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Portland Police Launch Gun Violence Intervention Team

Portland Police Launch Gun Violence Intervention Team

FIT will be focused on responding to shooting scenes and apprehending suspects. Team members also underwent training for treating gunshot victims and tactical training for situations such as traffic stops, emergency entries and clearing buildings.

January 20, 2022

Portland Police Plan to Appoint Gun Violence Team by End of Week

The Focused Intervention Team joins an increasingly crowded field of initiatives aimed at curbing a surge in shootings and homicides. That includes the police bureau’s team dedicated to investigating gun crimes, a federal task force led by the FBI, federally deputized Portland police officers, and $6 million allocated to non-police interventions.

November 29, 2021

Portland Officers Declining Opportunity to Join Gun Violence Unit

Portland Officers Declining Opportunity to Join Gun Violence Unit

The uniformed squad, dubbed the Focused Intervention Team, is designed to fight gun violence proactively with a patrol presence on Portland streets. The plan has been to have the team cover seven days a week to get guns off the street directed by police intelligence, identify people involved in recent shootings and “interrupt the cycle of violence.”

July 21, 2021

Portland Crowd Control Unit Resigns Over Indictment of Officer

Portland Crowd Control Unit Resigns Over Indictment of Officer

“Our RRT members do not volunteer to have Molotov cocktails, fireworks, explosives, rocks, bottles, urine, feces and other dangerous objects thrown at them,” wrote Daryl Turner, then president of the union. He noted that the team members volunteer for the work without any specialty pay.

June 17, 2021

Use of Less-Lethal Projectiles by Portland Police Restricted by Judge

The case stemmed from a suit filed by Don’t Shoot Portland, a black-led nonprofit that advocates for social and racial justice in the city. The nonprofit’s lawyers had sought more drastic sanctions, including a ban on impact munitions and for the Police Bureau to permanently remove officers from protest duty if they violate the court order, with fines issued for future violations.

March 17, 2021

Protesters Angered Over COVID Lockdown Clash with Police at OR State Capitol
Black Portland Officer Says He's Been Target of Racism from White BLM Supporters
Oregon K-9 Struck by Hundreds of Porcupine Quills During Pursuit

Oregon Mayor to Propose Deployment of Unarmed "Officers"

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans to bring a new policing pilot program before the City Council to 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 said.

December 3, 2018

Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Sworn in as Oregon Police Officer

Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Sworn in as Oregon Police Officer

When gunfire erupted at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas last October, Lauren Card fled from the sounds of the guns. Now, she has sworn an oath to run toward danger to protect others as a member of the Springfield (OR) Police Department.

August 24, 2018

Oregon K-9 Killed in On-Duty Car Crash
OR K-9 Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

OR K-9 Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

The Eugene (OR) Police Department says K-9 officer Blek was hit and killed by an unknown motorist on November 10 while off-duty with Officer Rob Griesel in rural Lane County.

November 13, 2017

Portland Police Bureau to Halt, Purge All Gang Designations

Portland Police Bureau to Halt, Purge All Gang Designations

Portland, OR, police next month will end their more than 20-year-old practice of designating people as gang members or gang associates in response to strong community concerns about the labels that have disproportionately affected minorities.

September 8, 2017

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