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Police Bureau prepares for simultaneous visits

August 12, 2004 00:00

  

On August 13, 2004, the City of Portland will host President George Bush and Senator John Kerry as both make campaign visits. At this time, President Bush has announced a campaign visit to Terminal Six at the Port of Portland and Senator Kerry has announced a campaign visit to Waterfront Park. The Police Bureau continues to work with the Secret Service to ensure for the safety and security of both candidates. At the same time, the Police Bureau is prepared to protect the free speech rights of all citizens and, to the extent possible, continue to allow businesses and citizens access to our streets.

Current plans do not call for the closure of any streets with the exception of the entrance to Terminal Six. Citizens should expect momentary delays on Portland’s streets and freeways throughout the day as the motorcades travel through town. Citizens choosing to participate in Senator Kerry’s campaign event in Waterfront Park should expect to travel through security similar to entering an airport terminal. The Police Bureau has also learned that security concerns have forced the Kerry campaign to confiscate any homemade or hand-crafted signs during the Senator’s Waterfront Park visit.

During the past week, there have been several questions about the Police Bureau preparedness and it’s ability to maintain proper levels of service during these events. By canceling the days off of some officers and receiving the assistance of officers from Vancouver Police, Milwaukie Police, Beaverton Police, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriffs Office, Washington State Patrol, Clark County Sheriffs Office, the Portland Police Bureau will continue to provide the level of service our citizens are accustomed to seeing throughout the day.

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Portland, Oregon 97204


     

 

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