After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man’s Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)

  After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams‘ office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau’s list of candidates ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Mayor Hires New Director of Public Safety

Mayor Adams press conference

Mayor Sam Adams has picked a new director of public safety five months after taking the helm of the Portland Police Bureau. The new hire is Antoinette Edwards, formerly the diversity director for the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. Adams hired Edwards this month, and mayoral spokesman Roy Kaufmann says Edwards' first day is today. Previously Adams interviewed Dorothy Elmore, a controversial ...   More
Friday, October 29, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Chaos in Copland: The Precinct Move, Day 1

After a confusion-filled Day 1 of the Portland Police Bureau's precinct consolidation on Tuesday, here's hoping Day 2 goes more smoothly. Cops at Central Precinct, East Precinct and North Precinct (formerly Northeast) describe a sometimes-disorderly move that initially left some officers with no patrol cars, nowhere to put their rifles and nowhere to park their own vehicles. "The first day ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Adams Promises More Visibility on Police

After a briefing from Portland Police earlier today, Mayor Sam Adams said this afternoon he has not reconsidered his decision to hand police management to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But the mayor does say he will play a higher-profile role on police matters going forward. "I've decided to be more visible," he told WW, two days after the second fatal shooting of a man this year by a Portland ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Hitting Rewind As City Hall Considers Police Oversight

City Hall is packed tonight as city commissioners and the mayor continue their discussion of the new ordinance to strengthen oversight of Portland Police. We'll have more from City Hall later. Meantime, we're hitting the rewind button and posting excerpts from a press release Mayor Sam Adams put out when he was still a commissioner. Issued in the fall of 2008, it explained why Adams wanted to ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Police Bureau Is Not $5 Million Over Budget

Just last week, Mayor Sam Adams singled out the Portland Police Bureau for being "projected to overspend its budget by up to $5 million." But in a meeting today with labor leaders and city bureau directors — after a question from Chief Rosie Sizer about her bureau's financial condition — a representative of the city's budget office told the gathered crowd that new projections showed ...   More
Thursday, April 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Coffee, Tasers and Pizza! The Portland Police Expense Account Trivia Challenge

As of last month, the Portland Police Bureau was over budget for the current fiscal year and will likely face budget cuts next year along with other city bureaus. So we decided to take a look at what the bureau's been dropping cash on over the last year. What we found may amuse and surprise you. At the very least, the expenditures spotlight the bureau's priorities at a time of increasing tension ...   More
Thursday, May 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

New Police Oversight Ordinance: Still a Work in Progress

There was much hoopla back in March when the City Council passed an ordinance to increase police oversight and boost the powers of the Independent Police Review Division. The ordinance was set to take effect on Monday, May 3. The police bureau referred our questions about the ordinance's status to IPR. So we checked in today with IPR Director Mary-Beth Baptista on the city's progress implementing ...   More
Friday, May 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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