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Oregon Mayor to Propose Deployment of Unarmed "Officers"

December 03, 2018  | 

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans to bring a new policing pilot program before City Council deploy non-sworn and unarmed "officers" who would be "engaged in the community in non-emergency calls, so that's things like property crimes, break-ins," he told the Willamette Week.

The proposal calls these individuals Public Safety Support Specialists—or PS3s—funded in part by funds now no longer being spent following the dissolution of the department's Mounted Unit in 2017.

Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner says the PS3s will not respond to calls for service without a sworn officer, but they may provide support by manning the front desks at precincts or waiting for tow trucks at car accidents.


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EODK9Trainer @ 12/3/2018 1:17 PM

I'd like to see all LEO's apply for jobs away from Portland leaving the city high and dry. Because we all know crimes against LE never happens at property crime scenes like break-ins. How insane is this mayor?

Tom ret @ 12/3/2018 4:35 PM

One of our officers who was taking a burglary report discovered the burglar hiding in a closet. Those of us who worked the road for years know there are no routine calls until they are over with and you know the outcome.

HRPufnstuf @ 12/3/2018 5:05 PM

So they want the residents to think they're getting police services, when all they are getting is glorified security guards. Cheap ass politicians.

John Q @ 12/4/2018 6:21 AM

The title sounded much different than the article itself. Knowing how crazy Portland officials can be, I envisioned officers trying to enforce the law without guns like some in the UK. However, we uniformed civilians (in very different uniforms) community service officers and they handle report calls that do not have the possibility of suspect contact. Even on a burglary, they will not enter until the premises has been cleared. They are extremely valuable employees and keep officers concentrating on more serious issues. I guess I should Portlandia a little more credit...

kojack58 @ 12/4/2018 10:20 AM

Talk about walking targets. What happens when an irate owner comes back for his car and the non-officer tells him he can't have it. Or if they are at a burglary call and the officers miss the suspect. Oh well the mayor knows best. LOL

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