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Welcome to the Portland Police Bureau’s News Beat.
November is Fraud Awareness Month and the Portland Police Bureau would like to remind you that phone scams are a common way people are victimized by scammers. One popular scam is a caller impersonating police or sheriff departments.
Sometimes scams such as these even have phone numbers that look like a legitimate police number. They may even use a real name of a law enforcement officer in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim. The caller states the person needs to send money or a warrant will be issued for their arrest or they may turn themselves in to jail.
The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants. This includes claims of unpaid federal or state taxes by a person saying they are from the IRS. Also, no government agency of any kind takes gift cards as payment. If you get a call like this, simply hang up. Or, do not answer calls from numbers you do not know.
Time for an update from North Precinct, where things have been busy. Here’s what we are focusing on this quarter.
Our officers are working to impact organized retail theft. This usually involves groups or a networks of people who enter retail establishments, grab large quantities of high-end merchandise, and leave immediately. Officers are partnering with retail security officers to ensure they have proper security plans and determine how the Police Bureau can best support their efforts.
North Precinct also continues to combat the dangerous and illegal activity of street racing. North Precinct personnel are partnering with the Traffic Division and our Air Support Unit to conduct street racing missions. Irresponsible driving practices can have a deadly outcome, and these directed patrols have made several arrests over the last few months. Some suspects are repeat offenders.
We will continue our enforcement efforts and are trying to build awareness about the dangers of street racing.
North Precinct personnel also continue to maintain the success of the recent collaborative Holladay Park Safety Plan. This community-led effort has produced enthusiastic community feedback and dramatically reduced crime and nuisance behavior around the popular Northeast Portland Park. The Holladay Park Safety Plan was developed to keep the park an enjoyable destination for families, commuters, tourists, and all park visitors.
The crime statistics, compiled by our Strategic Services Division, compared data from May 5th through August 31st to the same period last year. Calls for service went down significantly, including a 44 percent decrease in thefts. Reports of assaults dropped 34 percent and disturbances fell by 30 percent. We want to maintain this great success.
Just a reminder, if you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1. Or to report a crime after the fact, call the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.
The Portland Police Bureau is looking for youth, ages 16 to 20 who have an interest in law enforcement. The Police Cadet Program is designed to offer young men and women firsthand experience and training in the field of law enforcement. Cadets learn to work individually or as a team to develop confidence and leadership skills that benefit any career choice.
After a cadet academy, eligible cadets participate in a variety of uniformed details, assignments, fundraisers, ride-alongs and community engagement events.
Applications are due December 1. Just go to joinportlandpolce.com/cadets or call (503) 823-5723.
The Portland Police Sunshine Division is the only 24/7 emergency food bank in the Portland metropolitan area and has nearly 100 years of history helping those in need.
Later this month our podcast, the Talking Beat ,will take a deeper dive into how the nonprofit operates and distributes food and clothing. A reminder that food boxes are available for those in need anytime—just call the non-emergency number at (503) 823-3333.
For those wanting to visit Sunshine directly, listen to an informational message about requirements at (503) 823-2102 or email help@ sunshinedivision.org Sunshine has two warehouses where clients can shop for food or clothing free of charge.
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