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Resources limited for traffic enforcement in county posted on 03/31/2023

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Lieutenant Marcus Mendoza addressed traffic issues at the Hoodland Community Planning Organization (CPO) last month, noting that 86.9 percent of calls regarding traffic by the CCSO occurred on Hwy. 26 in a recent 13 month period.

He added that since Hwy. 26 is a state highway, it is the jurisdiction of the Oregon State Police (OSP) and that anyone who calls 9-1-1 regarding a traffic violation on the highway, the call will go to OSP dispatch and not CCSO dispatch.

“It’s not lost on me that if you get in a crash on Hwy. 26 here in Welches … you just want help,” Mendoza said.

He added that even when calls go through OSP dispatch, a CCSO deputy may get to the scene first, and that OSP doesn’t run true 24-hour service.

“It’s not the best system,” Mendoza said.

CCSO breaks down Clackamas County into various districts, with the Mountain area and Boring staffed as a single district. Mendoza noted that with Hwy. 26 serving as the major road from east to west, response times can be quicker than in other districts in the county that feature a web of smaller county roads.

Mendoza also noted that typical shifts include two deputies for inlying areas with higher populations and one deputy for districts that are outlying, such as the Mountain – Boring area, while one deputy is assigned to traffic enforcement for the entire county during the day.

According to Mendoza, CCSO has hired more than 40 new deputies in the past two years but remains understaffed and the office has more than 40 vacancies. That’s even after a levy that was passed to fund an increase of patrol deputies by 28.

“Money is not the issue, it is finding good people,” he said, noting the job requires a background check and 18 months of training, leading to approximately two years to get a new deputy on the job. “We are constantly hiring. We are just trying to catch up, just like every other law enforcement agency in the country.”

Mendoza added that the CCSO uses other tools to try and improve traffic issues, including a reader board that can warn drivers of speeding while also collecting data on the issue.

“To me it's not about writing tickets, it's about changing behaviors,” he said, adding that he gives “a ton” of warnings to drivers. “If we want to make a difference and help save lives, the best way we can do that is change driving behavior and make it safer.”

The CCSO website (https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff) now features a “Dashboards” tab that offers a bevy of information on various calls, from traffic stops to crimes, and broken down to various areas in the county.

The CPO is also currently looking for volunteers for a sub-committee regarding short-term rentals.

Anyone interested in serving on this sub-committee can email hoodlandcpo@gmail.com.

The next Hoodland CPO community meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Church on the Mountain, 68301 Hwy. 26 in Welches. The CPO will elect all board positions at the meeting and the Hoodland Fire District Fire Marshall will be the guest speaker.

By Garth Guibord/MT




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