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Roseburg Police Department deploys 32-hour workweek - 07/09/24

The law enforcement industry across the nation is struggling to find and hire quality candidates to fill an increasing number of vacant law enforcement positions.  The Roseburg Police Department (RPD) has refused to compromise on hiring standards and remains dedicated to producing the highest quality police officers possible for our community. 

RPD continues to demonstrate its commitment to our community and our officers through investment and innovation. In a progressive effort to improve officer retention and recruitment, the Roseburg Police Department has instituted a 32-hour workweek program, effective July 1, 2024. 

In addition to this innovative program, the Roseburg Police Department has much to offer to prospective police officer candidates:

  • High quality equipment – Roseburg has invested in the latest technology in body worn and vehicle cameras, non-lethal weapons, stationary and vehicular LPR cameras, virtual reality training equipment, robots and other tools to keep our citizens and officers safe. 
  • Extremely competitive pay and benefit packages
  • Wellness focused – RPD encourages work/life balance and is dedicated to the overall wellness of its employees and their families. 
  • Facility – The Roseburg Public Safety Center is an exceptional facility with many features, to include built-in training rooms and a robust fitness center.
  • Outstanding team members – Ride along and see what we mean!

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Fatal vehicle versus pedestrian - 07/09/24


The decedent in this case has been identified as Linda Louise Stafford (59) of Roseburg.


On Monday, July 8, 2024 at approximately 3:00 PM, the Roseburg Police Department and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle and trailer at the intersection of SE Stephens and SE Douglas Streets.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a commercial motor vehicle and trailer, operated by Dylan York (35), were stopped at a red light, facing southbound, and proceeded through the crosswalk when their light turned green and struck a female who was walking within the crosswalk.

The female was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Douglas County M.E. and has not been identified at this time.  

York was not injured and is cooperating with law enforcement.

The Roseburg Police Department was assisted by the Roseburg Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Death Investigation - 06/19/24

On June 19, 2024, at approximately 11:30 AM, the Roseburg Police Department responded to an address in the 1100 block of SE Pine to conduct a welfare check on 77 year old Samuel Steven Smeth.  Smeth was found deceased in his residence.  Next of kin has been notified.  

Roseburg Police detectives, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office detectives, and Oregon State Police responded to assist and will continue to investigate the matter with assistance from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. At this time, there is no known ongoing threat to the general public