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Since 1981, Pete Kerns has served with the Eugene Police Department.  Now, after serving in many posts through the last 34 years, the current EPD Chief of Police says he’s retiring. 

KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to Chief Kerns.  He began by asking how the EPD has evolved in his time. 

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The chief of Eugene’s police department is retiring.  After more than three decades of service, Pete Kerns says he’ll officially step down in the next month or two.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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The Super Bowl is this Sunday and extra officers will be on patrol to look out for people driving under the influence. 

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Eugene Police have stepped up their presence in the downtown, particularly in the Park Blocks area.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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A Eugene police auditor says an officer used excessive force during last year’s arrest of two relatives of the local NAACP president.

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The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the City of Eugene must publicly release documents from a police investigation into the conduct of officers who used a stun gun to subdue a protester in 2008. The decision could have implications for future cases involving suspected police misconduct.

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Eugene Police are taking a new tack in their approach to public safety downtown. A community outreach team tries to help people.

Eugene Police are investigating what they call a bias crime against a 15-year old African-American boy. Police say the boy was chased by two white men who he felt were trying to assault him.

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Eugene Police is hiring. There’s a career night open house Wednesday evening.

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A federal lawsuit filed Thursday says Eugene police used excessive force and wrongfully arrested an African-American mother and son last summer. The suit was brought by the sister and nephew of the head of the Eugene chapter of the NAACP.

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A woman who was arrested by Eugene Police earlier this month says her dog died while she was in jail.  The homeless woman had left her dog in her car while riding her bike to a donut shop, according to a posting on Craig's List.

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Eugene Police have secured a $249 thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase body cameras for officers. The 2 year matching grant is one of 73 awarded nationwide.

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The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the 2009 resisting-arrest conviction of a man who was tased by police at an anti-pesticide rally in Eugene. 

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The family of a veteran who was shot and killed by Eugene Police during a mental health crisis is proposing legislation to change how law enforcement deals with similar situations.

Brian Babb was killed in March. When police arrived at his house he was on the phone with his therapist. She says she was talking him down from a panic attack.

Eugene Police Officer Faces Assault Charge

Jul 29, 2015
Rachael McDonald

A Eugene police officer is facing charges for assaulting an inmate  at the Lane County Jail. 

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As the weather warms up in the Pacific Northwest, more people are riding their bicycles. But in bike-friendly college towns like Eugene and Corvallis, bike theft also increases during the spring and summer.

It's a story many people who commute by bicycle know well. Eugene resident Aaron Brussat had locked his bike outside of Falling Sky Home Fermentation Supply Shop, where he worked.

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The shooting of an unarmed African American man by a police officer in South Carolina this week has people talking about the videotaping of police. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns.

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Scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are targeting the Eugene area.

Phone recording: "The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you."

This is the call being reported to Eugene Police. The computer-generated voice instructs people to call a phone number. Detective Steve Williams says scammers try multiple tactics to get people to send money.

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This week the City of Eugene is installing signs on the sidewalks to indicate the designated zone for where bicyclists and skaters need to dismount and walk. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the Eugene City Council in July approved new laws prohibiting people from riding skateboards or bikes on sidewalks in the downtown area. The laws went into effect August 29. Since then, police have been issuing warnings and citations. The maximum fine is $50.

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With Oregon temperatures getting colder, efforts to find havens  for  Eugene's homeless are heating up.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with Community Alliance of Lane County's Michael Carrigan Tuesday.  He asked Carrigan about the role CALC, Nightingale Sanctuary and others are playing to help secure safe places to sleep this winter for a few dozen of the estimated 1700 County people on the streets:

The Eugene City Council this week heard from Carrigan and the Raging Grannies, a social activism group.  They urged the city to lift the ban on homeless camping in City parks. 

Police Seek Help Locating Stolen Painting

Oct 2, 2014
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The Eugene Police Department is asking the public for any information about a stolen painting. Between May and August, a person purchased a painting from a Eugene second-hand store. It had been stolen in a burglary from a residence in West Eugene. The painting features a Vietnam countryside and according to the victim; it is a quilt-style.  

EPD is not looking for the suspect, as he has already been arrested. The store and the purchaser would be considered victims also. Anyone with any information on the piece is asked to contact EPD.

Click-It Or Ticket Campaign Begins Monday

May 19, 2014

A statewide campaign to focus on drivers wearing seatbelts and minors in open-bed pickup trucks kicks off Monday.

Oregon's "Click-it or Ticket" campaign continues through June 1st. Drivers should notice more traffic officers on the road. The campaign provides *federal funding for overtime allowing officers to join together and offer high-visibility enforcement. Public Information Coordinator John Hankemeier says the goal is not just to give people tickets, but to create awareness.

The Eugene Police and Police Commission are taking a look at whether bias or profiling plays a role in how cops approach their work. There's a public forum Thursday evening for people to voice their concerns.

The Police Commission is drafting a policy on bias-based policing policy. At the same time EPD is developing new methods for collecting data on contact between police and the public. Carter Hawley is a Management Analyst for the Eugene Police Department. She says there's a perception that bias based on race, gender, age or other factors plays a role in police activity.

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Last Friday, police deployed a SWAT team to arrest a member of the Barrio Los Padrinos criminal street gang in downtown Eugene. The suspect was accused of sexual assault and believed to be armed. Earlier that day, KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with EPD Detective Greg Harvey. She asked about gang graffiti and what's going on with gangs in Eugene / Springfield.

Harvey: "So this little walkway goes between 2nd street and the Pioneer Parkway and it’s a heavily trafficked area."

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Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner says a Eugene Police officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a suspect on the campus of Churchill High School last month.

Driving On Snow And Ice Trecherous

Dec 7, 2013

Winter weather has arrived in and the Eugene Police Department has some tips on driving in snowy and icy conditions. The first tip is SLOW Down. Melinda McLaughlin is E-P-D's Public Information Officer. She says even if you drive a truck of S-U-V, conditions can be deceiving.

Police will be on patrol when the Ducks and Beavers face off in the annual Civil War football game in Eugene Friday. The cops are trying to prevent people from drinking and driving.

Eugene Police Officer Ryan Stone says EPD is working with Springfield PD and Oregon State Police to saturate the roadways around Autzen. Stone says with the Thanksgiving holiday more people will be out.

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A man is dead after an officer involved shooting Wednesday afternoon in West Eugene.  The incident prompted lockdowns at Churchill High and Kennedy Middle Schools. 

Adeniji: “All I heard was three pops.  And they sounded like a gun, but that’s the furthest thing from your mind.”

Shola Adeniji owns a dry cleaning business on Bailey Hill Road.  It was hot inside, so he had his front door open.  There was only one police car on the road when the shots were fired, but then…

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Eugene Police are warning people whose homes are unoccupied to take measures to prevent theft. Two suspects are facing burglary charges following a multi-week crime spree targeting homes that were listed for sale or in foreclosure.

The two men were recently arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of appliances and furniture from numerous empty homes. Debbie Janecek is with EPD's Crime Prevention Unit:

For several years, the Eugene Police Department has focused on educating college students about crime prevention. Now there is a new partnership, led by student interns.

Sergeant Lisa Barong is with the EPD crime prevention unit:
Barong: "Our local college students are victims of property crime at a much higher rate than most of the citizens in our community."
Last school year, the police worked with a public relations class at the U of O. They brainstormed ways to educate students on how to protect their property from break-in and theft.

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