Just 15 Percent of Portland Patrol Cops Sign Up for Crisis Intervention Team Duty

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(Updated Nov. 27)Fifty six Portland Police Officers tossed their names in to serve on the bureau's soon-to-be expanded Crisis Intervention Team, a police spokesman tells WW.Not long after the Department of Justice released its report finding PPB officers have a pattern and practice of using excessive force on those with mental illness, Chief Mike Reese announced the city would create a 24-hour intervention ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Operation Safe Summer Levels Out Gang Violence

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A summertime effort to curb Portland’s gang violence managed to level off shootings and increase prosecution of gang-related crimes, officials reported today.After a high violence spring that saw 57 shootings between January and early June (compared with 36 shootings for the same time last year), police, the U.S. attorney and nonprofits announced Operation Safe Summer.Pitched as a combination of ...   More
 
Friday, November 9, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police to Reinstate Mental Health Team

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As the city continues its negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, Police Chief Mike Reese announced today the city will reinstate a Crisis Intervention Team to deal with Portland's mentally ill.The changes follow last month's damning report finding that the Portland Police Bureau has a "pattern and practice" of using excessive force against those in mental health crisis. Portland must give ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Mayor and Police Chief Address Officer-Involved Shootings


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Police Chief Mike Reese told reporters this afternoon that Portland had experienced "too many" officer-involved shootings in recent weeks but that even one would be "unacceptable" in his view. And though Portland historically has had far fewer officer-involved shootings than other similar-sized cities, Reese and Mayor Sam Adams said at today's press conference they would commit to an outside ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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