I have been deeply saddened and angered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
The actions and conduct used by those officers blatantly disregarded the human decency, compassion and judgement that are rightly expected of all sworn law enforcement officers.
Our laws and constitutions, empowered by our citizens, grant serious powers to police to limit liberty and use force judiciously in order to enforce laws and protect the public peace. Abuse of those powers is a violation of a sacred trust that makes our communities less safe and leaves a terrible stain on our profession.
My deepest sympathies go to the family and to the citizens who continue to be affected by these terrible breaches of trust.
I want to commend our colleagues who exercise sound judgement and who display empathy and compassion for the citizens they are sworn to serve. I hope we can all reflect on the gravity of this and so many other tragic incidents, and re-commit ourselves to the highest form of humble service in KEEPING THE PEACE.
We at the UOPD denounce police brutality and stand united with our students!
University of Oregon Police Department
Matthew Carmichael, Chief of Police
UOPD LAUNCHES THE
"KEEP MY SEAT WARM PROGRAM!"
"Welcome to UOPD’s new crime prevention initiative “Keep My Seat Warm,” designed to help out UO students, faculty, and staff who left their bikes on campus or nearby before leaving Eugene due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
UOPD is volunteering this free service to retrieve any UO student, faculty, or staff bikes from locations on or near campus where they could be stolen or have parts stolen. Officers are also able to cut bike locks, if necessary.
Retrieved bikes will be transported to a secure police facility and stored until their owners can retrieve them or make arrangements to have their bikes shipped to a location. Bike owners are responsible for finding a shipper and paying their own shipping fees if they choose to have their bike shipped. Bikes will be stored until October 3, 2020.
For the security of the community, UOPD can only help bike owners who provide proof of ownership, a detailed description of their bike and its location, and proof of status as a UO student, faculty, or staff.
Please read the rules of this program at the end of this request form carefully before submitting your request. Click below to fill out your request.