Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Recommends Changes to PPB Core Patrol Services

At the request of Mayor Wheeler, the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) conducted a study of the Portland Police Core Patrol Services, which is what the majority of the police force does (respond to emergency or non-emergency calls, conduct preliminary investigations, enforce traffic and criminal laws, etc.). PCCEP studied many hours of public testimony, working sessions, and community surveys in order to develop their recommendations for how Portland’s Core Patrol Services could be improved. PCCEP voted unanimously on their recommendations on May 25, 2021. 

Coordinating Committee of  the Portland Metro People’s Coalition recommendations are bold, but also practical.  They include:

1) Expand Portland Street Response to the entire city;

2) Increase the number of unarmed Public Safety Support Specialists who are trained in de-escalation and knowledgeable about services for people in crisis;

3) End racial profiling at traffic stops and begin the process of developing a new body of unarmed officers to handle most traffic enforcement; and

4) Develop restorative justice interventions for youth and increase community resources for violence intervention programs. 

These recommendations will improve public safety while freeing the police to spend their resources on addressing serious crime, such as gun violence. 

At a Work Session on July 27, 2021, the City Council chose not to act on any of these recommendations nor did they establish a timeline for when they will decide to act. It is now up to us, the community, to make our voices heard if we hope to see these important changes enacted. 

So far, Southeast Uplift and four neighborhood associations have endorsed these recommendations. If you would like to learn more about the PCCEP recommendations, please attend the November 11th Sunnyside NA meeting. Johanna Brenner from the Portland Metro People’s Coalition (which is supportive of PCCEP’s recommendations) will explain them in more depth. A summary of the PCCEP recommendations is available at (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pccep/article/783958).

Public Trash Cans Coming to Sunnyside and the Southeast

New public trash cans are finally making their way to Sunnyside, based in part on the surveys conducted earlier this year. Based on preliminary information, about 10 cans will be located on Hawthorne every 2 or 3 blocks between SE 30th and SE 50th. On Belmont, cans will be located at SE 30th, 34th, 37th, Chavez and 45th. On Chavez, cans will be located at Stark, Belmont, Taylor, Main and Hawthorne. Locations are preliminary and might be slightly adjusted as trash cans are installed.

Sunnyside Piazza Update

If you haven’t recently walked, strolled, or driven on 33rd Ave. and Yamhill St. be sure to visit soon. A wonderful team of volunteers came out on the first weekend of October to help us paint the new Sunnyside Piazza design. The SNA wants to give a big shout out and thank you to Will Grim and James Brackenhoff from First Forty Feet (@firstfortyfeet). They were key in helping us coordinate, design, and bring back to life this 21 yearr old city landmark. It feels great to have the lively painting back and we hope it brings a bit of joy and playfulness to all who pass by. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the process – from coordinating, donating, and painting. Your acts of service are what makes a community thrive.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Community Cares (SNACC) Committee Updates

At the last SNACC meeting on Thurs. Oct. 18th, we discussed conducting a needs assessment of the shower program to gather feedback from the people who use the showers to learn what is working well and what isn’t. The shower program is also organizing another clothing drive to provide requested winter gear for the houseless community. The date and location to be determined. There wasn’t much to report on trash removal, other than that the same areas continue to be a challenge. There was some talk about investing in longer term solutions, which the group agreed was important to revisit. The committee will also finish the work needed to launch the “Get On The Sunnyside” communication plan. Some members then signed onto (zoomed over to?) the South Tabor Neighborhood Association meeting. Tremaine Clayton and Britt Urban shared information about the work they’ve been doing with Portland Street Response (PSR). This program will be expanding starting November 1st to include East Precinct, which covers Sunnyside east of Cesar Chavez Blvd. Next Mireaya Medina and Babatunde Azubuike from “Black and Beyond the Binary Collective” facilitated a conversation about how their organization could collaborate with neighborhood associations to reimagine community safety. We encourage anyone who is interested in these efforts to attend our next SNACC meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18th at 6:30 p.m. Meeting details will be posted on the SNA website the week of Nov. 15th.

Sunnyside Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee Updates

The DEIA Committee reviewed the outreach templates which are still a work in progress. The committee will spend the next few meetings in an educational format reviewing DEIA materials to align on building a Culture Values Statement. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Virtual meeting details will be posted on the SNA website on Monday Nov. 1st. We look forward to new attendees and welcome ideas on ways to build a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible community.