Portland Police, FBI to Increase Presence Downtown this Weekend

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July 23, 2021 11:09


The Portland Police Bureau will be adding resources to the downtown area this weekend following a tragic shooting last Saturday morning in which 18-year-old Makayla Maree Harris was killed and six people were injured.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) will have investigators on duty and in uniform and working with FBI Agents throughout the weekend. They'll act as a high visibility presence in the community, aimed at deterring those who are considering committing crimes. They will coordinate with on-scene supervisors to respond to shootings, gather information, witness statements, and evidence, and immediately follow-up on leads. The FBI will provide investigative support and look for any appropriate nexus to federal crimes.

In addition, during early morning hours, officers from North and East Precinct will be reassigned to Central Precinct to provide additional resources. Calls to 911 in those precincts will be prioritized for ones that present a danger to life safety. Lower priority calls may not be answered until resources are available. PPB asks the community if possible, to please report incidents online at https://portlandpolice.com . Or, try calling at a later time when appropriate. There will still be officers answering high priority calls, so community members should not hesitate to call if they need immediate police help.

"Last week's tragic shooting reverberated throughout the community," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "We are seeing almost nightly gun violence, but as things open up, we want people to feel safe, as they come downtown and gather in the Entertainment District. We are trying to use our resources effectively in order to accomplish this while also responding to 911 calls.



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