Medford City Council Study Session
November 6, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 5:45 p.m. in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8ith Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Tim Jackle and Chris Corcoran.
- OSHU Nursing Students/Latino Police Relations Survey: Police Chief Tim George addressed the Council and provided an introduction to the project. He introduced the members of the Police Advisory Committee and students involved in the project. He noted this is a collaborative effort of the Police Advisory Committee and the Multicultural Commission who worked with Police on moving the survey forward.
Liz Jacobsen and Kevin Roberts from OSHU addressed the Council and stated they will be providing the results for the survey that was performed last term. Ms. Jacobsen reviewed the survey tool that was used and how the survey information was administrated. She noted that 174 surveys were collected.
Mr. Roberts spoke to future recommendations:
Explore information pertaining to methods that have improved relations between police and target populations.
Learn more about the organizational culture and practices of the MPD.
Survey and assess MPDís perspective on their working relationship with Latinos of Medford.
He noted that they will also continue to research other communities in how they assess and handle these relationships.
Councilmember Corcoran questioned if there were any additional antidotal comments made such as a feeling of profiling, etc. Mr. Roberts noted they did receive statements from some of the Latino males who felt they were profiled. Charlie Bauer addressed the Council and spoke to the fear from undocumented Latinos regarding being reported by the Police. He also spoke to the difference in Mexico where a woman who is a victim of domestic abuse can be arrested for abandonment of home if she leaves her home. These type of differences and issues make it hard for Latinos to come forward.
Councilmember Corcoran questioned if the results were different from men to women and Ms. Jacobsen noted that the survey was very simple and anonymous. It had to be in order to encourage and maintain participation.
Ms. Jacobsen noted the next step will be review literature and evaluate how that is working in providing the Latino population with information.
Councilmember Michaels spoke to his experience in Germany and their system of providing information to individuals intending to live in their country. He suggested some type of citizenís academy or other educational tools to specifically address Latino residents of Medford.
- Operation Care Update: Police Chief Tim George addressed the Council and provided an overview of the accumulative results from the program. He noted this program morphed from the original Neighborhood Walk outreach effort. A total of ten Operation Care survey events have occurred thus far with a total of 1,099 completed surveys collected.
Meeting adjourned at 6:43 p.m.