PORTLAND, Oregon - With 2018 just a month old, the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail has already investigated the death of five people as a result of gun violence (with one occurring just last night in Northwest Portland). Operation Safe Winter was enacted and implemented over the last two weeks as a proactive approach to the initial violence in January.
"In response to these recent homicides, I directed the members of our Gang Enforcement team and Gun Violence Task Force to conduct directed missions to contact those individuals in our community who are responsible for gun violence," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Part of this mission was to be proactive in our approach to intercede and attempt to stop further violence at a time of heightened tension and emotion. As always, this was a collaborative effort with our partners, and I'm appreciative of all the support we received."
As part of Operation Safe Winter, the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team partnered with multiple local and federal law enforcement partners, community groups and the Portland Mayor's Office of Youth Violence Prevention.
Since Monday, January 22, 2018, officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team worked with officers assigned to North, East, and Central Precincts and partnering law enforcement agencies to work throughout the city and contact and arrest people involved in gun violence.
The officers assigned to this mission arrested 18 people on various charges; located 36 people with outstanding warrants; and located and seized 17 firearms.
"Following these tragic criminal events the Mayor's Office of Youth Violence Prevention, along with members of the Police Bureau, Portland Public Schools, leaders representing government, faith-based organizations, private non-profit service organization and the community have joined in dialogue to better understand the views and needs of the communities we represent," said Antoinette Edwards Director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention. "We are now collectively moving forward to resolve the negative impacts associated to these criminal acts, asking for continuing community dialogue and support."