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We understand parents, students, faculty and staff are very worried by the recent crimes occurring near the UO campus and we share your concerns.
We are keenly focused on this issue and are applying the Eugene Police Department’s resources as a priority alongside our partners, including the University of Oregon Police Department.
EPD has deployed additional resources including investigations personnel, extra patrols and presence in the area. In addition, we have assigned targeted deployments and officers designated for rapid response. Investigative staff have been reviewing all reports and examining all evidence.
EPD and University of Oregon Police Department Public Information officers are closely exchanging information that is being pushed out through social media, including safety tips for students. A tip line has been setup to capture any leads on cases already reported at 541-682-5169.
We urgently wish to capture these suspects and are doing our best to do so. The safety of our community is a priority and we are working hard with our partners to resolve these cases as quickly as possible.
We have been hearing from parents, students and community members about the ability of Uber and Lyft to operate in Eugene. Currently, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are currently allowed to operate in the City of Eugene. Even though the code and rules were updated to allow TNCs to operate in Eugene, they have not yet chosen to begin operations in our city.
In February 2018 Eugene City Council discussed TNCs and directed the City Manager to bring back new code change language that continues to maintain important community safety standards like independent driver background checks, while working to better align with TNC’s business model.
We want to assure you that staff and leadership are working diligently on this process and continue to work with stakeholders including Uber and Lyft. Changing City code is a legal process with prescribed steps and timelines that must be honored.
The following resources may be of help while we are working through our process as outlined above:
Additionally, the University of Oregon offers the following resources for students (as posted by the University of Oregon Police Department, Chief of Police Matt Carmichael):
It is critical that students let law enforcement know about crimes or suspicious conditions IMMEDIATELY.
The UO has staff available 24 hours a day to support and respond to students in crisis. Call 541-346-SAFE or visit safe.uoregon.edu.