Newberg-Dundee area among state's safest
Residents in Newberg and Dundee can breathe a sigh of relief as the area has been deemed the second safest metro area in Oregon.
According to data from the FBI and the U.S. Census Bureau, out of 25 cities with populations of 10,000 or more, Newberg-Dundee was only bested by Pendelton in terms of how safe the area is.
A report compiled by Safe Home looked at the data and made the rankings. According to its report, Oregon is home to three of the 500 safest cities in the country, and most of the cities listed from Oregon were along the coastline.
The Newberg-Dundee area, according to the report, has a safety score of 84.55, well above the majority of other Oregon cities which ranked around 70. Pendelton ranked just a few ticks higher, at 84.81.
According to Safe Home, the Newberg-Dundee area has a population of just over 26,000. There were 24 violent crimes and 420 property crimes reported during the sample. There is a ratio of 530 residents to an officer.
The last Oregon city to make the list was Medford, with a rating of 54.5.
According to a city document, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department is "one of approximately 24 accredited police departments in Oregon. This is a significant accomplishment considering it requires the agency to comply with over 100 recognized standards for the law enforcement profession, as adopted by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance for Law Enforcement."
The NDPD is also active with community outreach programs. Recently, the department participated in a nationwide event to crack down on distracted driving, resulting in 30 cell phone violations.
"For the past two years, the department has been meeting with Unidos Newberg, a Latino Community Group," the document stated. "The purpose is to build a stronger relationship between the Latino community and the police department.
"Additionally, the police department has worked closely with the Newberg School District to establish suicide prevention awareness and the Handle with Care program, which allows the police department to share information with a student's teacher concerning any tragic event that may have caused trauma for the student.
"This confidential notice alerts the teacher that the student might have behavior or emotional struggles and they may need special help or attention while at school. In partnership with the school district, the department also provides a school resource officer stationed full time at Newberg High School during the academic year."