Portland Police Community Engagement Activity 9-16 to 9-24
- 09/24/2016 – Back-to-school shopping
Gateway Fred Meyer
1111 NE 102nd Ave
After the drowning of a young girl at Kelley Point Park in August, officers have maintained contact with the family involved and the larger Burmese/Karen community in Portland. With the help of the Sunshine Division, officers have been providing food, clothing and other resources for them in their time of grieving and loss. Officer Shelton of North Precinct took the surviving siblings clothes and school supplies shopping as part of the Sunshine Division's Izzy's Kids program. Special thanks to Officer Tobey of Family Services and Program Manager Lili Armenta of the Sunshine Division for making this possible.
Additional media: https://www.instagram.com/p/BK05RyBhVGW/
- 09/24/2016 – End-of-Summer Party
Savage Memorial Church
1740 SE 139th Ave
A church in the Hazelwood neighborhood threw an End-of-Summer Party for neighborhood children. East Precinct officers, at the invitation of the church’s pastor, attended the party.
- 09/24/2016 – Officers participate in buddy walk
Five officers from North Precinct participated in the Northwest Downs Syndrome Association Buddy Walk. Officers distributed badge stickers and other give-away items, while posing for pictures at the request of several participants and their supporters. There were several hundred community members in attendance, and officers received many "thank yous" for participating.
- 09/20/2016 – Back-to-School event with PSU and Target
939 SW Morrison St
The downtown Target store works with Portland State University to put on a large celebration for the first day of school. Thousands of students attended the event, as well as a DJ, the PSU mascot, the Target mascot, the PSU Cheerleading team, representatives from Uber, and others local businesses and vendors.
Uniformed personnel from Central Precinct were on-site and had multiple positive interactions with PSU students. Officers participated in multiple selfies and other pictures among the attendees.
Additional Media: https://twitter.com/TravisAWalker/status/778460614477746176
- 09/20/2016 – Coffee with a Cop in North Portland
CUP Coffee Company
7540 N Interstate Ave
Officer Sutton, Sgt. Quackenbush, and Sgt. Hays of North Precinct hosted a Coffee with a Cop event at a local coffee shop in Kenton. At the event’s peak, 15 community members were engaged in thoughtful conversations with officers about community policing and problem solving issues.
- 09/17/2016 – Festival of Nations
SE 122nd Ave / SE Division St
East Precinct officers and cadets attended a community celebrating the food, music, and dance of cultural groups from across Portland. Officers and personnel staff were on hand to answer question about joining the PPB and the hiring process. Officers also provided tours of a Mobile Command Center. Although the constant rain depressed turnout, Bureau staff and officers were able to interact with many members of the community.
- 09/17/2016 – Mounted Patrol Unit at Parkinson’s support walk
Two units from the Mounted Patrol Unit attended the 12th Annual Sole Support Walk, sponsored by Parkinson’s Resources Oregon. The event was expected to raise more than $200,000 for local Parkinson’s programs and organizations. Almost 2,000 people participated by walking in the 1k and 5k routes, which also coincided with the start of the World Parkinson Congress at the Oregon Convention Center.
PRO provides services to more than 10,000 clients in Oregon and Washington. Programs include counseling, exercise classes, education, 800 helpline, and information and referral services. As PRO does not charge for its services they rely on community events like this to raise the necessary underpinning of funding to provide programming. PRO recognizes elements like MPU add a level of excitement and meaning to their events that enhance their guest experience.
- 09/17/2016 – Community safety event at Delta Park
10774 North Union Court
In the aftermath of a recent juvenile drowning at Kelley Point Park, Officer Ocasio from the East Precinct and staff from the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau hosted a water safety day event with members of the Burmese/Karen community. Representatives from various city bureaus and several officers were on-hand to educate and build relationships with the several hundred people in attendance. Officers also participated in several friendly soccer matches throughout the afternoon.
- 09/17/2016 – Coffee with a Cop in Parkrose
10001 NE Sandy Blvd
Officers Jones, Kemple, Ho and Namba from North Precinct hosted a Coffee with a Cop event in the Parkrose Neighborhood. Twenty community members met with the officers to discuss situations, including gang violence, abandoned vehicles, home squatter concerns, the houseless situation, and other community livability issues. Officers also shared information about future outreach efforts in Parkrose and information about the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation. The community members in attendance repeatedly thanked the officers for taking the time to discuss these issues in their neighborhood.
- 09/16/2016 – Houseless resource fair
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
11229 NE Prescott
Officer Jones of North Precinct attended a Houseless Resource Fair for the Parkrose neighborhood. With the help of the interns and staff members of the Parkrose Alliance, east-side service providers committed to networking with one another and offer services to houseless individuals in and around the Parkrose neighborhood. About 20 homeless community members participated in the event, along with 13 vendors and service providers. Going forward, service providers hope to provide two resource fairs per year.