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June 16, 2017 08:50


In recent weeks, the City of Portland has experienced increased tension and concerns about hate crime activity and threats to community safety. The Portland Police Bureau has been actively involved in these issues, investigating crimes and reports of threatening behavior. The Bureau understands the fear and uneasy feelings felt by many in our community and wants to share a message -- Portland Police Officers are sworn to protect and dedicated to serve everyone. These officers are here to protect you and keep you safe.

Officers will continue to spend time at events, positively engaging members of the community and providing safety and security.

This weekend, officers will be providing an enhanced presence at pride events in conjunction with Portland Pride Week. To learn more about Portland Pride Week events, please visit http://pridenw.org/

The Portland Police Bureau has a long-standing partnership with the LGBTQ community. Information about the partnership, called the Alliance for Safer Communities (ASC), can be found by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/31112

The weekend of June 23 -- 25, officers will be providing an enhanced presence at the Good in the Hood Multicultural Music, Arts & Food Festival at Lillis Albina Park and King School. The Bureau is continuing to investigate the report of a threatening letter sent to event organizers. At this time, the Bureau has not determined the credibility of this letter and is committed to having a robust police presence at this family-friendly event. To learn more about Good in the Hood events, please visit http://www.goodnthehood.org/

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

* ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
* ORS 166.155 -- Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

In 2017, the Bureau has seen an increase in bias motivated crime reports:

* 2015 -- 11 bias crime reports
* 2016 -- 10 bias crime reports (three through April 30)
* 2017 -- Nine bias crime reports (through April 30)

It's important to note that these numbers can go up or down, depending on the results of an investigation.

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/423009

The Bureau has several community advisory groups and outreach opportunities for community members and police officers to come together. Advisory groups include the Portland Muslim Community Police Council, the Alliance for Safer Communities, the African American Advisory Council, and the Slavic Advisory Council. To learn more about these advisory groups and the Bureau's commitment to the Portland community, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30379

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583



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