Person in Crisis Helped Off of Downtown Rooftop

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April 11, 2024 19:12


On Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 4:16p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to the area of SW 15th Ave / SW Yamhill St on a report of a person in crisis threatening to jump from a rooftop. Officers with Enhanced Crisit Intervention Team (ECIT) training negotiated with the person on the rooftop for approximately 50 minutes. The officers ultimately found a window of opportunity and coordinated a plan to safely take the person into custody. The person was transported to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Traffic was significantly impacted in the area during the incident. Officers shut down the intersection of SW 15th Ave / SW Yamhill St until the situation was resolved. TriMet was also impacted. The intersection has now reopened. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the patience of the community members who were inconvenienced by this incident.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

988 is the new way to connect with the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline where you will find confidential support for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.

It is also a number to call if you are a friend or loved one of someone in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.

You are not alone.

1 in 5 US Adults experience mental illness each year and suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 34.

There is help: 988

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting

As primary responders to crisis calls, all Portland Police Bureau officers receive basic Crisis Intervention Training as well as annual CIT refresher training. In addition, the Bureau has volunteer officers from a variety of patrol assignments on the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT). These officers will be the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to crisis calls that are determined to be related to an individual in crisis. ECIT officers receive additional training in order to identify risks during a behavioral crisis, utilize crisis communication techniques to help deescalate a person in crisis, and have knowledge of available community resources.



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