Eugene Police Department

Eugene Police
6:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner On Changes in Police Practices

Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner.
Credit Tiff / KLCC

Mark Gissiner has been Eugene's police auditor the past five years.  He's seen changes in police practices during that time.

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Crime & Law
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Achieving Equity in Law Enforcement

Recorded on: November 14, 2014

Air date: November 17, 2014

Achieving Equity in Law Enforcement

Guest Speakers: Pete Kerns, Chief, Eugene Police Department; Tim Doney, Chief, Springfield Police Department; Carolyn McDermed, Chief, University of Oregon Police Department; Tom Turner, Lane County Sheriff; and Lang Hinkle, Master Sergeant, Oregon State Police

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Crime & Law
9:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

8-Year-Old Boy Hit By Bicyclist Riding On Sidewalk In Downtown Eugene

Credit City of Eugene

This week the City of Eugene is installing signs on the sidewalks to indicate the designated zone for where bicyclists and skaters need to dismount and walk. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the Eugene City Council in July approved new laws prohibiting people from riding skateboards or bikes on sidewalks in the downtown area. The laws went into effect August 29. Since then, police have been issuing warnings and citations. The maximum fine is $50.

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Disasters & Accidents
8:26 am
Sat November 1, 2014

West 7th Ave Now Open at Charnelton Following Crash

A van crashed into a tree early Saturday morning in downtown Eugene, closing W. 7th at Charnelton St.
Credit Angela Kellner

UPDATE: 10:28 a.m.

Eugene Police say all lanes of W. 7th Ave. are now open.

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m.

Eugene Police say two lanes of West 7th Avenue are now open to traffic.

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Eugene Police are investigating a Saturday morning crash of a white van into a tree on West 7th Avenue between Charnelton and Olive St.

West 7th is closed until further notice at Charnelton. The condition of the driver has not been released.

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Crime & Law
1:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Police Seek Help Locating Stolen Painting

The boy in front of the painting is not part of the piece. this was the only picture the owner had available.
Credit Eugene Police Department

The Eugene Police Department is asking the public for any information about a stolen painting. Between May and August, a person purchased a painting from a Eugene second-hand store. It had been stolen in a burglary from a residence in West Eugene. The painting features a Vietnam countryside and according to the victim; it is a quilt-style.  

EPD is not looking for the suspect, as he has already been arrested. The store and the purchaser would be considered victims also. Anyone with any information on the piece is asked to contact EPD.

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Law Enforcement
10:48 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Eugene Police Using Body Cameras To Record Interactions

When citizens and law enforcement encounter situations when there are no witnesses around, the judicial system is left with a "he said-she said" situation. New technology can help with that: body cameras. Use of the cameras has been growing nationally and the Eugene Police Department is leading the trend locally.

The Register-Guard reports 18 officers are currently using body cameras. A California study shows when officers were equipped with cameras, there was a 60 percent drop in complaints about the officer's use of force.

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crisis intervention
4:18 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Lane County Law Enforcers Attend Crisis Training

Credit psychcentral.com

This week, police officers from around Lane County are training to more effectively resolve encounters with people who have mental illness.

Eugene Police have had annual crisis intervention training since 2008. This year, for the first time, the 40-hour class has expanded to include law enforcement personnel from around the region.

Lieutenant Jennifer Bills developed the program. She says its goal is to give officers the tools they need to better deal with people with intellectual disabilities.

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Crime & Law
4:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Police Auditor Finds Misconduct On The Rise In EPD

Mark Gissiner is Police Auditor for the City of Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The rate of Eugene Police misconduct is up-- according to the newly released annual report by the Police Auditor.  The Auditor attributes the increase, in part, to a new prevalence of video evidence.

Last Fall, an inmate in the Lane County Jail was beaten by a Eugene Police officer and it was caught on camera. The officer was subsequently fired. Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner says that case is an example of how technology has improved his ability to do his job.

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Law Enforcement
10:20 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Two Warrants Issued During "No Refusal Weekend" In Eugene.

Credit www.eugene-or.gov

Two "blood draw warrants" were sought during the July 4th "No Refusal Weekend" in Eugene. Extra officers were on patrol looking for intoxicated drivers during a six hour block, Friday. 9 drivers were cited for impaired driving, 7 of those voluntarily agreed to a breath sample. The Eugene Police Department says during "No Refusal Weekend" not a single crash was reported, there were no fatalities, or property damage as a result of impaired driving. EPD was joined by Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police as part of the state-wide effort to obtain blood samples.

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Eugene / Springfield
9:30 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Fireworks Enforcement In Eugene / Springfield

Credit Epic Fireworks - Flickr

The Eugene - Springfield Fire and Eugene Police Departments took additional steps to reduce the number of fireworks violations last (Friday) night. Additional officers were on patrol from 8 pm to 2 am. According to a preliminary report, more than 160 people called in complaints about fireworks. That's down from 2013 which had more than 200. In June, the Eugene City Council approved two city code changes regarding fireworks. Legally purchased fireworks can now only be used between June 23rd and July 6th and December 31st and January 1st.

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