Authorized Staffing Proportionate To City Growth Makes Sense

Over the last twenty years, the City of Portland has grown by over 20% and greater Portland is the 14th fastest-growing metro area in the United States. The face of our City has changed dramatically and the needs of our communities have evolved, yet our public safety infrastructure is stagnant. The authorized staffing level for the Portland Police[…]

On Meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Yesterday, the leadership of the Portland Police Association, along with dozens of other law enforcement leaders including Police Chiefs and Sheriffs from all over Oregon, met with United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The PPA was the only, exclusively rank and file police labor union in the state invited. The primary focus of Attorney General[…]

We All Deserve Better

With unwavering resolve, the Portland Police Association pressed for having the staffing and resources to keep our communities safe and in November 2016, our collective bargaining agreement with the City of Portland was ratified by City Council. The new contract established incentives to bolster retention and recruitment as we faced the worst staffing shortage in[…]

Thank You

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daryl Turner 503.225.9760 Phone president@ppavigil.org Portland, ORE – August 7, 2017 – THANK YOU As president of the Portland Police Association, I’d like to thank Chief Mike Marshman for his leadership over the past fourteen months during the most tumultuous times we’ve seen in the past quarter century. He took a ship in[…]

Equal Rights for All

In 1967, the Supreme Court of the United States wrote that, “policemen, like teachers and lawyers, are not relegated to a watered-down version of constitutional rights.” For 50 years, this Garrity right against compelled self-incrimination has been the law of the land under the 5th Amendment. Thirty-three years ago in 1984, the Oregon Supreme Court[…]

Mental Health

System Failure

Across our country, police officers routinely serve as first responders to mental health crises. Every day, officers successfully resolve those matters through verbal de-escalation techniques and by facilitating additional mental health resources for our community members. These encounters end peacefully because of the dedication and professionalism of our officers, who employ enhanced training specific to[…]

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Protests and Politics

Over the last year we have seen a significant shift in the exercise of free speech protests nationwide and, especially, in the City of Portland. Locally there have been protests for everything from a new collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Portland Police Association to the June 4th “Free Speech Protest” by white[…]

City of Portland

One Step Forward; Two Steps Back

Yesterday, the Mayor posted the job announcement for police chief candidates, which led with a statement about the “history of legally sanctioned systemic racism with legally enforced exclusionary practices” in the City. Understandably, the verbiage and the tenor of the job posting left many in the rank and file angry and confused, as the clear[…]

Self Serving Media

Law enforcement has become more difficult and dangerous than ever before.  On every call police officers respond to they can be confronted by armed subjects, thereby creating deadly force situations.  2016 was one of the deadliest years law enforcement has experienced in almost a decade.  There is not a police officer that I’ve ever known[…]

Mixed Messages

Yesterday, Mayor Hales issued a statement regarding a protest arrest on November 21st. In his statement, Mayor Hales requested that Independent Police Review (IPR) investigate the arrest based on a short, edited snippet of video footage from a Facebook post by one of the persons arrested. The Mayor, like any other individual, may contact IPR and[…]

Solution Focused

As you well know, law enforcement is the subject of anti-police sentiment, media rhetoric, and USDOJ oversight. The very fibers of the relationship between law enforcement and our communities are stretched thin. Officer involved shootings become high profile especially in the African American communities where tensions run deep. The perception of many Americans is that[…]

Current events underscore the extreme danger officers face on a daily basis

Police officers are always exposed to the dangers of the job. We understand, acknowledge, and respect the oath we take to protect and serve. Violence against police officers is up nationwide and routine calls for service can turn deadly in an instant. We’re glad to hear that the officers involved in these latest incidents are[…]