1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
October 15, 2002 00:00
On October 16, 2002, at 11:30 a.m., Multnomah County's Aging and Disability Services, located at 421 SW Hawthorne Street, will recognize Portland Police Officers Gloria Lewis and Judy McFarlane for their commitment to elderly people in Portland. Following is an edited version of the basis for the award:
Police officers Gloria Lewis and Judy McFarlane, of the Elder Crimes Response Team, are exceptional police officers who epitomize the model community police officer. Perpetrators, who sometimes stage their criminal activity from the home of an elderly person, are often engaged in multiple criminal activities such as illicit drug use, prostitution, thefts from surrounding homes or businesses, or neighborhood intimidation. Both Officer McFarlane and Officer Lewis work tirelessly in the best spirit of community policing to effectively prevent or resolve criminal matters that affect vulnerable older adults and persons with disabilities.
These officers know that the issues directly impacting senior citizens and persons with disabilities range much further than criminal activity. They understand that people with disabilities and the elderly often face unmet needs such as obtaining appropriate housing, medical care, transportation, mental health treatment and in-home services. They know how to get people the help they might need by accessing the Department of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Services. Officer Lewis and Officer McFarlane exhibit professionalism and heartfelt caring in their contact with some of society's most vulnerable older adults and persons with disabilities. They have demonstrably improved the lives of at-risk and vulnerable elderly. In doing so, they have improved the quality of life in the community.
Sgt. Pete Simpson