Hamilton Park Foot Patrol

The Bridlemile Hamilton Park Foot Patrol is dedicated to making Hamilton Park a safer, quieter, more litter free park for all to enjoy. Active members of the foot patrol are neighborhood volunteers who've received training through the City. The Hamilton Park Foot Patrol began in 2004. Volunteers patrol the park on weekends and selected weekdays. Your participation on one or more patrol walks is all it takes to keep the foot patrol effective.

To join the Foot Patrol on one or more of its 2007 walks please read material below and then contact Ellen Underhill ellenunderhill@comcast.net 503-297-6916.

For information on How to Report Problems - click here.

Basic information about Foot Patrol

A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. It is community-based and non-confrontational. Purposes:

  • visible presence as a deterrent to criminal activity
  • report suspicious or illegal activities
  • report livability problems
  • promote positive communication and relationships within a neighborhood Two or more people go on patrol. Carry a cell phone, flashlight, notepad, and report problems that they see.

Basic requirements:

  • 1.5-2 hour training provided by area Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Members must be 18 years of age or older
  • Cannot be sex offender

Sign a volunteer agreement:

  • While on patrol, I will not carry anything that is, or resembles, a weapon, such as guns, knives, bats, or pepper spray products.
  • I will not engage in any verbal or physical confrontations while on patrol.
  • I will not patrol while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • I will not patrol outside of the patrol boundaries.
  • I accept responsibility for the damage or loss of any equipment belonging to the Community Foot Patrol and its members or to the City of Portland, such as reflective vests or cellular phones.
  • I will always patrol in teams of two or more, never alone.
  • I will respect my patrol members as individuals who share my concern about our neighborhood and will not act in any way that unnecessarily jeopardizes their personal safety or mine.


How to Report Problems

If you see activity that appears to violate a law or ordinance, please report it as soon as possible by calling:

Call 911 for crimes in progress or for dangerous or life-threatening situations that require immediate police intervention:

  • You believe someone is driving away from the park drunk
  • There is a fight at the park
  • You hear gunshots
  • You see a crime being committed
  • You think someone is hurt or about to get hurt

Call 503-823-3333 the Portland Police Non-Emergency # for crimes that have already happened or situations that are less threatening, e.g.

  • Someone is making excessive noise at the park
  • A group is using the park after hours
  • A minor is out past curfew in the park Both 911 and the non-emergency number are answered by the same call takers at the Bureau of Emergency Communications. The 911 calls are answered first, and the non-emergency calls are answered next.

Call 503-872-5070 the Oregon Liquor Control Commission after hours line to report other problems related to liquor, including underage drinking.

Call 503-823-4TAG(4824) the Portland Police Bureau's Graffiti Hotline to report graffiti. For a list of additional Problem-solving resources - click here.

Some park rules

Parks are open to the public from 5:00am to midnight. There should not be anyone in the park between midnight and 5:00am. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in parks unless a special permit has been issued for an event, such as a wedding.

Portland's curfew ordinance

  • For minors under 14 years of age, curfew is 9:15pm to 6:00am on school nights, and 10:15pm to 6:00am on non-school nights.
  • For minors 14 years of age and older, curfew is 10:15pm to 6:00am on school nights, and 12 midnight to 6:00am on non-school nights.
  • During curfew hours, it is unlawful for a minor to be in public unless (1) the minor is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other person 21 years of age or older and authorized by the parent or by the law to have care and custody of the minor; or (2) the minor is engaged in a school activity or lawful employment that makes it necessary to be in public during curfew hours.


Hamilton Park Foot Training

From: Ellen Underhill July 12, 2007 Thanks to everyone who attended last night's training over at the school. The turnout was excellent: I'd estimate that at least a dozen neighbors-quite possibly more-expressed interest in the Foot Patrol.
Foot Patrol Training. Photo by Ginger Danzer.
Foot Patrol Training. Photo by Ginger Danzer.

A big thank you goes to Officer Hughes and Michael Boyer and his interns for making this all possible. Without their help, knowledge and enthusiasm, this couldn't have happened! Ellen

Hamilton Park Foot Patrol Receives Award

On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 the Hamilton Park Foot Patrol received a special award from Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Mayor Tom Potter, Assistant Police Chief Grubbs, and Southwest Portland Police Commander Benson presented patrol members with a certificate of appreciation at the city's annual Crime Prevention Salute to Public Safety Volunteers. The award acknowledges the successful efforts of Bridlemile neighbors to address the persistent problems of vandalism and teen partying in and around Hamilton Park and on Bridlemile School property. In the year since its inception, the Foot Patrol has noted a significant decrease in these activities. The Foot Patrol will continue to work cooperatively with multiple city officials and school staff to keep Bridlemile a safe and pleasant place to live. If you would like to be part of this community effort, please contact Ellen Underhill ellenunderhill@comcast.net 503-297-6916.

Problem-solving resources

  • Michael A. Boyer - Crime Prevention Coordinator for Southwest Portland - problem-solving, education, community organizing on crime & livability issues michael.boyer@ci.portland.or.us, 503-823-3131
  • Neighborhood Response Team Officers Brian Hughes, 503-823-0235 and Mark Friedman, 503-823-0234 - Portland Police Bureau, Neighborhood Response Team - work on chronic problems in neighborhoods related to crime and livability
  • Kari Meiser - Noise Control Inspector for Southwest Portland - inspects for violations of the City's Noise Ordinance kmeiser@ci.portland.or.us, 503-823-0644 Main noise control number: 503-823-7350
  • Mark Warrington - Head of Security - oversees security and safety for all Portland Parks & Rec facilities mwarrington@ci.portland.or.us, 503-823-PLAY More information and links can be found on our Safety and Crime page.