A Job Well Done

Today the Portland Police Bureau came together with many other partners in law enforcement and kept Portlanders safe as they practiced free speech. The strategic plan put together by Chief Outlaw and all the parties involved was executed with precision, diligence, and professionalism by the rank and file who braved adversity while dealing with volatile[…]

Zero Tolerance

As Portland Police Association President, I have consistently advocated for a zero-tolerance response to the lawlessness, violence, and destruction of property during protests. Our community is frustrated, fed up, and angry. Time and again, we have watched our City and the Portland Police Bureau be thrown into the national spotlight. Saturday, August 17, 2019, Portland[…]

In Response to Yesterday’s Incident

Yesterday’s incident, when officers responded to a hostage situation with an armed suspect holding a victim at knifepoint and threatening to have an explosive device, is yet another example of the gravity and unpredictability of police work. No matter how officers try to de-escalate, no matter how many other force options officers have available, officers[…]

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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[…]