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Community Policing Spotlight

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. 

Community Policing Spotlight: June 19, 2017

Pride Week, Walking Beats, Coffee with a Cop and Boxing

Pride Weekend long Parades
Traffic: June 17-18, 2017

Over the weekend Traffic Division members took the lead with three different Pride Parade events.

On Saturday, there were two parades:  the Transgender Parade and the annual Dyke Parade. Both events this day were hosted exclusively with Traffic Division members.

On Sunday, the annual Pride Parade was hosted, with around 20,000 participants and spectators to honor the Pride Weekend for all the LGBTQ community.  There were multiple Bureau members who participated in walking the route as well as a contingency of Bureau members who were tasked with managing the movement of the event.  

Juneteeth Parade
Traffic Division: June 17, 2017

Several members of the Traffic Division assisted with the annual Juneteenth Parade in NE Portland. The parade was successful, peaceful, and allowed Bureau members to engage the community and have a productive and open dialogue involving a multitude of current and past topics. The community members who were present were very thankful for the police support.

Parkrose Walking beat
North Precinct: June 13, 2017

Officers continued their walking beat in the Parkrose neighborhood, contacting several of the motor home residents who are parking on the streets around the area. During these contacts, most of the individuals indicated they would gladly move their trailers, if an established location was made available. 

The homeless and transient population of the neighborhood remained the chief concern of the businesses and permanent residents of the area. Situations such as raw sewage leaking onto the street from campers were dealt with using assistance from North Neighborhood Response Team.

The overall sentiment from the neighborhood is one of appreciation for the efforts of the walking beat officers who are actively trying to find solutions to difficult problems.


Knockout Taco Boxing Match

North Precinct: June 17, 2017

The restaurant Knockout Taco, located across the street from the North Precinct hosted a boxing tournament and reached out to the North Precinct and asked that uniformed officers attend.

There was large turnout for the event which featured 20 matches throughout the course of the day. 

There were participants from Portland's boxing clubs as well as boxers from Eugene, Madras, Hillsboro, Gresham and Kelso among others.

 North Precinct Officers and Supervisors from each shift attended to show support and make a sincere outreach effort to the diverse crowd and young athletes. Sgt. Duilio and the Gang Enforcement Team, along with Chaplain Lewis, also attended and interacted with the young boxers. The hosts made it known that PPB's presence was greatly appreciated and in turn we were grateful to attend.


Community Event at the SW Mosque

Central Precinct: June 17, 2017

Central Precinct received an invitation to attend the open house Iftar dinner at Portland Rizwan Mosque in SW Portland. Officers received a tour of the Mosque, and community members were able to ask any questions they had.   

Foot Patrol with PSU Technology
North Precinct: June 15, 2017

Two Officers contacted businesses in the Lloyd District. Portland Police and Portland State University are working to survey businesses and residents in this area regarding public safety.

Officers will be walking the Lloyd District during the next few weeks to complete the surveys on tablets, have conversations and listen. Sgt. Greg Stewart, will quantify and then disseminate the data Bureau-wide later in the summer.

Coffee with a Cop
North Precinct: June 15, 2017

The Starbucks at NE 15/Fremont hosted Coffee with A Cop, inviting the King neighborhood and 14 surrounding neighborhoods.

Officers Liday, Chapin, Loftus, Kirby-Glatkowski and Paisley attended the event and met many community members who engaged in good conversation. Community members enjoyed the opportunity to interact with officers and ask questions and/or express concerns. Officers handed out police stickers and basketball cards which were a hit with the kids. 

Community Policing Spotlight: June 9, 2017

School Visits; Welcoming Refugees; Rose Festival Parades and Extra Patrols

School Visit

Central Precinct: June 8, 2017

An officer visited two classes of pre-schoolers at the Friendly House Pre-School at NW 26/Thurman. The officers talked about what police officers do and how to call the police. The kids then they got to see the police car.

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Event
North Precinct: June 7, 2017

Ofc. Silverman attended a refugee resettlement event at Portland Airport. Catholic Charities hosts this event regularly in an effort to make new refugees and immigrants feel welcome upon their arrival in Portland. Ofc. Silverman helped welcome families from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq who are joining relatives already in the United States. Many of these newcomers are from countries where police are feared. Ofc. Silverman's efforts will help these refugee's to build trust and confidence in U.S. law enforcement.

Junior Rose Parade-Community engagement
Bureau-wide, June 6, 2017

Officers participated in the annual Junior Rose Parade in the Hollywood District. The event was a great success and the weather was absolutely perfect. The event could not have been completed without the help of North Precinct personnel, GET, DVD, ASU, EDU, RRT, Youth Services Division, SERT, Traffic Division personnel, the Detective Division, PBOT, and all of the non-sworn personnel.


Community Policing+Crime Reduction in Parkrose
North Precinct, June 6, 2017
Drawing heavily on data gathered from the survey taken on Community Attitudes Regarding Public Safety In Parkrose North Precinct Officers began addressing the needs of Parkrose residents. The survey identified several major areas of concern, including: drugs/alcohol, prostitution, property crime and trespassing.  

Over the past week North Precinct Officers have spoken with community members, business owners and employees working in the area who have been affected by those crimes and focused their energies on two of the motels along Sandy receiving the highest number of complaints. Officers increased their presence and activity at these motels. This resulted in the recovery of 4 stolen cars, 8 arrests for UUMV, warrants for robbery, drugs, theft, various sex offenders and the recovery of equipment used for identity theft and the manufacture of fraudulent credit cards. Responding to resident concerns through the use of Community Surveys is one of the many suggestions made by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing for Community Policing and Crime Reduction.

IRCO college and career fair.
East Precinct, June 3, 2017

East Officers attended the IRCO college and career fair at David Douglas High School. Officers brought information on how to become a police officer (from the Personnel Division), Cadet application information, other crime prevention information along with several other giveaway items including pencils, cell phone accessories and youth books.

The officers estimated there were 2-300 kids present. The kids were very appreciative of the positive contacts with law enforcement, taking many photos. Some of the countries that were represented were Somalia and Thailand with numerous other countries being present. The IRCO staff thanked the officers for attending and doing a great job.

Community Engagement: Extra Patrol
Central Precinct, June 2, 2017

Several business owners in the Hawthorne area have voiced concerns regarding travelers in the area. The business owners have complained about the travelers blocking businesses, being intoxicated and excessive noise. In response, Central Precinct officers provided extra patrol in the area which resulted in one arrest and the recovery of a potentially stolen bike. At the end of the extra patrol the travelers had vacated the area.

Community Engagement: Extra patrol on Street Car
Central Precinct, June 2, 2017

Members of the community expressed concerns regarding safety on the Portland Street Car after the recent violence on public transit. Because the TriMet efforts do not cover the street car, two details were sent to ride the Street Car for several officers to provide visibility and interact with the riders. Officers contacted dozens of community members and were well received both by the public and the operators.

Holladay Park Engagement
North Precinct, June 2, 2017
North Precinct continues to focus on Holladay Park for extra patrols on foot and in vehicles. Police Officers connected with Park Bureau staff who are now out in the park daily with games and activities for all. Officers played ping pong in the park with some kids. Officers will attempt to do this outreach on Fridays (calls permitting)