sick, and potentially getting others sick, as the novel coronavirus spreads. And this has meant doing things differently. Source: Police change behavior in response to COVID-19 pandemic | Coronavirus | […]
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7 Central Oregon deputies in Salem training may have been exposed to COVID-19

Hundreds sent home from state police academy. Seven Central Oregon law enforcement deputies attending the state police academy in Salem were sent home after a fellow recruit exhibited signs of COVID-19. Local agencies say the deputies are being monitored and have not exhibited symptoms of the fast-spreading and potentially fatal virus. Source: 7 Central Oregon […]
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Oregon courts, jails continue to adjust operations to limit threat of coronavirus

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that it has given deputies additional discretion to issue citations with instructions to appear in court on a later date instead of booking people into jail. The latest guidance does not apply to situations where someone is accused of domestic violence, sex crimes and violent crimes. Source: Oregon […]
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Police shift priorities as novel coronavirus crisis grows

Police departments are shifting resources and adjusting priorities in an attempt to maintain public safety while doing their best to prevent infection among officers and suspects. Police officers in Fort Worth and Denver have stopped arresting people for some low-level crimes. The district attorney in Brooklyn is declining to prosecute them. And many courthouses across […]
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Oregon Takes Aim at Wildlife Poaching, Adds Officers

The State of Oregon is poised to crack down on fish and wildlife poachers. Following the approval of $4.4 million in congressional funding, the Oregon Department of Justice, State Police, and Department of Fish and Wildlife will be working together to stop the illegal taking of wild game.    Source: Oregon Takes Aim at Wildlife […]
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Pacific Northwest Police Prepare For Coronavirus To Change Their Work

As COVID-19 spreads, law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Washington are preparing, and in some cases even changing, how they’ll respond to calls for service. The Portland Police Bureau said Friday it was taking steps to limit face-to-face interactions with the public and expanding the ability to file police reports online and by phone in […]
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Police, sheriff’s office suspend community programs, limit contact

Local law enforcement agencies are limiting face-to-face contact and suspending community programs wherever possible to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “When possible, and when there is not a life-safety issue, officers will be handling some calls by telephone,” Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore said in a youtube video announcement. Source: Police, sheriff’s office suspend community programs, limit contact