Talking Beat - from the Portland Police Bureau

By City of Portland, Oregon

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We're focusing on thoughtful conversations that we hope will inform and provide you with a small glimpse of the work performed by Portland police officers as well as issues affecting public safety in our city.

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Demonstration Events: Behind the Scenes
Every year the City of Portland has hundreds of demonstrations and protests. Most end peacefully and do not make the news, but recent violent encounters have raised the public interest as well as provide a few misconceptions. Go behind the scenes to find out what it takes to plan for and manage a large scale demonstration in the City of Portland. Transcript:<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 15, 2019
Chief Outlaw: Protesting in Portland
Chief Daniel Outlaw provides some perspective on how recent large scale events have affected the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau. Transcript:<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 08, 2019
Drugs In Portland
Transcript: What drugs are in Portland, how do they get on our streets or in our communities, and what is the Drugs and Vice Division doing about it? Commander Art Nakamura leads the division, which we commonly call DVD. They are responsible for investigating drug trafficking organizations and money laundering. Also: Can you report a bad driver after the fact to Police? And how many Officer Involved Shootings happen in Portland?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 28, 2019
Crime Trends and Solutions in Portland's 3 Precincts
Transcript: Portland has three precincts, Central, East, and North precinct. Police Commanders for each precinct provide some insights into what is going on in each of their precincts and some of the creative strategies they're using to address crime.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 04, 2019
Learn about PPB's Behavioral Health Unit
Transcript: The Behavioral Health Unit coordinates the Police Bureau's response to people in behavioral crisis, whether it's from a suspected mental illness or a drug and alcohol addiction or both. Also we answer the question: "Is the thin blue line a counter to Black Lives Matter?"<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 07, 2019
Traffic in Portland, Ore
Transcript: Traffic a popular topic for officers at community meetings and whether you travel by vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, foot, bus, streetcar, MAX train or scooter, you're navigating Portland's roads with a lot of other users out on the road as well. Our Portland police traffic officers two are here today to talk about all issues. Also we answer the question: Why do police park on the sidewalk, block MAX tracks or block traffic when responding to calls?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 07, 2019
How to become a Portland Police Officer
Transcript: The Portland police bureau currently faces that critical staffing shortage as retirements come in large ways, the bureau faces more than 100 vacancies. Next year, in August, 2020, another large retirement is expected to occur. That's why today we're talking about everything recruitment and hiring. We also listen in on a seasoned officer's conversation with a new recruit.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 07, 2019