Police get money to increase security at outdoor events

ASHLAND, Or. – Several police departments in the Rogue Valley are getting money to beef up security at public events.

Ashland, Grants Pass, and Medford have been awarded a grant for anti-vehicle barriers.

They’ll be used to make sure people at outdoor events in Southern Oregon are safe.

This comes after multiple incidents of people driving vehicles into large crowds across the country.

The cities will share the equipment with other groups in Jackson and Josephine counties.

“These tools will give us a little upgrade into how we can protect the community events and how labor-intensive it is to protect community events. The security will go up and the labor involved in accomplishing that goal will go down,” Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said.

The Ashland Police Chief said he’s been trying to get these resources in Ashland for years.

The barriers are expected to get to the region in mid-2023.

Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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