PENDLETON:  Changes in transient population

PENDLETON: Changes in transient population

Police Chief Stuart Roberts remembers when the city’s transient population consisted of people that were known to residents. Now, he said the population is also comprised of strangers who come and go.

“We’ve got a large transient population,” he said. “Not all of them stay here long term. They’ll come in, they’ll take advantage of whatever is available to them and they’ll leave. A lot of times their departure is predicated by a number of arrests and new charges.”

Roberts said that the transients are more noticeable because they are walking into residential areas now that Oregon’s bottle deposit has doubled to 10 cents.

“They’ll walk between houses,” Roberts said. “They’ll trespass on properties, looking in back patio areas, garages, carports and those types of things looking for cans.”