July 10, 2014 14:00
In response to ongoing violence in our community, the Portland Police Bureau and its partners will be initiating OPERATION COOL DOWN this weekend. This event will include enhanced patrols by the Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Unit, supported by other Police Bureau resources as well as the Gresham East County Metro Gang Enforcement Team, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention.
The community and the Police Bureau have learned over the years that enforcement alone is not sufficient to prevent ongoing violence in the long term. Therefore, in addition to traditional methods focusing on increased enforcement, this multi-disciplinary response to gang violence will include partners such as the street-level gang outreach workers who focus on prevention programs. These individuals will be available to provide resources to gang-impacted youth and their families.
The Portland Police Bureau also asks the community to support and attend upcoming events, which focus on improving public safety. These events include:
The National Night Out Kickoff Party and Information Fair: This event, hosted by the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program, is being held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Laurelhurst Park. This event will provide information on how to host a National Night Out party, allow for networking with long-time party hosts and will honor several Portland residents for their work in this area.
Silence the Violence rally: This event is being held at McCoy Park (9298 N. Woosley Avenue)on Friday, July 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. It has been organized and is being led by youth from Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES)associated with STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere). It is a peaceful, silent protest against violence in our communities. More information can be found at www.safeyouth.gov
Community Meeting: This July 14th, at 6 p.m., Portland Parks and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention will be hosting a community meeting at Peninsula Park. This meeting will focus on how the community can work collectively to impact violent crime. The Office of Youth Violence prevention offers resources at: http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/.
Gang Violence Task Force meeting: The next Gang Violence Task Force meeting will be held July 18th at 10 a.m., in the North Precinct Community Room (449 N.E. Emerson Street).
Finally, the Police Bureau would like to highlight Operation Safe Summer 2014, https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/443604
This resource guide, produced in collaboration by the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau and Police Bureau, contains resources on safe, supervised and structured activities for youth in our community.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204