1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 07, 2005 00:00
Along with the rest of the nation, the Portland Police Bureau has been following this morning’s terrorist attack in London, England. Following the attack, Chief Derrick Foxworth and other members of the Police Bureau’s Command Staff participated in a briefing with members of the FBI and representatives of the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. During the briefing, the Police Bureau learned that at this time there is no information of specific threats to Portland or the Pacific Northwest and the alert level for America’s mass transit systems was being raised to ORANGE.
In response to this information, the Police Bureau immediately began to increase patrols along Portland’s transit system. Citizens should expect to see a higher than normal number of officers on and around MAX platforms and transit lines. If citizens see suspicious activity while riding TriMet they should immediately contact a TriMet employee or uniform officer. If citizens see suspicious activity in the areas around the transit system or on a city street they should call 911.
Though today’s attacks were centered on a transit system it is important to remember that we should all remain vigilant and report any unusual behavior or suspicious packages. Particularly if the activity is around an area where large numbers of people are expected to gather.
The Police Bureau will remain in contact with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners and will provide additional information as needed.
Sgt. Pete Simpson