Rayfield's Summer Series Concludes with Forum on Public Safety

CORVALLIS – Representative Dan Rayfield (D - Corvallis) will conclude his four-part summer educational series with a public safety forum on September 11th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The forum will feature a panel of political leaders and experts from across the state. Panelists will include Representative Carla Piluso (D – Gresham), Representative Chris Gorsek (D – Troutdale), Mike Schmidt, Executive Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, and John Haroldson, Benton County District Attorney.

“Oregonians count on us to protect their communities and hold offenders accountable while using their money wisely to reduce recidivism and decrease prison use.  I look forward to discussing how we are tackling these issues in the legislature,” said Piluso. Piluso served for more than 30 years with the Gresham Police Department retiring as chief of police, and currently serves on the Joint Ways and Means SubCommittee on Public Safety.

The upcoming forum will begin with a presentation from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission on the state of Oregon’s criminal justice system, a discussion of the state’s recent successes, and the challenges that lie ahead. The forum will be followed by a question and answer period to allow the community to engage and ask questions.

“This is a great opportunity for us to engage the community about criminal justice issues here in Oregon,” Gorsek said. Gorsek is a criminal justice educator and former police officer who earned his PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University. Gorsek serves on the House Judiciary Committee and on the House Human Services and Housing Committee.

The public safety forum will take place at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library from 7:00pm – 8:30pm on September 11th.