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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Crime Definitions

Aggravated Assault:

An attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or injury.

An attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or injury.
All Other Offenses: Except Traffic - Includes trespass, blackmail, bomb threat, animal ordinances, and littering.
Arrest: The actual number of persons arrested (both booked and taken into custody; and cited and released) for committing criminal acts.
Arson: Any willful burning or attempt to burn a building, motor vehicle, aircraft, or personal property of another.
Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure (both residential and non-residential) with intent to commit a theft.
Crimes Against Persons: Criminal offenses where the victim is present and the act is violent, threatening or has the potential of being physically harmful.
Crimes Against Property: Offenses that involve taking something of value by theft or deception or the destruction of property.
Disorderly Conduct: In this classification are placed all offenses of committing a breach of the peace.
Drug Laws: Included are all violations of state and local laws, specifically those related to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of illegal drugs.
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (D.U.I.I.): Driving or operating any vehicle while under the influence of liquor or drugs.
Embezzlement: Misappropriation of money or property entrusted to one's care.
Extortion: The use of fear of death, injury, property loss, reputation, etc. to induce or compel another to deliver property or perform some act or omission.
Family Offenses: Included here are offenses such as abandonment, neglect of children, custodial interference and non-support. (Physical abuse would be reported as an assault).
Forgery also Forgery/Counterfeiting: Forgery and counterfeiting are treated as allied offenses. In this classification are placed all offenses dealing with the making, altering, or possessing, with intent to defraud, anything false in the semblance of that which is true.
Fraud: Fraudulent conversion and obtaining money or property by false pretenses.
Fugitives: This category covers arrests made for other agencies and may be for: Parole/Probation violation, AWOL (absence without leave) from a penal institution, etc.
Gambling: All offenses which relate to promoting, permitting, or engaging in gambling are included in this category.
Homicide: Includes willful murder and aggravated murder.
Kidnapping: The interference with another person's liberty without consent or legal authority.
Larceny: The unlawful taking of property from the possession of another; includes pickpocket, pursesnatch, shoplift, and bike theft.  (Note: Theft from Auto has been separated from the Larceny category to more easily track and identify where these crimes occur.  Theft from Auto remains a Larceny.)

Liquor Laws: With the exception of Driving Under the Influence all liquor law violations, state or local, are placed in this classification.
Miscellaneous Traffic Crimes: Serious traffic offenses which are classified as a misdemeanor or felony as defined by the Oregon Motor Vehicle Code.
Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle; includes motorcycles.
Murder: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Negligent Homicide: The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Offenses - Excludes motor vehicle traffic death.
Arrests - Includes persons arrested for motor vehicle traffic death.
Offense: The criminal act, the number of criminal acts.
Part I Crimes: A group of crimes which are reported and tracked nationally: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
Part II Crimes: A group of crimes which are reported and tracked nationally: simple assault, forgery, fraud, stolen property, vandalism, weapon laws, prostitution, sex crimes, drug laws, gambling, family offenses, D.U.I.I., liquor laws, disorderly conduct, kidnapping, curfew, runaway, and other offenses (see All Other Offenses above).
Part III Crimes: A group of crimes which are reported and tracked within the State of Oregon: includes traffic, warrants, protective custody, fugitives, officer assaults, and property and vehicles recovered for other jurisdictions.
Protective Custody: The custody of persons for detoxification, mental holds, material witness, or protective custody. Examples: transport of an intoxicated subject to the local detoxification center; taking a child into protective custody pending further investigation of the child's care and welfare.
Prostitution: Included in this classification are the sex offenses of a commercialized nature.
Pursesnatch: To snatch a purse from the physical control of another. (If force is directed or used against the victim the matter becomes a robbery).
Rape: The carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.  In January 2012, the U. S. Department of Justice updated the definition of rape to include male victims.  During 2012 this new definition is expected to be implemented as part of the national Uniform Crime Reporting system.  Currently, crimes involving male sexual assault victims are included in the Sex Crimes category which includes sodomy and molest.    

Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from a person or persons by force or threat of force.
Runaway: When a juvenile has departed from some location within Multnomah County and the juvenile's parents or guardians have reported them as a runaway.
Sex Crimes: Covers offenses such as statutory rape, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, non-forcible rape, incest, molest, indecent exposure, forcible and non-forcible sodomy, obscene phone calls. (Does not include forcible rape, or prostitution).
Simple Assault: Assaults which are limited to the use of physical force and result in little or no injury to the victim.
Stolen Property Offenses: Included in this classification are all offenses of buying, receiving and possessing stolen property, as well as all attempts to commit any of theses offenses.

Theft From Auto: The unlawful taking of motor vehicle contents or parts.  Note: Theft from Auto (Car Prowl) is a Larceny. It has been separated from the Larceny category to more easily identify where these crimes occur.
Vandalism: Consists of the willful destruction, or defacement of property.
Warrants: Includes service of warrants of arrest and related papers for Multnomah County, as well as all other jurisdictions within the United States.
Weapons Regulation Laws: Deals with weapon offenses which are regulatory in nature, such as: furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor; excon or alien in possession of a firearm.
Willful Murder and Non Negligent Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Source: Oregon Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS); Portland Police Data System. These definitions are not intended to serve as legal definitions.