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Coburg Police Department starts CHETT program to help victims

Starting this month, the Coburg Police Department with have a CHETT program to help victims in a variety of situations.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017 6:13 AM
Updated: Dec. 18, 2017 7:44 AM

COBURG, Ore. - The Coburg Police Department is starting a CHETT (Community Helps Easing Troubled Times) program, where funds come from community donations and used to help victims in a variety of situations.

This is after a $200 donation inspired them to do the same thing the Springfield Police Department (SPD) did two years ago. Chief Larry Larson said the donor has a family member in law enforcement.

After the department received the donation, Larson said he reached out to Lt. Scott McKee of Springfield Police for some ideas on what to do with it.

"I was trying to think of the best way to utilize that money and I thought about the Springfield CHETT program. I reached out to Lt. McKee and he was more than willing to help. It just seemed like a great program. So we are copying that program," said Chief Larson.

SPD is celebrating the Chett Program's two-year anniversary this month. Larson said that SPD has received $43,000 in donations since the program launched.

He said the CHETT Program is now in place in Coburg after city council approved the funding last Tuesday.

"Meals and gas seem to be one of the biggest needs. People coming in off the interstate. There might be a house fire where people would need a motel room. I know we had to go buy some baby formula for a young mom that didn't have food. We've really come out-of-pocket to buy those types of things," said Larson.

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