The resident deputy program in Josephine County is in full swing. Today I spoke with one of the deputies specifically on the program. Erick Sturges is one of three deputies on the program. His job is to build a relationship with businesses, neighborhoods and schools.
Deputy Erick Sturges says "was introduced to the program on the 1st of September so I've had time to get in and introduce myself and work with most of the schools already."
Sheriff Dave Daniel says "the priority is to mentor and educate and we need to start with our youth and start at the ground floor and we are building back that trust."
Sheriff Dave Daniel at the Josephine County Sheriff's Office says this new program is old school policing and about getting back into the community.
Deputy Erick Sturges says "hear what the citizen's concerns are, problem areas, areas i can patrol more." Today Deputy Struges brought me to a school zone area that he's been patrolling.
Deputy Struges says "if people are really flying through here someone can get hurt." When someone does get pulled over for speeding through a school zone his goal is to educate people on why he needed to stop them.
Besides watching for speeders, Deputy Struges also attends neighborhood watch meetings as part of the program. Eventually his office will be in one of the three Rivers School District Schools.
Sheriff Daniel says "it's just another step for us to move forward."