Community Safety and Services
What's the problem?
Over the past 5 years, Eugene's population has grown and so have our public safety needs.
In the past 5 years:
- Eugene 911 calls have increased 21%
- Police and 911 staffing has remained flat
- Average wait time has increased by 20 minutes
- Police are unable to respond to 1 out of 3 calls due to lack of patrol resources
(when there is no immediate threat to life)
Our Fire & Emergency Medical Service (EMS) face a similar problem. Many of the calls to our Fire & EMS are for people experiencing chronic conditions who need ongoing care or help, but without many resources, they are forced to rely on emergency services.
While many creative programs have been applied to this problem to maximize resources and meet community needs, the growing demand continues to outpace capacity causing critical gaps in community safety and services.
This summer, the City is reaching out to the community in a variety of ways to get a better understanding of people's concerns and priorities as they relate to community safety and services.
Seeking Community Input
We will be at the following events throughout the summer to discuss community safety and services. Please stop by to share your feedback.
- June 26: Farmer's Market Family Day, Park Blocks, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- July 10: Party in the Parks, Churchill Sports Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- July 12: Touch-a-Truck, Petersen Barn, 5-7:30 p.m.
- July 17: Party in the Parks, Maurie Jacobs Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- July 19: Family Fun Night, Petersen Barn, 5:30-7 p.m.
- July 29: Sunday Streets, Downtown Eugene, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
- August 5: Cal Young Neighborhood Block Party, Wesley United Methodist Church, 12-3 p.m.
- August 7: Party in the Parks, Bethel Community Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- August 14: Party in the Parks, Washington Jefferson Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- August 21: Party in the Parks, Arrowhead Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- September 7: Fiesta Cultural, Kesey Square, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
As we do this important work, we want to hear from you about your priorities and expected levels of service.
By working with local partners and looking for creative solutions, we've maximized our public safety resources for our growing population with its increasing needs. This work has focused on connecting people to services that help address underlying issues.
Programs and Innovative Solutions
- Community Court
- Court Programs and Alternative Solutions
- Community Outreach Response Team (CORT)
- Funding Cahoots
- Activating Downtown Eugene with events and programs
These programs have demonstrated success in reducing arrests and the need for emergency services. They also rely on grants, one-time funding, or reallocating existing resources and need stable, ongoing funding to continue or expand.
|CORT Launches||Park and Downtown Safety Initiative||February Council Meeting|
|Park Safety Initiative||CAHOOTS 24-Hour Service||May Council Meeting and Budget Committee Meeting|
|Community Court||July Council Update|
|Park Blocks Safety||Develop Strategy and Funding Options|
|CAHOOTS Expanded||September Council Review of Strategy and Funding Options|
City Council Presentations
- July 18, 2018 Work Session Webcast
- July 18, 2018 Work Session PowerPoint
- May 16, 2018 Work Session Webcast
- May 16, 2018 Work Session PowerPoint
- Feb. 20, 2018 Work Session Webcast
- Feb. 20, 2018 Work Session PowerPoint
Recent Media Coverage
- Police Seek More Funding (KEZI, Aug. 9, 2018)
- City of Eugene launches public safety survey (Register-Guard, Aug. 4, 2018)
- Lack of patrol officers has new Eugene Police Chief facing tough problems Opens a New Window. (KMTR/KVAL, July 11, 2018)
Opens a New Window.
- Eugene police chief orders review of patrol operations Opens a New Window. (Register-Guard, July 6, 2018)