1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
October 31, 2007 00:00
Portland, OR – On Thursday, November 1, 2007, Officer Phillip Kent, a 17-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau will begin his new assignment as the Bureau’s representative to the Sunshine Division. Officer Kent, who most recently worked as a patrol officer at East Precinct, has a long history with philanthropic service, including serving as the athletic and recreation coordinator for the Police Activities League, and as athletic director for St. Joseph’s School in Vancouver.
Officer Kent has been honored with numerous awards during his tenure at the Police Bureau, including the National Police Activities League Crime Prevention Specialist of the Year (2001),the George Weatheroy Law Enforcement Volunteer of the Year Award (2002),the Chief's Forum Award for involvement as a community youth leader(2002), and the Hero Award from the Portland Trailblazers for his service to youth and athletics (2003).
“I am excited to start at the Sunshine Division,” says Officer Kent. “My first priority is to learn about the long history of the organization and meet with its current supporters. I also want to reach out internally throughout the Police Bureau to ensure that officers know what the Sunshine Division can do for our community.”
The Sunshine Division, which began in 1923, is a year-round relief agency, but is widely known for its holiday food boxes—this year, 4,000 food boxes will be delivered at Christmas. In 2006, the agency distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food to Portland and its surrounding communities.
If you know someone that needs help please contact the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division at 503-823-2119 or after hours the non-emergency number 503-823-3333. ##
Sgt. Pete Simpson