Snow slows down police response times, number of calls

Medford, Ore. — Snow and ice are slowing down response times, forcing Medford Police to chain up, just to get to their calls.

“Just because it snows, doesn’t mean emergencies stop,” Lt. Kerry Curtis said.

The recent blast of winter weather hasn’t stopped officers from doing their jobs, but it’s certainly slowed them down.

“We put chains on our police cars, and that really helps our ability to get places, we certainly can’t get places faster than sometimes we would like.”

The snow has also affected the number of calls they’re getting.

“We’re usually busy day in and day out, and through the nights, but things have slowed down a little bit, which is a good thing.”

Another good thing, according to Curtis: bare pavement is beginning to make an appearance once again on city streets.

“I think we’ve had our fair share of snow for the year,” Lt. Curtis said.

There are still areas of the city that are icy, so police are asking drivers to take it slow.

Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting lost in a good book, and exploring Southern Oregon.

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