Public Safety


All meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome. The SWNI Public Safety Committee usually meets on the first Thursday of every month. Confirm scheduled meetings on the Southwest Neighborhoods calendar.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, September 1
7:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 29
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

The September 1st SWNI Public Safety Committee meeting will feature two dynamic and informative guest speakers; radio operator Bob Cady and Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  This is a public meeting everyone is welcome to attend.

Bob Cady team member of the Westside Relay Team for the Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) will give a presentation about their Nationwide Amateur Radio Organization that serves emergency groups in towns, cities and states when primary communications fail after an emergency event.  Mr. Cady will bring a sample Emergency Radio “go kit” and talk about how they coordinate with local groups for communication needs during an emergency.  For more information, visit

Commissioner Fritz will give a factual presentation on Resolution No. 37217 to tax Recreational Marijuana sales that will be on the City of Portland, Oregon November 8, 2016 ballot.  For more information, visit

This fall, on October 27th, the SWNI Public Safety Committee will host its annual Community Policing Reception to honor and give thanks to the many Portland Police Bureau Officers and Multnomah County Sherriff’s Deputies who have helped to ensure safety in our neighborhoods.  The Committee is looking for persons with special stories to share about Police Officers and Deputies who serve our community. If you have a story you would like to share, or give thanks to, our officers, contact Donna Herron at 503-452-0000.

Safety, security and emergency preparedness are a few of the hot topics the SWNI Public Safety Committee is working on for SW Portland residents.  At the top of the list is the formation of Neighborhood Watch groups and increasing the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s (PBEM) Neighborhood Emergency Team’s (NETs), also known as volunteer Neighborhood First Responders in SW Portland.  Persons interested in learning more about meetings and activities closest to home are encouraged to visit the SWNI Public Safety webpage at

Public Safety Vice Chair, Donna Herron, was voted to be the Public Safety Committee’s Chair for another year at their August 4th meeting. The motion will go before the SWNI Board on August 24th for final approval. 

September 1, 2016 Meeting Materials:


Previous Meetings

August 4, 2016: 

July 7, 2016: 

June 2, 2016: 


Current Public Safety Committee Projects:

  • October 27, 2016: SWNI Public Safety Community Policing Reception, MAC Auditorium
  • Safety Vigils


About the SWNI Public Safety Committee

The Public Safety Committee supports community partnerships to prevent crime, alleviate the fear of crime in the community, and promote emergency preparedness in the community. More specifically, the committee:

  • Increases community policing and livability by encouraging the formation of Neighborhood Watches.

  • Focuses on neighborhood priority issues such as car prowls, car theft, identity theft, and burglary.

  • Works with the Southwest Crime Prevention Specialist and Neighborhood Response Team Officers to share information, address crime issues, and to problem solve.

  • Hosts community meetings to increase awareness and give residents preventive measures.

  • Educates the community about how to prepare for and survive a major disaster.

  • Creates a resilient community.


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Public Safety Links and Phone Numbers

  • (503) 823-4257 Crime Prevention Coordinator Jenni Pullen, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, email Find a full listing of Crime Prevention Program services at

  • (503) 823-1700 for 24-hour maintenance and repair of traffic signs, signals and equipment, pavement markings and condition, sidewalks and potholes.

  • (503) 823-SAFE - Transportation Safety and Neighborhood Livability line. Report non-emergency unsafe pedestrain condidtions such as obstacles or vegetation in walkways, paths,etc.

  • (503) 823 - 3333 - Portland Police Bureau Non-Emergency number. See a list of issues handled by the TRU/Non-Emergency number at

  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Managment NET Program - Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods.

  • Portland Bureau of Transportation Traffic Safety Resources:

  • Every Corner is a Crosswalk - Video work commissioned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. This covers three pieces of Oregon pedestrian crosswalk law: Unmarked crosswalks, signalized crosswalk where driver and pedestrian get the signal at the same time and mid-block crossings in marked crosswalks:

  • RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event: After the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the City of Houston has released this how-to video on what people should do if caught in an active shooter event. The video was produced and funded by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

  • Office of Neighborhood Involvement: SW Portland Crime Prevention

  • Portland Police Bureau: Crime maps and statistics




Email or call the Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc office, (503) 823-4592