Incident: Springfield Police Response (Holiday Farm Fire)
Location: Springfield Area
Case Number: N/A
The Springfield Police Department is committed to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Springfield. There has been social media chatter, recently, about several community concerns. One of these concerns was regarding a subject (or subjects) posing as Fire Marshals, encouraging people to evacuate their homes. We have investigated several of these calls and have yet to identify a suspect, as most of the information we received was not firsthand to the caller. Another concern is regarding looting taking place at houses that citizens have chosen to evacuate from. We have investigated more than one of those calls and have deemed the incidents unfounded, as it was merely the residents (or friends of the residents) helping to remove items, as the residents had chosen to pre-emptively evacuate, albeit late at night.
We encourage our citizens to continue to call us in the event of suspected criminal activity. Our officers will respond to investigate this activity. While we rely on social media to share information with the public, please be wary of unverified information you come across on social media platforms. If you have a specific concern about something you have read, please call the Springfield Police Department so that we can answer (or attempt to answer) your questions. If you witness criminal activity, please report specific information about the incident, to include the suspect(s), so our Officers can efficiently respond/investigate the concern.
In addition, you may see an increased patrol presence in certain neighborhoods of Springfield. This is a pro-active measure aimed at deterring criminal activity and identifying any potential issues. Pro-active policing has long been a key component to public safety in Springfield. The police department has NOT seen an uptick in crime, due to the Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation notice for east Springfield (Thurston). We will continue to respond to calls for service as normal, and will remain vigilant for those who may try to take advantage of citizens during this emergency.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant George Crolly at (541) 726-3714.
NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Lieutenant George Crolly