Grants Pass Department of Public Safety

  • Agency: Grants Pass Department of Public Safety
  • Address: 101 NW A St, Grants Pass, 97526 OR
  • Chief: Joe Henner (Public Safety Director)
Phone: 541-474-6370
Fax: 541-476-8527
Email:

Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is located at 101 NW A St, Grants Pass, 97526 OR. The Public Safety Director of the department is Joe Henner. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety phone number is 541-474-6370.

Grants Pass Department of Public Safety News

Community Service Officers (CSO’s) for the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety do just about anything for their community, including wrangling some ducks over near South Les Schwab in Grants Pass.

Press release for assault that occurred late last night

This week Grants Pass Fire/Rescue crews responded to assist Rural Metro with a Structure Fire on Granite Hill Rd. The fire was contained to the garage and there were no reported injuries. GPFR Crews along with our Prevention Bureau enjoyed a special day at Redwood Elementary with Smokey Bear. The class size was 20 students and 6 adults. The fire crews were able to teach these children the importance of not playing with matches or lighters and to get help from adults when they see these. They were taught the importance of being safe and Smokey Bear simply re-enforces this. A good time was had by all. Dispatch received 810 9-1-1 calls and received 663 calls for service this week. Records received 1,887 calls on the business line and input 312 calls for service. They also processed 171 Officer Reports and 110 Report Requests. Officers made 71 arrests, issued 88 citations, and also transported 9 persons to the Sobering Center. Officers also made an additional 320 extra Patrol Checks.

Press release on early morning stabbing incident

Mitko and Mariyan Bell sent us two handmade thank you cards out of the blue. School Resource Officer Jennings Stewart and Crime Prevention Officer Ken Frownfelter visited the boys to let them know their cards made our day and all of GPDPS appreciated the kind gesture. The men and women of your police department recognize the incredible public support and caring that we see every day. Thank you to all of our citizens and especially to the Bell children for the act of kindness!

Grants Pass Fire Rescue attended a Smokey Bear team teaching at Redwood Elementary School. They worked with a class of 20 students and taught them the importance of not playing with matches and lighters. they also interacted with the kids to help them better understand the importance of safety. Smokey Bear was a big hit. Thank You Redwood Elementary!

Officers Ken Frownfelter and Shali Marshall will be attending this recruitment event. Please stop by and visit our booth to learn about the exciting career opportunities our City has to offer!

Drug Take Back Event

Congratulations to Officer Trent Pruitt! Today, he graduates from the 16 week Basic Police Academy at the Department of Public Safety Standards & Training in Salem. We look forward to his return to Grants Pass to begin his field training.

This week, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue crews assisted Rural Metro with a structure fire on Granite Hill Rd. This was a small fire located in the attic. Crews assisted with extinguishing the fire and removing materials. Crews also assisted Rural Metro with a multi-vehicle crash and semi on fire. The crash was on I-5 between Sunny Valley and Hugo. The initial information lead us to believe we had a large incident with several patients. It was determined to be a much smaller incident however it did involve a Tractor Trailer Fire. Our crews assisted with the extinguishment of the fire and operated a staging area with additional units until command advised where they could handle. As we enter Spring we would like to remind everyone living within the city limits of Grants Pass that we do not allow outdoor burning of yard debris. We do have a two week burn window in the Fall and Spring where you can burn such debris with a permit. This year’s Spring burn window will go from April 28th-May 6th. Permits will go on sale at the Parkway Public Safety Center on East Park St on April 25th. Additionally, we want to say a special thank you to our 911 Dispatchers. The people who do this are special to us and provide such a valuable service to our community. We enjoy working with them and want all of them to know how much we truly value them. Dispatch received 872 9-1-1 calls and received 689 calls for service this week. Records received 1,745 calls on the business line and input 337 calls for service. They also processed 199 Officer Reports and 34 Report Requests. Officers made 62 arrests, issued 74 citations, and also transported 8 persons to the Sobering Center. Officers also made an additional 344 extra Patrol Checks.

This week, we join Public Safety agencies across the country in celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. It is a week we set aside to recognize the long hours and stressful work done behind the scenes in the event of an emergency. Dispatchers are usually the first voice you speak to when calling for help. They are the unseen helpers who coordinate the response of Police, Fire, and Medical personnel. Please join us in honoring our Public Safety Dispatchers.

****Weekly Update**** This week Grants Pass Fire/Rescue crews responded for a motor home on fire on Mill between E and D Streets. We found that there was a fire in the engine compartment that was quickly extinguished. The fire had been knocked down by an extinguisher prior to our arrival. Crews also assisted with an evacuation of the Parkway Station that included shutting down the Grants Pass Parkway due to a hand grenade being brought to the station by a citizen for disposal. A press release was issued regarding this incident with more details. Additionally, crews would like to congratulate Ray Dirling who was given his 20 year pin from the City of Grants Pass for 20 years of service with Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Fire Rescue Division. We appreciate the dedication that Ray Dirling has given to the City of Grants Pass and the citizens that live and visit here. Dispatch received 884 9-1-1 calls and received 658 calls for service this week. Records received 1,784 calls on the business line and input 320 calls for service. They also processed 187 Officer Reports and 63 Report Requests. Officers made 78 arrests, issued 113 citations, and also transported 7 persons to the Sobering Center. Officers also made an additional 287 extra Patrol Checks.

Historic Picture of our Reserve Police Program

RADE ARRESTS

Today our two newest firefighters were working hard learning how Grants Pass Operations work. Here they are deploying our larger hose lines for supply and master stream evolutions.

An explosive device, that appears to be a live grenade, was just dropped off the Grants Pass Parkway Fire Station. This has caused the following roads to be closed: East Park Street is closed between Parkdale Drive and Golden Park. East Park at the Baker Park Entrance is also closed. The Grants Pass Parkway S. Bound is closed at M Street. The Grants Pass Parkway N. Bound is closed at Rogue River Hwy. Traffic is being rerouted away from this location. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad is enroute to the Fire Department to assist. Please avoid the area until we are able to ensure the safety of the surrounding area. We will post to Facebook with a press release when there are further updates

Today Grants Pass Fire had the honor of delivering the Easter Bunny to Riverside Park, and sounding the start of the Easter Egg hunt. This is something we have been doing for many years and we really enjoy being a part of this special event.

Please see the attached press release for the robbery/elude incident from this morning.

Please see attached press release for more details on the structure fire last night.

**Weekly Update** Grants Pass Fire crews were kept busy this week with two commercial incidents. On Sunday, March 25 just before midnight, 911 received a call of smoke and possible electrical fire inside Joe's Bar and Grill. Police officers in the area arrived on scene and quickly were able to determine there was a large fire located within Black Forest restaurant. First arriving fire crews were met with heavy fire conditions that required three alarms to bring under control. Although there was extensive fire damage to Black Forest restaurant, the surrounding businesses damage was kept to a minimum due to the fire crew’s aggressive salvage and overhaul operations. Fire investigators will be working with insurance companies over the next several weeks to try to determine the cause of the fire. On Wednesday, March 28 fire crews responded to a report of a smoke odor and possible electrical fire in Rosso's Trattoria located at 225 SE 6th St. Crews spent several hours searching the business and residence above Rosso's to try to determine the cause of the odor of smoke. Working with the building owner and an HVAC representative it was determined that a motor had failed in an upstairs HVAC unit. The fire was contained to the HVAC unit. No other damage was noted. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Fire Prevention Bureau recommends that businesses consider a monitored smoke alarm in combination with their burglar alarm. Early detection of a fire in a business is important to minimize the amount of damage. Statistics indicate that when a business is involved with fire nearly half will close within the year. For questions about how to better protect your business from fire, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200. Dispatch received 910 9-1-1 calls and received 659 calls for service this week. Records received 1,689 calls on the business line and input 360 calls for service. They also processed 171 Officer Reports and 102 Report Requests. Officers made 82 arrests, issued 112 citations, and also transported 5 persons to the Sobering Center. Officers also made an additional 290 extra Patrol Checks. Have a safe and happy Easter Weekend.

Please see the attached press release for further details on the child endangerment call yesterday afternoon. Thanks to all who helped share the photo and assisted in ensuring the safe return of the little girl!

At 2216 hrs Josephine County 911 received a report of a Residential Fire at 1887 Nebraska Ave. Crews from Grants Pass Fire and Rural Metro Fire were quickly dispatched. They arrived on scene to find a residential dwelling with heavy fire involvement. An aggressive fire attack was started and the fire was knocked down 12 minutes after the arrival of the first fire unit. Crews then began a lengthy overhaul process to ensure the fire was fully extinguished. During the fire crews were able to rescue 1 dog and 4 baby chickens. We would like to thank Grants Pass PD, American Medical Response, Rogue Valley Chaplains, and the Red Cross for their assistance during the fire.

**UPDATE** Child was identified and reunited with family. Case is under investigation and a press release will be coming. Thanks to everyone for your help. This young lady was found walking around Banner Bank on Williams Hwy. We are trying to reunite her with her parents. Please contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260 if you recognize her and can provide contact information for a parent.