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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.
Black Butte Police Participate in the
FROM THE CHIEF'S DESK........
The Thin Blue Line Flag
Recognizing Our Fallen Heroes
The Black Butte Police Department recently moved our flags to a more prominent location at the entrance to the Station. Along with the United States Flag we also fly the Thin Blue Line Flag. Since we moved the flags we have had several questions about the Thin Blue Line Flag and what it represents.
Over the last year Law Enforcement has adopted the Thin Blue Line Flag “to commemorate our fallen and to show support for the living law enforcement officers and to symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of fellow civilians from criminal elements.”
The Thin Blue Line Flag reportedly originated in
the United Kingdom “as a mark of respect for
fallen police officers / staff.” Police in the United States followed suit with their own version of the Thin Blue Line Flag.
After the murder of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald Jacob "Jake" Gutierrez on November 30, 2016 we lowered our flags to half-mast to acknowledge his sacrifice. Our goal is to continue to acknowledge Law Enforcement officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. When the Thin Blue Line Flag is lowered we will post the name of the officer(s) being honored with their End of Watch (EOW) date.
Law Enforcement is a challenging career. It can be dangerous and every decision may be second guessed by individuals who are in a safe place and know little about the job. Criticism is part of the job, and it always will be. Over the last few years some of the criticism has been extreme but it has been countered by the show of significant support. Many of you have taken the time and effort to express your support. We appreciate it very much.
Our Fourth Annual Chirstmas Giving Tree was a huge sucess!
The Black Butte Ranch community really stepped up this year. The amount of gifts dropped off at the PD this year surpassed all prior years. This years program served 138 families and over 165 children! The willingness to help out families & children in our community, by the residents here on the Ranch has been so heart warming..
The Department would like to thank each and every person that donated this year. You truely helped make Christmas special for so many in our communtiy.
Thank You and Merry Christmas
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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.
2016 SAFE KIDS PRORGAM
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