Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team Adding Personnel for Operation Safe Summer

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June 14, 2012 10:15

  

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Today, Thursday June 14, 2012, Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced that the Bureau will significantly strengthen the Gang Enforcement Team beginning next week.

As of June 8, 2012, the Gang Enforcement Team has responded to 57 gang-related shootings in the City of Portland. Last year at the same time, there had been 36 gang-related shootings in the City. This unacceptable rising trend started in 2006 and each year the number of shootings has continued to rise.

The Gang Enforcement Team will be adding personnel beginning June 21 and they will remain in place until September 21, 2012.

Additional personnel will include 14 police officers, two detectives, one sergeant, and one lieutenant. These added personnel will boost uniform gang enforcement, add to the Gun Task Force, and the added detectives will be able to assist the current unit with case investigations.

"As a lean organization, we have to be flexible with our resources and so therefore, we are temporarily reassigning personnel from many other units and divisions for the summer," said Chief Mike Reese.

To boost the strength of the Gang Enforcement Team, officers are being temporarily reassigned from the Training Division, all three precincts, the Drugs and Vice Division, and the Family Services Division.

Operation Safe Summer is a coordinated effort between various groups and agencies including the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, the US Attorney's Office, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Youth Gang Outreach, the Portland faith community, and many others.

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