Police operation seizes 17 firearms
The Gresham Police Department is involved in a countywide effort by law enforcement agencies to seize firearms from criminals to reduce gun-related deaths.
One month into the new year the Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail has already investigated five deaths as the result of gun violence.
Operation Safe Winter was enacted and implemented in 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 (people) in our community who are responsible for gun violence," said Portland Chief Danielle Outlaw.
Since Monday, Jan. 22, officers assigned to the operation have arrested 18 people, located 36 people with warrants, and located and seized 17 firearms.
"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," Outlaw said. "As always, this was a collaborative effort with our partners, and I'm appreciative of all the support we received."
Police officials remind community members if you see a gun crime in progress, call 911.