The Community Safety System works to keep everyone safe. This system is made up of interdependent City departments and community partners. Each relies on the other in different situations.
What is the problem?
Our Community Safety System is stressed:
- Calls for Eugene Police increased 21% from 2014-17.
- Staffing levels have remained relatively flat.
- One out of three non-life-threatening police calls for service receive no response, and general response times have increased by 20 minutes.
- The number of unsheltered single adults is significantly higher than in similar communities.
What is the plan?
The Eugene City Council passed the Community Safety Payroll Tax Ordinance (No. 20616) in June 2019 to provide long-term funding for community safety services. The Community Safety Payroll Tax is expected to generate funds to provide faster, more efficient safety responses, deter crime, connect people to services, engage and help at-risk youth, support more investigations and court services, and add jail beds to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable.