Southern Oregon Safety Alliance hoping to improve safety in JoCo

Josephine County, Ore. — There’s a push to keep streets and communities safer in Josephine County.

It’s a newly formed group called Southern Oregon Safety Alliance.

The group is made up of several community organizations and businesses committed to providing security to the community 24 hours a day.

“We’ll learn… we’ll see what we’re told tonight,” Grants Pass resident Dan Davids said.

Dan Davids has lived in Grants Pass for five years.

He believes the Southern Oregon Safety Alliance could fill in the gaps for busy law enforcement officers in Josephine County.

“We think this could be a good alternative to the lack of sheriff patrols etc. that we have here in the county,” Davids said.

Jes Webb with Rural Metro Fire Department says the alliance came together a year ago and got serious about their group after the last safety levy failed.

“We all work together and it’s nice to know that we can trust each other and depend on each other as the services are required,” Webb said.

The organizations and businesses in the alliance include American Medical Response, Rural Metro Fire, Concierge Home, and SOS Alarm.

Their mission is to improve safety and security throughout Josephine County.

But it all starts with educating the public.

“There’s a lot of things that people can do at their home and on their property and for themselves that will protect them,” Webb said.

Davids simply hopes word about the alliance spreads throughout the community.

“I just wish there were more people here because more people need to hear this message,” Davids said.

Southern Oregon Safety Alliance will be holding additional public forums throughout the county.

Visit http://www.southernoregonsafetyalliance.com/for more information.

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