1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
October 10, 2002 00:00
On Friday, October 11, 2002, at 10:30 a.m., Portland Police Chief Mark A. Kroeker, Senior Neighborhood Officer (SNO) Jeff Myers, and 30 Goose Hollow community volunteers will meet at Southwest 20th Avenue and Morrison Street to distribute 3,000 fliers designed to educate and inform vehicle owners on how to avoid becoming the victim of a car prowl.
In June 2002, SNO Officer Jeff Myers began a pilot program designed to reduce the number of car prowls in the Goose Hollow Community. During the pilot program, Officer Myers surveyed 2,000 vehicles and learned that 25% of them were at high risk for car prowlers. He also initiated a series of community led meeting to educate residents about how to keep their vehicles safe.
During the pilot program, the Central Precinct Crime Analyst began to see decrease in car prowls in the Goose Hollow Area and an increase in car prowls in the area immediately surrounding the pilot project. Inspired by the possibility of a measurable reduction in crime, Officer Myers discussed his campaign with area businesses and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Through donations from State Farm Insurance and Rasmussen BMW, Officer Myers secured funding to place crime prevention signs on 15 TriMet buses that travel through the area. Additional funding allowed Officer Myers to place crime prevention signs in the target area.
During the next 90 days, Officers will continue a directed enforcement campaign while a Crime Analyst will test the effectiveness of the education campaign. If effective, the Portland Police Bureau will attempt to gain enough community and business partners to take the campaign citywide. This effort is an example of the Senior Neighborhood Officer Program allowing Officers the time to develop innovative solutions in partnership with the community.
Sgt. Pete Simpson