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Happy Fall and Welcome to the Portland Police Bureau’s First NewsBeat.
While we can’t highlight all the public safety issues and crime addressed by Portland Police Officers, here is a snapshot of what occurred over the last month:
Traffic Officers kicked off a multi-week school safety mission recently. Officers provided enforcement around school zones and crosswalks to remind drivers that school is back in session. Remember, during posted school times, school zones are 20 miles per hour. And be aware of school busses. Stop when those red lights flash.
Traffic officers also participated in Child Passenger Safety week recently. Joining other police, sheriff offices, and Oregon Impact partners, Traffic Officers talked to drivers and passengers about how critical it is that you always buckle up. The focus was proper use of safety belts and child restraint seats. Officers issued citations and warnings, provided educational information, and performed child seat checks. If you would like to visit a car seat fitting station there are still upcoming opportunities in the Portland Metro area and around the state. Visit Oregon Impact Dot Org for more information.
Traffic crashes remain on the rise, with more than 40 people killed this year on Portland’s streets. Some of these crashes involve pedestrians or bicyclists …. as the rains come and the days get darker, all roadway users need to be reminded of the importance of obeying traffic laws. Drivers should slow down and be mindful of inclement weather. Pedestrians need to be mindful of being seen and consider wearing reflective gear; bicyclists should have required lights on the roads after dark.
The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These crashes can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.
To see where crashes are occurring in the city, visit the Bureau’s Open Data page at portlandpolice.com
In other news, Portland Police officers continue to target illegal street racing in our community. Street racing has become prevalent in the city, with drivers attempting to take over freeways during planned events. To address this dangerous behavior, officers are conducting special missions and have made several arrests and towed vehicles over the course of the last few weeks. The officers working these missions have arrested repeat offenders who continue to put community members' lives in danger.
The Portland Police Bureau will continue its efforts in educating community members about the dangers of speed racing. Enforcement action will also continue against drivers who are suspected of committing these types of crimes.
Over the last month, Portland Police detectives began investigating potential bias crimes that occurred. Central Precinct officers responded to a report of an assault downtown. The driver of a ride-share vehicle was assaulted by a male passenger. During the assault, the suspect made comments related to the driver's gender identity. The driver sustained a non-life threatening injury.
A couple weeks later, Central Precinct Officers were dispatched to a report of an assault in a parking lot near Old Town. When they arrived, they located three victims who said they had been assaulted by a group that had left. Officers attempted to locate the suspects but they had already left the area. Upon investigating, the officers learned one of the victims was transgender and there were elements of the crime that possibly met the criteria for a Bias Crime.
The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, call 9-1-1 right away. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
Recently, the Tactical Operation Division officers have been conducting focused patrols in the city due to several shootings and continues to work to get illegally possessed guns off the street.
The Gun Violence Reduction Team has recently made stops and contacted individuals. These incidents resulted in the seizure of illegal guns, large quantities of drugs and suspects who had warrants.
Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov
We are trying to make it easy for community members to see what is going on in their neighborhood. For the latest crime stats, visit the Bureau’s Open Data page at portlandpolice.com
Remember, if you have a crime tip, you can report it to Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.
Submit an anonymous tip: by visiting their website at CrimeStoppersofOregon.com or call 503-823-HELP.
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