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