Watch the July 20 City Council Work Session. Eugene Police Chief Skinner gives a presentation and the Council has a discussion about public safety funding and how to most effectively bring a broad array of perspectives and priorities into our discussions of structural change.
Faster, More Efficient Response
- More 911 dispatchers and officers to respond to calls
- A 911 field medical triage using smaller Community Response Units to respond to situations that aren’t life-threatening
- More Community Service Officers (CSOs) that provide public safety support and assist with non-emergency calls, freeing patrol officers’ time for proactive, community policing
Deter Crime – Connect People to Services – Engage Kids Early
- A 10-person Street Crimes Unit to proactively deter crimes
- Increased officer presence in neighborhoods allowing more time for problem-solving and traffic patrols
- Homeless services that help people stabilize and improve their lives by increasing collaboration with social service and medical organizations
- Expanded youth programs to engage and help at-risk youth, including after-school programs, 15th Night and inclusion programs
More Investigations – More Court Services – More Accountability
- More detectives to investigate more crimes
- Opening and staffing a third court room to reduce the backlog of cases, resolve cases more quickly, and the needed prosecutors, court appointed attorneys and court staff
- More jail beds and probation officers to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable
Allocation of Funds:
- Approximately 65% of the funding will go toward police services including: 40 patrol officers, 5 detectives, 4 sergeants, 10 community service officers, 9.5 staff for 911, animal welfare and traffic safety officers, and evidence control and forensic analysts.
- Approximately 10% will go to fire and emergency medical services including the creation of a 911 triage program and field triage/community response unit.
- Approximately 10% will go toward prevention and homelessness services including adding emergency shelter options, a day center and funding after school programs at Title 1 schools.
- Approximately 15% will go to Municipal Court services including opening third courtroom with additional staffing, expanding Community Court and mental health court programs, and adding 10 jail beds and increased jail services.