You have an abusive ex-boyfriend who isn’t ready to let go yet. He already attacked you once a few weeks ago, leaving you beaten badly enough that you had to be hospitalized. And now he’s back again trying to break into your apartment.
So you call 9-1-1 like any competent adult, terrified though you are. And this is what you hear the dispatcher say:
“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away?”
The 9-1-1 dispatcher explains that your town, Josephine County, cut 23 deputies and its entire major crimes unit due to budget cuts and the fact that it failed to obtain a multi-million dollar federal subsidy. So the emergency phone call has to be sent to Oregon State Police instead, who are located too far away to prevent your abusive ex-boyfriend from spending the next ten minutes trying to break into your house… then successfully breaking into your house… then choking you and sexually assaulting you.
In the state’s defense, they did later apprehend the guy. Meanwhile, how does Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson respond?
With a comment just as stupid as the 9-1-1 dispatcher: “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim. If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”
The department also added that domestic violence victims should “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”
That all actually happened last August up in Oregon. It’s just now getting out.
So let’s get this straight…
· Current county taxes aren’t sufficient to “pay the bill.”
· The local government isn’t good for anything and the state government not good for much.
· Some county 9-1-1 dispatcher is getting paid to be pretty much useless.
· Some county sheriff is getting paid to make utterly heartless, narrow-viewed comments.
Feel free to tell me if I’m wrong then in concluding that Josephine County needs to rethink something.