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Former Sheriff Endorses Measure 21-186
Voters of Lincoln County. You have a rare opportunity to make an investment in your safety and security. The cost of law enforcement for most local governments in Oregon is the greatest single expense they must fund. However, there is a great deal of competition for your tax dollars when it comes to funding government services. As a result, local law enforcement services have not been able to keep pace with crime, populations and tourist activity for more than two decades.
For many years, Lincoln County has ranked in the top ten Oregon counties for the highest crime rate for person and property crimes. Deputies are so busy responding to calls for service that they don’t have adequate time to patrol neighborhoods to deter crime.
People committing crimes in Lincoln County know that the Sheriff’s Office is not staffed to provide patrol coverage from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. That even includes people who drive from the valley to Lincoln County to commit crimes.
You are probably asking how do we know that more deputies will make a positive difference? The answer has been reported in your local newspapers for months now. In 2016, a Sheriff’s Office service district was established for the people living within the boundaries of the Siletz Fire District. The feed back from citizens has been positive and supportive of the increased presence of Sheriff’s deputies. They feel safer.
As your former Sheriff, I encourage and ask you to vote yes for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office levy.
Dennis L. Dotson, Sheriff (retired)