Community Engagement


In September 2016, with assistance from Dr. Kris Henning from Portland State University, the DeschutesSafe group implement a county-wide survey to assess residents view on crime and public safety throughout the county.

The online survey was initially open to 10,000 randomly selected registered voters in Deschutes County. To increase survey participation, the survey was made available to all Deschutes County residents in October.

The responses from community members that completed the survey aligned with the information the DeschutesSafe team had identified through their research. Drugs and drug crimes are impacting the community, as well as the level of perceived safety that many residents feel, especially at night.

The survey final report

Public Meetings

To gather more information from residents and to share the initial results from the public survey, along with the research completed by the DeschutesSafe team, DA Hummel hosted a series of public meetings across the county in November 2016.

These open forum meetings were facilitated by expert facilitators from the Community Solutions of Central Oregon to encourage an open dialogue.

The six meetings were held in:

  • La Pine at the La Pine Library
  • Redmond at the Redmond Fire House
  • Sisters at the Five Pines Lodge
  • Sunriver at the Sunriver Fire House
  • Bend at the East Bend Library
  • Bend at the Downtown Library


Press Releases

Survey Launch

Public Meetings