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Position would help train officers in better ways to talk with or provide help to region's homeless

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Homeless people camping along the Springwater Trail were the target of police sweeps. The city is hiring a new homeless liaison who will work with the police bureau to better communicate and provide services to homeless people.Portland's Police Bureau is hiring a community liaison who will work with the region's homeless people.

The bureau began advertising the position Monday, Dec. 17. According to the job announcement, the homeless community liaison would "represent the bureau on matters relating to the homeless community. The liaison will also be the primary interface between the police bureau and the homeless advocacy community, including social service, governmental or law enforcement agencies."

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw.
"This position is a critical component to our response to those in the homeless community," said Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. "This person will influence how the police Bureau responds to people in the homeless community and ensure the Police bureau is in line with best contemporary policing practices. The homeless liaison will also focus on the imperative partnerships we have with social service and other governmental agencies so we are all on the same page."

According to the city's job announcement, the liaison also would create a plan for police response to the homeless community, and would help the bureau better train officers to talk with and provide services for homeless people.

The job pays between $53,000 and $98,000 annually. The city will accept online applications until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 7. The apply, go to bit.ly/2URVeGo


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