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Rural Oregon residents take the law into their own hands

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A group of Josephine County residents are guarding their community themselves, as the sheriff's department has been reduced drastically by budget cuts.

[Retired marina manager Sam] Nichols has organized a posse of about a dozen fed-up residents who have started patrolling the small community of O’Brien, which has about 750 residents.

“We call ourselves the CAC Patrol, Citizens Against Crime,” he said.

Separately, a retired sheriff’s deputy in a community about 10 miles away has started a Facebook page called “To Catch a Thief,” an open group that has nearly 1,200 members who post reports of crimes that aren’t priorities for the county sheriff’s office.

Read more at The Washington Post.

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