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2010 review of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office Print E-mail
Written by John Bishop, Curry County Sheriff   
December 22, 2010 04:00 am

This past year, we at the Curry County Sheriff’s Office have continued to consolidate and upgrade our efficiency and effectiveness. Because of space, I will generalize for each of my departments. More information will be released in the coming year.


911 Center

As of December 15th, the 911 center had received an average 6,014 calls a month and had managed approximately 128 inquiries a day. The communications division had taken 21,511 documented complaints for the year.


Patrol/Civil

We worked with several different agencies, and sheriff’s deputies handled numerous suicides or suicidal subjects, along with motorist’s assists and child welfare investigations.

Cases included: over 45 warrant arrests, over 50 burglaries, over 100 theft complaints, over 40 unattended death investigations, over 20 DUII arrests, and over 30 traffic crashes, including at least five involving fatalities.

The marijuana eradication effort this year involved more than nine missions, using 435 man hours. Deputies seized 10,284 plants, arrested three individuals and seized three weapons. Along with this workload we participated with the seven southern counties in their marijuana eradications.

The civil division was busy with over 1,186 civil packets including a growing number of foreclosures and sheriff sales of homes. In addition, deputies made over 5,500 attempts on service of those civil packets.

We reorganized our evidence room bringing it into compliance with state and federal guidelines. We also worked with a local gun dealer to switch out all of the deputies’ old guns giving them a newer generation and higher quality sidearm without any cost to the county.


Search and rescue

It was a busy year, starting off with a rescue on Jan. 1, 2010. We had 31 SAR missions, including the Zoey Dorsey search in which a 4- year-old girl was located. A total of 11 people were rescued. A CORSAR training event was held with 250 people attending from ten different counties to hear nationally renowned speakers. Seven county sheriffs attended. Four Curry County Search and Rescue volunteers were recognized by the State of Oregon Search and Rescue committee for their time, effort and dedication.

Curry County citizen, Robert Crump was recognized by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and given a life-saving award at the annual banquet in Bend earlier this month.


Jail

In 2009, the total number of bookings for the year was 765. As of Dec. 15, 2010, the total was 920, a significant increase. A change in pharmaceutical procedures is expected to save the county 35 percent. We have a fulltime nurse who can handle most medical issues, avoiding inmate trips to the hospital, and saving the county money. And it’s safer not having to move inmates out of a secured environment. We have begun billing inmates for medical costs as well as jail costs and any outstanding debt is turned over to a collections agency as well as the Oregon Department of Revenue. We’ve also entered into an agreement with Social Security in which anyone who’s in jail and on Social Security is reported, resulting in the benefits being stopped and a fee being paid to us, which averages around $800 a month. 

Food costs have also been reduced by changing the meals while still meeting the state’s nutrition requirements.  


Animal Control

So far this year, 175 dogs have been adopted out. Our licensing program is getting better, and we’ve started several programs, such as boarding, which has reduced the need for general fund dollars. We rescued 11 dogs from other shelters to keep them from being euthanized, and then adopted them out. The volunteers and Catherine Powers have made this shelter a success and deserve much credit for turning things around.


Emergency services

In 2010, we achieved 100 percent federal NIMS compliance. We completed a comprehensive update of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This is the guide to all emergency preparedness planning for the next five years. In addition, we’re finishing the update to the emergency operation plan for the county.

We have also begun work on the catastrophic recovery plan which will help with preparations for an earthquake tsunami event.

Emergency Services are also busy with day to day operations af other issues such as the emergency declaration for the Cranberry Farmers in the north county area.


Parole and probation

The state average for a P&P officer to supervise clients is approximately 55. Currently, our two officers supervise 160, in addition to individuals with community services conditions. State funding ia decreasing as the need for supervision increases.

The office also handled a dangerous and high-profile individual who took a significant amount of man hours to supervise. The end result was the offender sent back to prison and out of our community. The parole and probation officer assigned to the case did an outstanding job. 


Marine

The marine division was able to upgrade several pieces of equipment using marine board monies. New emergency and search lights for the boats were purchased. The marine division was integrated into the SAR program since the marine deputies spend most of their time on the water inside the federal forest boundaries.

Both marine deputies have become state instructors and help train new deputies around the state in boating and enforcement procedures, and assist, when requested, the two jet boat companies on the Rouge River.

The rivers in Curry County are among the most technical and dangerous in the state and nation, particularly the Upper Rogue, where, unfortunately, lives are lost almost every year, making it imperative our marine deputies retain their boating skills. 

We are currently working with the Oregon State Marine Board in acquiring a new patrol boat to replace our 1991 Jet Craft. The new boat should last ten years.


Accomplishments

Although we were operating under severe budget constraints in 2010, and were under even more state and federal mandates, we still came in under-budget for the 09/10 fiscal year, and we were able to get back into compliance in some areas which had not been addressed in years. Also, we got our qualifications for federal grants back on track so we can apply for federal dollars as they become available.

We’ve worked hard in our relationships will all outside agencies, media, and our citizens. We’ve been fiscally responsible with your money and have taken the office to a new level of competence, effectiveness and efficiency.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.     

 

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