Halfway between San
Francisco and Seattle, Cottage Grove nestles at the southern tip of
the Willamette Valley, where the Cascade Mountains touch
Oregon's coastal mountain range. Cottage Grove offers unlimited
outdoor activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, and water
skiing at two lakes, each about 6 miles from the city
center. Cottage Grove is a city of just under 10,000 residents, covering 3.6 square miles.
White settlers came to the
area, originally settled by the Kalapuya Indians, sometime
after 1810. In 1867, the post office that had originally
been established as "a cottage in a little grove of trees"
near Creswell, was moved to the west side of the river in
Cottage Grove, giving it it's name. With the beginning of
the mining boom in 1880, the first mayor and town marshal
were elected. Then in 1887, Cottage Grove was incorporated
and Samuel Veatch was elected as the first marshal of the
the Cottage Grove Police Department consists of the Police
Chief, Operations Commander, Support Services Commander, 2 Investigators,
2 Corporals, 11 Patrol Officers,
1 School Resource Officer, 4 Reserve Police Officers and 1 Parking
In addition there are 6
Support Services personnel which include
5 full-time Communications
Specialists and 1 Reserve Communications Specialist who provide
24-hour Police dispatch and 911 Call Taking for Fire and Emergency
There are also 2 Records
1 Administrative Aide and 1
Peer Court Coordinator for juveniles.
The department also maintains an
8 cell - 16 bed
Corrections Services for the Cottage Grove Municipal Court and 2
holding cells for
temporary housing of persons
in custody on non-criminal charges such as detoxification or who are
waiting to be transferred to other correctional facilities.
Department is also home to the South
Lane 911 Center,
responsible for dispatching Police as well as 911 Call Taking for Fire and
Emergency Medical Services
throughout a 900 square mile area. The Cottage Grove
Police are dispatched within the city limits, with the
surrounding county area served by
Lane County Sheriff’s Office
Oregon State Police.
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