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Regional Collaboration Increases Safety Measures for Outdoor Events

Police Barricades for Events The City of Ashland Police Department and the police departments for Medford and Grants Pass have been awarded a Regional State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment (SPIRE) Grant for anti-vehicle barriers that will be used to help ensure the safety of residents and visitors attending outdoor events in Southern Oregon. 

Each city will receive a Vehicle Barrier System that includes a trailer and eight barricades that can easily and quickly be setup by city staff. The cities will share their kits with other municipalities within Jackson and Josephine counties, so up to 24 barriers can be deployed during specific events such as the Pear Blossom Festival, Ashland Halloween Parade, Boatnik, and more.

This project equips Southern Oregon with shared capability to rapidly deploy an effective anti-vehicle barrier system to protect people attending large public gatherings against vehicle-borne threats (vehicle-ramming attacks, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, or vehicles unintentionally striking pedestrians).

The three trailers and 24 barriers are expected to arrive to the region by mid-2023.  

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