1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
May 10, 2006 00:00
There were 369 fewer thefts from vehicles than this time last year, 100 fewer vehicles stolen and 60 less individuals caught shoplifting. The residential burglary rate was also down, with 41 fewer burglaries being committed.
Central Precinct’s Street Crimes Unit has played a significant role in making downtown a safer place. Since its implementation in September 2005, officers assigned to the unit have arrested 225 subjects on felony charges and have removed more than $10,000 worth of drugs from the streets.
The downward trend in crime statistics has also been impacted by officers assigned to the Transit Police Division, who have conducted missions on the Transit Malls and the Mounted Patrol Unit, who continue to address livability issues in the downtown area. Additionally, Portland Patrol Inc. works in partnership with the officers of Central Precinct in a proactive approach to reducing the causes of crime.
Programs such as Central Precinct’s Neighborhood Livability Crime Enforcement Program (NLCEP), in coordination with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) ACCESS program are also contributing to the reduction. NLCEP and ACCESS concentrate on working with chronic offenders to help assist them with voluntary alcohol/drug treatment programs, mental health screenings and housing. Police also credit ONI for helping local business owners and community members
organize and develop crime prevention strategies. Communication between the police, business owners and community groups have been invaluable in reducing crime.
Chief Sizer stated, “The reduction in downtown crime is a perfect example of community policing. Building relationships and using resources in a continued, effective manner can strongly impact crime.”
As summer brings more people into the downtown area, police say the crime prevention strategies will be maintained, as will the current park curfew hours which have been successful in helping reducing crime.
Sgt. Pete Simpson