GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Community policing is coming back to Josephine County in the form of a new Resident Deputy Program, according to a statement from Sheriff Dave Daniel on Wednesday.
According to Daniel, this isn't the first time that the County has seen such a program — but it was phased out over a decade ago for "unknown reasons," and would have been done away with regardless due to a tightening budget.
The new Resident Deputy Program will feature three deputies centrally stationed at the Three Rivers School District schools, each one responsible for a different region — one from Merlin to Wolf Creek, another from Hayes Hill to the California border, and the third from New Hope to Williams.
"The idea is to get back into the community to begin to rebuild relationships, provide targeted enforcement and work on the many livability issues our citizenry has struggled with every day," said Daniel.
Resident deputies will share space at the schools with three new soon-to-be-hired School Resource Officers — thanks to funding from state taxed marijuana revenues, Daniel said.
"Residents of Josephine County will begin to see these deputies at public events more often and in and around our schools," said Daniel. "Already they are receiving questions from citizens as to 'What is wrong and why are you here?' For residents of Josephine County, this is the new norm, so don't be alarmed as we increase service and the presence in our communities with the goal of serving you better. Your Sheriff's Office is coming back!"