Community Safety System

What's the problem?

Over the past 5 years, Eugene's population has grown and so have our public safety needs.

In the past 5 years:

  • 911 calls for Eugene Police have increased 21%
  • Police and 911 staffing has remained flat
  • Average wait time has increased by 20 minutes
  • Police are unable to respond to 1 out of 3 calls due to lack of patrol resources (when there is no immediate threat to life)

Our Fire & Emergency Medical Service (EMS) face a similar problem. Many of the calls to our Fire & EMS are for people experiencing chronic conditions who need ongoing care or help, but without many resources, they are forced to rely on emergency services.

While many creative programs have been applied to this problem to maximize resources and meet community needs, the growing demand continues to outpace capacity causing critical gaps in community safety and services.

  1. What's Next?
  2. Community Surveys
  3. Community Outreach
  4. What's been working?
  5. Timeline
  6. Council Presentations / Media Coverage

What's Next? 

On December 10 the City Council (unanimously) approved a one-time, 18-month funding strategy for $8.6 million. This “bridge” funding will support prevention efforts and services for youth and people experiencing homelessness, as well as police and emergency response services through June 2020.

Council has also committed to finding a long-term solution to this problem. A Revenue Team of community members and Councilors was established in November. This team is reviewing funding options that could provide on-going support for community prevention, response and resolution services. All of these services must work together to ensure efficient and effective use of these critical resources. 

See Community Safety Bridge Funding details