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Clackamas Co. Sheriff shares experiences helping in Roseburg

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Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts' department led the Clackamas Town Center shooting investigation and helped after the shooting at Reynolds High School last summer.

So when he heard about the shooting at Umpqua Community College, he immediately decided to head down to Roseburg.

Sheriff Roberts could be seen standing behind Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin at one of the first press conferences after the shooting last Thursday.

Roberts said it doesn't take long to get overwhelmed in one of these situations, so he offered help coordinating all the different first responders and law enforcement, helping Douglas County determine priorities for the investigation.

Clackamas County also sent two detectives to help with the investigation, and deputies and staff to Roseburg to help deal with media.

Roberts noted he's previously met with teachers who survived the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and at Virginia Tech University.  He said the biggest lesson he's learned, and one he took to Douglas County, is to not glorify the shooters.

“Probably the biggest thing I learned in talking to folks in Virginia Tech and across the county on these issues is do not, do not, glorify the shooter, do not use his name,” Roberts said. “We don’t want to make this to be some sort of thing you can leave a legacy behind that I took so many casualties.”

“That was one of the things I emphasized to the sheriff there, please take a stand on this issue,” he continued. “He completely agreed that, ‘Hey, we’re going to call him the shooter and we’ll release it in writing and ask folks not to really glorify his position,’ because it is actually horrific actions that he took.”

Sheriff Roberts chairs the statewide Task Force on School Safety. He said they're doing a lot of work in trying to develop a threat assessment plan and a statewide text tip-line, and they plan to bring some ideas to Oregon lawmakers during the next legislative session.

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