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EPD Chief makes the case for SROs at City Council meeting

Brian Bull

Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner says he wants to bring School Resource Officers back to the city’s schools.

He spoke to Eugene City Councilors during their Monday work session on public safety funding. Skinner said he’d like officers on school campuses to build relationships with students so that the only time they see one isn’t just when they’re in trouble.

“And I stand ready to build something really unique to this community,” Skinner said. “Ready to get back in this game and ready to do something unique with 4J and Bethel if they’ll just give us a chance to come to the table and talk about what it could look like.”

In response to community demands, the Eugene 4J School board last year voted to end their SRO program. Skinner also told councilors his officers are busy and don’t have time to better engage with the community. He pointed to the EPD’s lack of resources as a reason for that issue.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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