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The Financial Investigations Section (FIS) was developed to meet the rising occurrence of Identity Theft, Forgery, Counterfeiting, and related fraud crimes in Medford. The increasing use of computers and the Internet in the commission of crimes has increased the need for an aggressive approach to combating those that commit these crimes.
This section consists of one Sergeant, four Detectives, one Officer, and one Community Service Officer. They work closely with the Criminal Investigations Section (CIS), which is under the same Division.
One Detective is assigned to work with the Southern Oregon High Tech Crime Task Force, which is a cooperative effort between several Federal and Local Government agencies. Their mission is “to hold accountable those who commit criminal acts through the use of technology and the Internet.”
In 1999, Oregon created ORS 165.800 which made Identity Theft a crime. The ORS states in short: A person commits the crime of identity theft if the person, with the intent to deceive or defraud, obtains, possesses, transfers, creates, utters, or converts to the person’s own use the personal identification of another person.
The best way to avoid being a victim of identity theft is to take some simple preventative measures listed on the next page.
If you have been a victim of identity theft, please see the useful information on the following page for reporting and beginning to repair the damage done by identity thieves.