Rising 'fear of violence' in Old Town, Pearl spurs patrols
The Portland Police Bureau has plans to keep the peace in the Old Town, North Park Blocks and Pearl District neighborhoods of the central city beginning on Wednesday, May 13.
Officers report a "substantial increase in fear of violence and crime" due to aggressive people lingering in the area. Police say open-air drug sales, threats, acts of violence and property crimes are all part of the problem.
Police say the primary goal of the patrols is visibility, with the hope that a uninformed presence will prevent new crimes and allow officers to connect those living in the area with resources.
"Enforcement action is not the primary goal, however, if crimes are witnessed or a public safety issue is identified, officers will take action," according to a news release.
Police say anyone who needs help getting emergency food or shelter should call 2-1-1.
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