Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Crackdown on illegal pot coming this summer

Illegal marijuana growers who have been flying under the radar are more likely to get caught this summer in Jackson County. A new Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team will be in full swing by then, according to Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler. The sheriff’s office, Medford Police Department and Jackson County District Attorney’s Office are teaming […]
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Police negotiators fill unique, critical role

Central Oregon emergency response isn’t all SWAT. Once a month, an elite police force meets on the bottom floor of the Bend Police Department headquarters. They have a particular set of skills — skills many of them have acquired over long careers. “Tell me more about that,” Bend officer Chris Stoaks asks a fellow officer […]
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 Mental Health & Law Enforcement  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We’ll hear how Marion County public health and law enforcement officials are working together to try to prevent people with mental health problems from ending up in jail. Ann-Marie Banfield is the program manager for acute and forensic behavioral health for Marion County and Troy Clausen is the county’s undersheriff. They will join us after […]
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Get a warrant to view health records – Opinion

Law enforcement advocates would like to chip away at Oregonians’ health privacy. They want access to prescription records maintained by the Oregon Health Authority without judicial review. That’s a terrible idea. The OHA oversees a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that tracks who prescribes what to whom. The database is walled off from casual review to […]
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Incarceration isn’t always best option for those in mental health crisis

Mental health wears many faces and doesn’t discriminate. It can affect a successful CEO as much as it can a mother, a father, a high school student or even a stranger you pass on the street. Access to mental health care has become an issue of paramount importance. Source: Incarceration isn’t always best option for […]
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Oregon one of many states struggling with patient drug privacy

Oregon is one of many states around the country looking for ways to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to access state prescription drug databases without a warrant or court order, causing local and national privacy and patient rights groups to cry foul. Source: Oregon one of many states struggling with patient drug privacy […]
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Oregon cell phone law tough to enforce

A law passed in 2017 was supposed to get tougher on drivers distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices. More than a year later, many police officers say the law has been tough to enforce. Public records requests for the number of distracted driving citations under the new law showed many agencies have been […]
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Officers Supervising Portland Criminal Defendants Awaiting Trial Warn They’re Stretched Too Thin

This month, the deputies complained of an explosion in work. Three hundred defendants awaiting criminal trial in Multnomah County are currently assigned to one supervising sheriff’s deputy. It’s nearly triple the number of criminal defendants each deputy is supposed to monitor. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office runs a program called Close Street Supervision. Six deputies […]
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The next privacy worry is Ring doorbells and Nest security cameras. Here’s what you can do about it.

Police want to register — and even subsidize — private security cameras. That’s just the start of the ethical challenges ahead. Ding-dong, your doorbell is looking a bit creepy. Ring video doorbells, Nest Hello and other connected security cameras are the fastest-growing home improvement gadgets since garage-door openers. These cameras, often built into buzzers, alert your phone when […]
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Amazon facial-identification software used by police falls short on tests for accuracy and bias, new research finds

The new research is raising concerns about how biased results could tarnish the artificial-intelligence technology’s exploding use by police and in public venues, including airports and schools. Facial-recognition software developed by Amazon and marketed to local and federal law enforcement as a powerful crime-fighting tool struggles to pass basic tests of accuracy, such as correctly […]
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