Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit began an intensive downtown operation beginning August 2 and going through August 17. During the operation, SCU focused on myriad issues plaguing the downtown core and immediate surrounding areas. These issues included quality of life, municipal code enforcement, parks enforcement, narcotic-related crimes, and other felony crimes.
In a two-week period comprised of eight working days, SCU accomplished the following:
20 Custodial Arrests
33 Citations in Lieu of Custody
16 Felony cases
62 Misdemeanor cases
7 Uniform Traffic Citations
33 Field Interviews
140 Self-initiated Calls
60 Person Stops
20 Traffic Stops
75 Reports Generated
Many of the arrests were warrant related. There were three narcotic-related cases with discovery of commercial delivery amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine. One vehicle search warrant resulted in the recovery of a stolen firearm and dealer amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl. Furthermore, SCU gained valuable information regarding the current narcotic trends plaguing the city and will be conducting follow-up investigations. SCU cleared two runaway cases and assisted patrol on numerous calls, one of which resulted in a search warrant executed on August 16 in the area of E. 13th Avenue and High Street.
SCU is funded by the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Payroll Tax and works in concert with communities to help solve issues. The unit focuses on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips, and other sources. They proactively respond across the city to quality-of-life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. SCU is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative.