Creswell to Discuss Public Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — Public safety is a hot topic at the Creswell City Council meeting Monday night.

After a recent shooting and a string of break-ins and burglaries, Creswell residents, even counselors have been calling for a change in how the city is protected.

There are two things likely to happen at the meeting. The city council president will propose hiring one more Lane County sheriff’s deputy, and two counselors will request hiring a professional consultant to look at the state of public safety.

Creswell doesn’t have its own police force and is patrolled by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

The residents here have become very outspoken regarding their safety concerns. Some are even pushing the city to create its own department or partnering with a nearby city like Cottage Grove. That extra deputy would make three total, which means 24-hour coverage for neighborhoods. But many say that is just a temporary fix.

Councilman A.J. O’Connell says he will be requesting the city to look at consulting firm prices and funding sources.

The meeting starts at Creswell City Hall at 7 p.m. There will be a public forum, and then the sheriff’s office will give a presentation.

Watch KEZI 9 News at 11 p.m. to learn more about the decision.

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