12 Hours.

Police work is many things. It is often slow, even mundane. It is often chaotic and dangerous. Police officers are an extension of the trials facing any community. In the past 12 hours, we have seen many of the trials facing our community borne out in real-time. I would say that we are lucky that one[…]

Introducing Portland Police Association’s New President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2021 Contact: Sgt. Aaron Schmautz, PPA President president@ppavigil.org Angela Orr, Communications angela@ppavigil.org Introducing Portland Police Association’s New President PPA Members Elect PPB Sergeant Aaron Schmautz as PPA President PORTLAND, OR—The Portland Police Association (PPA) is pleased to announce that PPA members elected Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Sergeant Aaron Schmautz as[…]

In response to Mayor Wheeler’s proposed public safety investments for consideration in the annual fall budget monitoring process:

“I’m encouraged to see the conversation shift towards public safety and a renewed commitment to invest in staffing the Portland Police Bureau. It’s a good start and a step in the right direction in remedying the critical staffing shortage. As I settle into my new role as Portland Police Association president, the PPA will continue[…]

Accountability Starts from Within

PORTLAND, OR:  When we make mistakes, we must hold ourselves to account. That is what the public expects of us. That is what we expect of ourselves. Over the last 24 hours, we learned that Portland Police Association (PPA) President Brian Hunzeker made a serious, isolated mistake related to the Police Bureau’s investigation into the[…]

Understaffed and Underfunded: Statement on DOJ Report

Our officers continue to be committed to the priority of constitutional policing and public safety. The USDOJ’s recent report reveals opportunities to fix two core structural problems in the Police Bureau. First, we need sufficient staffing to meet the community’s public safety needs. The unprecedented challenges faced by the Police Bureau with the simultaneous emergence[…]

City of Portland and Portland Police Association Joint Press Release – Corrected 02.02.2021

“The City of Portland and the Portland Police Association met on January 27 for the second session of collective bargaining. The session was hosted by the Portland Police Association. The Association presented opening proposals updating and clarifying contract language on routine administrative and operational matters and opened other articles for which proposals will be forthcoming.[…]

A Tribute to the Fallen Officers of 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 31, 2020 Contact: Brian Hunzeker, President brian@pavigil.org Angela Orr, Communications angela@ppavigil.org A Tribute to the Fallen Officers of 2020 We will never forget their sacrifice. PORTLAND, OR: The members of the Portland Police Association (PPA) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Honor Guard believe it is a privilege and honor to[…]

In Support of Accountability

This year communities have suffered more than anyone could have predicted and the police officers in this city have endured more than they signed up for when they took the oath to protect and serve. Officers are tasked with bringing order to chaotic, unpredictable, and dangerous situations. In doing their job, they have been subject[…]

In Appreciation

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your next Portland Police Association President. Having worked for the Portland Police Bureau for the last 20 years, I have seen firsthand the strong work ethic, dedication to serve, and compassion within all of you who wear the PPB badge and answer our 911 calls. I am[…]

Support RRT

Mayor Wheeler and Chief Lovell: As our Police Commissioner and Police Chief, stand up and publicly support Police Bureau members who voluntarily serve on the Rapid Response Team (RRT). On almost a nightly basis for the past five months, members of RRT have been on the front lines of keeping our city safe as many[…]

Do Not Further Defund PPB In the Fall BMP

City Council Members: We find ourselves at a crossroads where the public demands thoughtful public policy that will improve policing practices, accountability, and public safety. Further defunding of the Portland Police Bureau during the Fall BMP will not meet those community demands. As you are well aware, City Council defunded PPB by approximately $15 million[…]

Due Process Must Run Its Course

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daryl Turner, President daryl@ppavigil.org Angela Orr, Communications angela@ppavigil.org PORTLAND, OR: Earlier today, a Multnomah County Grand Jury charged a retired Portland Police Bureau officer with crimes related to his actions as he drove a police vehicle through the mayhem of a night of burning, destruction, and looting in downtown Portland. It[…]

Congratulations to Jeannette Hopson!

PCAP’s Finest Telecommunicator of the Year It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jeannette Hopson, Senior Dispatcher at the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Telecommunicator of the Year Award.  NICE’s PSAPs’ Finest Awards are given annually to recognize the dedicated individuals and team stand-outs in public safety[…]