Community Input Sought Related to Policing

The City of Bend wants to hear how local government can be more responsive and accountable to the community when it comes to law enforcement policy. 

Starting today, the City invites people in Bend to answer open-ended questions located at The online input opportunity closes at 5 p.m. on September 25.  Questions ask about individuals’ experiences with Bend Police, seek ideas for best protecting the community, and solicit suggestions about ideal public participation in policing policy. People can answer as few or as many of the four questions as they want. 

The City will also conduct a virtual listening session later in October on similar topics. The City Council will receive a report of all input later this year. 

“We need to hear ideas about ways Bend Police can best serve our community,” said Mayor Sally Russell. “Your experiences matter to us and we’re making an effort to listen, especially from those people most impacted.” 

All input opportunities will be made possible in Spanish. (

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  1. Colleen Shearer says:

    I understand BPD does not have either dash cams or body cameras. Redmond PD has had them for 5 years, what is the barrier to BPD doing the same?

    1. Garrett Jaenicke says:

      Hi, Colleen. That’s a question best answered by BPD or Bend City Council. You can reach BPD at 541-693-6911 or Bend City Council at 541-388-5505.

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