In the wake of increasing concerns and calls for remedy by individuals and Downtown businesses, Eugene Street Crimes Unit and the Downtown Team created a special enforcement effort with Downtown Team for a two-week saturation of downtown through February 12. They have extended Street Crimes deployment in Downtown for two additional weeks.
Also, in a new development, next week, the Community Engagement Team will start a two-week operation in the same area geared to focus on downtown and continue the goal of providing a safe and welcoming tone for the area. From February 14 through February 25, the CET will be:
- focusing efforts downtown with community engagement patrols,
- making daily contact with businesses, patrons, residents and visitors, and,
- providing crime prevention, police program assistance, and information.
CET’s two program managers and three specialists empower the community through proven crime prevention strategies with an emphasis on education to reduce crime and promote safety. For businesses in particular they specialize in helping with Trespass Letters, Planting Strip ordinances, rental property, burglary/robbery prevention, and City Watch. City Watch is a program best described as "Neighborhood Watch for businesses." It encourages those with employees and vehicles "out in the community," to become active partners with the Eugene Police Department. After some basic training during a presentation at your location, participants will assist EPD by being additional "eyes and ears" on the street, with a focus on recognizing and reporting suspicious and criminal activity. Upon request, some basic De-Escalation and personal safety concepts are incorporated into the presentation.
Another particular specialty of CET is providing businesses and residents with help setting up infrastructure and land so that it is a harder target for crime. This is called Crime Prevention by Environmental Design. CEPTED starts from an understanding that the design of buildings, landscaping and outdoor environments can either encourage or discourage crime. The three elements of CPTED are Territoriality, Surveillance and Access Control. There are four of CET staff members who are certified with advance certificates in CPTED. CPTED certification entails 40 hours of basic training, 24 hours of advance training and 16 hours of training every four years for recertification. The training consists of a mix of classroom/field practicum, group presentations and exercises.
Community engagement specialists are putting a special focus on downtown, but on a regular basis provide service city-wide by ‘beat.” Each area of the city has a CET specialist. This allows them the ability to be familiar with crime trends and unique community issues in their areas. Use the Find My Beat Application below to determine which police beat you live in to determine which Community Engagement Specialist is assigned to your area. Your Community Engagement Specialist can assist you with a large variety of prevention and non-emergency police services. You can find your CET specialist at: My "Beat" - My Community Engagement Specialist