Officers are involved in Community engagement continually throughout their day, however, the following list briefly captures larger events:
Youth Services: July 20, 2017
TLC-TNT is a camp where approximately 50 children are paired with 50 high school and college-age mentors to engage in a variety of activities that promote self-esteem through academics and recreation, with a focus on building self-worth, self-discipline and educational success. Over a three-week period, Youth Services Division Officers were involved to both address the mentors' safety and security concerns, and also build positive relationships with the children who attend.
New Friends with Belmont Academy
East Precinct, July 20, 2017
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, Sergeant Tim Sessions had the pleasure of partnering with more than 20 Belmont Academy students and three of their teachers at East Precinct. The student’s ages ranged from 5 to 11 years of. The new partners were given a tour of East Precinct along with the Mobile Command Center and a marked patrol car. The students invited Sgt. Sessions to join them next week when they visit OMSI.
Skate and Relate
East Precinct: July 19, 2017
As part of East E relief's community engagement effort, officers attended the Rosewood Initiative's Skate and Relate camp in the parking lot at 162/Stark. Organizers coned off part of the lot and set up ramps and provided skateboards and safety gear for the kids to try their hand at the sport. Officers handed out stickers, which the kids wore proudly on their shirts. Officers even tried out the boards (only on the flat pavement)!
East Precinct: July 19, 2017
East Precinct E relief is partnering with Rosewood Initiative to engage the community throughout the summer. Ofc Adi Ramic attended Rosewood's Tuesday Night Basketball club night at the Friends of the Children building. He shot hoops with the kids and answered their questions. The kids were nervous to talk to him at first, but by the end they were enjoying peppering him with questions.
Ongoing efforts at Laurelhurst Community
Central Precinct: July 18, 2017
In Central Precinct's ongoing efforts to improve the livability in and around the Laurelhurst Park community, officers were assigned to a detail and remained in the neighborhood to address all conditions that lead to crime.
There were lots of community members in the park enjoying the weather and watching their children play in the park.
Officers also observed various piles of abandoned property in the park, including drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain sight. Numerous children were playing in the park within 50' of this abandoned property and drugs. There were various groups of individuals clearly camping in the park. One had a mattress in the park.
On the streets and sidewalks surrounding the park, there were also large volumes of property on the public rights of way. There were individuals clearly camping in their vehicles with property strewn about their vehicles on the street and sidewalk.
Officers called assistance with the abatement of nuisance properties on the public rights of way. Many people immediately responded by taking their things and leaving the area. People were given area service cards, but all of them refused any offers of services.
Numerous community members stopped to thank police for addressing these livability issues and expressed support for these efforts to continue.
Ankeny Alley high visibility patrol
Central Precinct: July 19, 2017
Officers from Central Precinct performed a high visibility foot patrol in the area of Ankeny Alley. Officers talked with local tavern employees, encouraged quarrelling revelers to resolve their disputes, and provided a highly visible presence. Several community members approached the officers to discuss how thankful they were for the police presence in the area and report their experiences with area unsheltered persons disregard for law and order.
Laurelhurst Livability Details
Central Precinct: July 17, 2017
On July 17, 2017, Central Precinct assigned a detail of officers to address livability issues in and around Laurelhurst Park. During the course of this detail, officers contacted around 60 people, many of them enjoying the "Funday Monday" event. The goal of this detail was to ensure that this event occurred without the drinking, drug use, and other crimes that have occurred in the past.
Randall Childrens Hospital
North Precinct: July 15, 2017
Officers from North Precinct, the Portland Fire Bureau, and the Explosive Disposal Unit participated in a reunion for children who previously spent time in the NICU at Randall Childrens Hospital. There were several vendors there to help celebrate the event. All of the parents and children were happy to see the police and the kids loved sitting behind the wheel of a police car. The officers handed out coloring books, pencils, and a lot of stickers.
Walking Beat roundup –
North Precinct 7/10-7/15
North Precinct, in partnership with Portland State University continued its Lloyd District crime surveys this week. On Tuesday, two teams of two officers each were able to survey approximately 25 businesses regarding their opinions on public safety issues in the area. On Friday, officers met with the Reverend at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church who had approached the team earlier in the week and wanted to fill out a survey. They also met with church staff and had a great conversation with them about crime prevention and resources available to them.
In addition, Officers Murphy and Mendoza conducted a walking beat Monday on Mississippi Avenue from Fremont to Skidmore. This area has changed significantly over the years, and some tensions still exist between incoming residents and long- term occupants. Officers spent a significant amount of time listening to parking complaints from residents and helping to resolve small but lingering issues.