Operation C.A.R.E Sheds Light on Issues

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MEDFORD, Ore. — For the eighth time, Medford city officials went door-to-door for Operation Community Awareness Rejuvenation Effort or Operation C.A.R.E.

“There’s a lot of examples where we’ve made a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes, it’s a little thing for us as a city, but a big thing to them,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

The project is done twice a year. The goal is to survey residents and make sure they come face-to-face with the city’s decision-makers.

“A lot of people have issues or concerns. But maybe not enough that they’re going to go down to the city hall and talk to anybody about it. But if somebody comes to their door and says, hey how are things? They would be more willing to talk about the issues,” explained Budreau.

When it came to crime or street issues, no question or concern was off the table.

“I really like that. I really appreciate it. It’s really good to get with people in the neighborhood. I don’t think other cities do these types of things so, I think it’ll be good,” said resident Thomas Flannery.

“It’s a benefit of living in a city. You should be able to be close with your city officials and we should be close to them,” said Budreau.