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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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African American Advisory Council



The African American Advisory Council is a partnership that brings together members ofPortland’s African American community and police officers to promote understanding and respect in police and community relationships. 



Community – Law enforcement must be reflective of community values and desires.  Accordingly, the community should be actively involved in the Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Police Bureau should be actively involved with the community.

Diversity – The African American Advisory Council promotes the value of a diverse community and a diverse Police Bureau.

Understanding – The African American Advisory Council believes in operating from an informed perspective to increase effectiveness.



Promote an informed perspective and ensure information sharing by maintaining an environment of respect, integrity, and inclusion.  

Communicate, collaborate, and develop effective recommendations and solutions that address strategic and emergent issues of concern. 

Make informed recommendations on police practices and policies that impact the community.

Assist the Bureau in hiring, retaining, and promoting members of the African American community.

Be an informed voice and resource for Portland’s African American community.