1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 17, 2002 00:00
The Park Ranger Trainees Program is a pilot program between Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Police Bureau. Nine 16 and 17 year old Portland Police Bureau Cadets were selected and hired by Portland Parks & Recreation as seasonal part-time employees. These Park Ranger Trainees will work as a team with regular Park Rangers to provide a positive presence in Portland Park and Recreation facilities, and serve as goodwill ambassadors to all who use park facilities. Rangers provide information, help solve park user conflicts and other problems, and provide other services. Rangers enforce park rules such as dog leash and scoop laws, prohibitions against camping and alcohol consumption, and other park rules. Park Rangers also work with PPB Officers to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety training at "Play it Safe".
Portland Police Bureau Cadets receive four months of Public Safety training, and graduate from the Cadet Academy. Cadets perform community service, vacant house checks and various other crime prevention duties. There are five precincts in the Portland Police Bureau, each precinct has a Cadet program. These 9 Park Ranger Trainees represent each of the Portland Police Bureau precincts, which also coincide with the five Portland Parks and Recreation districts.
The Park Ranger Trainees received more than 40 hours of additional training to prepare them for this summer program. The Park Ranger Trainees agreement is entered into July 16, 2002 and runs through September 3, 2002.
Sgt. Pete Simpson