© 2023 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

EPD Personnel Continue To Serve Public, While Wary Of COVID-19

Brian Bull

In this age of social distancing and increased sanitation, law enforcement – including Eugene Police - have had to balance being responsive with observing pandemic protocols.

EPD personnel aren’t mandated to wear protective gear, but are urged to use their best judgment if any are warranted. Officers are encouraged to wipe down their vehicle’s interiors with disinfectant, and many calls are now handled via phone.

Chief Chris Skinner outlines one of the biggest challenges facing his department.

“This concept that we have police officers that signed up for and know the very dangerous job they signed up to do, but in my lifetime of 29 and a half years of doing this job, most of the threats that I encounter as a police officer, I’ve been able to see, hear, feel…." explains Skinner. 

"This may be the first time we have a threat that we can’t see, hear and feel, and we’re possibly bringing it home to our families.”

Skinner says officers are dealing with high levels of anxiety, but he’s proud of his force.  He urges patience as the number of service calls has not decreased during the pandemic.

Copyright 2020, KLCC.

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
Related Content