Eugene Police promote safety at Sunday Streets

Officer Bo Rankin says events like Sunday Streets are always good for the community. One of the main things the police department was focusing on was bike security and safety.

Posted: Jul 29, 2018 5:05 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2018 5:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --Thousands flooded the streets of downtown Eugene on Sunday to bike, walk and play at Sunday Streets.

The Eugene Police Department was patrolling the streets by bike, but also could be found at tents teaching the community about safety.

Officer Bo Rankin with the Eugene Police Department said events like Sunday Streets are always good for the community.

“I just like to see more people down here, you know, whenever we have these events, it's a nice balance,” Officer Rankin said. “You get a really nice balance of people coming down here and it seems to really shift things in a positive way when we get people down here so I like seeing this, and I’d like to see more of this."

One of the main things the police department was focusing on was bike security and safety.

Debbie Janecek, Program Manager for Crime Prevention at the Eugene Police Department, said over thirty bikes were registered throughout the day.

She said registering your bike allows the police department to document the serial number on your bike which can help them find it if it's ever stolen.

The Police Department was also handing out bait bike decals as a part of the bait bike initiative, which Janeck said has been extremely successful.

It’s not a Sunday Streets without the Eugene Slug Queens, of course.

Stella Slimalotta, the 1995 Slug Queen said this event is a great way to celebrate life.

She said the Eugene Police Department does a great job of keeping the community safe.

"I’ve never felt unsafe here,” Slimalotta said. “I’ve lived in Eugene for 40 some years. I came from Michigan, grew up in Detroit and I have never felt unsafe."

Officer Rankin said in the three years he's been at Sunday Streets, there’s never been any issues.

Additional officers and volunteers were called in to assist with the event.

Rankin said extra security measures were put in place leading up to the middle of the summer to make downtown an overall safer place to be.

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