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Community Policing Spotlight

Community Policing Spotlight: November 3, 2017

Tip a Cop, Crisis Awareness Class, Halloween Fun and Fun at IRCO

Tip a Cop Update
North Precinct, October 21, 2017
On Saturday, October 21, sworn PPB members from all precincts, the Youth Services Division and Gang Enforcement Team, and non-sworn from the Personnel Division participated in the annual Tip-a-Cop event. This fundraiser brings awareness and proceeds to Special Olympics Oregon. This year the proceeds were double from last year and totaled $1,669. 




Central Precinct Livability Mission
Central Precinct, October 25, 2017
On October 25, 2017, Central Precinct officers performed a livability and abatement mission. Officers assigned to the mission made 48 contacts, providing area service cards and other resources to individuals affected by homelessness. Officers encountered a particularly large camp at SW 13th Ave./SW Main St. Officers requested RAPID to the scene and facilitated a clean-up of the camp. This clean up resulted in the safe disposal of more than 800 needles. Area residents and businesses praised the officers involved for compassionately addressing the livability issues posed by the camps.

SW Community Policing Appreciation Night
Central Precinct, October 26, 2017
Tonight, Central Precinct Officers attended the SW Community Policing Appreciation Night. The community members presented Central Precinct with a Certificate of Appreciation and donated several hundred jackets, hats, and gloves to provide to those affected by homelessness and those in need this winter. The event was well-attended by community members as well as officers.  

Crisis Awareness/Response
Central Precinct, October 26, 2017
CIT Coordinator Jason Jones and BHU Clinician Dinah Brooks delivered a 1.5 hour presentation to the Old Town / Chinatown Community Association. The presentation focused on crisis awareness and response. Topics also included community mental health resources, police/project respond response strategies, de-escalation as well as an overview of the Behavioral Health Unit. The meeting was well attended and attendees participated in dialog and discussions throughout.

PPB & PFB Join Schnitzer Steel for Halloween Event
Family Services Division, October 27, 2017
On Friday, October 27th, Schnitzer Steel Company employees elaborately decorated their office spaces, donned costumes, and invited 28 kids and moms from a local domestic violence shelter to come Trick or Treat in a fun and safe environment. Domestic Violence Reduction Unit officers and advocates, Behavioral Health Unit officers and clinician and PFB’s Station 4 fire personnel joined the fun to escort the kids around two floors of the company’s building while the kids gathered candy and laughs. In addition, City personnel were able to interact with Schnitzer employees and their families. Lots of community interaction, smiles, photos…..and CANDY...were had by all.

IRCO team nights
East Precinct, October 28, 2017

Officers is partnering with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), and restarted Saturday Teen Nights. Kids from grade school age through adults from immigrant communities came to play basketball, soccer, roller skate, and other games. Officers played with the kids, talked to them about police work, school, and sports. 



Document Shred/Expired Medication turn-in Event
Detective Division, October 28, 2017
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the White Collar Crime Detail, in partnership with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Rivermark Credit Union, held their bi-annual Shred Event and Prescription Drug Turn-In event. The event was well attended with more than 680 cars coming through in 4.5  hours. In addition to collecting approximately 12,075 pounds of paper for shredding and 1,300 pounds of medications for destruction, the event also collected 832 pounds of donated clothing and 1299 pounds of donated food for the Sunshine Division.

In addition to collecting items from community members, people also sought information about ongoing gang problems in their neighborhoods, asked how to turn-in unwanted firearms for destruction, and one person came to the drop off location seeking information about a phone call he had received from the county sheriff’s office informing him he had a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty. The person was assured that he most likely did not have a warrant and was actually the target of a scam.

Community Engagement - Traffic Division
Traffic Division, October 29, 2017
On Sunday, October 29, 2017, several members of the Traffic Division were haunted by nearly 2000 children and adults at the annual Moreland Monster March. This annual event provides thousands of children from the area a safe environment to show off their Halloween costumes, march through the street, and trick or treat for candy throughout the Moreland Business District.

Officers who assisted with the event had the opportunity to engage these scary individuals, pass out sticker badges, show their support for this annual neighborhood parade. Parents and participants were extremely thankful for the support from the Police Bureau.

Community Engagement - Trunk or Treat
North Precinct, October 30, 2017
Officers assigned to the Lloyd District attended the "Trunk or Treat" event at Temple Baptist Church. The officers set up crime scene tape and provided candy and fun to more than 100 preschool children and their parents.

Halloween Community Engagement
Central Precinct, October 31, 2017
On Halloween night, Officers did a walking beat on NW 23rd with the specific intent of talking with children and passing out candy, the two officers had more than 100 contacts, gave candy to children in costumes, and answered questions from parents and children.


Community Policing Spotlight: September 22, 2017

Splash Pad, Bike Give Away and ALS Event

Officers are involved in Community engagement continually throughout their day, however, the following list briefly captures larger events:

Col. Summers Splash Pad Ceremony
Central Precinct: September 17, 2017
Central Officers attended the ceremony for the new Col. Summers Splash Pad. The Neighborhood Association was there along with Park employees and Portland Fire. Officers visited with 40+ people and handed out stickers.

Bike / Backpack give away and BBQ
North Precinct: September 16, 2017
Police partnered with Golden State Foods, the Salvation Army, Straight away Services and the Ronald McDonald House for an afternoon BBQ. During the BBQ, 62 kids received brand new bikes. Another 50 kids received backpacks filled with school supplies. In October, the group is planning a shoe give away where 150 kids will receive brand new shoes.

Police participation in ALS event.
East Precinct: September 16, 2017
Officers Nagy, Letter and Robertson assisted with the ALS event which went through East Precinct from 176Th-39th Ave along the Springwater corridor. The 3 officers rode ATV's to assist with the event. The participants were very pleased with the police turnout. 

Community Policing Spotlight: September 15, 2017

Walking Beat, Eid al-Adha Celebration and Mahrajan Festival

Officers are involved in Community engagement continually throughout their day, however, the following list briefly captures larger events:

Extra Walking Beats after Demonstration
North Precinct: September 10, 2017
Officers and Sergeants patrolled on foot in the Mississippi, Lloyd and Alberta Districts. The primary focus of the extra patrols were to answer questions the public may have had in reference to the demonstrations that occurred earlier in the day in downtown. As always, the foot patrols were met with gracious community members who enjoyed interacting with their Portland Police.

Officers Assist with Eid al-Adha Celebration
Central Precinct: September 5, 2017
Three Officers and one Sergeant from Central Precinct were requested by organizers of the Eid al-Adha celebration at Oaks Park today. Eid al-Adha is the holiday marking the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca (the Hajj). Officers interacted with nearly 2000 community members over the course of the evening, passing out stickers, taking pictures, and sampling traditional dishes. Officers were repeatedly thanked by the organizers and the community for supporting the event.

Community engagement - Annual Mahrajan Festival
Central Precinct: September 2, 2017
Officers from Central Precinct were invited to the 7th Annual Arab American Mahrajan (festival) at Oaks Park. The officers assigned interacted with the children and adults, as well as added to the festival's security presence. Several hundred people attended. The officers handed out stickers, etc. 

Community Policing Spotlight: August 31, 2017

Ice Cream Social, Walking Beats, Softball and Shop with a Cop

Officers are involved in Community engagement continually throughout their day, however, the following list briefly captures larger events: 

Back to school meet and greet
Multiple Units: August 30, 2017
Precincts, Traffic, Youth Services and Chief’s Office participated in Operation Back to School for several elementary schools this morning. Officers greeted kids and parents and gave out stickers, pencils, slurpee coupons and other PPB items. Media was encouraged to go to Vestal Elementary, where Chief Uehara and other officers greeted parents and children along with school officials. (photos)

Somali Festival Engagement
East Precinct: August 26, 2017
Bureau personnel took time today to stop by Rose City Park and meet with members of the Somali community at the Somalian Festival. The event was well attended by Somali Elders and Children. Stickers were handed out and photo ops taken. The Elders were pleased that the police stopped by to visit. (photos)

Peaceful Villa Home Forward Community BBQ
East Precinct: August 25, 2017
Officers attended the Peaceful Villa Community BBQ, where many senior and vulnerable adult residents live. Time was spent visiting with the residents, having lunch, answering questions and listening to lots of stories from the community members. Facility staff and residents alike expressed great appreciation for PPBs participation, and said it is very impactful for the residents.  

End of Straight Way Services Summer Camp BBQ
North Precinct: August 24, 2017
North officers put on an end of camp BBQ for about 40 kids who attended the camp. The command post was brought out and food for 100 was served to kids and residents who stopped by to see what was going on. This is a continuation of a solid relationship with Pastor Dwight Minniweather and Straight Way Services. Many more events are planned in the upcoming months. 

Shop With A Cop
Officers: August 23, 2017
More than 100 law enforcement personnel from Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff, Transit Police and several other city bureaus took approximately 270 kids shopping for back to school clothes through the Sunshine Division’s Izzy’s Kids Shop with a Cop program. Each year Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum Foundation donate as well to ensure all kids go home with clothes and shoes, as well as a backpack full of back-to-school items.  (photos)

Officers finish 2nd in softball tournament
Central Precinct: August 20, 2017
Still reeling from the loss in the basketball tournament earlier this year, the Entertainment Detail family of officers was challenged to a softball tournament by TopFlyte Entertainment group which was made up of over 35 employees and managers from downtown bars/nightclubs forming 4 teams.  

Community engagement at Bosnian Mosque.
East Precinct: August 19, 2017
East precinct attended two events centered around Bosnian Muslims and their Mosque. The event started at the Mosque in the 12300 block of SE Foster in the morning then continued at Ron Russell Middle School in the afternoon where there was a picnic and soccer and basketball. Multiple officers showed up at both locations and mingled with the crowds. There were lots of positive contacts made during the combined events.  

East Precinct Open house and Ice Cream social.
East Precinct: August 19, 2017
On August 19th, 2017 East Precinct hosted an Open House and Ice Cream Social where the public was invited in for a tour of the precinct along with getting to see and speak to different officers from some of the different units. The event was a large success and many positive contacts/relationships were made with the community.

Tongan community event-Montivilla Park.
Bureau-wide: August 19, 2017
Officers from multiple precincts, including the Chief's office, attended the 1st Tongan event. The event included a large number of Tongan people wearing traditional clothing/outfits. The group was very friendly, complimentary and appreciative of the showing by the Portland Police. Items were given out at the event including a large number of new backpacks for back to school. The event was a great success. 

North Walking Beat Roundup
North Precinct: August 19, 2017
Over the last ten days, North Precinct has fielded six walking beat details. These have primarily been conducted in the Lloyd District, following up on concerns expressed by community members and business owners through surveys or discussions with officers. Many of the concerns focused on quality of life issues, such as aggressive panhandling, public drinking and transient camps. 

Boys and Girls Clubs
North Precinct: August 18, 2017
Officers from North Precinct, YSD, EDU, Traffic, GET, K-9, and SERT participated in a community event with the Boys and Girls Club. Lunch was provided and handed out by the various officers and community members present. Approximately 200 children from the local area attended, who were able to ask questions about various equipment the officers provided.

Community Policing Spotlight: August 18, 2017

Walking Beat, National Night Out, Brain Tumor Walk and Senior Center Visits

Officers are involved in Community engagement continually throughout their day, however, the following list briefly captures larger events:

Community Policing - Directed Patrol

Central Precinct, August 13, 2017
Officers assigned to address livability issues in the Old Town area contacted numerous residents and talked to people about their needs.  They handed out 22 area service cards and made four arrests.  It was also a good community engagement opportunity and officers gave out stickers and Slurpee coupons.

Quad Squad Round 3
North Precinct, August 11, 2017

Officers provided law enforcement services around North and Northeast Portland on ATVs. With the help of the Public Spaces Outreach and Management grant, PPB was again able to show a presence in many of Portland's parks including Dawson, Farragut, Kenton, Cathedral, McCoy and Peninsular.

Elder Crimes Unit/APS/Elders in Action Visit Senior Centers for National Night Out
Family Services, August 11, 2017

The Elder Crime Unit, Adult Protective Services and Elders in Action  participated in the National Night Out by visiting three senior centers in the Portland area. At each location, a brief introduction was given outlining NNO and PPB's participation and the resources/helps these teams had to offer.

Community Engagement – Brain Tumor Walk
Traffic, August 6, 2017

Several members of the Traffic Division assisted with the annual Brain Tumor walk in downtown Portland. The event began and ended in PCS, utilizing and out and back along NW Naito Parkway. This 5k event is a non-competitive walking route which allowed members of the Traffic Division to have some extra time to spend time and talk with participants as they supported this great fundraising event.

National Night Out - Helensview Neighborhood 
North Precinct, August 5, 2017

North Precinct officers and supervisors attended the National Night Out event for the Helensview Neighborhood Association. This neighborhood is primarily Habitat for Humanity homes, with recent immigrants residing next door to longtime residents. Among the 40 homeowners, there are six primary languages spoken.

There was a lot of discussions revolving around the homeless camps and RV's in the area were had and the assembled group expressed appreciation for the difficult job officers do.

Walking Beat Round Up
North Precinct, August 5, 2017

Officers provide patrols of the overall Lloyd District, including Holladay Park. Several people thanked the officers.