Springfield Searches for Police Chief

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield Police Department will have its new leader at the end of October. ┬áBut first, the city has to narrow down a pretty competitive applicant pool. Fifty people applied for the position and in the next few weeks the city will narrow its options down to four to six. Then the … Continue reading »

Police Impersonator Arrested

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Junction City man is in the Lane County Jail, accused of impersonating a police officer. Police say they had been looking for the suspect since the alleged incident last month. The alleged incident happened July 18 at Gateway Mall in Springfield. That’s when police say 29-year-old Travis Lee Riley approached security … Continue reading »

Citizens Question Local Law Enforcement

EUGENE, Ore. — There have been several events the last few months in Eugene and Springfield that have people thinking twice about local law enforcement. After hearing about what’s been going on these last few months, most of the citizens KEZI 9 News spoke to Thursday were definitely a little less trusting of these civil … Continue reading »

National Night Out Kickoff Event

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield Police Department and local neighborhood watch groups spent Sunday afternoon informing families of various community resources, teaching safety and providing fun activities for kids. It’s all to kick off National Night Out, which highlights partnerships between police and community members throughout the country. Springfield’s Island Park was filled with families … Continue reading »

Police Dogs Show off Their Skills

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — They say a dog is a man’s best friend and Saturday Springfield police showed they make a pretty good coworker too. Dogs from throughout the state competed head to head in Springfield’s annual police dog competition. The dogs competed in five different categories focusing on speed, agility, and the dogs sense of … Continue reading »

Residents Get Inside Look at SPD

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local residents are getting a chance to learn about the inner workings of the Springfield Police Department thanks to its Citizens Police Academy. The program has been going on for about 25 years now, and coordinators say each year the class just gets bigger and bigger. This year 35 students fill a … Continue reading »

Schools Warn of Stranger Danger

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Two Springfield middle school students were offered soda if they agreed to get in a strangers car. SPD is now investigating the encounter. It says two 11 year olds were walking home from Agnus Stewart Middle School Wednesday when they say on Cherokee Drive they were approached by two males in a … Continue reading »

Mother Reacts to Bishop’s Re-Arrest

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield mother whose daughter was allegedly videotaped by a neighbor is reacting to his re-arrest. The suspect, Dana Bishop, is back in jail facing 35 additional charges of invasion of personal privacy. The family asked that we shield their identity over the weekend, but now they agreed to go on camera … Continue reading »

New Interim Police Chief Chosen

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield police captain will step up to fill the void left when Chief Jerry Smith steps down. Richard Lewis has been with the department for nearly 30 years. He says he feels honored to have been chosen. “The first thought I had was probably a tremendous sense of responsibility. We have … Continue reading »

Springfield Names Interim Chief

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield’s city manager Tuesday named a new interim police chief to replace Jerry Smith once he retires at the end of the month. Sgt. Richard Lewis got the nod. He’s been part of the Springfield Police Department since 1983. Lewis will manage the department until the city hires a new chief. He … Continue reading »

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