Public invited to opening of Portland police training complex

On September 17, 2014

The public is invited to the opening of the remodeled Portland Police Bureau's Training Complex. During the open house, community members can tour the facility, visit with bureau members, meet members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), K-9 Unit and Air Support Unit, and also see their equipment.Read more

US police use technology to ID troubled officers

On September 17, 2014

Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government. While such "early warning systems" are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness or — more importantly — if they're even being properly used.Read more

Perceptions haven't caught up to decline in crime

On September 17, 2014

A narrative you rarely hear, according to Justin Wolfers, a professor at the University of Michigan: Our lives are safer. This message is so rarely heard that half of all respondents to a recent YouGov poll suggested that the violent crime rate had risen over the past two decades. The reality, of course, is that it has fallen enormously. The decline in violent crime is one of the most striking trends over recent decades; the rate has declined roughly by half since 1993.Read more

New York fugitive arrested in Eugene while playing ultimate frisbee

On September 17, 2014

Jahson Marryshow's four-year run as one of the most wanted fugitives in Ulster County, New York, ended Sept. 14 in Eugene, when local police and U.S. Marshals caught up to him while he was playing ultimate frisbee in a city park.Read more

25-member OHSU police force now armed

On September 17, 2014

Following a six-year evaluation process and board approval in June, the 25-member police force at Oregon Health & Science University is now armed. OHSU Police Director Greg Moawad said after the evaluation, they determined officers here carrying guns is a key part of making the campus a safer place to be.Read more

Oregon State Police base headed to Coburg business park

On September 17, 2014

A new 40,000-square-foot Oregon State Police regional headquarters is headed to Coburg North business park off Interstate 5, according to Steve Lee, the park's developer. Lee said he will build the $10-million-plus headquarters and crime lab, and the Oregon State Police will lease it.Read more

Preparing and responding to cyberbullying: Tips for law enforcement

On September 17, 2014

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children jointly released this tool for law enforcement in August, which was developed under the Juvenile Justice Training and Technical Assistance Program, supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The tool includes over 20 recommendations to address cyberbullying from subject matter experts working in law enfRead more

Tiny town of Weston moves forward without law enforcement

On September 17, 2014

As a town of 675, Weston finds itself in a position that's becoming increasingly common among small jurisdictions: Police officers who quickly move on to bigger departments and bigger paychecks, leaving the city without law enforcement. Officials in Weston have now given up on the idea of their own department, which once had two officers. They have reached an agreement with Umatilla County to hire a deputy for 40 hours a week.Read more

Curry County votes on doubling property tax to keep jail open, or not

On September 17, 2014

Curry County voters will consider a measure to double their property tax rate to raise $1.6 million a year for three years, another in the county's efforts to keep its jail open. Without the money, Sheriff John Bishop said the jail and its staffing are in jeopardy.Read more

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

On September 17, 2014

Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold. Gangs from coast to coast have toned down their use of colors and are even removing or altering tattoos to avoid being easily identified by police and witnesses, law enforcement officials say.Read more

Oregon City police discover 2 'skimming devices' on bank ATMs

On September 17, 2014

Oregon City police officers are looking for a man suspected of installing "skimming devices" on two bank ATMs in an attempt to steal credit and debit card information. A device was first discovered on Aug. 30 at the Clackamas Federal Credit Union at 270 Warner Milne Road. A bank customer detached the device from the bank's ATM and brought it to police headquarters for inspection.Read more

Tip: Resources to help prevent police officer suicide

On September 17, 2014

Have you seen a fellow officer who suddenly begins taking unnecessary risks on and off duty? Have you observed a shift in attitude and/or demeanor, like a change from motivated and professional to apathetic and flippant? If so, you may have an opportunity to save a life, because those are among the behaviors commonly seen in an individual contemplating suicide. More cops commit suicide than are feloniously killed in the line of duty — depending on whose data you site, somewhere between 125 and 1Read more