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August 30, 20171 The New Era I PAGE 17 Lynn said the department is al- tion levy, which must be renewed for police work, but its patrol fleet Police Review ready working on other recommen- periodicaUy, an unusualway to fund is too old, the reviewers said, rec- From page 1 dations, including adjustments for a department directly related to the ommending that the department vey, time with field personnel to the sergeants such as moving their timing of statewide votes for prop- immediately lease three new patrol observe and assess field operations shifts to coincide with the heavi- erty tax limitation measures passed cars. and interviews with agency person- est call loads, between 3 p.m. and 3 in the 1990s. ]he reviewers found that staff- nel and community stakeholders, a.m. The sergeants also no longer fill ]he review found that every- ing is stretched. Rather than a goal Lynn presented the final report in for patrol shifts, allowing them to one the reviewers spoke to likes and of having two cars on patrol at once, and recommendations to the City simply supervise, respects coworkers, including their they recommended making it a CouncilAug. 22 during the council's Lynn is compiling information supervisors, a sentiment that is minimum requirement especially regular meeting, to begin developing an actionable uncommon in their experience and because the nearest assisting officer According to their report, the strategic plan focusing on staff de- should be recognized as an asset to is 13 miles away. The reviewers alSO department has a shortage in the velopment, internal and external the community, recommended changing schedules. leadership team based on feedback communication and crime reduc-In spite of challenges, the re- Officers currently work 12-hour tion. viewers rated the department "very shifts. by employees, the leadership team and the reviewers' assessment. The The department has begun re- strong." During the interviews, the re- general consensus was that the placing old patrol vehicles this year, Highest among recommen- viewers heard concerns from sev- chief and sergeants are too busy he said, addressing recommenda- dations was to hire an additional era] employees. and unable to provide the type and tions by the reviewers. He also has sergeant. The reviewers also rec- Their perception of Sweet amount of leadership and supervi- started initial conversations with ommended that Lynn look for al- Home Municipal Court was that it sion they wouldlike, outside agencies about variousternative work schedules for the wasn't responsive enough in deal- Sergeants are trying to cover possibilities for meeting dispatch sergeants and begin using patrol ing with misdemeanor crimes, with too many patrol shortages and try- needs, something that boils down officers to fill patrol shortages and several stories relayed about repeat ing to do too much, leading to po- to the funding deficit facing the de- to assign his supervision duties to offenders who had little to no rami- tential fatigue, which can lead to partment, another supervisor, fications for things like shoplifting. poor decision-making; while the The council can further discuss ]hey recommended that Lynn Officers expressed the view that the chief is directly supervising three other topics, like other funding set aside time for strategic planning average repeat offender had little staff members - the detective, mechanisms, during a council work and visioning collaboratively with incentive not to re-offend. school resource officer and commu- session, he said. the members of the department, A survey of employees found nity services officer. "Funding is the huge issue," improving communication and to that the roughly 54 percent of per- The reviewers recommended said Councilor Dave Trask. "Wedevelop a plan to increase face-to- sonnel agreed that the department changes to staff work schedules, have to do what we have to do." face communication with members. "is able to completely and effective- upgrades to the fleet and other Lynn told the reviewers he was]hey recommended immedi- ly respond to calls for service." By changes, concerned that the department ately addressing the dispatch issue, contrast, a survey made available to "We have to embrace it and see doesn't have 24-hour supervision, a "best practice" review and to seek 51 members of the public through what we can do to improve," Lynn During interviews, employees accreditation. They also recom- a controlled link and interviews told the council. "I was excited to most requested more and improved mended that the city consider an with community leaders showed have it done, and I was actually communication from the chief and analysis of the Municipal Court. consistent positive feedback. In the pleased with the results that came sergeants, something that is true The reviewers said that police survey, 96 percent agreed with the back." at most departments but is exacer- services must be viewed as a prior- statement. He plans to use the recommen- bated in Sweet Home for a couple of ity, and funding for the chief and In other business, the coun- dations to move the department reasons, an additional sergeant come from oil declared a vacancy. Ryan Under- forward, he said. He agrees with the One is uncertainty regarding the general fund, freeing up the wood resigned effective at the end recommendation to hire a new set- the future of the agency's dispatch levy to fund an additional officer to of July. geant, but in a department where center and the impact on the dis- strengthen patrol. The council will accept applica- expenses are outpacing revenue, patchers. Additionally, the depart- The reviewers generally foundtions until 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. "I'm reluctant to bring somebody ment has an ever-present concern that the department's policy man- Applicants must have resided on." regarding the budget and future of uals, facilities and training were witlin the city limits for at least When the city can add a set- police funding, strong or up to standard, offering one year and be a registered voter geant, it would make sense to do so, Sweet Home funds its Police some suggestions for improvement, to qualify. he said. 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Home; 1584 sq. ft three-bedroom, 7.88 acres; $235,000. 1155 Oak St Brownsville; From page 16 two-bath residence built in 1930; 755 Ralston Drive, Leba- 2124 sq. ft two-bedroom, 1%- non; 1976 sq. ft three-bedroom, 0.50 acres;S199,900, non; 1392 sq. ft three-bedroom, bath residence built in 1959; 0.41 two-bath residence built in 1954; 1426 Elm St Sweet Home; one-bath residence built in 1950; acres; $227,000. 0.14 acres; $226,500. 520 sq. ft one-bedroom, one-bath 0.19 acres; $197,000. 612 Walnut St Lebanon; 506 Ash St Lebanon; 1052 residence built in 1945; 0.45 acres; 1246 4th Ave Sweet Home; 1156 sq. ft three-bedroom, one- sq. ft three-bedroom, two-bath $118,000. 2214 sq. ft three-bedroom, two- bath residence built in 1900; 0.20 residence built in 1950; 0.18 acres; 900 10th St Lebanon; bath residence built in 1998; 0.39 acre;; $178,000. $159,900 apartments, additional details not acres; $57,750. 1611 Airport Road, Leba- 388 6th St Lebanon; 1310 listed; 1.50acres; $2,250,000. 1941 12th St Lebanon;non; 1188 sq. ft storage facil- sq. ft four-bedroom, one-bath 260 Santiam Hwy Leba- 1842 sq. ft three-bedroom, two- ity built in 2008; 2.69 acres; residence built in 1948; 0.13 acres; non; additional details not listed; bath residence built in 1999; 0.28 $3,775,000. $185,000. 0.20 acres; $325,000. acres; $220,000. 1690 Strawberry Lane, Leb- 410 Grove St Lebanon; 329 Vine St Lebanon; 2888 216 3rd St Lebanon; 1629 anox; 1344 sq. ft three-bedroom, 1123 sq. ft two-bedroom, one- sq. ft three-bedroom, two-bath sq. ft four-bedroom, l%-bath one-)ath residence built in 1972; bath residence built in 1914; 0.15 residence built in 1941; 0.15 acres; residence built in 1940; 0.18 acres; 0.23acres; $100,000. acres; $115,800. $227,400. $210,000. 2360 May Lane, Lebanon; 990 River St Lebanon; 1949 37th Circle, Sweet,371 Gilbert St Lebanon; 1248 sq. ft mobile home, two- 2265 sq. ft three-bedroom, 2 Home; 1326 sq. ft three-bedroom, 816;q. ft two-bedroom, one-bath bath built in 1970; 0.23 acres; bath residence built in 1947; 0.13 two-bath residence built in 2016; resicence built in 1940; 0.17 acres; $64,500. acres; $259,900. $134,000. 282 Larkspur St Lebanon; 1263 40th Ave Sweet 1000 sq. ft three-bedroom, one- Home; additional details not listed; bath residence built in 1978; 0.19 0.16 acres; $171,900. acres; $150,000. 38675 Mount Hope Drive, 26915 Old Holley Road, Lebanon; 1508 sq. ft three-bed- Sweet Home; 2064 sq. ft four- room, two-bath residence built in bedroom, two-bath residence built 1914; 1.10 acres; $315,000. in 1938; 4.52 acres; $300,000. 830 Vine St Lebanon; 1473 386 Ash St Lebanon; 2208 sq. ft three-bedroom, two-bath sq. ft four-bedroom, two-bath residence built in 1981; 0.18 acres; residence built in 1930; 0.19 acres; $227,900. $280,000. 575 6th Ave Sweet Home; 420 Hausman Ave Browns- 1737 sq. ft three-bedroom, two- ville; 1648 sq. ft one-bedroom, bath residence built in 1958; 0.27 two-bath residence built in 1910; acres; $170,000. 0.34 acres; $155,000. applicants Sept. 12 and appoint a new councilor Sept. 26. 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