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Phone: 503-823-0000

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Talking Beat Podcast

Talking Beat Podcasta podcast from the portland police bureau

About the Show:

We're focusing on thoughtful conversations that we hope will inform and provide you with a small glimpse of the work performed by Portland police officers as well as issues affecting public safety in our city.


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Recent Episodes:


Demonstration Events: Behind the Scenes - Talking Beat

Go behind the scenes to find out what it takes to plan for and manage a large scale demonstration in the City of Portland.

Chief Outlaw: Protesting in Portland - Talking Beat

Chief Daniel Outlaw provides some perspective on how recent large scale events have affected the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau.

Drugs in Portland - Talking Beat

What drugs are in Portland, how do they get on our streets or in our communities, and what the members of the Drugs and Vice Division are doing about it?

Crime Trends and Solutions in Portland's 3 Precincts - Talking Beat

Portland has three precincts, Central, East, and North precinct. Police Commanders for each precinct provide some insights into what is going on in each of their precincts and some of the creative strategies they're using to address crime

Behavioral Health Unit - Talking Beat

The Behavioral Health Unit coordinates the Police Bureau's response to people in behavioral crisis, whether it's from a suspected mental illness or a drug and alcohol addiction or both.

Recruitment - Talking Beat

The Portland Police Bureau currently faces a critical staffing shortage. As retirements come in large waves, the bureau faces more than 100 vacancies. Next year, in August 2020, another large retirement is expected to occur.

Traffic - Talking Beat

Traffic is a popular topic for officers at community meetings and whether you travel by vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, foot, bus, streetcar, MAX train or scooter, you're navigating Portland's roads with a lot of other users out on the road as well.