Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Will Retire in January

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales names Larry O'Dea as next police chief, says he'll focus on diversity.

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is retiring in January, WW has learned, and Mayor Charlie Hales has selected Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea to as the next chief of the Portland Police Bureau. Hales' office confirmed Reese's retirement to WW this morning. The mayor will announce O'Dea's appointment as chief at a noon press conference in the Justice Center. "I thank Mike Reese for his leadership ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Lents Leader: Police Homelessness Plan Ignores East Portland

Jesse Cornett blasts Chief Mike Reese for displacing homeless camps east of 82nd Avenue

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese roused the sleeping debate over homelessness for another year Tuesday by announcing a new initiative, "Prosper Portland," to clear downtown sidewalks. He also awakened the ire of East Portland residents, who say police are just shoving homeless camps to the edges of the city. Lents Neighborhood Association chairman Jesse Cornett sent Reese a blistering letter Tuesday, ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Police Union Files Grievance, Says Chief Mike Reese Took Labor Patrol Shifts

Reese picked up shifts to cut overtime; union says he took away work

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When Portland Police Chief Mike Reese hopped behind the wheel of a Crown Victoria to take over a few patrol shifts in May, it was a double win.One was his stated reason: Reese was pounding the pavement like a regular beat cop to cut down on overtime costs while officers got enhanced crisis intervention training.The second: Some good PR. The Oregonian, KOIN and other media outlets picked up the story ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Portland Police Clean House in East Precinct

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced major changes to his command staff lineup today, including a total change of leadership in East Precinct, the city's busiest.Two retirements—by East Precinct Commander Mike Lee and Tactical Operations Division Captain Ron Alexander—set off a chain of shifts that include moving embattled Capt. Mark Kruger out of his post in East Precinct.Kruger, who was ...   More
 
Friday, June 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales Says He Wants Reese to Stay on as Police Chief

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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales says is committed to keeping Mike Reese on as Portland's police chief.Hales, who will serve as police commissioner, says he hasn't set a time table for when they'll decide if the relationship is working out. "I haven't set a schedule other than obviously, I'll be watching his performance, just like every other key manager at the city—daily and weekly," he says.During the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Portland Police, U.S. Department of Justice, Release Agreement on Mental Health Reforms

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland released a settlement agreement Friday on changes the city must make in order to stay out of court, in the wake of the DOJ’s findings that police have a pattern of using excessive force against the mentally ill.The agreement ramps up both internal and external supervision of the department, expands police crisis training and response and further ...   More
 
Friday, October 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Failure To Comply

The feds have used independent monitors to reform police agencies elsewhere. But Portland leaders don’t want one here.


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The U.S. Department of Justice last week released a damning report about the Portland Police Bureau’s use of force. The details may...   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Police Clear City Hall Sidewalk of Protesters

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City Hall protester Cameron Whitten declared victory and ended his 55-day hunger strike last week. Today, the city kicked his fellow protesters out.About a dozen Portland Police officers performed a sweep of the sidewalk in front of City Hall late this morning to force protesters to move across Southwest 4th Street and take their belongings. The sweep lasted about 30 minutes and resulted in one arrest ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 SAM STITES

Read The Portland Police Union President's Blistering Attack On Bureau Leaders

Aaron Campbell case at issue

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Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner has published a long, detailed and yet still raw-feeling screed directed at the leadership of the Portland Police Bureau, including Chief Mike Reese, Lt. Robert King and Mayor Sam Adams.Turner's beef? Adams' decision to ignore an arbitrator's ruling and fire Officer Ron Frashour, who two years ago shot an unarmed man, Aaron Campbell (pictured). The ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Corey Pein

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