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.

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