HARRISBURG, Ore. -- Residents in Harrisburg had their first opportunity to meet the Coburg officers that will be doing traffic patrols during peak driving times throughout the city.
About 30 people packed a room in the Harrisburg Municipal Center to meet the officers as well as deputies with the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Mayor Bobby Duncan said this partnership between his city and Coburg has been in the works for six months.
Harrisburg will pay Coburg $15,000 a year for 25 hours of patrols a month. Coburg Police said they will only do traffic patrols during times when there is heavy traffic. If there is criminal activity, police said they will assist the Linn County sheriff as needed.
Duncan said the city looked into tapping into Coburg law enforcement resources as a way to improve safety on the streets. He said their position at the very south end of Linn County makes it hard for deputies to respond promptly.
"There are always hard decisions to make when you're in small-town politics," Duncan said. "This was easy. When it comes to safety, it's not a hard decision."
Duncan also said this is only a pilot program and will be so until December. Once data from the pilot phase is collected and analyzed, the city council will decide whether or not to make it permanent.