While the specific nature of our work and the organization of our team may be unique, there are numerous other organizations across Portland doing valuable work in this area. Read a bit about them below, check out their websites, and find more ways to be involved and engaged with this important issue. 



Community Peace Collaborative

The CPC brings together a diverse collection of local groups who aim “to develop solutions, interventions, and prevention strategies to reduce violence and crime in Multnomah County.” Among those attending meetings are Federal and local law enforcement and prosecution services, state and county justice authorities, city bureaus, public/private crime prevention and security organizations, public/private housing organizations, public/private education and training organizations, faith communities, neighborhood coalitions and associations, civic organizations. The CPC seeks to increase communication and coordination among the different partners and to strengthen the communities of Multnomah County.This is a very welcoming group and represents an excellent initiative. The atmosphere was like that of a self-help group, as different organizations provided updates on their initiatives, offered advice, made offers of assistance, and shared information. Different law enforcement organizations are represented and while some of the discussions caused tension in the room, it was generally a safe space for the participants.

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City of Portland Community and Police Relationship Committee (CPRC)

Formed in 2011 as an ongoing committee of the City of Portland Human Rights Commission, the CPRC “brings together members of Portland’s diverse communities and its police officers to improve community and police relations, further an authentic community policing culture, and promote dignity, understanding, and respect in police and community interactions.” The committee is comprised of a combination of members of the Human Rights Commision, community members, police officers, and representative of community organizations. They have conducted numerous reviews of police conduct and use of force in Portland and issued recommendations for improvement accordingly. One such report released in 2011 (included here -- https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/article/449453), offers interesting insight into the state of policing in Portland and the need for change. The committee seems to conclude that there is a combined need for enhanced engagement between the police and community organizations and groups as well as more stringent police training and accountability. My hope is that my project will address both of these aspects. The CPRC is also in charge of hearing and addressing community concerns about police actions and promoting ways that police and the community can better work together. 

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Portland Copwatch

 

Formed in 1992, Portland Copwatch is a grassroots organizations that professes to serve as a civilian review board for police officers in the Portland area. It possesses many of the same distrustful views and  hostile stances towards the police as Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot PDX yet utilizes a slightly less radical approach to advocate.The utilize a variety of different mediums to call out and document misdeeds and injustices committed by the police against community members -- especially African Americans. They run a police monitoring hotline where individuals can call to report instances of police misconduct and regularly publish the “People’s Police Report” which provides information about local and national police accountability. In the past they have conducted foot patrols in Portland’s downtown areas to observe police behavior and advocate for those experiencing homelessness and mental illness. They also hold regular “know your rights” seminars which educate individuals how to interact with police officers if they are ever stopped. All of this in mind, Portland Copwatch acknowledges that not all police officers are violent and dangerous and remains committed to working with the police officers who are doing good to hold the abusive officers accountable. According to their website, Portland Copwatch has the following 3 goals.

 

  • 1) To empower victims of police misconduct to pursue their grievances, with the goal of resolving individual cases and preventing future occurrences.

  • 2) to educate the general public and, in particular, "target groups" of police abuse on their rights and responsibilities.

  • 3) to promote and monitor an effective system for civilian oversight of police.

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Youth Educating Police (YEP)

Youth Educating Police, or (YEP), is a teen organization that is working towards diffusing future confrontations between police and teenagers. Incensed at the lack of teen representation in Police training, YEP was created this year to address the lack of teens that are educating police with a goal of better understanding the teen mindset by incorporating seminars and discussion into police training. These seminars include face to face conversations with teenagers that have been affected by police brutality and injustice. Through these seminars, we are bridging the gap between the youth and police communities with an end goal of minimizing police and youth violence. Unlike other organizations, they have a clear insight to the teen perspective on police.

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Don’t Shoot Portland

Don’t Shoot Portland (PDX) is a grassroots advocacy organization that aims to be the voice of marginalized communities impacted by police violence through non-violent direct action and protest. The organization is incredibly dubious of all police officers and frustrated by the systematic and institutionalized racism that communities of color must deal with at the hands of police officers and within society as a whole. Don’t Shoot Portland has been involved with and organized numerous protests relating to police use of force within the city. They have also been involved with advocating for other social causes impacting individuals for color through protest, community education workshops, and legislative action. While staunch in their beliefs and mistrust, Don’t Shoot Portland has proved more willing than Blacks Lives Matter to participate in dialogue and move towards common ground.

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G.R.E.A.T Program Portland

The Gang Resistance Education And Training program also known as the “G.R.EA.T program,” is a school-based educational curriculum taught to middle school students with the aim of preventing youth violence, delinquency, and gang involvement. It is taught by local police officers and “works as an effective bridge between police and the community’s youth, allowing relationships to be forged that extend outward from the school into your cities or towns neighborhoods.” Uniformed police officers present and work with students in a classroom setting, leading interactive lessons in regards to life skills, empowerment, competency, and violence avoidance. The officers work to befriend the students and help them set productive goals for their future ambitions. Students are taught about the dangers of engaging in violent and delinquent activity and encouraged to stay away from gangs. This productive and interesting way for young people and police officers to interact provides an interesting method for improving police and community relations.

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Office of Youth Violence Prevention

Founded in 2006, the Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) is an organization working to create a more family-friendly city with an increased focus on public city. They work to understand, unpack, and understand the root causes of struggling neighborhoods and collaborate with police to promote restorative and not retributive enforcement efforts. They are always looking to find ways to engage young people in the process of building more productive, safe, and peaceful communities and seem like a great potential partner for a youth run initiative to promote dialogue between the community and police officers.

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African American Advisory Council (AAAC)

The mission of the AAAC is to assist the Bureau in meeting the needs of Portland’s African American community.  The AAAC hosts open forums for community members to share information with the Bureau on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the King Facility located at 4815 NE 7th Avenue.

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American Muslim Police Advisory Committee (AMPAC)

The mission statement for the Arab and Muslim Police Advisory Council is to build a bridge of understanding and communication between the Arab and Muslim communities and the Portland Police Bureau, and to serve as an effective public voice for the concerns of these communities. AMPAC meets on the second Monday of every other month, at the Hillsdale Library.

Read more here. 


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