“An unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.” This from Oregon Public Radio via cbslocal.com. It shouldn’t be a problem, though, because as everyone knows, most criminals take nights and weekends off. Somehow, though, Michael Bellah missed that memo. “‘Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,’ the 911 dispatcher told the woman. ‘You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away?'” It isn’t known if she made the request or not . . .
But Bellah probably wouldn’t have complied. Especially since, as the report indicates, he’d already attacked the unidentified Josephine County, Oregon woman a few weeks earlier, landing her in a hospital. Which, you’d expect, might have prompted her to make some provision for her own self defense.
“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.
The woman responded: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”
The county had laid off 23 deputies plus its major crimes unit. Then “the Sheriff put out a press release warning victims of domestic violence to ‘consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.’”
“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”
OPR and the sheriff are using the incident to argue for a tax hike to partially replace a federal subsidy that had been cut. But don’t think this is isolated to rural Oregon. Response times are rising nationwide as budgets are squeezed due to ballooning pension liabilities and declining tax bases. Which means that, more than ever, individuals will be increasingly responsible for their own personal defense and that of their loved ones. Just FYI.