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Community Policing Spotlight

Community Policing Spotlight: March 23, 2018

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.

Community Policing Spotlight: January 20, 2018

Walking Beat: Pub Crawl and Portland Adventist Academy

Walking Beat: Pub Crawl
Central Precinct: January 20, 2018

Officers from the Entertainment Detail performed a walking beat in the Hawthorne area to interact with community members participating in a pub crawl. Officers made dozens of community contacts and were thanked for keeping the event safe.

Portland Adventist Academy
East Precinct: January 9, 2018
On Tuesday, January 9th, 30 HS students (from Portland Adventist Academy) representing 9 countries received a tour of East Precinct. A few of the Chinese students were excited to learn that a sergeant spoke their language. The students were very thankful for the tour and the interaction with the officers.   



Community Policing Spotlight: November 17, 2017

Breaking Bread - Breaking Barriers, IRCO Teen Night, Immigration Symposium, Refugee Adjustment Day

The Maimonides Jewish Day School
Central Precinct: November 29, 2019

A Central Precinct Officer met with 30 students (K-8th grade)at the Jewish school.

The topics ranged from stranger danger to bicycle safety. Part of his discussion was carried around the world to other schools that were linked up, on the internet. There was a positive reaction from the students and Rabbi Wilhelm.

Breaking bread breaking barriers
East Precinct: November 19, 2017

Officers  came in before their normal shift to attend this month's Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers. The event is aimed at creating opportunities to build relationships over dinner between communities of color and the police. This one was held at New Columbia in the community center. Officers were able to sit and talk with 8-10 kids and answered their questions about law enforcement.

IRCO teen night
East Precinct: November 18, 2017

Officers once again attended the IRCO Teen Night at Mt Scott Community center, coming in outside of normal work hours to spend time with immigrant and refugee kids mostly from the Africa House program. There were about 50 kids there who were very happy to see them and getting very comfortable with the officers being there.

Community Engagement - Immigration Symposium
Strategic Services: November 19, 2017

Office of Community Engagement participated in a 3-hour symposium on immigration along with Oregon Attorney General, immigration lawyers, community organizations, and 200 community members.

Refugee Adjustment Day
Gang Enforcement Team: November 18, 2017

An officer spent the morning at the “Refugee Adjustment Day” held at the Catholic Charities. This event is intended to provide recent refugees to the City an opportunity to find resources. One of the goals is to have refugees have a chance to meet and ask questions to a police officer. The feedback from the event is very positive and full of praise.

Community Engagement - with Somali community
Strategic Services: November 17, 2017

Office of Community Engagement, and members of Strategic Services met with a group of 150 Somali community members for a 2-hour discussion on police and community relationships. Through the use of an interpreter we had a very engaging conversation and the community has asked for a regular meeting to learn on an ongoing basis.


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.