Officers in the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Program work full-time in their positions and generally do not respond to daily calls for service. NRTs are able to address more deeply rooted and complex problems in a neighborhood. The mission of the Portland Police Bureau Neighborhood Response Team Program is to: Solve chronic problems related to crime, nuisance, and livability issues.
Livability is defined as “suitability for human living.” NRT Officers work with community members and other City Offices and Programs to identify the chronic problem, understand the conditions that caused the rise of the issue, develop long-term community solutions, and assist and/or execute relief actions to resolve the chronic issue.
The Program supports key crime prevention program strategies such as community focused public safety action committees, Neighborhood Watch, and National Night Out celebrations. The Neighborhood Response Team Program is a quality example of community-policing in the City of Portland because it supports police officers to engage in creative problem solving with their partners and to find ways to address situations that have not responded to traditional policing efforts.
The neighborhood associations are divided among the NRT Officers at their respective precinct. NRT officers working in partnership with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Coordinators to tackle a variety of chronic neighborhood problems. Contact your local Police Precinct to connect with your Neighborhood Response Team Officer. For precinct information call 503.823.4000 for Information and Referral.