Patrol Division

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The Patrol Division of the Medford Police Department is the fundamental first line of defense against crime in Medford. All other details and functions support Patrol Division, and evolve from needs and activities in Patrol. Patrol is currently deployed on 12 hour shifts, 3 days per week. All officers are obligated to work an 8 hour training day and an 8 hour payback day every month. These are often utilized to supplement patrol, work on community policing projects, or for additional training.

The City of Medford is geographically divided into 5 distinct Patrol Beats.  The expectation is that each beat will have officers who remain in these beats unless called off. These officers will proactively work on problem solving projects in these beats. The knowledge and trust gained by these officers with citizens in these beats will result in better service and continued improvement in our quality of life.

  • The team approach encourages teamwork, stability in beat problem-solving, and camaraderie.
  • Less experienced officers have the benefit of working with the same supervisor and/or the same group of experienced officers. This allows for career development.
  • The "span of control" for supervision is at a level of 7-8 individuals.
  • Officers get to know their beats, the unique circumstances for their watch, and can provide better service to our citizens.

 

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City of Medford Beat Map:

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K-9 Team

The Medford Police K-9 program began in May of 1992. The unit was started with K-9 Oxer, a Belgian Malinois. Oxer set the high standards for today’s K-9's in the department. Oxer and his most recent handler, Officer Tony Young, were an effective team. In September of 1999, K-9 Oxer had to be euthanized as a result of a medical condition. Oxer is missed by all of us at the Medford Police Department. A plaque dedicated to Oxer’s memory has been installed in front of City Hall.

K-9's continue to be a valuable asset to the Medford Police Department.K9 Kylo writing report during social distancing (1).jpg

The K-9s currently in service include three Belgian Malinois and a German Shepherd. Our  ogs are purchased from our trainer partners, who obtain the dogs from overseas. The K-9 and handler attend a basic school that lasts up to 200 hours. The average age of the K-9 is 2-3 years old when they are purchased.

Today, the K-9 program consists of three teams:                                                                        

Officer Havice/Nacho & Max, drug detection
Officer McFetridge/Bones, apprehension
Officer Esqueda/Kylo, apprehension

Officer Doug Jackson is the team's training assistant/"agitator".

Sergeant Tom Venables is the unit's supervisor

Medford P.D. K-9 officers are members of the Oregon Police Canine Association. The dog and the handler are re-certified under strict standards annually. Officer Havice is also a member of the California Narcotic Canine Association and is certified in California annually.

Functions of the K-9s include: Tracking, area searches, building and vehicle searches, evidence searches, apprehending fleeing suspects, prisoner escorts, and demonstrations for community and civic groups.

For further information on the unit, contact Sergeant Tom Venables (541) 774-2260
E-mail: tom.venables@cityofmedford.org


Traffic Team

The Medford Police Department's Traffic Team consists of 4 Motorcycle Officers who are dedicated to traffic enforcement and accident investigations.

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SWAT


The current SWAT Team began in 1990 as the Special Emergency Response Team, to meet the demand for a response to the ever-increasing nationwide problem of violent barricaded suspect/hostage incidents, and high-risk search warrants. The average patrol officer is not equipped to deal with such unusually dangerous situations. Larger cities have had SWAT teams since the early 1970's, in response to violent incidents.IMG_0555.JPG

Prior to 1990, Medford had inadequate resources to deal with incidents of such magnitude. Characteristically, the Patrol Division, with its limited resources, training and manpower would handle those situations, occasionally with help from nearby other agencies.

As suspects' weapons became more sophisticated, and risky situations were on the rise, the need for a specially trained and equipped unit to deal with the problem became readily apparent.

Officers were carefully selected for the team. Equipment from other similar teams in the nation was surveyed and Medford SERT was formed. The name was changed to SWAT (Special Weapons & Tactics Team) in 1998, Medford officers received training from similar teams with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, and numerous other agencies.

As the Medford SWAT Team is a part-time team, members come from many divisions within the department. As a result of their involvement in SWAT activities, officers are much more competent at their regular duties. Because SWAT tactics minimize risk, many of these techniques are adapted to regular patrol procedures. Medford officers are much more competent, confident and safer in their daily duties.

Our SWAT team responds or is involved in one to two incidents per month on average. When these incidents occur, SWAT members that are not on duty are paged back to work. There are SWAT members spread throughout the patrol deployment, so initial responders may have SWAT members on the scene.

Medford PD as a whole has benefited from SWAT training, as specialized knowledge from SWAT officers gets passed on to others, making other officers in the department safer in their jobs as well. SWAT members are frequently called upon to provide department-wide training in firearms, building searches, and other related subjects.

SWAT Explosives Training 061719 (1).jpg SWAT's current responsibilities include: high risk search warrants, barricaded suspects, hostage incidents, dignitary protection, crowd and riot control and active shooter incidents. Recently, Medford's SWAT team conducted training at local high schools, in response to violence in schools, nationwide. They have also conducted informational classes for the Citizen's Academy, and the Medford Chamber.

The Medford SWAT team consists of sixteen police personnel. LT Kerry Curtis is the team commander, with Sgt. Don Lane and Sgt. Josh Reimer as team leaders. We have added three medics from the Medford Fire Department.

Medford SWAT will continue to look for ways to improve our ability to provide the best in "special weapons and tactics." Our ultimate goal is to keep our communities safe.

Like the military, SWAT trains for the worst, hoping it never comes. Medford SWAT trains a minimum of one day a month. Twice yearly, Medford's SWAT Team attends 40 hour advanced schools. Medford PD constantly seeks additional training opportunities to enhance their skills. Equipment is being continually upgraded to find the most modern and reliable equipment to ensure the highest degree of safety to the officers and the public.

Medford PD SWAT officers are required to qualify with their issued weapons several times a year, much more stringent than the state standards. Literally, thousands of rounds of ammunition are expended annually on the range in training with the SWAT Team's "tools of the trade," to maintain a high level of competence.SWAT Explosives Training 061719 (2).jpg

Fortunately, the frequency of call-outs for SWAT has decreased, but the team is at an unprecedented level of readiness.

Medford SWAT is committed to competency, courtesy, integrity and success in the fulfillment of its mission.

For more information, contact: Lt. Kerry Curtis, 541-774-2269                                                     


School Resource Officers

The Medford Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) program was created in 1994 in partnership with Medford School District 549c.  The program started with one part-time officer splitting time between all schools.  Since that time, the SRO program has grown to include four full-time School Resource Officers.
 
42651958_947560805451166_2485948979552976896_n.jpg The purpose of the program is to increase safety within our school communities and promote a positive environment where education can occur.  School Resource Officers receive specialized training in how to work with juveniles in a school setting and navigate the often complicated process of law enforcement in a school setting.  The SRO is both a sworn police officer and a school district official.
 
School Resource Officers are assigned to North, Central and South High Schools, as well as McLoughlin and Hedrick Middle Schools.  Each SRO is assigned elementary schools as well, and they handle cases that occur at, or involve students at, other schools located inside the city.
 
All MPD School Resource Officers receive exhaustive training from, and are members of, the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the Oregon School Resource Officers Association (OSROA).  One of our officers, Mike Jackson serves on the executive board for OSROA. 
 
More than simply a police presence to enforce laws in and around our schools, School Resource Officers do classroom and community presentations on a variety of topics, conduct crisis planning and security drills, assist with risk management and threat assessment, and mentor our kids.  As an integral part of the school culture and community, the SRO is one of the best examples of community-oriented policing you will find.
 
During the summer months, the officers are assigned to assist other units within the police department like patrol, our livability team and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team.
 
Our School Resource Officers are available to speak to parents, concerned citizens and groups concerning a variety of topics affecting youth in our city.  Please feel free to contact them with questions and/or concerns.
 
For non-emergency response, contact dispatch at 541-770-4784                             
 
SRO Jim Barringer: 541-842-1390
South Medford High School
Oak Grove Elementary School
Griffin Creek Elementary School                                                                                            img442a.jpg
Jacksonville Elementary School
Ruch Community School                                                                                                             

SRO Arturo Vega: 541-842-3919
Central Medford High School
Jackson Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Hoover Elementary School
Logos Public Charter School

SRO Mike Jackson: 541-842-1390
McLoughlin Middle School
Washington Elementary School
Wilson Elementary School
Howard Elementary School

SRO Ian McDonald: 541-842-1274
Hedrick Middle School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Lone Pine Elementary School
Orchard Hill Elementary School (Phoenix/Talent School District but in Medford city limits)
 

SRO Supervisor - Lt. Trevor Arnold, 541-774-2272, trevor.arnold@cityofmedford.org