By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle
For the first time anyone can recall, Creswell now has a full-time sergeant on duty.
Lane County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Scott Denham is pleased to announce he went full time in Creswell on July 10.
The promotion adds 20 hours to Denham’s shift. He will no longer be splitting his time with Veneta, and will instead dedicate his service solely to Creswell, he said.
This will not combat the 24-hour coverage issue, however. Creswell is still in need of a fourth deputy to be able to get to full coverage, Denham said.
“I am very pleased that Sgt. Denham is now in Creswell full-time,” City Administrator Michelle Amberg said. “He will be devoting his time to developing policing programs, focusing on Creswell’s public safety needs and supervising Creswell’s deputies.”
A main concentration moving forward is focusing on children’s safety programs and working with the schools in the city more intensely, Denham said.
Denham said he would like to work with the schools regarding emergency preparedness, in the event of a natural disaster. He is also interested in implementing more safety-related programs, including the Every 15 Minutes program, a two-day program that focuses on high school juniors and seniors and the real dangers of drinking and driving.
“The event features a realistic car crash, LifeFlight, ‘dead’ bodies, letters home to family members — it’s really intense,” Denham said.
Denham also hopes to amp up the Bike Rodeo, where kids learn safety tips for riding their bikes and receive bicycle safety checks.
City council and Denham are also kicking around the idea of implementing a Teen Court, but that is still to be determined.
Denham also hopes to develop more community events.
“We want the community to feel our presence here,” he said, noting he’d like to perhaps have a barbecue in Holt Park with deputies, with an open invitation to community members.
Sgt. Denham said he is looking forward to spending more time in Creswell, and reminds citizens to let the Sheriff’s Office know if help is needed. Denham repeatedly requests that people pick up the phone and call the Sheriff’s Office if someone notices suspicious activities or needs assistance, instead of solely posting on community sites on social media.
“We won’t know about it if you don’t report it,” Denham said.
For emergencies call 911; for non-emergency dispatch call 541-682-4150.