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Welcome to the Portland Police Bureau’s News Beat for February 2020.
While we can’t highlight all the public safety issues and crime addressed by Portland Police Officers, here is a snapshot of what we’ve been discussing over the last month:
The Department of Justice Finds the City of Portland in Substantial Compliance. On January 24, the U-S Department of Justice notified the City that it is in substantial compliance with all terms of the Settlement Agreement, which focused on the police response to people experiencing mental illness or mental health crisis. Portland Police Bureau members have worked diligently toward this goal over the course of six years.
Chief Jami Resch said this is a major milestone and she is proud of the DOJ's determination. The key focus of the Settlement Agreement is on police response to people experiencing mental health crisis, but the reforms include much more. Achieving substantial compliance took years of hard work and many changes in policies and training, as well as improvements in areas related to force, community engagement, and accountability.
Chief Resch said while this is a significant goal, PPB is not finished with our reformative work. The next phase is to maintain the progress we have made even as we continually seek to improve our performance.
The chief said she is appreciative of our partners at the Department of Justice who worked with us for so many years to achieve this pivotal milestone. She is also proud of the hard work and dedication of all PPB members to get to this critical point, as well as the Portland Police Association's participation in the process. Likewise, the chief said she is grateful for the on-going partnerships and feedback from our community members, including the Mental Health Alliance, the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform, and the Portland Committee for Community Engaged Policing. We look forward to continued joint efforts to improve the Police Bureau's service to the community.
East Precinct Officers Rescued Three People from a burning car recently.
It was about 3:30 in the morning on January 13 when a call was dispatched of a crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard, just under Interstate 205. The car had flipped on its side trying to avoid another vehicle.
Officer Kristin Ford and Officer Sierra Hancock had just finished a call when they came upon the car, which they discovered was on fire. The officers saw that there were three people trapped inside, screaming for help. They grabbed fire extinguishers from their police vehicles. Ofc Hancock began trying to extinguish the flames while Ofc Ford used her extinguisher to try to break the windshield.
As that was happening, Sergeant Steve Sharp arrived and used a heavy metal breaching tool to break more windows. All three people were rescued with only minor injuries.
Great job to all!
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a Southeast Portland cold case homicide.
On Saturday April 15, 2017, at 12:41 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of 128th Avenue and East Burnside Street on the report of gunfire and one person down on the ground.
Officers arrived found the victim at an entrance to the Menlo Park Elementary School recreation field. 38-year-old Larry Van Dolah Jr. of St. Helens, Oregon, suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel arrived and confirmed the man was deceased.
Neighborhood surveillance video captured the three suspects walking in the area. The investigation suggests that the suspects are three black males, ages 16 to 20 years old, all wearing hooded sweatshirts. Two of the suspects were wearing blue jeans while the third was wearing dark-colored sweatpants. They were last seen crossing East Burnside Street towards Southeast 129th Avenue.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.
If you can help, visit crimestoppersoforegon.com or call 503-823-HELP (4357)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations.
Black History Month
The Portland Police Bureau is celebrating Black History Month with A Look Back on PPB’s History of its African American Members.
The Portland Police Bureau’s first African-American officer was George Hardin, who joined in 1894. He was the patrol wagon driver until 1895 when he, a captain and 10 officers were laid off for budget reasons. He went to work for the railroad and then joined the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
In 1946, Officer Charles Duke became the second African-American officer to join the Portland Police Bureau. It is chronicled in the Portland Police Museum that Officer Duke’s appointment and his first years were not easy. While he eventually received some level of acceptance in the organization, he was never given opportunities available to his peers. Despite this, he stayed for several years and opened the door to other minority officers, including his two brothers, George and Horace. In 2005, Chief Derrick Foxworth posthumously honored Officer Duke with the Bureau’s Achievement Medal.
In 1954, Geraldine Avery became Portland’s first female African- American jail matron. She served other duties before transferring to the county in 1975.
Portland’s first African-American female officer was Carmen Sylvester, who served from 1973 to 1999
Portland’s first African-American Chief was Charles Moose, who served from 1993 to 1999.
Chief Danielle Outlaw made history as the first female African-American police chief of PPB. She was sworn in on October 2, 2017 and served until last December.
For more information visit portlandpolicemuseum.com.
Register Your Bike:
The Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force is continuing to ask that you register you bicycle.
Unfortunately, bikes are stolen in Portland every day; these thefts are often fueled by drug use and addiction--the bikes are sold to drug dealers in exchange for drugs.
The Police Bureau takes reports on stolen bikes. But without any means of identification (such as serial number), it can be difficult to seize a stolen bike as well as return recovered bikes to their rightful owners. The PPB Property Room has hundreds of bikes that are not able to be returned. Therefore, the Bike Theft Task Force recommends registering your bike with either of our partners: Project 529 or Bike Index. Registration is easy and free. for links to these sites Visit portlandpolice.com. You can also learn about bike theft prevention and what to do if you see your bike advertised on a third-party site.
If you see what appears to be an abandoned bike, contact police via the non-emergency line to request that the bike be taken to the property room as found property. The number 503-823-3333.
PPB is Hiring!
The Portland Police Bureau will be actively recruiting for police officers for many years, due to the number of current and upcoming retirements. Officers starting pay is almost $67,000 and can include $5,000 in hiring bonuses. Candidates must be at least within 6 months of being 21 years old at time of applying and have a high school diploma or GED.
We are also holding a hiring workshop and physical ability test on February 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is free and open to all interested in the Portland Police Officer position. Registration does not obligate you to attend. Registration provides you the ability to attend any portion of the day that will address your specific questions about application process.
For more information and see a full list of qualifications, visit joinportlandpolice.com.
PPB is also actively recruiting for women who may want a career in law enforcement. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Women in Public Safety event on Saturday, March 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our Training Division. This event will feature PPB as well as other law enforcement, agencies, fire, and dispatch. This is an opportunity for anyone to attend to ask questions and have an interactive experience in scenario village where we showcase the tools and equipment we use every day. All are welcome! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information.
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