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Friends of the Pearl Community Foot Patrol: A Positive Presence in the Neighborhood

Friends of Pearl Walk Jan 2016Fremont BridgeFriends of Pearl walking

The Friends of the Pearl Community Foot Patrol met at Jamison Square Park, walked through the Pearl and checked on several areas by the Amtrak station for drug paraphernalia and trash. Foot Patrol teams have the flexibility to remove graffiti and pick up trash if they choose to do so. Members continued to the beautiful walkways along the Waterfront Pearl community and ended at the Fields Neighborhood Park. While concluding their walk, a couple walking their dogs asked them for assistance after being threatened by an unknown individual at the dog park enclosure. The dog walkers felt reassured by the presence of the members while they waited for the police and were happy to learn about this community group keeping an eye on the Pearl area.

This Foot Patrol holds multiple hour-long walks throughout the Pearl at different times each week. A completely non-confrontational group, they meet new neighbors and frequently check in with local businesses handing out resources and ensuring staff feel safe.

The Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol is always looking for new members. Anyone interested may contact Mark Wells with the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program at: mark.wells@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2781.