Concerned Fathers Against Crime
Over 18 years ago, Bob Just sat down with then Sheriff Dan Calvert and pitched a vision to him about how regular guys could help support law enforcement with a new system, which Bob called Concerned Fathers Against Crime (C-FAC). Even then Josephine County finances were tight so every bit of help made a difference. However, the idea was not to replace professional law enforcement but only to help make each county resident's tax investment in public safety more effective.
Over the years, hundreds of "concerned fathers" patrolled the area using cellphones to call 911 if problems arose. In fact, the group has been called out twice on a special patrol to help protect Grants Pass from a serial arsonist, and also once to locate a suicidal woman who was found alive sitting at a rest stop on I-5.
When Sheriff Calvert approved the idea Bob asked two local businessmen, Bill Evensen and Jeff Boone, to help develop and launch the idea, which happened in October of 1994. All three men were concerned about the crime problem and believed C-FAC was one good way local citizens could do something about it.
Within a matter of months Sheriff Calvert said the program was a national model. Here are a few other endorsements that indicate the success of Bob's original idea pitched all those years ago.
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"This is an infectious and expansive concept that benefits everyone."
Sheriff Gil Gilbertson
Josephine County, Oregon
"Our partnership with C-FAC represents the perfect example of community policing. Together, as a team, we are able to be more vigilant in our efforts at keeping our residents safe."
Director Joe Henner
Department of Public Safety
City of Grants Pass, Oregon
"C-FAC creates a genuine sense of community connectedness. This has a substantial impact on the morale of not only its members (and their spheres of influence), but also on the morale of law enforcement personnel. C-FAC's endorsement letters speak for themselves."
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden
"C-FAC's efforts complement other successful volunteer-based efforts like Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)...C-FAC furthers the spirit of volunteerism represented by these programs and gives citizens a valuable opportunity to influence the health and safety of their communities."
U.S. Department of Justice,
Office of Justice Programs