Public Safety says word of increased jail capacity deterring offenders
A representative of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety addressed the city council during their Monday workshop about how the increased jail capacity is affecting crime in the city.
Deputy Chief Bill Landis told councilors, “There is already the word on the street,” according to officers in the field and crimes are decreasing in hot spots areas. He added that several individuals who are constantly committing crimes are now lodged.
Monday morning, eight people filled city-rented jail beds. The contract with the jail allows for a 30 day ramp-up period but Jail Commander Vicki Smith told Landis they can start bringing in more offenders.
Councilor Dan DeYoung also lauded the use of the Nuisance Intervention Team during last week’s First Friday. The team has been active for a couple weeks now and they patrol and stay in high crime areas by detouring crime with their presence.