EPD’s Street Crimes Unit has been honored for exemplary work in 2022. This award is not necessarily given every year, but it is awarded when a unit is deserving of special recognition because their service is truly outstanding and exemplary, and the members have together shown the ability to successfully perform the unit’s mission with each member participating and coming together as a team.
In 2022, SCU continued to deliver high quality service to the Eugene community, while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and esprit de corps. Each member worked and continues to strive toward the unit’s common goals. In addition, the SCU takes initiative in apprising their EPD colleagues of trends encountered on the street. The unit has built strong working relationships with adjoining jurisdictions, federal partners, the county attorney’s office, and other individual units within the department. In 2022, the SCU conducted numerous investigations and wrote more than 40 body, vehicle, residential and phone warrants, resulting in the seizure of firearms, narcotics and cash and the apprehension of fugitives. The unit uses human sources to resolve criminal behavior quickly and efficiently, in the process earning the respect of criminals and trust of the community. The unit’s members are recognized for consistently, resolutely, and selflessly striving to keep Eugene safe.
SCU is funded by the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Payroll Tax and works in concert with communities to help solve issues. The unit focuses on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips, and other sources. They proactively respond across the city to quality-of-life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. SCU is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative.