Public Safety Committee

Next Meeting

Thursday, May 2
7:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

The Public Safety Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month, except August.  Join us to plan events, discuss safety and crime prevention issues in our neighborhoods and work together to see what we can do about them. When possible, our local Portland Police officer, the Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez, and Crime Prevention Team members at the City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life will attend the meeting.

Confirm scheduled meetings in the Southwest Neighborhoods Calendar.

All meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Contact Carol Porto, Chair
Public Safety Committee

Upcoming Trainings

Join us for the following free trainings at our first Thursday meetings, in partnership with Office of Community & Civic Life Crime Prevention Central Team. See above for time a location:

  • May 2 - Recognizing and Responding to Crime
  • June 6 - Burglary, Car Theft, Car Prowl


Past Events

2019 Emergency Preparedness Fair

The Emergency Preparedness Fair on March 3, 2019 was an inspirational afternoon to those looking for emergency information as folks committed to preparedness shared their knowledge. SWNI and the Public Safety Committee heartily thanks everyone who participated in this successful and necessary event. The time and effort contributed allowed approximately 350 people to learn valuable skills to prepare for the unexpected.

In the light-filled and pleasant Dance Studio at the Multnomah Arts Center, attendees perused the information offered by the American Red CrossPortland Fire & Rescue, the Oregon Humane Society, and SWNeighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) from AshCreek/Crestwood, Bridlemile, Collins View, Hillsdale, Maplewood, Multnomah, S. Burlingame, and West Portland Park/Far SW/Marshall Park. Andy and BaxCascadia Quake Kits, Costco and NW Seismic shared their useful emergency-related products and services. The presentation room was at capacity as people listened to seminars by John Grasle, American Red Cross; Tim Collins, Portland Water Bureau; and William Burgel, who discussed ‘Neighborhood Geology and Earthquake Risk’.

Also at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, seventeen door prizes donated by Andy and Bax, Cascadia Quake Kits, Costco, Franz Bakery, Home Depot and Fred Meyer were handed out to appreciative attendees throughout the day. Prizes included 5-gallon water storage containers, lanterns, emergency radios and gas shut-off tools. The Franz Bakery truck made sure no one went hungry by handing out free grilled cheese samples!

Fair attendees
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2018 Community Policing Appreciation Night

Thank you to our sponsors and contributors to the 2018 Community Policing Appreciation Night on Oct 25th! We thank the generosity of Safeway and Costco. Thanks to our family and individual contributors. Thanks to the volunteers who helped with the event. Thanks to Bill Dant for providing music.

A BIG THANKS to all! A swell time was had by all.

Event photo
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2018 Emergency Preparedness Fair

What a swell event we had this year! It was an all time turn-out. Thanks to everyone, volunteers, NETS, exhibitors, ONI Small Grants, Vendors and Donors!

Thank You to our event contributors: Andy and Bax, Cascadia Quake Kits, Costco, Fred Meyer - Burlingame, Target, UU Yogurt - Raleigh Hills, WinCo, SWNI ONI Neighborhood Small Grant and SW NET Teams.

Grilled cheese truck
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Public Safety Committee
Meeting Documents on Google Drive
2019 PSC Meeting Documents
2018 PSC Meeting Documents
2017 PSC Meeting Documents
2016 PSC Meeting Documents
2015 PSC Meeting Documents




Portland Fire & Rescue - Preventing Urban Wildfires


Many Thanks to Kim Kosmas, SR Public Education Officer of Portland Fire & Rescue for discussing summer fire safety tips with our committee in July. A lively discussion was had and very cool giveaways. Thanks! See Portland Fire & Rescue - Preventing Urban Wildfires video above.


Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs)

NETs are with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, see links below

Do you know what to do in the event of a disaster?   They say the BIG ONE is coming.......
Learn what you should have on hand, what you can do and how to survive by speaking with your local Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Find your neighborhood NET team on the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) team list

PBEM offers free NET training classes. Sign up at

For information contact Jeremy VanKeuren, Program Manager,

Want help in talking to kids about emergencies and disasters?


Public Safety Links and Phone Numbers


  • EMERGENCY report crimes in progress and immediate threats to life, property ..... 911 can also text to 911

  • Police Non-Emergency suspicious activity, crime that has already occurred ... 503-823-3333

  • Online Crime Reporting ...

Portland Parks & Recreation  
For threats to life or property or if a crime is in progress call 911
For non-emergency park-related security problems such as off-leash dogs, drug use or dumping trash call park rangers at (503) 823-1637 or police non-emergency at (503) 823-3333
For park maintenance such as graffiti or broken equipment call (503) 823-1600
For serious situations involving animals call Multnomah County Animal Control at (503) 248-3790
The main Portland Parks & Recreation number (503) 823-PLAY [7529]
City and county general information and referral number (503) 823-4000

Contact Information for Portland Parks & Recreation (pdf)


If you, family or friend are in crisis and/or need support  
Mental Health Crisis Line 24 hrs 503-988-4888
Call to Safety Crisis Line 24 hrs help for survivors of violence 503-235-5333
Drug and Alcohol Helpline 24 hrs 800-923-HELP
Domestic violence services
Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Helpline 24 hrs 503-988-3646
City/County Information and Referral for services 503-823-4000


  • PDX Reporter online reporting tool: Report graffiti, street light outages, debris in roadway, park maintenance issues, plugged storm drains, potholes,  campsites, sidewalk vegetation and trip hazards 

  • (503) 823-4094 Crime Prevention Team, Office of Community and Civic Life, Mark Wells, Sofia Chavez, email

  • Traffic Safety Line ( report traffic safety problem area).................503-823-SAFE

  • Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch..............503-823-4064

  • Oregon Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline ( scams) ..............503-229-5576

  • Identity Theft prevention and recovery info

  • Police Locks Program ( free locks and spport to seniors and people w/ disabilities .........503-823-0723

  • WomenStrength self defense

  • Stolen Bike        or

  • Graffiti Abatement..........503-823-ATAG

  • Housing and nuisance code violations

  • Park Rangers.................503-823-1637

  • One Point of Contact Campsite Online  Reporting

  • Portland United Against Hate. A partnership of community concerned people, groups and the city to track, respond to and prevent hateful acts.      503-823-2294.

  • Multnomah County Animal Control.............503-988-7387

  • Resolutions NW neighborhood mediation ( free to Portland residents)...........503-595...4890

  • City Liquor Establishment Complaint

  • City Cannabis Complaint/Info Line .

  • Public Alerts Registry for Emergency

  • Noise

  • Parking Enforcement illegal parking, abandoned autos, info ...............503-823-5195

  • for more public safety resources in Portland, see