Coffee with a cop 2-11-17

Did you know that Piedmont has a dedicated Police Officer who’s work focuses on the specifically cwc_logoPiedmont community? It’s true! And you have an opportunity to meet and greet with her over some great coffee in a relaxed environment. Get the scoop on community projects, how the police are responding to issues in your area, and more by joining us for Coffee with a Cop.

Please join us! Feb 11th 2017, 11AM, Cup Coffee, click here for location.

This event is hosted by Cup Coffee and the Piedmont Neighborhood Association.

North Portland Arsons under investigation

Portland Fire & Rescue is actively investigating several recent arson fires in North Portland. These early morning fires were discovered to the exterior of homes in the Overlook Neighborhood. Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Investigations is being assisted by partnering agencies of the Metro Fire Investigation Team including Portland Police, ATF, and Oregon State Police. Due to the ongoing investigation, Investigators are unable to release further information at this time. 

Portland Fire & Rescue urges all households, particularly those in North Portland, to take the following precautions: 

1. Secure items that could easily burn in a safe location. 
2. Ensure your home is equipped with properly functioning smoke alarms in every sleeping area and on every floor. 
3. Report suspicious persons and activities to police immediately. 

Anyone with information on these arson fires is encouraged to contact Portland Fire & Rescue’s Joe Luiz at (503) 823-3408 or joseph.luiz@portlandoregon.gov. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip.

What’s happening on Rosa Parks Way?

Person riding a bike on Rosa Parks Way

Bikeway coming soon (we hope). (Photo © J. Maus)

As you’ve walked, biked and drove through the neighborhood this summer you’ve probably noticed a lot of construction activity on Rosa Parks Way.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is working on a project to extend a 6-foot wide bike lanes that currently ends at the intersection with N. Vancouver and starts again on the west side of I-5.  This project will also add a center turn lane to this section of Rosa Parks Way and islands for safer crossings of Rosa Parks Way at various locations.

The PBOT plans to have this project complete by the end of August and is currently waiting for new signal equipment to be delivered.

You can find more information about the current status of the project at the BikePortland blog.  Bike Portland also has more details about the project and some background on the project.

>Police Bureau Introduces New Citizen Online Reporting System

>The Portland Police Bureau has launched a new Citizen Online Reporting System. This internet-based system, gives citizens the ability to report property crimes within Portland that have no suspect information, saving them time and money and freeing up valuable police resources for response to more critical incidents.

Once submitted, Portland police officers will review and approve every report. Reports that require additional response or are otherwise inappropriate will be modified and responded to as needed. The reporting citizen will then receive a PDF copy of the approved and case numbered report via email within 72 hours. This online service is without any cost to the citizen and avoids the current minimum $10 expense and delay in receiving copies of reports not submitted online.

Citizens can report the following types of incidents:
Theft from vehicle
Vandalism to vehicle
Theft (excluding firearms and prescription medications)
Vandalism (excluding graffiti)
Lost property (excluding firearms and prescription medications)
Additional property information (property information from a previously filed report)

To access the Online Reporting System click here.

>Redistricting of Police Precincts

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Last night North Portland neighbors gathered together to discuss the proposal of closing the North Portland Police Precinct with Assistant Police Chief Brian Martinek.  Below are notes from that meeting.

 
HISTORY: About October/November 2008 all bureaus in the city were notified that there would be reduced revenue for the city by 2 to 2 1/2 percent. PPD looked at a list of 92 priorities that were considered core to their mission, they ranked them by priority.  The list was cut to 88 from 92.  The proposals are due to the Office of Finance and Management on February 2. The budget forecast comes out in March, every bureau will be affected.
 
However, at the meeting it was determined that the forecast was worse than originally thought and the cuts would likely go to 5%; possibly a little higher for FY 09 and 10.  (FY for Portland is July 1 – June 30).
 
The proposals will be sent to the city commissioners and the mayor to be finalized at the end of June.

 
The proposal goes from 5 Portland precincts to 3 precincts, restructuring management.  The training center that is located in Clackamas and the Justice Center will be moved to the North Precinct building.   The traffic center will be moved to the SE precinct.  Both of these moves will result in approximately 1/2 million $$$ in lease cost savings.  This also results in centralizing the training. 
 
The North Precinct building will remain a full service building.  It will not be a home base for officers, however, there will be officers still working out of the building.  They will need to pickup their equipment from the NE Precinct before going to the N precinct.  North Portland will be primarily a training facility, but will meet the needs of the community.  There will be Captains added to remaining precincts to oversee day to day operations; Commanders will be responsible for community initiatives.
 
Not leasing a traffic building, results in 3 1/2 million $$$$ given back to the city. 
 
The proposal will result in 21 additional patrol officers, however, several others will be demoted, ie commanders, sergeants (the patrol officers will come from the ranks that will be demoted).
 
It was stated that response time will not be affected, in fact, it may improve.  For example, during shift change, there is a lag time, by consolidating; it gives the opportunity for more shifts.  Most likely, they will go from 3 shifts to 5 shifts. 
 
The community would like to see better communication and more transparency between police and the community.  For instance, there were people at the meeting wanting to know why there was very little communication/notice time of the cuts.
 
There is a possibility there will be cuts in officers able to attend neighborhood meetings. 
 
The current map was designed on call load.  It will likely be tweaked so not to divide neighborhoods. 
 
The 3 precincts will be North (MLK and Killingsworth), SE (106th and between Stark and Washington) and Central (downtown).
 
Bottom line, police are dedicated and the priority will be given to safety on the street said Assistant Police Chief Brian Martinek.

 

For the Sentinel article: http://www.portlandsentinel.com/?q=node/3986.