April 01, 2020 10:19
The Portland Police Bureau continues to disseminate critical messages in a timely manner throughout this public health crisis. The Bureau is also focused on reaching all of our community members and continues to refine its messages accordingly. This includes evaluating graphics to ensure those who are vision impaired can still read its messages.
The Bureau also has started having critical messages translated into various languages. With the help of our community, the Bureau has been able to translate some of its website messages in Russian and Arabic. An officer has provided Spanish-language translation. The translated portions can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/80656
In addition, the Bureau has begun a Spanish-language Twitter, @PoliciaPortland to provide further information.
"We are so appreciative of our community partners," said Chief Jami Resch. "They stepped up with professionalism and generosity during this difficult time. We understand how vulnerable non-native English speakers must feel at a time when there is so much information and it may not be accessible. While we don't have all languages represented on our website, we are making every attempt to post things in a way that users can at least use Google Translator. We will continue our efforts to expand our coverage as best as we can."
The Bureau is also attempting to reach those in the houseless community or those who do not have access to a computer or traditional media. PPB created a public safety response flier in collaboration with Portland Fire & Rescue and the Bureau of Emergency Communications for the homeless service providers and homeless community. PPB will also publish its monthly NewsBeat newsletter this week, which is shared with local shelters and social service providers.
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