MEDFORD, Ore. — Security guards are now on duty instead of police at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport.
The airport has used the Medford Police Department for six years, but making this switch is saving the airport a little over $150,000.
The new security guards began on Sunday. They are from Rams Specialized Security Service, a Portland based company.
“They were ready. They were like invisible. The guys showed up with a little bit of a different uniform. Other than that, it went just as smooth as we could ask for,” said Airport Director Bern Case.
The security guards will be licensed to carry fire-arms and will have gone through training. The officers who worked at the airport will not be laid off. They will fill in open spots at the Medford Police Department.