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.
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.