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Community Policing Spotlight

Community Policing Spotlight: July 28, 2017

Cop for a Day, Ronald McDonald House, BBQ in Holladay Park and ATV Patrols

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

SEI summer program finale
Chief’s Office, June 27, 2017

In response to an invitation by SEI Chief Operating Officer Libra Forde, Chief Marshman and North Precinct NRT took part in the SEI end of summer program assembly at the SEI campus. During the assembly, Chief Marshman congratulated the 450 students for making the 4-week commitment and positive choice to attend summer camp.

Community Engagement- Preparedness Fair
Traffic Division: July 26, 2017

The Emergency Management Unit participated in the 1st Annual Preparedness Fair at Cherry Wood Retirement Community. Police Emergency Management collaborated with American Medical Response to conduct a presentation for community members encouraging them to develop a personal and community preparedness plan. The presentation was well-received and members of the community were very satisfied with police presence at the fair.

East Precinct: Cop for a Day Event
East Precinct: July 22, 2017

For the past several years, the Portland Police Bureau has donated an auction package to Glencoe Elementary School's Glencoe Foundation, a non profit organization that raises money for critical educational needs to assure a higher learning for their students. The package is advertised as a "Cop for Day," promising and fun filled day for a lucky family to hang with best the Portland Police Bureau has to offer. This year, a team of East Precinct officers organized the event, which was well-received.

Community engagement - Ronald McDonald House
North Precinct: July 20, 2017

Officers from North Precinct partnered with volunteers from Umpqua Bank to cook BBQ lunch and dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Emanuel/Randall children's hospital. Officers also showed off a police car to interested kids (and adults) during the lunch hours. The event gave officers an opportunity to interact not only with vulnerable community members, but also build rapport with Umpqua bank employees.

BBQ in Holladay Park
North Precinct: July 20, 2017

Members of North precinct partnered up with "Connected" and the Parks Bureau and put on a large BBQ. Members of North precinct BBQ'd over 300 hamburgers and 300 hotdogs for anyone who walked through the park. Hundreds of community members attended the event as they listened to music and played in the water fountain. This is the second time the Police Bureau participated in this event. More BBQ's are being planned.

Quad Squad Part Deux & PSU Survey Partnership Continues
North Precinct: July 20, 2017

Officers rode around North and Northeast Portland on ATVs. With the help of the Public Spaces Outreach and Management grant, PPB was able to show a presence in many of Portland's parks including Farragut, Kenton, Columbia, St. John's, Pier, McCoy and Peninsular Park. Most of these parks had representatives from the Portland Public School lunch program that provides free lunches for local children throughout the summer. Numerous community members also approached the team of Officers thanking them for their service and their presence.

Community Policing Spotlight: July 21, 2017

Skateboarding, Basketball, Walking Beats and Randall Childrens Hospital

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

Youth Services: July 20, 2017

TLC-TNT is a camp where approximately 50 children are paired with 50 high school and college-age mentors to engage in a variety of activities that promote self-esteem through academics and recreation, with a focus on building self-worth, self-discipline and educational success. Over a three-week period, Youth Services Division Officers were involved to both address the mentors' safety and security concerns, and also build positive relationships with the children who attend. 

New Friends with Belmont Academy
East Precinct, July 20, 2017

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, Sergeant Tim Sessions had the pleasure of partnering with more than 20 Belmont Academy students and three of their teachers at East Precinct. The student’s ages ranged from 5 to 11 years of. The new partners were given a tour of East Precinct along with the Mobile Command Center and a marked patrol car. The students invited Sgt. Sessions to join them next week when they visit OMSI.

Skate and Relate
East Precinct: July 19, 2017

As part of East E relief's community engagement effort, officers attended the Rosewood Initiative's Skate and Relate camp in the parking lot at 162/Stark. Organizers coned off part of the lot and set up ramps and provided skateboards and safety gear for the kids to try their hand at the sport. Officers handed out stickers, which the kids wore proudly on their shirts. Officers even tried out the boards (only on the flat pavement)!

East Precinct: July 19, 2017

East Precinct E relief is partnering with Rosewood Initiative to engage the community throughout the summer. Ofc Adi Ramic attended Rosewood's Tuesday Night Basketball club night at the Friends of the Children building. He shot hoops with the kids and answered their questions. The kids were nervous to talk to him at first, but by the end they were enjoying peppering him with questions.

Ongoing efforts at Laurelhurst Community
Central Precinct: July 18, 2017

In Central Precinct's ongoing efforts to improve the livability in and around the Laurelhurst Park community, officers were assigned to a detail and remained in the neighborhood to address all conditions that lead to crime. 

There were lots of community members in the park enjoying the weather and watching their children play in the park.

Officers also observed various piles of abandoned property in the park, including drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain sight. Numerous children were playing in the park within 50' of this abandoned property and drugs. There were various groups of individuals clearly camping in the park. One had a mattress in the park.

 On the streets and sidewalks surrounding the park, there were also large volumes of property on the public rights of way. There were individuals clearly camping in their vehicles with property strewn about their vehicles on the street and sidewalk. 

Officers called assistance with the abatement of nuisance properties on the public rights of way. Many people immediately responded by taking their things and leaving the area. People were given area service cards, but all of them refused any offers of services. 

Numerous community members stopped to thank police for addressing these livability issues and expressed support for these efforts to continue.

Ankeny Alley high visibility patrol
Central Precinct: July 19, 2017

Officers from Central Precinct performed a high visibility foot patrol in the area of Ankeny Alley. Officers talked with local tavern employees, encouraged quarrelling revelers to resolve their disputes, and provided a highly visible presence. Several community members approached the officers to discuss how thankful they were for the police presence in the area and report their experiences with area unsheltered persons disregard for law and order. 

Laurelhurst Livability Details
Central Precinct: July 17, 2017

On July 17, 2017, Central Precinct assigned a detail of officers to address livability issues in and around Laurelhurst Park. During the course of this detail, officers contacted around 60 people, many of them enjoying the "Funday Monday" event. The goal of this detail was to ensure that this event occurred without the drinking, drug use, and other crimes that have occurred in the past.   

Randall Childrens Hospital
North Precinct: July 15, 2017

Officers from North Precinct, the Portland Fire Bureau, and the Explosive Disposal Unit participated in a reunion for children who previously spent time in the NICU at Randall Childrens Hospital. There were several vendors there to help celebrate the event. All of the parents and children were happy to see the police and the kids loved sitting behind the wheel of a police car. The officers handed out coloring books, pencils, and a lot of stickers. 

Walking Beat roundup –

North Precinct 7/10-7/15
North Precinct, in partnership with Portland State University continued its Lloyd District crime surveys this week. On Tuesday, two teams of two officers each were able to survey approximately 25 businesses regarding their opinions on public safety issues in the area. On Friday, officers met with the Reverend at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church who had approached the team earlier in the week and wanted to fill out a survey. They also met with church staff and had a great conversation with them about crime prevention and resources available to them.

In addition, Officers Murphy and Mendoza conducted a walking beat Monday on Mississippi Avenue from Fremont to Skidmore. This area has changed significantly over the years, and some tensions still exist between incoming residents and long- term occupants. Officers spent a significant amount of time listening to parking complaints from residents and helping to resolve small but lingering issues.


Community Policing Spotlight: July 14, 2017

Foot Patrols in Cully and Parkrose, Refugee Needs Assessment and Laurelhurst Park Missions

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

 Laurelhurst Park Missions

Central Precinct: July 11-12, 2017
On 7/11 and 7/12, Central Patrol, Central Neighborhood Response Team and various contract cleanup crews conducted multiple missions in and around Laurelhurst Park to address the immediate conditions leading to livability offenses.

Over the course of two days, multiple cleanups were conducted by PPS and Rapid Response, and over 35 people living in and around the park were referred to services. During today’s mission, several children were in the park and a 5 year old child brought a used syringe to an officer. Five warnings were issued for violations of park rules, and two exclusions were issued for subjects drinking alcohol in the park. Area Service Cards and shelter referrals were provided for available shelter space. Despite being offered beds in a shelter that are currently available with no wait, every person contacted refused this service. In addition to the person contacts, over two truckloads of property were collected as part of a nuisance abatement program.

Weekend Foot Patrols in Cully and Parkrose Neighborhoods 
North Precinct: July 9, 2017

Thanks to the Public Space Outreach and Management grant, Parkrose saw a walking beat in the evening hours yesterday. Two Officers contacted local businesses. While patrolling on foot, the Officers received a lot of positive feedback from businesses and citizens regarding their visible presence in the area; the patrol talked with about fifty community members that day. 

Officers made an appearance at a lemonade stand in the Cully Neighborhood on foot. They met with a little girl who had the idea of bringing a cup of lemonade to a houseless man up the street. The Officers and the girl walked up and gave the man the cup of lemonade. Officers explained to the man that it was the girl’s idea to bring him the lemonade; the man almost started crying and thanked the foot patrol for being so kind to him.  

IRCO - Refugee Needs Assessment

Strategic Services: July 8, 2017
On Saturday, IRCO held there community need's assessment conference. PPB Chief Marshman, Cmdr King and Ofc. Haunsperger were there to support IRCO's efforts to assist in prioritizing needs of newly-arrived as well as established refugee community members. 


Community Policing Spotlight: July 6, 2017

Foot Patrol, Walking Bet in Old Town and Community Parade

Community Engagement: Hacienda Foot Patrol with a UUMV Custody
North Precinct, July 5, 2017

GET Officers made an appearance on foot at the Hacienda property in the Cully neighborhood; earlier the team attended a meeting with Neighborhood Response Team officers, the crime prevention coordinator of Multnomah County and the property management staff with Hacienda Properties regarding a problem apartment. This productive meeting initiated a plan to address issues with the problem apartment.

End of Holladay Park Mission and Continued Efforts with PSU
North Precinct, July 2, 2017

Sunday concluded the high visibility, five-day mission around Holladay Park. North patrol Officers with the assistance from the Transit Police Division, the Gang Enforcement Team and Parks and Recreation were running this mission due to increased criminal activity. Connected, Gang Outreach and Parole and Probation added input into this collaborative work. With limited resources and time, the Officers' efforts culminated in sixteen exclusions, ten warnings and seven custodies. The mission ended with another night of much needed calm in the park. 

Also, North continued its Portland State University software surveying with tablets on Saturday. Officers carrying the tablets met with business owners and community members who live in the area to hear their concerns relating to crime and livability issues around the Lloyd District.  

Walking beat in Old Town
Central Precinct, July 1, 2017

Five Officers and a Sergeant performed an enforcement-based walking beat in Old Town. In 1 hour, Officers arrested 6 subjects on warrants and other crimes which were disturbing the peace in the area. Several areas were also cleaned up by folks staying in the area. Multiple community members approached and thanked the officers for their efforts.

Community Parade Assistance
Traffic Division: June 30, 2017

Members of the Traffic Division assisted the LaVang Vietnamese Catholic Church with their annual church parade. This parade is a part of a weekend long celebration at the Church located at NE Alameda and 56th. The event was a great success and the parishioners were very thankful for the assistance.  

Quad Squad on Patrol
North Precinct: June 30, 2017

Officers and Sergeants went on patrol in North Portland on ATVs. With the help of the Public Spaces Outreach and Management grant, PPB was able to show a presence in many of Portland's parks including Pier Park, McCoy Park, Cathedral Park and Peninsula Park. 


Community Policing Spotlight: June 30, 2017

Hawthorne Outreach, Good in the Hood, World Nake Bike Ride and Foot Patrols

Hawthorne Outreach

Central Precinct: June 16-29

Officers continue contacts along Hawthorne Avenue and 36th Avenue. On some days they are joined by representatives from Central City Concern.

Service-resistant community members were contacted in the blocks within the vicinity of SE Hawthorne and educated regarding the services available to them through Central City Concern and the Service Coordination Team. The response from those who were contacted was positive and the information was well-received.   

During the remainder of the efforts, dozens of businesses were contacted. They expressed great appreciation for the collaborative efforts of the Police Bureau across all shifts to address the chronic livability concerns they have experienced over the last year. There was an overwhelming message of “thank you,” and that the efforts have made an impact.

Holladay Park Mission

North Precinct: June 28-29

North Officers, with assistance from the Transit Police Division and Park Rangers, provided a presence for a two-day mission. The patrols on foot are focusing on person contacts, exclusions and arrests for criminal behavior. Connected, Gang Outreach and Parole and Probation are adding input into this collaborative work.

The Plunge

Central Precinct: June 28

Officer Dave McCormick, Officer Tim Engstrom and a sergeant from the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team engaged in a community dialogue with JOIN’s Portland Plunge. The JOIN Portland Plunge is an intense, weeklong program where high school students learn about the challenges of people experiencing chronic homelessness and poverty in Portland.

The students had an opportunity to connect with the police by engaging in a constructive dialogue regarding PPB’s interactions with people experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. The range of topics included police training, use of force, de-escalation, police culture and debunking some widely held myths about the police.

The dialogue evolved into a constructive and positive community engagement experience for everyone. Many students (and camp counselors) voiced their appreciation for the ease of access, the friendly demeanor, informative conversation and both groups look forward to future opportunities to continue the dialogue.


Community Engagement at Eid al-Fitr Celebration         

Central Precinct: June 26, 2017

Central Officers spent the evening at the annual celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan. This was the seventh year the local Muslim community has held a large celebration at Oaks Park, and approximately 5,000 people came throughout the event. Over the course of the evening, Officers handed out stickers and glow-sticks, sampled traditional dishes and posed for photos. They also did a little police work, assisted in reuniting separated family members and reporting lost property. Several hundred people came up to Officers specifically to thank them for being there.

Good in the Hood

North Precinct: June 25, 2017

The Good in the Hood festival took place at Lillis-Albina City Park. This annual multi-cultural food, art, and music festival traditionally draws a large number of attendees from the African-American community.

In the lead up to the event, the event organizers received a threatening letter containing virulently racist language, and it threatened violence to both the organizers and to attendees of the event. The community was understandably shaken and fearful about attending the festival.

 While the Detective Division worked to investigate the threat, Bureau members from North, East, and Central precincts, the Tactical Operations Division, and the Portland Police Reserves worked to provide a visible police presence throughout the festival and associated parade. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office also provided deputies to staff the festival and parade.

Officers and Deputies working the event had hundreds of community contacts with members of the community who stated they were thankful for the Police Bureau's presence. There were countless meaningful conversations and relationship building opportunities that took place throughout the weekend.

World Naked Bike Ride

Traffic: June 25, 2017

The annual World Naked Bike Ride was held in Portland, with nearly 10,000 riders on a 6-mile route. There were traffic tie up's for more than an hour at most locations where the route traveled. The end of the ride finished at Waterfront Park about 11 pm, and by midnight the vast majority of riders had left the park. 

There were no crowd management issues, and the participants were extremely thankful for the Police Bureau's assistance and support with the ride. The Traffic Division took the lead on this event with help from K9, North, Central, and East Precinct officers.

Continued efforts at 36/Hawthorne
 Central Precinct: June 24, 2017

Officers continued to provide directed patrol to the area of SE 36/ SE Hawthorne. A Sergeant arrived to find the sidewalk covered in garbage and abandoned property. One subject was contacted who denied ownership and was very combative, but left. Another subject arrived in the area; he was very high and screaming at community members. He was arrested after running around in traffic and causing a substantial disturbance.

Officers returned and began collecting the property; 8 large bags of property and refuse were cleaned up by officers. A subject arrived and claimed a large cart full of refuse. 

While officers were onscene, many local citizens approached and thanked them for their efforts.

Foot Patrols in the Cully and Lloyd District Neighborhoods
North Precinct: June 24, 2017

Foot patrols around North Precinct continue. An Officer had contact with a number of residents from the Clara de Vista community; the children were very excited to see the police. During the patrol, one of the Hacienda property staff asked the Officer to speak with a suspicious male who walks through the property from time to time and is often intoxicated. The Officer made contact with the individual and he said he understood that there were children present and he agreed to leave without further incident. Both parents and children stated they were happy to see the police and appreciated more presence. The Officer finished the day off by buying a homeless man some water, Gatorade, and snacks. 

On Wednesday, the Lloyd District again saw a walking beat that included business contacts. The duo of Officers listened to the businesses' concerns and explained a proper action plan where appropriate.