Monday, March 18, session to serve as open forum for citizens to ask questions, share ideas

Share your thoughts on police, fire and emergency services with members of the Gresham City Council during the first Council Listening Session of 2019.

The session will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Gresham City Hall Chambers, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway. The event is hosted by Councilors Karylinn Echols, Eddy Morales and David Widmark.

Most of the meeting will be dedicated to an open forum for opinions, questions and ideas, though the councilors will briefly share progress and plans for public safety projects within the 2019 Council Work Plan.

Some of the topics include:

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  • Understanding mental health. Through a partnership with Portland State University, the city is identifying gaps in the medical and behavioral health system that impact public safety.

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  • Tackling current needs. The police department is collaborating with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Project Respond to create a mental health team to assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

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  • Responding to 911 calls. The CARES program, formed between Gresham Fire and Emergency Services and the OHSU School of Nursing, connects 911 callers who are frequently accessing the system to resources. In addition, the Quick Response Vehicle arrives at emergency calls quickly and efficiently, reducing the need to deploy a fire engine for medical emergencies.

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  • Body worn cameras. As part of a larger public safety strategy, the Gresham Police Department is moving toward implementing body-worn cameras.

    During the session there will be light refreshments. Children are welcome, and free childcare is being offered.

    Council Listening Sessions will be held quarterly throughout the year. Future meetings will discuss housing, homelessness and emergency preparedness.

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