BREAKING NEWS Pac-12 lifts postponement of athletic activities, paves way for return of football Full Story

Eugene Police Department unveils Street Crimes Unit

Skinner said the team will stay on top of robberies, burglaries, property crimes and some violent crimes.

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 6:28 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2019 8:09 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Police Department unveiled their new Street Crimes Unit Wednesday as a way to focus on "prolific offenders."

“To say that I am excited about our Street Crimes Unit is an understatement,” Chief Chris Skinner said. “These are some of our most highly motivated and skilled staff, and they are passionate about this new mission. They are going to make a dynamic difference in a variety of public safety issues including on emerging crimes and neighborhood livability issues."

Skinner said the team will stay on top of robberies, burglaries, property crimes and some violent crimes.

"It gives us an opportunity to have a dedicated workforce, to have us get out and solve these problems in these neighborhoods."

Skinner said patrol is the backbone of the department, and right now, they need to make sure their staffing levels are what they need to be at in order to move officers out of patrol and onto the new team.

"Right now we're just having a tremendous amount of luck with recruitment. I've got 12 in the academy now. I'm expected to make job offers to 15 to 17 officers in April, so we're really excited about the momentum the Eugene Police Department has right now."

Community members seem to be feeling the momentum too.

"Maybe if they get people like this moving on down the road, go south or north on I-5, but if we even get on it quicker, maybe we'll stifle it quicker," Eugene resident Norm Chapman said.

"I think it'll clean up the downtown area which is important, so people can come shop again here," Eugene resident Wilfredo Caceres said.

Skinner said the funding for the new unit comes from an $8.6 million investment the city council approved last year.

The funding will last for the next year and a half.

He said the team will be made up of a sergeant and four officers and could expand to include another sergeant and four more officers.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31503

Reported Deaths: 538
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah6938136
Marion452292
Washington436959
Umatilla292841
Clackamas231461
Malheur157525
Jackson10914
Lane105916
Deschutes78912
Yamhill74514
Jefferson5168
Polk51115
Morrow4906
Linn48013
Lincoln47513
Union4352
Benton2886
Klamath2772
Wasco2733
Hood River2480
Douglas2213
Josephine1942
Columbia1551
Coos1470
Clatsop1270
Baker912
Crook611
Tillamook510
Curry310
Lake280
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Gilliam80
Grant80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Few Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
Corvallis
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 54°
Roseburg
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 60°
North Bend
Overcast
58° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 58°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events