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Mayor and Chief Kroeker salute efforts of Block Captains

July 30, 2002 00:00


On Wednesday, July 31, 2002, the Portland Police Bureau and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement are hosting a recognition ceremony celebrating the efforts of Neighborhood Watch Block Captains throughout the city. The ceremony will be at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Avenue, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mayor Vera Katz and Chief Mark Kroeker will attend to welcome and support the Block Captains. There are currently 400 active Neighborhood Watch groups in the City of Portland. Chief Kroeker and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Specialists will present certificates of appreciation to several Block Captains for their leadership roles on their blocks and in their neighborhoods.

Mayor Katz said, "This is an important partnership and is a core of our community policing efforts."

Chief Kroeker said, "Block Captains are the designated leaders of their Neighborhood Watch groups. Together with the Senior Neighborhood Officers, Crime Prevention Specialists, and community members, they work to build crime resistant neighborhoods."

Block Captains will receive the new Neighborhood Watch Emergency Preparedness Manual. The manuals provide practical information for dealing with emergency situations.

Applebee's Restaurants will provide desserts and refreshments. Applebee's is a sponsor of Portland National Night Out 2002. National Night Out, America's national block party, will be held on Tuesday, August 6.

For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Currin, Block Captain Coordinator, at 503-823-0469.


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