OSP ADDS 100 TROOPERS, BUT SMALLER CITIES WON"T BENEFIT
"There are no state troopers out anywhere in the state for four hours between 2am and 6am, unless somebody happens to be held over on a later rest," says OSP Sgt. Tom Worthy.
Most troopers will be working in high traffic areas. Meaning smaller cities like John Day, Pendleton and Hermiston will have to rely on local support. And that's tough.
"Our sheriffs department numbers are down so if somebody calls and needs an officer to, on something that's not an emergency, quite frankly, they might get there in a week," says Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk.
Depending on the area, Sergeant Worthy says troopers now travel 50-60 miles to get to a scene. This greatly impacts response time. Adding 100 more troopers helps, but state police says there's a bigger issue.
"There are folks out there in John Day, Madras, Gilcrest, some of the other communities that also deserve that same level of serve and this isn't gonna get us there," admitted Sgt. Worthy.