Request for Support for Public Safety

From Mayor Wheeler’s Office:

As the 2018-2019 budget season is well underway, the Mayor’s Office would like to encourage our constituents with public safety concerns to give testimony in support of Portland Police Bureau’s budget request. Public safety in our community is in jeopardy.

The bureau is requesting funds for 93 additional sworn officers, and nine additional non-sworn professional positions. These requests support the Mayor’s key priorities of increasing public safety and police accountability, maintaining the City’s critical infrastructure, and enhancing livability. The bureau’s requests for additional ongoing resources will advance the bureau’s mission and goals to provide 21st Century Policing services, to support organizational excellence and inclusion, and to rebuild police units so they can better deliver community policing to all residents.

Staffing within the PPB has been a critical issue for the bureau for many years, and there are several factors that impact this issue: recruitment and hiring, attrition and number of officers.

There are the fewer officers in the bureau as there were a decade ago, despite a 10 percent increase in Portland’s population. This request would increase the number of officer positions by approximately 10 percent–on par with Portland’s growth.

The Portland Police Bureau continues to face challenges in patrol staffing, which has led to declining response times. In the last five years, total 911 call volume has increased by over 22%. These calls include a 97% increase in stolen vehicle calls, 64% increase in unwanted persons calls and a 32% increase in disorder calls.

Without an increase in staffing, the response time for these calls will only grow, threatening the safety of all Portlanders.  We urge constituents with any public safety concerns to voice their support for this proposed budget.

Your voice in this conversation is essential, and we urge constituents to either submit written testimony, contact city commissioners or attend one of the upcoming community budget events:

Community Budget Forums

April 17, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central St, 97203
Bus lines 44 and 75
Most testimony by random drawing

Budget Committee Hearings

May 10, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, hearing to receive public testimony
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

May 16, 2018, 2:00pm, Council Action to approve City Budget, testimony heard
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

Utility Rate Review
May 17, 2018 (first reading), 2:00pm, second reading May 23, 2018, time TBD
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

TSCC Public Hearing
June 6, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Rose Room, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Council Action to Adopt Budget
June 7, 2018, 2:00pm
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

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January 2018 EPIC Meeting Summary

Commander Brian Parman opened the meeting with information about the progress in hiring new officers for the bureau.  Although nearly 100 people have been hired there are still open positions and it takes 18 month from the beginning of training until an officer is working independently.

Captain Mike Crebs gave a riveting presentation on the Traffic Division.  The majority of officers assigned to traffic are motorcycle qualified.  These motor officers go through a two week training course in which 50% of those beginning don’t qualify.  Once qualified and

Once assigned to the Traffic Division the motorcycle officers usually work afternoon shift and are paid hazardous duty pay.  They take their motorcycles home with them and are responsible for their upkeep.

The Traffic Division writes thousands of citations and warnings throughout the year to try to keep the city streets safe and decrease the number of accidents.  The division also has a Major Crash Team that is responsible for investigating serious and fatal crashes.

Along with their other duties motorcycle officers work special events, such as parades, athletic events, free speech gatherings.

It is the focus of the Traffic Division to eliminate pedestrian deaths and fatal crashes by 2025 through Vision Zero.  Special attention is being paid to High Crash Corridors and drunk or impaired drivers.

He also provided a list of red light and fixed speed cameras (see below):

Red Light Cameras:

  • NE Cesar Chavez @ NE Sandy Blvd  
  • NE Grand Ave @ E Burnside St
  • W Burnside St. @ NW 19th Ave (going to be temporarily removed in spring due to construction)
  • SE Grand Ave @ SE Madison St
  • NE Broadway St @ NE Grand Ave
  • SW 4th Ave @ SW Jefferson St
  • SE Washington St @ SE 103rd Ave
  • SE Stark St @ SE 99th Ave
  • SE Stark St @ SE 102nd Ave
  • SE Foster Rd @ SE 96th Ave

 Fixed Speed Camera Locations:

Lieutenant Jason Pearce, who loved the many years he spent working with police dogs, ended the meeting by reminding all of us that the Canine Unit is also an important part of the Traffic Division – if not the most important!

EPIC’s next meeting will be held on March 28, 2018.  Join them at that time to Meet the New Chief.  Chief Danielle Outlaw will be their keynote speaker.  She will share her ideas on the state of the city of Portland and her philosophy of policing in the 21st Century.