PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said it will no longer answer calls of service within the city of Portland.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts announced Friday that the decision was made over safety concerns.
He wrote in a statement:
“As you know, our command staff and executive team have been actively assessing the risk of your work within the City of Portland … I will not place you at unnecessary personal and professional risk.”
Roberts said the changes will be made over the coming weeks.
The sheriff explained that they are working with TriMet to develop a plan to reassign deputies to only meet public safety needs on the transit system within Clackamas County.
Roberts said special teams, like SWAT and the Rapid Response Team, will be deployed on a case-by-case basis.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office plans to continue its work with the United States Marshal Fugitive Task Force and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Roberts said the changes also won’t affect corrections staff who work in the Electronic Home Detention Program, Parole and Probation staff who monitor clients in Portland and the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit.
The sheriff praised the hard-working officers at the Portland Police Bureau as well as Chief Danielle Outlaw’s leadership “in a very difficult environment.”
“As Sheriff, your safety and the safety of Clackamas County residents remain my top priorities. Our work is dangerous enough without adding unnecessary risk when responding to calls for services in the City of Portland. I also want to make this clear: We will always respond to help any officer from any agency in immediate need of assistance.”