Shamrock Run, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Foot Patrol and K9 event
40th Annual Shamrock Run
Traffic Division: March 18, 2018
On Sunday, March 18th the 40th Annual Shamrock Run was held in Portland. Nearly 25,000 participants took part in one of the six different running categories.
Once again our officers who worked this event were thanked over and over by all who took part in the event. Our officers in exchange were cheering on the participants and spreading the LUCK OF THE IRISH during this early Sunday morning event.
NE Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade
Traffic Division: March 18, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, 2018 members of the Traffic Division assisted with the annual NE Neighborhood St. Paddy's Day Parade. This parade takes place in the Irvington neighborhood of NE Portland and has been a long time staple to this community.
Normally this event host just a few hundred people and spectators; however this year the size of the event nearly doubled to about 600 participants and spectators. The weather was perfect for a parade, lots of candy, stickers, and fun was had by all. As with many of these small neighborhood parades, Traffic Division members find this is an excellent way to communicate and share in the fun.
Community Engagement - St. Agatha's Parade
Traffic Division: March 17, 2018
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, members of the Traffic Division assisted with the annual St. Agatha's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Approximately 1500 parade participants and spectators filled the streets and sidewalks in the Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods to help support this colorful community gathering.
Traffic Division members found this to be an excellent opportunity to engage the neighbors and participants, posed for pictures, handed out stickers, and helped provide a safe escort through the city streets.
East Precinct Community Engagement
East Precinct: March 6, 2018
Approximately 16 Riverside HS students, 2 Boardman police officers and their bus driver came to East Precinct for a tour. The students are in a law enforcement exploration class from Riverside High School in Boardman, Oregon. Some of these students are members of the Boardman Explorer Post while others are interested in law enforcement as a career.
The tour of East Precinct was so the students could compare the difference between a small agency and a large metro police bureau.
K-9 Unit Community Engagement Event
Traffic Division, March 4, 2018
Officer Ryan Hilsenteger and his police dog "Marko" participated in a K-9 demo followed by Q & A for the young ladies institute at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Officer Hilsenteger did such a magnificent job that he was invited back to speak and present to a larger group of Church dignitaries, to include the Archbishop of Oregon.
Officer Hilsenteger and Marko returned to the church as requested and participated in a demo and discussion regarding the PPB and specifically his experiences working as a patrol dog handler. It was reported that the Archbishop "loved" Officer Hilsenteger's presentation.
Foot Patrol: Meaningful Community Engagement
North Precinct: March 4, 2018
Throughout the autumn and winter months, North Officers have been specifically patrolling Normandale Park on foot to provide law enforcement services as well as perform community engagement. This park has seen an increase in car camping and therefore an increase in complaints from community members.
Officer Murphy decided to invest his time in a houseless couple who had been living out of their car. These types of living arraignments caused uncertainty for the couple and angst for area residents. Officer Murphy asked for the couple to email their resumes to him. A few days later, they did. A few days after that, Officer Murphy provided them with a headhunter contact who in turn gave one of them a job. As of this writing, they are still employed and no longer living out of their car. This ended the couple’s houseless status and ended the complaints.