Public Safety Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
The Public Safety Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month. 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 Kim Silverman, Chair
Public Safety Committee
----------------------------- Tell the Multnomah County Commissioners to fund the DA's office ------------------
The County DA's office is projected to lose more than four million dollars in the next fiscal year. That amount of money pays for more than 18 Deputy DAs and 8 staff members. " Critical DA prosecution functions will, necessarily, be entirely eliminated if Deputy District Attorney positions are further reduced. This will negatively impact our public safety system.", states the Multnomah County DA office.
If the DA can't prosecute crimes, the same repeat offenders who break into our homes, cars, and steal our mail will keep on doing so. In SW Portland recently, a mom and her child returning home from an errand were chased by a stick-wielding repeat offender forcing them to wait, terrified, in their locked car for police to arrive. Our underfunded jail operates as a revolving door releasing perpetrators back into the community where they re-offend with impunity.
SW residents increasingly have repeated reported incidents of mail, home and car thefts. We are told most of the perpetrators are habitual criminals. We are told that there are not enough deputy DAs available to prosecute the cases and that there are no jail beds available to house these criminals. This means they offend repeatedly... upon us, our homes, and property.
- The county should not cut funding for the DA's office and should increase funding for the jail. Under the Oregon felony sentencing guidelines, a chart determines a defendant's presumptive sentence. For repeat property offenders, the law rightfully focuses on the number and nature of a person's prior property crime convictions.
2. The current inadequate funding of the DA's office hurts victims and cutting funding will make it even worse. One of the potential consequences of cuts to the DA's office could be an end to prosecution of misdemeanor crimes other than domestic violence or driving under the influence of intoxicants. Without reservation, we recognize the importance of those prosecutions, however, without prosecutions of misdemeanor assaults, menacing or property crimes, criminal histories aren't built. Stranger on stranger assaults aren't included in the "will prosecute" list. Neither are car prowls or trespass at our homes or thefts under $1,000. Further cuts have the practical effect of amounting to a license to pillage and further destroy the already compromised livability of our community. Additionally, and equally important, you must recognize that if cases are not prosecuted, victims are being deprived of access to justice. They never receive restitution awards while criminals would appear to be emboldened.
3. Inadequate jail funding hurts victims and defendants. The criminal justice system, albeit imperfect, does provide intervention opportunities for offenders and access to justice for victims. If repeat offenders can, with impunity, break enter, steal and damage property of others and further destroy the livability of Multnomah County without consequence, they are not going to be motivated enough to stop using drugs and committing crimes. This creates a vicious cycle in which offenders continue to violate the law, the number of victims continues to add up and public trust is lost. It may sound harsh, but for repeat offenders, landing back in the community through the catch and release systems at the jail is not the answer. While we are not suggesting that we can arrest our way out of all of the county's problems, will you recognize that for some law breakers crime is linked with illicit substance abuse and the threat that jail time will actually be served can provide them with enough motivation to follow through with treatment recommendations? That without the ability to mandate treatment and enforce the requirement for follow through we are doing nothing more than wagging our fingers at the problem! That such hollow admonitions amount to being an enabler! Will you recognize that victims are having to fortify their homes to keep the trespassers and burguars out and to keep their families sage from violence here in SW Portland?
4. Without prioritizing public safety, it will get worse and destroy our community. We understand the legislature has added to the financial pressure on counties statewide by gutting repeat property offender sentencing laws in an attempt to reduce prison populations. It amounts to a shifting the cost burden from the state to the counties in the name of justice reform. We've seen Ballot Measure 57 gutted and justice reinvestment initiative bills drafted to coerce counties into releasing those repeat offenders and drug dealers presumptively bound for prison back into the communities they are destroying.
We need your help, some of the issues affecting public safety are happening at the state level, but that makes it more critical at our county level. We need you to act now with funding the DAs office. Cutting the DAs Office budget and failing to increase the number of usable jail beds is not going to make Portland more livable - it is a big part of what has created this mess in the first place.
5. People and businesses will continue leaving SW Portland. Public Safety should be a major concern of the Multnomah County Commission.
Multnomah County Commissions and Chair
Board of Commissioners 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, suite 600 Portland Oregon 97214
Deborah Kafoury, Chair, term ends Dec 2022. Phone 503-988-3308 email@example.com
Sharon Meieran, District 1, term ends Dec 2022 Phone 503-988-5220 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susheela Jayapal, District 2, term ends Dec 2022 Phone 503-988-5219 email@example.com
Jessica Vega Pederson, District 3, term ends 2022 Phone 503-988-5217 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Stegmann, District 4 , term ends Dec 2020 Phone 503-988-5213 email@example.com
Multnomah County Budget office: 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 531 Portland Or 97214 , interoffice mail 503/501
Mike Jaspin Budget director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help keep Southwest Portland livable and safe.
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 Cross, Portland 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 Bax, Cascadia 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!
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.
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.
|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 portlandprepares.org.
For information contact Jeremy VanKeuren, Program Manager, email@example.com.
Want help in talking to kids about emergencies and disasters?
Public Safety Links and Phone Numbers
(please tell firstname.lastname@example.org if any link or contact info is out of date)
EMERGENCY report crimes in progress and immediate threats to life, property ..... 911 ....you can also text to 911
Police Non-Emergency suspicious activity, crime that has already occurred ... 503-823-3333
Online Crime Reporting ... portlandoregon.gov/police/cor
|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 |
|City and county general information and referral number||(503) 823-4000|
|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||multco.us/dv|
|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 ..........................pdxreporter.org
(503) 823-4094 Crime Prevention Team, Office of Community and Civic Life, Sarah Berkemeier email email@example.com
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 ................ftc.gov/idtheft
Police Locks Program ( free locks and spport to seniors and people w/ disabilities .........503-823-0723
WomenStrength self defense classes..........portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength
Stolen Bike Registry.................bikeindex.org or .........project529.com
Housing and nuisance code violations ..............portlandoregon.gov/bds.................503-823-CODE
One Point of Contact Campsite Online Reporting form...........portlandoregon.gov/campsite
Portland United Against Hate. A partnership of community concerned people, groups and the city to track, respond to and prevent hateful acts. PortlandOregon.gov/oni/puah 503-823-2294. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583
Multnomah County Animal Control.............503-988-7387
Resolutions NW neighborhood mediation ( free to Portland residents)...........503-595...4890
City Liquor Establishment Complaint Line...firstname.lastname@example.org........503-823-4520
City Cannabis Complaint/Info Line . email@example.com.........503-823-9333
Public Alerts Registry for Emergency Notifications........publicalerts.org
Parking Enforcement illegal parking, abandoned autos, info ...............503-823-5195
for more public safety resources in Portland, see portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/32056
- please tell firstname.lastname@example.org if any link or contact info is out of date