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DESCHUTES COUNTY 9-1-1 ANNOUNCES TEXT-TO-911 SERVICE WILL BEGIN DEC. 12
For Immediate Release
November 28, 2016
Director, Deschutes 911
911: Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t
Starting Monday, Dec. 12, people in Deschutes County can text their emergencies to 911.
Text-to-911 is a tool for people who may not be able to speak due the nature of their emergency, such as a home invasion robbery or an abusive partner. It will also benefit individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities.
“We know calling 911 isn’t always an option,” said Deschutes County 911 Service District Director Steve Reinke. “When a phone call isn’t possible, the Service District’s Text-to-911 service will help people get the assistance they need.”
To text Deschutes County 911, users should look for the message icon on their cell phones and enter 911 in the number field of the text message screen. Then, users should type the location and type of emergency in the message field.
Important Things to Know About Text-to-911:
Reinke emphasized Text-to-911 should only be used when it isn’t possible or safe to communicate with 911 by voice. “We can process an emergency call faster using voice communication but, when a voice call isn’t possible, Text-to-911 will help us help people get the assistance they need.”
For additional details about Text-to-911, please visit www.deschutes.org/911 or www.nwtext911.info.
FROM THE CHIEF'S DESK........
On a warm October evening several years ago, an experienced police officer responded to a neighborhood street to assist another officer with a man in a car. When the cover officer approached the car he first saw an older gentleman with some blood on his head. As the primary officer was working his way up to the driver’s door the cover officer told him the subject was bleeding. As the primary officer approached the driver’s door to contact the driver, the cover officer saw the man was holding a gun close to his chest, turning and pointing it at the primary officer.
In an instant both officers had to react. The primary officer actually saw the gun pointed at him as he heard the cover officer yell “GUN!”
Following any Officer Involved Shooting there is a rigorous investigation. Officers have another officer assigned to them while the scene is processed. When their gun is taken as evidence it is replaced with an identical loaner gun. They are encouraged to contact their family to let them know what has happened.
The officers are required to visit a Mental Health Professional. This visit is for the officers and not the agency and the information is a confidential conversation between the Mental Health Professional and the officer.
The incident will be investigated with the assistance of an outside agency. A determination of the legality of the shooting will normally be reviewed by the District Attorney, a Grand Jury or in rare cases by DOJ. There is also an internal review to determine if the shooting was within the agency’s policy, which is more restrictive than state law. The agency’s training cadre will also examine the incident to improve training and capture any lessons learned.
Police officers approach unknown danger regularly. The majority of officer’s I know have been confronted with circumstances where deadly force would be justified and within policy, but they did not shoot.
On January 26th, 2017, the Deschutes County Law Enforcement Agencies’ executives, as well as the local FBI, Parole & Probation and Oregon State Police met with Sheriff Shane Nelson and District Attorney John Hummel to review the Officer involved incidents where Deadly Force was used in Deschutes County last year. A civilian representative also sits on this board.
This meeting is conducted annually, as required by SB111, so that agencies can share updates to their Deadly Force Policies and review the investigative process of prior incidents. This group reviewed the three officer involved deadly force incidents that occurred in Deschutes County.
In part, SB111 provides direction for law enforcement agencies in regards to deadly force. SB111 requires agencies:
The cooperation we have with the Central Oregon Law Enforcement community is outstanding. The Major Crimes Team, which Black Butte PD provides support to, investigates Officer’s use of deadly force as well as other major incidents.
The Black Butte Police Department wants you to know that we have a thorough Use of Force policy and we conduct training on use of force and our Deadly Force policy throughout the year.
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JURY DUTY/ WARRANT SCAM BEING INVESTIGATED
News Release from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 7th, 2017 5:02 PM
Released by: Lt. Chad Davis
Date/ Time of release: 2/7/17 at 4:50 p.m.
On 2/6/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office began receiving reports of a scam that has occurred several times within the last two years in our area.
This scam involves a male portraying himself as a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office and making a claim that a person has a warrant out for their arrest for missing jury duty. The caller then advises the potential victim to purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide them with the numbers on the card in order to pay the bail on the warrant and avoid going to jail. Unfortunately, some citizens have followed through with the caller's instructions and lost significant amounts of money by falling victim to this scam.
The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know this is a scam, and they should never send someone money without verifying the information they are being provided first. It is not common practice for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to advise a citizen they have a warrant over the phone. In most cases a citizen with a warrant will be contacted in person, and the Deputy will have proper credentials when serving the warrant.
Anyone receiving phone calls similar to this in nature is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911 to report it. This scam is currently being investigated.
Lt. Chad Davis, DCSO Detective Division
desk 541-312-6023, email: email@example.com
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There is no skateboarding allowed on the Ranch. This includes "Long Boards". Visit the Black Butte Ranch website for a list of all the Ranch rules & regulations.
Black Butte Police Department Installs Drug Drop Off Unit
The Black Butte Ranch Police Department has recently installed a drug drop-off box. The department received the free drop-off box through a grant from CVS Pharmacy's Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. CVS Pharmacy teamed up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to donate up to 1,000 drug collection units to law enforcement agencies nationwide. The Black Butte Ranch Police department completed the grant application in early May and received our box last week.
Homeowners are encouraged to drop off excess and unwanted prescriptions, including over-the-counter medications.
Items that will be accepted include:
-Prescription pills, Ointments or Patches
Items that will not be accepted include:
-Lotions or Liquids of any kind
All of the medication collected will be secured by the police department and destroyed by incineration.
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