Youth gang members are several times more likely than non-gang youths to commit crimes. The Jackson County Juvenile Services is committed to addressing this issue with a comprehensive strategy of prevention, intervention and suppression that includes working collaboratively with schools, community agencies, and local law enforcement agencies. Among the strategies in Jackson County that address youth gangs are:
Jackson County Juvenile Services and the Medford Police Department have teamed up to remove/clean up graffiti within Medford at no cost to property owners.
To report graffiti in the Medford Area please contact Medford Code Enforcement at 774-2016 or submit a request on-line. Medford Municipal Code 5.519 - Unlawful Graffiti Nuisance on Private Property requires the owner or person in charge of property to remove graffiti, as defined in the code, within ten (10) days.
Jackson County Juvenile Services provides removal/clean up of graffiti outside the Medford area through a Weekend graffiti removal program at no cost to property owners. To report or request cleanup of graffiti outside of the Medford area you can contact Jackson County Detention at (541) 774-4835 or email Bobby Divine at DivineRN@jacksoncounty.org.
The Sooner Graffiti Is Removed, The Better! Research shows that removal within 24-48 hours is effective in discouraging repeat vandalism. If you choose to remove the graffiti before contacting law enforcement or our department, take a photo, if possible, that can be given to the officer/deputy and attached to the report. If the graffiti appears on someone else's property and you believe they may be unaware, consider contacting them directly. You will be acting as a "good neighbor" by letting them know and also making sure they understand the importance of quick removal.
A Parent’s Quick Reference for Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement.
Medford Police Department Gang Brochure - English
Medford Police Department Gang Brochure - Spanish