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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Community Policing Spotlight

Community Policing Spotlight: May 26, 2017

Coffee with a Cop; Retirement Home Visit; Pizza and Police Roundtable and Foot Patrols

Coffee with a Cop: East Portland Coffee Roasters

East Precinct: May 24, 2017

Several East Precinct Officers, along with command from the Chiefs Office, participated in another Coffee with a Cop event. This event was hosted at East Portland Coffee Roasters and was well received, with many community members saying they appreciated the time with PPB and the opportunity for conversation. Several citizens conveyed concerns about homeless issues, motor homes, area drug houses, and other chronic problems. 

Silvercress Retirement Home

Family Services: May 25, 2017

Family Services personnel were invited to speak to residents of a retirement about physical and internet safety. Approximately 25 residents gathered for the presentation and over an hour of Q&A on the presentation, protests, and other crimes against seniors.

International Optimist Club - Respect for Law Award

North Precinct: May 25, 2017

North Precinct Officer Mike Chapin was selected by the Gresham Optimist Club to receive their Respect for Law Award. This is presented annually to honor the work, dedication and sacrifice of local Law Enforcement Officers whose work exemplifies past award winners including Portland Officers Dennis Alan Darden, Colleen Waibel and Thomas Jeffries.  

Pizza and Police Roundtable Discussion

Benson Polytechnic High School

Youth Services: May 25, 2017

Sworn members from Personnel, North Precinct, Youth Services and the Behavioral Health Unit attended an event hosted by Benson's Black Student Union in the gymnasium. Approximately 60 students joined the officers and staff for food and a facilitated conversation on a variety of topics, including our personal motivations for becoming an officer, civil rights, use of force, and current trends in police response to mental health crises.

Safety Patrol Picnic

Youth Services: May 24-25, 2017

Officers and Supervisors from YSD, along with our school district partners from PPS, David Douglas and Parkrose, participated in the annual Safety Patrol picnic at Oaks Park.

Officers prepared and served lunches to approximately 2800 Safety Patrol students from participating schools, and interacted with these students as they enjoyed the rides and events at the park. The Safety Patrol picnic has been an annual tradition for many years, and allows officers an opportunity to say "Thank you" to the students who serve in the Safety Patrol program, and to continue building positive connections with youth in the communities we serve.

 Foot Patrol on Mississippi Ave

Mississippi District

North Precinct: May 23, 2017

North precinct members conducted a foot patrol in the Mississippi District. Numerous residents and businesses were contacted on the 45-minute patrol.

Issues referencing crime and ordinances were discussed such as OLCC regulations and fraudsters targeting stores in the neighborhood.

Sellwood Middle School Parade

Traffic Division: May 23, 2017

The Traffic Division assisted with the annual Sellwood Middle School Parade. The parade consisted of community members, students from Sellwood Middle School, and many community members who lined the streets to watch the parade. The Police Bureau members who helped with the event were greatly appreciated and thanked for their assistance.

Continuing mission in Old Town

Central Precinct: May 19, 2017

Officers continued a directed patrol mission in the Old town area, focusing on illegal drug use. Many community members contacted police to indicate their thanks for the efforts.



Community Policing Spotlight: May 19, 2017

Student Police Academy, Muslim Educational Trust Dinner, Doernbecher's Making Miracles Parade

Student Police Academy

The Youth Services Division conducted a Student Academy at David Douglas High School, with 52 seniors rotating through interactive classroom formats that included: impaired driving, crime scene investigation and use of force scenarios. Students enjoyed a lunch provided courtesy of YSD and engaged in thoughtful dialogue with their police officers.

Muslim Educational Trust Dinner

Chief Marshman and several Bureau members attended a community event at the Muslim Educational Trust. Several speakers and presentations talked about the great relationship building which has been occurring within the larger Portland metro area with all faiths. This was a great opportunity for the Police Bureau to attend and show our continued investment in building relationships and trust within the Muslim and other religious communities.

Cache With A Cop
Fifty community members attended PPB’s "Cache With A Cop" geocaching event at the North Precinct Community Room on May 13, 2017. Afterwards, several attendees searched for a few geocaches near the PCC Cascade Campus with an Officer.   

Doernbecher's Making Miracles Parade
Several members from the Traffic Division assisted with the Doernbecher Kids Making Miracles Candlelight Parade. This annual event hosts about 450 youth who have raised funds for Doernbecher Hospital and conduct a short parade under the dusk evening and light a large candle upon arrival at the children's hospital in a symbol of hope for the sick children.

Police Bureau team wins basketball tournament
Central Precinct officers were invited to participate in a basketball tournament involving several businesses from the Downtown area. Officers competed against five other teams in a winner take all tournament. The Police Bureau team donated the $1200 winnings to Doernbecher Children's hospital.


Community Policing Spotlight: April 16, 2017

Geocaching, Boys and Girls at Blazers, Spring Break Basketball

Officers perform community policing continually throughout their day, but sometimes we highlight some of the more interesting or significant events: 

Geocaching Meeting:
A recent geocaching event was held at the SW Portland Community Center. Officers gave away its first set of 27 PPB trackable path tags to the community members who have attended 4 or more of our monthly meetings, which started in December. 


Blazer Game:
Gang Enforcement Officers along with Traffic Officers took some kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs to a recent Portland Trail Blazers game. Everyone had a great time and the Blazers won!


Spring Break Youth Basketball Camp:
North officers took part in a week long basketball put on by Straight Away Service and the Miracle club. At the end of the camp, officers brought the mobile precinct and had a barbecue—the smell must have been great, because community members stopped by and ended up staying for a bite.

Community Policing Spotlight: April 14, 2017

Passover, Walking Beat, GREAT Program

Officers perform community policing continually throughout their day, but sometimes we highlight some of the more interesting or significant events:

This week a local Rabbi explained to officers that a tradition during Passover is to for children to search the house with flashlights to ensure all leavened bread has been removed from the house.  The Rabbi asked officers if they could come by some houses in his neighborhood and say they are searching for leavened bread.

Central Officers knocked on a few homes within the Jewish community asking the children if they had found all of the leavened bread within their houses and had a great time talking with the families. The children and parents said they appreciated officers had taken the time to be a part of this tradition.


Walking Beat:
East Precinct officers continue to perform walking beats, and recently, for three nights, they went out with goal of contacting local businesses and restaurants along SE Hawthorne Blvd as well as locations along SE Stark from SE 77th-80th. The officers have developed good relationships with various businesses and the community since this project began.


Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program:
GREAT recently celebrated with Parkrose Middle School 6th grade students. 255 students spent 13 weeks with GREAT-certified Instructors learning about goal-setting, responding to peer pressure, resolving conflicts, and more. Every student received a certificate and T-shirt (and pizza!).  GREAT also hopes the kids realize they now have a connection with a Portland Police officer, who they can turn to if needed.