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Community Policing Spotlight

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. 

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.