MCSO introduces Troutdale's community resource deputy
As Troutdale's first community resource deputy, Nick Bohrer plans to spend more time addressing ongoing problems than constantly putting out proverbial fires.
"I think this position has the possibility to go a lot of ways to solve problems for the city," he said. "When you're attached to the (police) radio, the calls tend to get in the way of solving (larger) problems."
Bohrer was introduced to local media outlets in a news conference on Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, at the Troutdale Sheriff's Operations Center at 234 Kendall Ave., in downtown Troutdale.
An eight-year veteran of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Bohrer started this week in his new role. He will work exclusively within Troutdale to connect with neighborhoods, local businesses and community groups to encourage stronger participation in crime-reduction efforts and coordination to address crime and livability issues, the sheriff's office explained.
While Bohrer will be able to respond to 911 calls across the county, his primary focus will be serving the city of Troutdale.
"I'll be able to have more time to focus on things people call about and generate complaints," he said. "The biggest are livability issues like transients, transient camping, speeding, speeding in school zones and following up on criminal investigations where I can step in and help."
The position is funded by the city of Troutdale, which will pay $83,656 in fiscal year 2019-20. That is a prorated amount of $202,770, which covers the position for a full fiscal year, said MCSO spokesman Chris Liedle. That amount covers personnel/salary, training, equipment, supplies and vehicle costs.
Bohrer, who grew up in Troutdale and Gresham, believes his familiarity and connection to the area will come in handy with his new role.
"Growing up here, you tend to know the areas where the problems are, and (inspires you to) want to look for solutions," he said.
Bohrer served as a Troutdale police officer before joining MCSO in 2015, when it took over enforcement duties from the formerly city-based department. He joins two patrol deputies already assigned to Troutdale, and former MCSO deputy Joe Storagee, who recently started as the city's Code Compliance Officer.
Troutdale joins Corbett, its unincorporated neighbor to the east, in having a full-time community resource officer (Deputy Joe Graziano). To the west, however, Wood Village and Fairview — which also are served by MCSO — don't yet have such a position.
"Fairview is talking about adding a community resource officer," Liedle said, noting Sheriff Mike Reese's goal is for every community to have its own tailored enforcement officer. "Every community is different."
"Community-based policing builds and maintains community trust and better serves the needs of our neighborhoods," Reese said. "The sheriff's office is committed to implementing preventative and innovative problem-solving methods to reduce crime, while improving the quality of life, and Dep. Bohrer will lead by example in this new role."
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