Josephine County Closes Departments

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Fri, May 25 2012 at 5:42 PM, Updated: Fri, May 25 2012 at 6:15 PM

As a result of severe budget cuts to public safety Josephine County records division and the major crimes unit will close. It doesn't stop there. To fill gaps to public safety, money is being drawn away from other services like the animal shelter where they plan on euthanizing dogs after three days and excluding cats entirely.


From here on out there won't be deputy follow-up for non-emergency calls and all criminal cases with the sheriff's department have been handed over by detectives to the district attorney's office. It's next the  next thing to hit Josephine County with its $7.5 million dollar budget shortfall. The sheriff's major crimes unit closed their doors while remaining cases were handed over to the district attorney's office. The records division will not open after today. While these cuts are being made the county took a $450 thousand dollar loan from road funds to keep three deputies for patrols. For a total of seven, including the sheriff. Theres a ripple effect. The county animal shelter is making changes too. The kinks are still being worked out but county commissioners say dogs without ID who are left for more than three days will be euthanized cats wont be taken at all. It's unlikely that any of these service will return at any level  as funding is already stretched thin.
It's not the end. By June first, more cuts will come. Only one dispatcher will be handling life threatening emergency calls. If no sheriff deputy is able to respond, state police will but it could be a while before they can get there.

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