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Citizens Take On Crime Prevention

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Some Josephine County residents are taking law enforcement into their own hands.

In May, voters in the county rejected a levy that would have directed property tax dollars to the county’s underfunded Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has said without the money from the levy, he’ll need to cut his force from three deputies on patrol to one.

In the meantime, Carol Smith, a retired Sheriff’s deputy living in Cave Junction, has started a Facebook page called To Catch a Thief in order to engage the community in solving cases and preventing crime. Law enforcement agencies have even used the page to help investigate cases. But with a suspected arson at the Cave Junction post office and a shooting at the Junction Inn this week, it’s clear the Facebook page isn’t a panacea.

Do you live in a county facing law enforcement budget shortfalls? How do you want to see the problem addressed? Have you taken matters into your own hands?

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