Mayor will speak at Thursday event

The Gresham Redevelopment Commission and Gresham Police Department will celebrate a significant milestone on Thursday, Nov. 21, with the dedication of the Rockwood Public Safety Facility at 675 N.E. 181st Ave.

GRESHAM MAYOR SHANE BEMISThe opening of the facility accomplishes a major goal of the voter-approved Rockwood-West Gresham Renewal Plan by establishing a physical presence for Gresham Police in the heart of the Rockwood neighborhood.

Mayor Shane Bemis' planned remarks at the 11 a.m. event will chart a new, meaningful direction for public safety in Gresham, engaging youths, disrupting gang activity and establishing greater strategic partnerships.

"In order for this facility to be successful, it must mark a departure from the way we have always done things," Bemis said. "We need to acknowledge the issues we face as a community, and change the trajectory both for our at-risk population, and for residents who are feeling threats to their livability."

A number of new community initiatives and partnerships will be highlighted as part of the mayor's broad call to action.

The dedication will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.

The facility will house the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, the Gresham Police Traffic Unit, and a community meeting room, along with other functions, while also providing a more accessible location for patrol and detective units.

As the city faces tighter resources and higher demand for public safety services, Bemis says Gresham has reached a defining moment.

"I am very excited to see the city deliver on this important urban renewal goal, and even more excited to put forward a new path to holistically address growing gang and public safety issues, which have increased along with Gresham's prominence as the region's second-largest city," he said.

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