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Armed Posse Patrols Oregon County

October 17, 2012  | 

There's no room in the county jail for burglars and thieves. And the sheriff's department in a vast, rural corner of southwest Oregon has been reduced by budget cuts to three deputies on patrol eight hours a day, five days a week.

But people in this traditionally self-reliant section of timber country aren't about to raise taxes to put more officers on the road. Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands—mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information.

"I believe in standing up for myself rather than waiting for the government to do something for me," said Sam Nichols, a retired marina manager.

Nichols has organized a posse of about a dozen fed-up residents who have started patrolling the small community of O'Brien, which has about 750 residents.

Read the full Associated Press story.

Comments (8)

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Bob @ VA @ 10/18/2012 4:56 AM

Good for them! Rugged self-reliance is partly what made America great in the first place, not government handouts.

patrick olvey @ 10/18/2012 10:09 PM

They are doing what must be done. I hope the sheriff's dept. swears them in and guides their activity.

Frank @ 10/19/2012 5:27 AM

It all sounds great until something goes wrong. Patrol your own property. Where's the Town government on this one?

Jim @ 10/19/2012 6:26 AM

The town has 750 residents, how much crime is really going on there? There are plenty of communities this size throughout the country that don't have any dedicated law enforcement. Good for them for taking care of themselves. I just hope it doesn't go to anyones head who then starts to order people around.

Charles @ 10/19/2012 7:56 AM

Jim is right. Thats the problem with these kinds of things. Although I totally agree that the community must do what they can to protect themselves, at the very least the LE agency should provide some basic training on what they can and can't do, should and should'nt do. And most importantly when they can and can't stop and detain someone or they could easily find themselves being a victim. I know some wanna-be knuckle stops me and my family for something they believe is suspious, they are going to get one explannation as to my business, then I will be on my way. After that any further attempt to stop me, then they will get 2 to the chest and 1 to the head.

John @ 10/20/2012 2:43 PM

Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own safety. I like the idea of the sheriff (or a college) making available some training. I think 40 hours of training would be adequate for an expanded duty citizen on patrol who is authorized to carry oc spray. 160 hours (200 hours if operating an emergency vehicle) of training should be enough for an armed special deputy sheriff. The pro big gov. liberals and l.e./gov. employee unions want us to believe only people who have completed a full length police academy are capable of providing any form of community protection.

msodoug @ 10/21/2012 10:02 AM

I am a reserve deputy sheriff and we go through a police academy,and are trained by the sheiriffs office before we are sworn in.We only have limited police powers.

Sgt. Mike @ 11/1/2012 9:31 PM

Awesome. Good for them. Wish my community cared that much.

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