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SPONSORED CONTENT: City Councilor Sue Piazza writes this column to provide insights about the history, amenities and local government of the Gresham community.

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     -     Did you know that in 2022 there have already been 167 shooting incidents in the City of Gresham?

Many community members, faith leaders, and concerned residents have reached out regarding the alarming increase in gun incidents and general crime occurring within the City of Gresham. We have all seen the post-COVID environment and the uptick in violence that seems to be affecting nearly every ZIP code and locality.

Violence of any kind and for any reason, anywhere, is unacceptable and unnecessary. But if I'm being honest, I don't want to be compared to or on the downward trajectory as other places in the country.

I think it was Tom McCall who said, "This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better."

And I strongly believe that if we want to make our community better and safer it is up to us to build that better community. But where we are at right now, the crime and violence numbers are depressing. In 2021, Gresham ended the year with 175 shooting incidents. This year (thorough July), we have surpassed 164 shooting incidents.

We have seen 219 burglaries, over 76 domestic violence cases, over 1,100 child abuse cases, and over 680 stolen vehicles. And now, due to our lack of staffing, we have seen the overwhelming majority of those cases go without the essential follow-up or investigative strength needed to fully keep our city safe. And when it comes to homicides, our city has already had 8. We had 6 homicides all of 2021.

A few articles back we talked about the civic process of writing to your elected leaders and how to speak before the City Council. Many of you have done that over concerns of public safety.

The next public meeting we will have is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. The meeting will be held at council chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030.

Gresham is too special of a place to feel unsafe, and your voices can help shape the safe and livable community we all want.


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