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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Community Foot Patrol

  • Friends of Pearl Foot Patrol Sign Friends of Pearl Foot Patrol Sign

A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. They walk their neighborhood streets, parks, or schools to deter crime and report incidents and problems, rather than sit back and hope that someone else will take care of any crime or livability problems. Foot Patrol members are actively and directly involved in solving those problems in a community-based, non-confrontational manner. Foot Patrols collaborate with the City's Crime Prevention Coordinators, police, neighborhood coalitions and associations, schools, parks personnel, and area businesses to help make sure that neighborhood problems receive a prompt and effective response. A Foot Patrol is a great way to meet like-minded people, contribute to your community, and get some exercise too!

In order to start a new Community Foot Patrol, there must be a minimum of 15 volunteers willing to donate an average of 3-4 hours a month to this program.  Foot Patrols are our most intensive community crime prevention program and take time and resources from both the City and the community to start and keep active.  Our goal when creating any new Foot Patrol is to form a long-lasting community group that becomes a positive and reinforcing fixture in their community for years to come.  

Neighbors interested in organizing a Community Foot Patrol should read our Establishing Your Foot Patrol handout and the Community Foot Patrol Manual to get more information, or contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Wells at 503-823-2781 or


Community Foot Patrol Monthly Training

This is a 2 hour training for any community members over the age of 18 who wish to join or start a Community Foot Patrol.

Read the Community Foot Patrol manual

Learn in detail about Foot Patrols- how they start, how they operate, the benefits, and more