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Peace Officers Memorial Day Speech

In memory of Those Who Sacrifice All to Protect and Serve Our Communities As always, I am humbled and honored to speak on behalf of the rank and file of the Portland Police Association as we pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the communities they serve. We also[…]

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Line in the Sand

Portland has become one of the most politically violent cities in America. Lawlessness, aggression, and violence have replaced peaceful protests. In a harshly divided nation, we have become a stark example of what happens when fringe groups get exactly what they ask for with their grandstanding – attention. Our City continues to grapple with the[…]

It’s Time for Practical Solutions

Solving homelessness requires more than programs and political rhetoric; it requires vision where homelessness is seen as a humanitarian crisis that affects everyone in our communities. Our elected officials continue to invest tens of millions of dollars into programs, touting the tremendous progress the city has made helping people get back into housing. But, their[…]

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Far from a Peaceful Protest

Like many Portlanders and Oregonians, I anticipated that last Saturday’s protest in Waterfront Park would become a more dangerous and volatile situation than it did. I’m thankful that our officers were there to maintain general public safety and, to the degree possible, provide a safe venue for those who truly sought to peacefully protest. Growing[…]

Working Towards Solutions

Thank you to our members and the citizens of Portland for the overwhelming support and encouragement this past week as we voiced grave concerns about the policies surrounding livability in our city. We received thousands of positive comments, phone calls, emails, letters, and text messages thanking the PPA for shining a bold light on these[…]

More Failed Policies

Our City has become a cesspool. Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets.  Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City. Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout[…]

Another CRC Failure

Time and time again, the City of Portland and its various committees such as the Citizen Review Committee (CRC) have failed to communicate with the PPA about changes to significant working conditions such as discipline that directly impact the PPA’s members. The CRC’s proposal to change its standard of review of discipline cases involving PPA[…]

Evidence Not Rhetoric

Last Saturday night’s officer involved shooting at a South East Portland homeless shelter is another example of the extremely dangerous environment that Portland Police Officers face when protecting the lives of community members. Any time a citizen calls for help, police officers can be confronted by dangerous armed subjects as was the case in Saturday[…]

In Response to the City of Portland Auditor’s Reports of the Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team

As I waded through the lengthy City Auditor’s reports on the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) of the Portland Police Bureau, I was amazed at how narrow the Auditor’s field of vision is on the issue of gang and gun violence in our vulnerable communities. These reports are another example of an elected official, a bureaucrat,[…]

Damned if we do. Damned if we don’t.

Portland police officers rely on Bureau policies and training when taking police action. Many of these policies are mandated by the United States Department of Justice, with the aim of reducing police use of force in Portland. Unfortunately, these policies are jeopardizing public safety by confusing officers and putting them in untenable situations. Our officers[…]

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An Assault on Common Sense

As we are continuously crippled by catastrophic staffing shortages at both the patrol and investigative levels, Portland Police officers, sergeants, and investigators are responding to increasing crime rates, record calls for service, and rapidly evolving livability issues at an unprecedented rate. While City Hall balks at the idea of increasing the overall authorized staffing levels[…]

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Setting the Record Straight

As 2017 wrapped up, Portland Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler reflected on his first year in office applauding the progress made by City Council on the issues of homelessness, livability, and public safety concerns. While he credited City Council and other Bureaus for contributing to the success of his administration, the Portland Police Bureau[…]

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In Response to Mayor Wheeler’s Editorial

According to Mayor Wheeler’s December 10, 2017 editorial in the Oregonian, Portland is a utopia with a handful of “big-city problems.” Unfortunately, this is not the Portland in which most of us live, work, and recreate every day. The blatant disconnect between Mayor Wheeler and our citizens, business owners, and those who serve the community is greater[…]

Smoke and Mirrors

At the annual fall “budget monitoring process,” Portland’s City Council declined to fund 85 Portland Police Bureau (PPB) positions – positions strongly advocated for by the Portland Police Association (PPA) and requested by the PPB and Portland community members, business owners, and residents. Instead, City Council authorized funding for 10 over hires from the previous[…]