Wheeler to Portlanders: Lobby for more cops

Civic Affairs

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is on a recruitment mission. He is actively recruiting people who live in the city to to to upcoming city budget hearings and lobby for more police officers.

The mayor even sent out a letter that said public safety is in jeopardy.

The Portland Police Bureau wants city commissioners to approve 93 more police officers to, in part, enhance community policing.

In a letter to people who have contacted the mayor’s office about public safety, Wheeler’s office notes that response time is often delayed, call volume is up and more officers are needed.

One of the areas where PPB wants more officers is the area around SE 92nd and Tenino. Residents in that area have seen homeless camps come and go, and this week a gun was found at a just-cleared camp.

Police responded, but neighbors are frustrated. Police won’t move nearby campers out who have open fires burning.

The mayor’s office said he wants these safety concerns brought up as he tries to convince the other commissioners to approve paying for more officers in next year’s budget.

Wheeler was not available for an on-camer interview with KOIN 6 News on Friday. But he will make his own case in the State of the City speech next week.

Upcoming community budget events, in a list provided by Mayor Wheeler’s office:
Community Budget Forums
April 17, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central St, 97203
Bus lines 44 and 75
Most testimony by random drawing
Budget Committee Hearings
May 10, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, hearing to receive public testimony 
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204 
 
May 16, 2018, 2:00pm, Council Action to approve City Budget, testimony heard
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204
 
Utility Rate Review
May 17, 2018 (first reading), 2:00pm, second reading May 23, 2018, time TBD
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204
 
TSCC Public Hearing 
June 6, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Rose Room, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
 
Council Action to Adopt Budget
June 7, 2018, 2:00pm
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

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