CENTRAL POINT – The first ever Country Crossings Music Festival is in the books! The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office answered approximately 180 calls for service related to the festival, which ran from July 27 to 30 at the Jackson County Expo.
Initial reports indicate deputies made approximately 12 arrests on the festival grounds, including incidents at or near the camping and parking areas. Additional incidents and arrests involving people who had attended the festival occurred in other areas of the county.
The majority of the arrests were alcohol-related and included DUII, assault, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and outstanding warrants. Some of the arrestees were lodged in the Jackson County Jail, some were cited and released in lieu of lodging, and some were transported to the Moore Sobering Center. Deputies were able to solve many incidents without an arrest through problem solving. Deputies also helped patrons who needed medical attention or other assistance.
The Oregon State Police sent four troopers from Salem to assist with patrols on area highways during the event. They made several arrests, including 13 impaired drivers, 12 warrants, and three drug crimes. It is unknown how many of these arrests were directly related to the festival; however, the extra highway patrols freed deputies to focus more on the festival and normal patrol activities.
All things considered, Sheriff Nathan Sickler is pleased with the law enforcement response, especially considering festival attendees numbered in the thousands – an unusual occurrence for the area. Lessons learned from the first year of the event will be included in the planning for next year’s festival.
Sheriff Sickler would like to thank the following community partners who assisted with law enforcement, planning, and traffic control: Jackson County Roads, Jackson County Expo, Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Community Justice, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, ODOT, OLCC, Oregon State Police, Central Point Police, Medford Police, Ashland Police, and Talent Police.