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When The Police Can't Help: Josephine County's Dilemma


Two years ago, voters in Josephine County voted against a local law enforcement levy. Now one sheriff and two deputies are struggling to keep up with the demands of the 83,000 people they serve. Last year, a 911 call made national headlines when a local woman reported a violent ex-boyfriend at her door. The dispatcher said no police were available. The woman was choked  and raped. “With the weak law  enforcement we have in Josephine County, people are really concerned about their safety,” says Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberton, who lost his primary re-election bid this spring.

NW Stories: Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson from SOJC on Vimeo.


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