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Police distribute "Teens and Laws"

November 05, 2002 00:00



On Monday, November 04, 2002, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Cleveland High School, 3400 SE 26th Avenue, Portland School Police School Resource officers will distribute a new "Teens and Laws" card designed to educate teens on what they should know if they are stopped by police. Members of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Racial Profiling and the African American Advisory Council worked with the Portland Police Bureau to design the card printed in English and Spanish. The Consulate General Office of Mexico provided the Spanish translation.

The card covers situations where teens are stopped while driving or are stopped while on the street. Patterned after the brochure, Understanding Police Procedures, it is directed to teens and provides information on driver responsibilities, curfew times, and constitutional rights information.

Chief Kroeker said that this new card directed to teens is a result of the recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Racial Profiling. "The goals of improving police-community communication to better serve all of our community members remains a high priority for me as Chief," said Kroeker.

Roy Pittman, a member of the African-American Advisory Council, said, "Things are changing. When kids have come into contact with the police, it may become confrontational. This card will help ease that tension by giving teens information about what to do when stopped by police."

The cards are now available at precincts, Traffic Division, School Police and in neighborhood, business and community offices. It will be available on the Bureau website at

For copies of the cards, please contact the Planning and Support Division at 503-823-0283.


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