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Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Community Foot Patrol

  • Friends of Pearl Foot Patrol Sign Friends of Pearl Foot Patrol Sign

The Crime Prevention Program is currently not forming new Foot Patrols.  If you are interested in joining an existing foot patrol or a similar type of community walking group, please send attend one of our monthly Foot Patrol trainings hosted by one of our Crime Prevention staff. To RSVP to a future Foot Patrol training email with the subject line “Foot Patrol RSVP” to our Administrative Coordinator Jill Becker at: (include in the email: name, contact email and/or number, date of training attending, foot patrol wanting to join)


Download training schedule: Business watch and foot patrol training calendar


What is a Foot Patrol?

A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. They walk their neighborhood streets, parks, or schools to deter crime and report incidents and problems, rather than sit back and hope that someone else will take care of any crime or livability problems. Foot Patrol members are actively and directly involved in solving those problems in a community-based, non-confrontational manner. Foot Patrols collaborate with the City's Crime Prevention Coordinators, police, neighborhood coalitions and associations, schools, parks personnel, and area businesses to help make sure that neighborhood problems receive a prompt and effective response. A Foot Patrol is a great way to meet like-minded people, contribute to your community, and get some exercise too!

Foot Patrols generally consist of 15+ volunteers willing to donate an average of 3-4 hours a month to this program.  Foot Patrols are our most intensive community crime prevention program and take time and resources from both the City and the community to start and keep active.  Our goal with community Foot Patrol is to form a long-lasting community group that becomes a positive and reinforcing fixture in their community for years to come.