During a midnight sweep of the Bear Creek Greenway through Medford, police issued 20 citations to 16 people found along the trail.

During a midnight sweep of the Bear Creek Greenway through Medford, police issued 20 citations to 16 people found along the trail.

Patrol officers worked their way across town on the trail between midnight and 2 a.m. today, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. They discovered at least seven camps where homeless people were staying.

Fourteen people were cited on a charge of prohibited camping, and two were cited for drinking in public. Two people were cited on charges of trespassing and drinking in public, Doney reported.

The day before the sweep, police had posted the area with signs that warned of an upcoming enforcement effort, Doney said. Officers working on the trail early this morning also offered people information about social services available.

Police said similar enforcement operations will continue periodically throughout the year as part of efforts to improve safety along the 18-mile pedestrian pathway. Medford officers patrol the Greenway year-round on foot and of bikes. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department conducts periodic aerial surveillance along the trail.

— Anita Burke