The mission of the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Program is to solve chronic problems related to crime, nuisance, and livability issues. Officers in the NRT Program work full time in their positions and generally do not respond to everyday calls for service. NRTs are able to address more deeply rooted and complex problems in a neighborhood.
The neighborhood associations are divided among the NRT Officers at their respective precinct. NRT officers working in partnership with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Coordinators together tackle a variety of problems: neighborhood agreements, mediation, car prowls, problem liquor outlets, graffiti, prostitution, drug houses, party houses, homeless related issues, traffic problems, and crime analysis. The Program supports key crime prevention program strategies such as community focused public safety action committees, Neighborhood Watch, foot patrol, and National Night Out celebrations.
The Neighborhood Response Team Program is a quality example of community-policing in the City of Portland because it supports police officers to engage in creative problem solving with their partners and to find ways to address situations that have not responded to traditional policing effort.