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City thankful for Gresham Police Department as National Law Enforcement Week concludes

PMG FILE PHOTO - Gresham touted its police department for continuing service in the face of shortages. The city of Gresham recognized and celebrated its Police Department at the close of National Law Enforcement Week.

Despite staffing shortages, recruitment struggles, budget woes, and a spike in violent crime across the region, the city praised the department for continuing to provide services to the community.

"I am deeply grateful for the bravery and dedication of the Gresham Police Department," said City Manager Nina Vetter. "I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Gresham Police Department and the Gresham Police Officers Association as we all strive towards the common goal of a safe Gresham."

In the past year the department has added mental health clinicians to the Behavioral Health Unit to improve mental health crisis response; hosted community outreach and listening sessions to shape future services; added civilian support staff to address livability concerns; and kickstarted new recruitment strategies.

"I am proud of the accomplishments of the Gresham Police Department and their continuous commitment to the safety of our community," said Deputy City Manager Corey Falls.

Members of the Police Officers Association spoke of optimism toward the future.

"The men and women of the Gresham Police Officer's Association are honored to serve this incredible community," said Gresham Police Officers Association President Tommy Walker.

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