Portland Police Bureau Strategic Planning Community Survey

You can help to Shape the Future of the Portland Police Bureau!

The Portland Police Bureau is in the early stages of developing its Strategic Plan for the next five years and would like your help.

To participate in this survey, please click the link below. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian. All responses will be kept confidential and identifying information will be kept private. Please provide your input by Friday, November 30th, 2018.

Portland Police Bureau Strategic Planning Community Survey

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EPIC Meeting: Portland Police Air Support Unit

Bi-monthly East Portland Involved Citizens (EPIC) Meeting

When: Wednesday November 28, 2018, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: East Precinct Community Room (737 SE 106th Ave, 97216)

Keynote presentation: Portland Police Bureau’s Air Support Unit

When criminals flee from the police they sometimes evade the patrol officers who are pursuing them.

  • Who can follow them when they think they are free from capture?
  • Who can watch them as the drive recklessly through the city?
  • Who sees them run through backyards in the middle of the night?

Join East Portland Involved Citizens (EPIC) when Portland Police Bureau’s Chief Pilot, Sergeant Josh Goldschmidt, will answer these and other questions as he explains the workings of the Air Support Unit. 

Other agenda items:

  • Vision for East Precinct
  •  Name Recognition Interaction
  • East Precinct Update

Bring a friend or neighbor!

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

East Precinct Neighborhood Training

The Neighborhood Training by the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Sgt. Teig, is designed to provide information, resources, and materials available to mitigate public safety and livability issues in East Precinct neighborhoods.   

Training Dates:

  • Saturday, February 10th, 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Saturday, March 10th, 10:00AM-12:00PM

Trainings are held at the East Precinct Community Room located at 737 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216.

About the training: This training is geared towards community members, who will then be able to train/share this information with other neighbors. The purpose of the training is to equip you with the tools necessary to train and engage your respective community members regarding East Precinct initiatives about public safety and livability issues. The training is designed to provide information and materials needed to navigate the different resources available for mitigating these issues.

To attend, RSVP to Marianna Lomanto, Crime Prevention Coordinator at Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

 

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.

EPIC Meeting – Traffic Division

Join EPIC for their bi-monthly meeting!

Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 6:00PM
East Precinct Community Room (727 SE 106th Ave, 97216)

Keynote Presentation: PPB Traffic Division

Most of us drive to get to where we want to go. Usually we feel safe on the road, but who do we expect to help us when something goes wrong?  Who investigates serious vehicular injuries and fatal collisions?  Who enforces DUII laws and major traffic crimes?  Who provides traffic control for parades, demonstrations and motorcades?

Captain Mike Crebs will address these and other questions about the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division on Wednesday January 24th.

Other agenda items:

Vision for East Precinct
Name Recognition Interaction

Please bring a friend or neighbor.  This is a meeting that you won’t want to miss! For more information, contact Dave Smith at Dave.Smith@portlandoregon.gov.

December Meeting Recap – Sergeant Randy Teig

Thank you to everyone who made it to our December 7th, 2017 meeting with special guest Sergeant Randy Teig!  We were thrilled to have so many of our neighbors join us, especially from the Community Watch group. We were excited to provide simultaneous Spanish translation at this meeting, and will continue to do so at future meetings.  Please help us spread the word!  We also have posters of upcoming meetings translated in Spanish, if you would like to help print and distribute.

Prior to our December meeting was the Errol Heights Open House.

At the beginning of our meeting we had community announcements from:

  • Carol Uhte from Multnomah County Library shared information on Holgate and Woodstock events.
  • New Brentwood-Darlington business G.I.R.L.S. Gym is offering free self-defense class for B-D ladies in partnership with the Community Watch.
  • Lane PTA is doing a food and non-food items drive, as well as collecting cans and bottles.
  • Impact NW is seeking English and Spanish speaking families for playgroups at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. (Playgroups in Russian, Arabic, and Chinese are also available, but are currently full.)
  • Multnomah County Health Centers are available in our community for kids grades K-12!
  • Brentwood-Darlington Community Watch gave an update of their work with PPB.  They will be having a Community Watch Social at Area 52, December 21st from 6:00-9:00PM. Find out more by joining the group on Facebook.

Following Community Announcements, Sergeant Randy Teig spoke briefly about his time in the neighborhood and then took questions from neighbors.  The video below is a small portion of his time.

Some of the topics discussed were:

  • “Hot Incidents” – Quickest way to get information is at Portland Police online.
  • Violent crimes are decreasing, but disorder and incivility is not.
  • Portland Police Bureau is in crisis for officers, with 100 set to retire, but only 95 in training and a shortage of at least 300 more needed.
  • Community Policing – What the vision is and how it could be implemented.
  • Difference in types of police forces, pros and cons.
  • Reaching out to City Commissioners, why and how.
  • Zombie/problem houses – How to report, what works and what doesn’t.
  • Volume of calls coming in versus number of police officers available to respond to those calls.
  • Efficacy of private security versus privately contracted officers.
  • Effects of RV ordinance and recycling program.

During the second portion of our meeting:

  • The board voted to endorse the Just Energy Tax Initiative.
  • Derek Covey reported that there were approximately 20 new neighbors since last meeting.
  • Board members discussed the 2035 Comp Plan industrial zoning change along SE 82nd Ave.
  • Stephenie Frederick reported on adopting two TriMet stops on SE Flavel St.

Please note, these are not official meeting minutes.  Photo and video credit: Derek Covey, Board Member