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Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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Friends of RiverPlace Prepare for Earth Day

Friends of RiverPlace show pride in their neighborhood by participating in Earth Day

Friends of RiverPlace Leadership Meeting

On April 19th, 2016 the Friends of RiverPlace Community Foot Patrol leadership met at the Little River Cafe along the beautiful, pedestrian- and bicycle friendly RiverPlace main street, overlooking the Willamette. They planned for their Earth Day SOLVE cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd.  Says leader Susan West, “Jacob Brostoff and interns from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Program helped with our discussion about the importance of and procedure for reporting. We have amazing support from the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau, the Little River Cafe, SOLVE and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Thank you Jacob, Mark Wells, Don McTaggert, Quinton Bauer, Roberta Sommer and Thierry Pasquiou. Our trash talkers will hit the area Saturday 9-11 with gloves, reachers , trash bags and smiles. Come and join us!”

What: Earth Day SOLVE Trash Clean Up

Where: Meet at Little River Cafe

When: Saturday, April 23rd 9am-11am

An East Portland Neighborhood Watch Makes it Official

A Hazelwood Neighborhood Watch Hang a Sign Funded by EPCAC Chair

Neighborhood Watch Sign Hanging EventNeighborhood Watch Sign Hanging Event 2

On Monday, members of a newly-formed Neighborhood Watch in the Hazelwood neighborhood met with local media to hang their first Watch sign. In late February, neighbors from twelve households gathered at Block Organizers Sally and Evan Bowman’s residence for a Neighborhood Watch meeting and training led by Mark Wells, who organizes the Neighborhood Watch and Foot Patrol programs for the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program.

Their block has been adversely impacted by ongoing criminal activity at two vacant houses on their street, resulting in numerous calls to the police.  Many of these Watch residents have lived on this block for decades and were beginning to feel unsafe walking around their blocks and Lincoln Park, especially at night. 

Robin Spencer, chair of the East Portland Community Against Crime (EPCAC), and her husband personally donated the funds for two new signs for this group. One of EPCAC’s many goals is to help establish new Neighborhood Watch groups throughout East Portland. Because of their partnership, this block has two new signs to show that they are trained, organized, and highly motivated to keep their block and surrounding neighborhood safe.

David Ashton from the East Portland News attended the first Watch sign hanging event and it was fun to hear his interviews with the reinvigorated neighbors about their positive experience joining and participating in the Neighborhood Watch program.

For information or questions on how to start or re-start a Neighborhood Watch on your block please contact:

Mark Wells

City of Portland Crime Prevention

503-823-2781

mark.wells@portlandoregon.gov

East Portland Community Against Crime is a recently-formed sub-committee of the East Portland Action Plan, http://eastportlandactionplan.org

Friends of the Pearl Community Foot Patrol: A Positive Presence in the Neighborhood

These dedicated neighbors report issues, connect with neighbors and businesses and pick up trash on weekly walks

Friends of Pearl Walk Jan 2016Fremont BridgeFriends of Pearl walking

The Friends of the Pearl Community Foot Patrol met at Jamison Square Park, walked through the Pearl and checked on several areas by the Amtrak station for drug paraphernalia and trash. Foot Patrol teams have the flexibility to remove graffiti and pick up trash if they choose to do so. Members continued to the beautiful walkways along the Waterfront Pearl community and ended at the Fields Neighborhood Park. While concluding their walk, a couple walking their dogs asked them for assistance after being threatened by an unknown individual at the dog park enclosure. The dog walkers felt reassured by the presence of the members while they waited for the police and were happy to learn about this community group keeping an eye on the Pearl area.

This Foot Patrol holds multiple hour-long walks throughout the Pearl at different times each week. A completely non-confrontational group, they meet new neighbors and frequently check in with local businesses handing out resources and ensuring staff feel safe.

The Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol is always looking for new members. Anyone interested may contact Mark Wells with the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program at: mark.wells@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2781.

Neighbors Work Together to Build Community and Reclaim their Neighborhood Space

Neighbors in Madison South work together to make their neighborhood safer

The following video is truly inspiring. Neighbors in Madison South (Portland) decided to build community and “reclaim” their neighborhood space. All of their efforts united them to work together and keep the area safe. Their neighborhood projects and community building efforts include:

• Community Garden

• Street Mural

• Neighborhood Watch and Foot Patrol group

• Emergency Preparedness

Quoting one of the neighbors Erin, residents wanted to create “places where people want to gather and be together, so there’s no room for anything negative to be happening in those spaces”. This is a one of the principles in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) called activity support where residents organize and encourage positive, pro-social activities on a property to increase a sense of community and ownership of the shared space.

We are always up for helping people get Neighborhood Watches going and can provide some ideas about connecting your neighbors.  Please see our website for more information at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

Video http://ow.ly/WYIgL

50+ Neighborhood Watches Organized in 2015

Neighbors step up to improve the safety of their neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch Signs

Portland neighbors stepped up in 2015 and organized over 50+ Neighborhood Watches! These neighbors are now more connected and knowledgeable about crime prevention and how to respond if they see criminal activity. When neighbors get to know one another, they become more protective of what happens in their shared space and can more readily identify suspicious activity and report it. On most streets in Portland, the police will never be as familiar with your neighborhood as you or your neighbors.

We always encourage neighbors to call us to start a group as a proactive measure. The reality is that most neighbors contact us after learning about a car prowl, burglary or other crime that happened in their neighborhood.

If you want to organize a Neighborhood Watch in your Portland neighborhood, visit us at the following webpage for more info: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/26674