Medford, OR – According to the statement, during the meeting, Medford Police Deputy Chief D.J. Graham explained what MPD has done, what they are doing, what they are planning, and what challenges they face.
In March 2022, City Council members asked MPD to put together a pilot project of how they’ll address safety concerns in downtown Medford.
The pilot project was presented to Council members and the Downtown Medford Association.
Following Council’s approval, police patrols increased downtown for nine weeks from May to July 2022.
MPD has specifically assigned Officer Patrick Read to the downtown district. Officer Read checks businesses in the morning and is available to them Monday through Thursday from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
MPD plans to expand the Livability Team and add another Officer downtown by Fall 2023. They also plan to expand their hours of service to have evening and weekend coverage downtown.