Portland Police Bureau Outreach Efforts
African American Advisory Council (AAAC): The mission of the AAAC is to assist the Bureau in meeting the needs of Portland’s African American community. The AAAC hosts open forums for community members to share information with the Bureau on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the King Facility located at 4815 NE 7th Avenue.
All Star Fan Fest: This event is presented yearly by the Police Bureau Sunshine Division. The public is invited to visit PGE Park for a weekend of interactive games, special activities, food, beverages and more.
American Muslim Police Advisory Committee (AMPAC): The mission statement for the Arab and Muslim Police Advisory Council is to build a bridge of understanding and communication between the Arab and Muslim communities and the Portland Police Bureau, and to serve as an effective public voice for the concerns of these communities.
AMPAC meets on the second Monday of every other month, at the Hillsdale Library.
Blazer’s Boys and Girls Club: The Boys & Girls Club offers a range of programs and services that help members reach their full potential and become productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Through these fun and engaging programs, the Boys & Girls Club offers something for every young person. The men and women of the Portland Police Bureau volunteer their time to support this effort.
Bike Rodeos: A popular event for precincts to provide children in the community some one-on-one interaction. This event also builds partnerships with businesses within the community.
Community Academy: Community and business leaders are invited to participate in a one day academy consisting of class room training on Bureau resources, crisis response, defensive tactics, weapons training, emotional survival training and other information provided by specialty units. The day ends with a ride-a-along.
Camp Rosenbaum: Portland police officers from all ranks gather at Camp Rilea once a year to provide at-risk youth a few days of games and activities. Camp Rosenbaum gives youth the opportunity to interact with officers as mentors and provides the ability to build lasting friendships.
Crime Stoppers: Crime Stoppers is a non-profit community organization aimed at helping local law enforcement agencies reduce violent crime including armed robbery, assault, rape, murder and all other felony crimes. Crime Stoppers operates several programs including Campus Crime Stoppers, Crimes Against Animals and Graffiti Crimes, in an effort to make our communities safe through citizen action and anonymous tips.
Crisis Response Team: Trained volunteers respond to critical incident calls where a death or other critical incident has occurred in order to provide support to the family.
Developmental Disability Advisory Committee: Provides feedback to the Bureau on issues relating to people with Developmental Disabilities, assisting with review of the lesson plans for the Safety Zone and enhancing relationships among social service networks and the police.
Disability Accommodations Registry: A voluntary registry for people with developmental, mental health or physical disabilities who may have difficulty communicating their needs to an officer because of an acute crisis or a continuing disability.
GREAT & GREAT Families: Gang Resistance Education And Training is a school based, law enforcement taught classroom curriculum. The program’s primary objective is prevention and teaches life skills that help immunize students against youth violence, delinquency and gang involvement. The program also works as an effective bridge between police and the community’s youth, allowing relationships to be forged that extend outward from the school into your cities or towns neighborhoods.
Living Room Dialogues (Latino, Somali, Hmong): These groups meet with precinct command and PPB officers in the homes of community members. The dialogues are opportunities for the community to tell their story – how they came to Portland and the struggles they encountered along the way. Police members tell what it’s like to be a police officer and why they made their career choice. Both groups discuss expectations and tools for better communication and relations.
MADD Red Ribbon Campaign: The Portland Police Bureau is dedicated to protecting and serving the fine people of Portland and supports the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Join the Red Ribbon campaign and get your ribbons at Les Schwab or from the Portland Police Bureau.
Newcomer Meet and Greets: East Precinct officers and command staff meet with new immigrant families and introduce themselves and the services the police can provide to the community.
National Night Out: The Portland Police Bureau and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement team up every year to present this event. Neighborhood Watch groups come together to celebrate their accomplishments over the past year in indentifying chronic nuisance and drug houses within their community.
National Safety Belt Awareness: The Traffic Division participates in the National Safety belt awareness campaign. Officers give drivers and passengers the option of attending an educational class which is geared towards changing behavior. Officers are actively involved in teaching portions of the class and also help with "hands on" fitting of child safety seats. Our goal is to change driver and passenger behavior in order to reduce injury.
PAL: Officers make connections with children in the community by giving their time to coach Football Camps and Basketball Camps. This is another opportunity to be a mentor to a child.
Polar Plunge: The Portland Police Bureau supports the Special Olympics by participating in the annual Polar Plunge. Bureau members collect pledges from family and friends and then take the winter time “plunge” into the cold Columbia River.
Portland Sunday Parkways: A community event that embraces pedestrian use of streets. Vehicle traffic is closed on over 7 miles of city streets providing “temporary parks” allowing residents in North, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast Portland to connect with one another. Intersections are staffed by volunteers (trained by traffic officers).
Precinct Open Houses: An opportunity for the families to visit their district precinct and take a tour of the precinct, meet the command staff and view some of the Bureau’s specialty units such as the Mobile Command Centers, MPU Horses, K-9 Unit, the Explosive Disposal Unit and much more.
Safety Zone: A series of 26 lessons taught to adults with disabilities on how to communicate with police, and how to recognize officers as safe people to go to with a problem.
Sexual Minorities Roundtable (SMRT): The mission of the Sexual Minorities Roundtable is to work with the Bureau to improve relationships, respect, cooperation and crime reporting in the sexual minority community. The Roundtable strives to eliminate a fear of police within their community. SMRT meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Justice Center in the Chief's Office Conference Room 1526, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Share the Road Class: This class was developed to inform citizens about how to best share our roadways with its various users. For certain violations, citizens are given the option of attending the class in lieu of paying the citation. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the many needs of our transportation system and improve future behavior through education.
Shop with a Cop: Police Bureau members team up underprivileged youth at a local Fred Meyers store to purchase clothes, jackets and shoes for the upcoming school year.
Sunshine Division: For 86 years, the Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division has been dedicated to helping Portlanders in need through donations of cash, food and clothing. Persons can support the Sunshine Division by making donations or by being a volunteer.
Women’s Strength & Girls Strength: Free self-defense classes are offered for women and girls ages 10-14. Personal safety workshops are also offered. The program focuses on non-physical prevention strategies and confidence building.
Youth Forums – Making Positive Changes: The Portland Police Bureau has teamed up with Lloyd Mall Security, Tri-Met and community members to offer Portland area middle and high schools an opportunity to discuss a wide array of topics. Youth forums cover topics such as: Measure 11, Decision Making Skills, Public Expectations and more. Facilitators include both sworn and non-sworn Bureau members.