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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office sets priorities for legislative session in Oregon.

COURTESY PHOTO - Sheriff Mike ReeseThe Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will advocate for procedural justice, gun violence reductions and preserving key public safety funding during the 2018 Legislative session.

"I am looking forward to working with our federal delegation and state legislators over the course of this legislative year," said Sheriff Michael Reese. "Public safety is a historic cornerstone of (the) session; I hope to serve as a resource and further thoughtful conversation as legislative measures about law enforcement and corrections are vetted."

Their specific points include:

• Filling gaps and improving the quality of wrap-around services addressing homelessness, mental health and substance abuse to divert adults from the criminal justice system.

• Promote training programming, track field-to-facility practices, and uphold systems of accountability.

• Close the "boyfriend loophole" to promote responsible gun ownership, protect domestic violence victims, and prohibit convicted individuals from buying a gun.

• Align the criminal justice system to focus on service, common strategy and use of resources.

"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to advocating for policies that will strengthen community safety, making Multnomah County a better and more just place for all who live here," Reese said. "Our Legislative Agenda prioritizes challenging areas of public safety and attempts to give a voice to vulnerable populations in the county."

The Oregon legislative session convenes Feb. 5.

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