Portland Police Departments Information
The Portland Police Departments is the law enforcement agency in the city of Portland, located in Multnomah County, in the state of Oregon. It is officially known as the Portland Police Bureau.
About the Department
The City of Portland Police Department has jurisdiction over an area of 133 square miles. It manages law and order in the city that has a population of 653,115. Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon.
The Chief of Police is the head of the Portland Police Bureau. The current Chief is Chief Danielle Outlaw. The police department comes under the city commission and is overall under the supervision of Mayor Ted Wheeler. There are 1000 officers working in the bureau with 300 civilian staff.
The Portland Police Department Address is:
1111 SW 2nd Avenue,
Portland OR 97204.
For emergencies, citizens should dial 911. For non-emergencies, one can dial (503) 823 3333. The department phone number is (503) 823 0000.
The Portland Police Department Email address of the Public Information Officer is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Portland Police Department’s website is https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/
Portland Police Department Organization
The head of the Portland police bureau is the Chief of Police. The Chief is assisted by a Deputy Chief. The department has three branches that are headed by Assistant Chiefs. The Commanders handle division, below them, are Lieutenants, assisted by Sergeants. Officers are at the lowest rung of the hierarchy.
The Chief’s office directly handles the following:
- Public information office
- Community services division (comprising Behavioral health unit, Community engagement, and Homeless community liaison)
- Professional standards division (Internal affairs)
- Inspector General’s office (policy planning, analysts, and force inspector)
The three branches in the department are:Investigations branch, that has the following divisions under it:
- Detective Division
- Family Services Division
- Sunshine Division
- Forensic Evidence Division
- Information Technology
- Property and Evidence
- Tactical Operations Division
- Central Precinct
- East Precinct
- North Precinct
- Traffic Division
- Youth Services Division
- Fiscal services
- Operations support
- Strategic services
- Transit police
Reporting a Crime
To report a crime, one can call the police who will send a dispatch team. In case of an emergency, one call 911. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/ is the website from where police reports can be filed online. The website has easy options to guide users to file reports by asking questions and suggestions options based on the answer.
Online reports can be filed for the following crimes:
- Hit and run
- Lost property
- Suspicious activities
- Theft from vehicle
- Vehicle damage
The police bureau works with the citizens to prevent crime and to make the city safe. The programs and initiatives under the community program are:
- Advisory groups: There are many advisory groups that have been formed in the city. These advisory councils and groups discuss problems and issues related to different communities in the city. The groups work to promote racial integration within the city. The groups are:
- African American advisory council
- Alliance for safer communities
- Muslim advisory council
- Precinct advisory council
- Slavic advisory council
- Training advisory council
- Body-worn camera project: Under this project, police officers in the city are given body cameras to wear. This ensures proper recording of police events and prevents complaints against staff.
- Neighbors Together: This is a campaign where neighborhoods work with the police and come out with innovative solutions on all issues related to public safety.