Portlanders overwhelmingly support the concept of community
policing and want to see the Portland Police Bureau
more fully embrace this approach. Portlanders see community
policing as a cost-effective way to increase neighborhood
safety while building positive relationships between
law enforcement and community members. They want police
officers and community members to view each other as
allies in the fight against crime, rather than antagonists
with separate cultures and values.
In order to accomplish this, they believe that police
officers need to make themselves more visible and accessible
throughout the city, getting out of their cars, greeting
residents and attending local neighborhood meetings.
They also believe that police must change the way in
which they relate to members of the public, becoming
more friendly, culturally competent and non-violent
in their approach.
policing enjoys broad-based support in Portland.
Police Bureau needs to prioritize community policing
policing enjoys broad-based support in Portland.
- Respondents are nearly unanimous in their
support of community policing methods and
- Even Portlanders who are highly critical
of the Police Bureau in general hold a positive
view of community policing.
- Community policing is credited with:
- Engaging community members in effective
crime prevention efforts;
- Increasing neighborhood safety;
- Improving relations between community
members and the police;
- Providing youth with positive encounters
with law enforcement; and
- Saving taxpayer money.
would like to see] more community policing,
thus more community participation within
neighborhoods. Also, more outreach community
activities to help local people in our
the future] every neighborhood is very
walkable, safe, and with an active community.
A seven year old child can safely accompany
his wheelchair-bound grandmother on foot
to an elementary school, a public park,
grocery shopping, neighborhood restaurants
and other businesses (dentist, barber,
etc)….A critical component of Portland’s
public safety strategy is strong communities.
Most neighborhoods have a small community
police precinct open 24 hours a day, and
several officers driving or bicycling
the beat within the neighborhood. The
police officers are assigned to neighborhoods
on a long-term basis; some officers may
spend their entire career working in one
neighborhood, and most live in the neighborhood
they patrol. Police are more than just
crime control; they actively promote neighborhood
interaction. The police encourage and
even sponsor neighborhood events to help
people meet their neighbors, and actively
promote community policing…"
20 years], the everyday citizens works
hand in hand with local officers to keep
their community drug free and crime free.”
Police Bureau needs to prioritize community
- Portlanders want to see a much greater focus
on community policing, which they believe
will transform the police bureau into a force
that community members trust and respect.
- Portlanders don’t necessarily want more
police officers, but they do want police officers
to be much more visible in communities.
- As part of a commitment to community policing,
Portlanders want to see the following take
- More officers “out and about” in neighborhoods,
riding bikes, horses, or finding other
ways to get out of their cars;
- Officers interacting casually with community
members in friendly, respectful ways;
- Officers regularly attending neighborhood
association meetings and other neighborhood
- Community members working together with
law enforcement to solve local problems;
- Police officers working with children,
teenagers and young adults to create positive
bonds of trust and mutual respect;
- An ethnically and culturally diverse
police force that better represents the
communities it serves; and
- Less mistrust and fear between community
members and police officer.
would like to see] the younger cops to
be more people oriented. They truly lack
the old school - say hi and wave to neighbors
when you’re working in your yard or sitting
outside. In the early 90’s I knew all
the officers at NE precinct, even my district
officer. Now I don’t have a clue who’s
the future] we have a little more peace
and our kids have stopped killing each
other. Our communities have come together
and work as one. The police have become
better partners in the community. My kids
are safe in the community.”
20 years], the police are approachable.”
- Provide training to the police
on how they can become more approachable,
more service-oriented, and more involved in
- Locate police departments within major Portland
- Put police officers on consistent beats
and require them to introduce themselves to
their beat at monthly community meetings.
- Encourage or require police officers to
live in the neighborhoods they patrol, in
order to encourage neighborhood interaction
and mutual support.
- Make sure that some police live in high-crime
- Develop new guidelines that police must
abide by when interacting with members of
- Create community centers in each neighborhood
where people can access public safety resources.
These will become neighborhood hubs where
people interested in supporting neighborhood
safety can meet and strategize.