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Check this out. In Oregon they cut budgets so much that there is no emergency sheriff service on evenings and weekends. This poor woman was assaulted because of it : (source NPR)

AMELIA TEMPLETON, BYLINE: Josephine County, in the southwest corner of Oregon, was probably the hardest hit. The sheriff’s department lost more than half of its funding. As a result, deputies no longer respond to emergency calls in the evenings or on the weekends. Calls like this one, made just last August.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 911 emergency.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: My ex-boyfriend is trying to break into my house. I’m not letting him in, but he’s, like, tried to break down the door, and he’s trying to break into one of the windows.

TEMPLETON: The threat she was reporting was real. Her ex was wanted by the state police for parole violations. We’re not using the woman’s name because it’s NPR’s policy not to name the victims of sexual assault. She told dispatch her ex had hurt her before.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: He put me in the hospital a few weeks ago, and I’ve been trying to keep him away.

TEMPLETON: The call came in on a Saturday at 4:58 in the morning. None of the sheriff’s deputies in Josephine County were on duty. So dispatch transferred the call to the Oregon State Police, but they also didn’t have anyone available.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: I don’t have anybody to send out there.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away, or do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: I’ve already asked him. I’ve already told him I was calling you.

TEMPLETON: The dispatcher stays on the phone with the woman for 10 minutes and 21 seconds. She tells the caller to try to hide in the house.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Is he still there?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Yes, he is.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: OK.

TEMPLETON: And four times in total, she says there isn’t anyone who can help.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Once again, it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement up there.

TEMPLETON: According to police records, a few minutes later, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Michael Bellah, used a piece of metal to pry open her front door. He then attacked her. Eventually, state police arrested him, and he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and sodomy, among other charges.

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