As part of the Portland Police Bureau's continuing focus on community engagement, it has implemented a new strategy to increase positive police and community interactions at selected locations in the City of Portland. These areas, called Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NILoc), will have officers dispatched to them several times a day for short periods of time, usually 10 to 15 minutes. This will provide officers the opportunity to build relationships and interact with the community while providing a visible police presence.
"The goal of this new initiative is to carve out dedicated time for officers to positively engage with community members in areas that are experiencing high volumes of crime and/or livability concerns," said Chief Michael Reese. "Programs similar to this have been successful in other cities, and we are looking at this program to allow for additional contact between police and the community, as well as being a deterrent to crime."
The Police Bureau intends to create non-emergency calls in areas which may benefit from additional positive police presence and emphasize improving the community/police relationship by providing officers dedicated time to work in those areas. By initially focusing on areas with larger volumes of crime, the Police Bureau hopes to leverage research findings which indicated that increased police presence in these areas reduced crime and calls for service. Just as importantly, the results of previous community surveys indicate that increased positive contact between the police and community may increase trust in the police. Studies show it may be possible to reduce crime through police presence and create more positive community/police interactions.
The initial effort created one location in each of the City's three precincts (Central, North and East) as a pilot test to familiarize police and the dispatch systems with the new program. The program has now expanded to 20 other locations that have experienced high levels of crime and/or calls for service by community members over the last three years. This portion of the program will run for approximately five months.
At the end of this period, the Bureau, in cooperation with Portland State University researchers and other nationally recognized experts in evidence-based policing, will examine the results of the program and use that analysis to create an ongoing program aimed at reducing crime and continuing to give officers time to interact with the community while not answering calls for service.
The expanded program now includes 20 locations in 25 different Portland neighborhoods:
Neighborhood - Location:
St. Johns - 6800 block of North Fessenden Street
Kenton - North Denver Avenue & Kilpatrick Street
Humboldt/Boise - North Michigan Avenue and Prescott Street
Woodlawn/King - Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard & Ainsworth Street
Cully - Northeast 72nd Avenue & Killingsworth Street
Cully - Northeast Cully Boulevard & Killingsworth Street
Lloyd District/Eliot - Northeast Broadway & Victoria Avenue
Hosford-Abernethy/Creston-Kenilworth - Southeast 28th Place & Powell Boulevard
Pearl/Old Town/Chinatown - 800 block of Northwest 6th Avenue
Downtown - Southwest 1st Avenue & Salmon Street
Goose Hollow/Northwest District - West Burnside Street & 22nd Avenue
Downtown - Southwest 5th Avenue & Hall Street
Montavilla - Southeast 82nd Avenue & Washington Street
Hazelwood/Glenfair - East Burnside Street & 148th Avenue
Russell/Parkrose Heights - Northeast 122nd Avenue & San Rafael Street
Hazelwood - 13700 block of Southeast Stark Street
Powellhurst-Gilbert/Mill Park - Southeast 112th Avenue & Division Street
Lents/Foster-Powell - Southeast 82nd Avenue & Raymond Court
Brentwood-Darlington/Lents - Southeast 82nd Avenue & Malden Street
Lents - Southeast 92nd Avenue & Flavel Street