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Community Policing Spotlight

Community Policing Spotlight: June 9, 2017

School Visits; Welcoming Refugees; Rose Festival Parades and Extra Patrols

School Visit

Central Precinct: June 8, 2017

An officer visited two classes of pre-schoolers at the Friendly House Pre-School at NW 26/Thurman. The officers talked about what police officers do and how to call the police. The kids then they got to see the police car.

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Event
North Precinct: June 7, 2017

Ofc. Silverman attended a refugee resettlement event at Portland Airport. Catholic Charities hosts this event regularly in an effort to make new refugees and immigrants feel welcome upon their arrival in Portland. Ofc. Silverman helped welcome families from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq who are joining relatives already in the United States. Many of these newcomers are from countries where police are feared. Ofc. Silverman's efforts will help these refugee's to build trust and confidence in U.S. law enforcement.

Junior Rose Parade-Community engagement
Bureau-wide, June 6, 2017

Officers participated in the annual Junior Rose Parade in the Hollywood District. The event was a great success and the weather was absolutely perfect. The event could not have been completed without the help of North Precinct personnel, GET, DVD, ASU, EDU, RRT, Youth Services Division, SERT, Traffic Division personnel, the Detective Division, PBOT, and all of the non-sworn personnel.


Community Policing+Crime Reduction in Parkrose
North Precinct, June 6, 2017
Drawing heavily on data gathered from the survey taken on Community Attitudes Regarding Public Safety In Parkrose North Precinct Officers began addressing the needs of Parkrose residents. The survey identified several major areas of concern, including: drugs/alcohol, prostitution, property crime and trespassing.  

Over the past week North Precinct Officers have spoken with community members, business owners and employees working in the area who have been affected by those crimes and focused their energies on two of the motels along Sandy receiving the highest number of complaints. Officers increased their presence and activity at these motels. This resulted in the recovery of 4 stolen cars, 8 arrests for UUMV, warrants for robbery, drugs, theft, various sex offenders and the recovery of equipment used for identity theft and the manufacture of fraudulent credit cards. Responding to resident concerns through the use of Community Surveys is one of the many suggestions made by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing for Community Policing and Crime Reduction.

IRCO college and career fair.
East Precinct, June 3, 2017

East Officers attended the IRCO college and career fair at David Douglas High School. Officers brought information on how to become a police officer (from the Personnel Division), Cadet application information, other crime prevention information along with several other giveaway items including pencils, cell phone accessories and youth books.

The officers estimated there were 2-300 kids present. The kids were very appreciative of the positive contacts with law enforcement, taking many photos. Some of the countries that were represented were Somalia and Thailand with numerous other countries being present. The IRCO staff thanked the officers for attending and doing a great job.

Community Engagement: Extra Patrol
Central Precinct, June 2, 2017

Several business owners in the Hawthorne area have voiced concerns regarding travelers in the area. The business owners have complained about the travelers blocking businesses, being intoxicated and excessive noise. In response, Central Precinct officers provided extra patrol in the area which resulted in one arrest and the recovery of a potentially stolen bike. At the end of the extra patrol the travelers had vacated the area.

Community Engagement: Extra patrol on Street Car
Central Precinct, June 2, 2017

Members of the community expressed concerns regarding safety on the Portland Street Car after the recent violence on public transit. Because the TriMet efforts do not cover the street car, two details were sent to ride the Street Car for several officers to provide visibility and interact with the riders. Officers contacted dozens of community members and were well received both by the public and the operators.

Holladay Park Engagement
North Precinct, June 2, 2017
North Precinct continues to focus on Holladay Park for extra patrols on foot and in vehicles. Police Officers connected with Park Bureau staff who are now out in the park daily with games and activities for all. Officers played ping pong in the park with some kids. Officers will attempt to do this outreach on Fridays (calls permitting)

Community Policing Spotlight: May 26, 2017

Coffee with a Cop; Retirement Home Visit; Pizza and Police Roundtable and Foot Patrols

Coffee with a Cop: East Portland Coffee Roasters

East Precinct: May 24, 2017

Several East Precinct Officers, along with command from the Chiefs Office, participated in another Coffee with a Cop event. This event was hosted at East Portland Coffee Roasters and was well received, with many community members saying they appreciated the time with PPB and the opportunity for conversation. Several citizens conveyed concerns about homeless issues, motor homes, area drug houses, and other chronic problems. 

Silvercress Retirement Home

Family Services: May 25, 2017

Family Services personnel were invited to speak to residents of a retirement about physical and internet safety. Approximately 25 residents gathered for the presentation and over an hour of Q&A on the presentation, protests, and other crimes against seniors.

International Optimist Club - Respect for Law Award

North Precinct: May 25, 2017

North Precinct Officer Mike Chapin was selected by the Gresham Optimist Club to receive their Respect for Law Award. This is presented annually to honor the work, dedication and sacrifice of local Law Enforcement Officers whose work exemplifies past award winners including Portland Officers Dennis Alan Darden, Colleen Waibel and Thomas Jeffries.  

Pizza and Police Roundtable Discussion

Benson Polytechnic High School

Youth Services: May 25, 2017

Sworn members from Personnel, North Precinct, Youth Services and the Behavioral Health Unit attended an event hosted by Benson's Black Student Union in the gymnasium. Approximately 60 students joined the officers and staff for food and a facilitated conversation on a variety of topics, including our personal motivations for becoming an officer, civil rights, use of force, and current trends in police response to mental health crises.

Safety Patrol Picnic

Youth Services: May 24-25, 2017

Officers and Supervisors from YSD, along with our school district partners from PPS, David Douglas and Parkrose, participated in the annual Safety Patrol picnic at Oaks Park.

Officers prepared and served lunches to approximately 2800 Safety Patrol students from participating schools, and interacted with these students as they enjoyed the rides and events at the park. The Safety Patrol picnic has been an annual tradition for many years, and allows officers an opportunity to say "Thank you" to the students who serve in the Safety Patrol program, and to continue building positive connections with youth in the communities we serve.

 Foot Patrol on Mississippi Ave

Mississippi District

North Precinct: May 23, 2017

North precinct members conducted a foot patrol in the Mississippi District. Numerous residents and businesses were contacted on the 45-minute patrol.

Issues referencing crime and ordinances were discussed such as OLCC regulations and fraudsters targeting stores in the neighborhood.

Sellwood Middle School Parade

Traffic Division: May 23, 2017

The Traffic Division assisted with the annual Sellwood Middle School Parade. The parade consisted of community members, students from Sellwood Middle School, and many community members who lined the streets to watch the parade. The Police Bureau members who helped with the event were greatly appreciated and thanked for their assistance.

Continuing mission in Old Town

Central Precinct: May 19, 2017

Officers continued a directed patrol mission in the Old town area, focusing on illegal drug use. Many community members contacted police to indicate their thanks for the efforts.



Community Policing Spotlight: May 19, 2017

Student Police Academy, Muslim Educational Trust Dinner, Doernbecher's Making Miracles Parade

Student Police Academy

The Youth Services Division conducted a Student Academy at David Douglas High School, with 52 seniors rotating through interactive classroom formats that included: impaired driving, crime scene investigation and use of force scenarios. Students enjoyed a lunch provided courtesy of YSD and engaged in thoughtful dialogue with their police officers.

Muslim Educational Trust Dinner

Chief Marshman and several Bureau members attended a community event at the Muslim Educational Trust. Several speakers and presentations talked about the great relationship building which has been occurring within the larger Portland metro area with all faiths. This was a great opportunity for the Police Bureau to attend and show our continued investment in building relationships and trust within the Muslim and other religious communities.

Cache With A Cop
Fifty community members attended PPB’s "Cache With A Cop" geocaching event at the North Precinct Community Room on May 13, 2017. Afterwards, several attendees searched for a few geocaches near the PCC Cascade Campus with an Officer.   

Doernbecher's Making Miracles Parade
Several members from the Traffic Division assisted with the Doernbecher Kids Making Miracles Candlelight Parade. This annual event hosts about 450 youth who have raised funds for Doernbecher Hospital and conduct a short parade under the dusk evening and light a large candle upon arrival at the children's hospital in a symbol of hope for the sick children.

Police Bureau team wins basketball tournament
Central Precinct officers were invited to participate in a basketball tournament involving several businesses from the Downtown area. Officers competed against five other teams in a winner take all tournament. The Police Bureau team donated the $1200 winnings to Doernbecher Children's hospital.


Community Policing Spotlight: April 16, 2017

Geocaching, Boys and Girls at Blazers, Spring Break Basketball

Officers perform community policing continually throughout their day, but sometimes we highlight some of the more interesting or significant events: 

Geocaching Meeting:
A recent geocaching event was held at the SW Portland Community Center. Officers gave away its first set of 27 PPB trackable path tags to the community members who have attended 4 or more of our monthly meetings, which started in December. 


Blazer Game:
Gang Enforcement Officers along with Traffic Officers took some kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs to a recent Portland Trail Blazers game. Everyone had a great time and the Blazers won!


Spring Break Youth Basketball Camp:
North officers took part in a week long basketball put on by Straight Away Service and the Miracle club. At the end of the camp, officers brought the mobile precinct and had a barbecue—the smell must have been great, because community members stopped by and ended up staying for a bite.

Community Policing Spotlight: April 14, 2017

Passover, Walking Beat, GREAT Program

Officers perform community policing continually throughout their day, but sometimes we highlight some of the more interesting or significant events:

This week a local Rabbi explained to officers that a tradition during Passover is to for children to search the house with flashlights to ensure all leavened bread has been removed from the house.  The Rabbi asked officers if they could come by some houses in his neighborhood and say they are searching for leavened bread.

Central Officers knocked on a few homes within the Jewish community asking the children if they had found all of the leavened bread within their houses and had a great time talking with the families. The children and parents said they appreciated officers had taken the time to be a part of this tradition.


Walking Beat:
East Precinct officers continue to perform walking beats, and recently, for three nights, they went out with goal of contacting local businesses and restaurants along SE Hawthorne Blvd as well as locations along SE Stark from SE 77th-80th. The officers have developed good relationships with various businesses and the community since this project began.


Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program:
GREAT recently celebrated with Parkrose Middle School 6th grade students. 255 students spent 13 weeks with GREAT-certified Instructors learning about goal-setting, responding to peer pressure, resolving conflicts, and more. Every student received a certificate and T-shirt (and pizza!).  GREAT also hopes the kids realize they now have a connection with a Portland Police officer, who they can turn to if needed.