PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU
COMMUNITY POLICING TRANSITION PLAN
J.E. BUD CLARK, MAYOR Richard D. Walker, Chief of Police 1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue Portland, Or. 97204
PORTLAND, OREGON BUREAU OF POLICE
January 31,1990 TO:
Mayor J.E. Bud Clark
SUBJECT: Third Community Policing Resolution In response to broad community support and Police Bureau interest, the City Council passed a resolution in July 1989 outlining an approach to policing that would better align police resources with the public safety concerns of neighborhoods and businesses. A second resolution passed in October 1989 defined organizational issues and expected outcomes for a mandated Police Bureau implementation of Community Policing over a five-year period. In response to the City Council's resolutions, the Chief of Police established a Community Policing Division and directed it to fully involve the community, the Police and other City Bureaus, and outside agencies in a comprehensive program to develop a plan for the transition. This Transition Plan is the result of recommendations from dozens of committees and community meetings. A multi-bureau Transition Committee formulated goals and objectives, developed strategies from the recommendations, assigned priorities and responsibilities and prepared an implementation schedule and budget. Hundreds of copies of a draft implementation plan were distributed throughout the community and the Police Bureau for review and comment. With great enthusiasm, the Police Bureau submitsthis Community Policing Transition Plan to the City Council for action. The Plan describes a dynamic process for change. It will engage ail resources of the Police Bureau in a coordinated effort to evolve into a new police organization - in mission, structure, and function. It welcomes the full participation of the citizens we serve while promoting individual responsibility and community commitment. It challenges both citizens and police officers to link arms in a partnership to give Portland the safe environment it so richly deserves. The Police Bureau will shift to a different mode of policing while retaining its basic mission and traditional police functions. The focus will shift from enforcing laws to solving problems as the Bureau becomes increasingly sensitive and responsive to community desires and expectations. Together, we will forge a partnership.
With renewed vigor and strategies, the Police Bureau is determined to regain momentum with the impetus of Community Policing. The Bureau will be accountable for results. All strategies and activities are assigned to responsible units within the Police Bureau who will report monthly to the Chief and Transition Committee. The Chief will brief the City Council quarterly. An ongoing strategic planning process will submit yearly revised plans and budgets to the City Council. Revisions will be made based upon measurement and evaluation, community input, integration of results from demonstration projects and progress in organizational change. The City Council, the Police Bureau and citizens of Portland are embarking on a journey. This Transition Plan charts the course with an ongoing process that will illuminate a clear direction. As partners, we can follow the course with confident trust in our relationship and summon the courage and insight to surmount obstacles without losing sight of our goal. With unity in thought, purpose and action, we will steadily advance toward full implementation of Community Policing. The journey begins with a third City Council resolution adopting the Transition Plan and directing the Police Bureau to proceed with implementation. Together we can attain what we have envisioned.
RICHARD D. WALKER Chief of Police cc: Commissioner Earl Blumenauer Commissioner Mike Lindberg Commissioner Bob Koch Commissioner Dick Bogle
Table of Contents r
Statement of Purpose
Statement of Mission
Goals and Objectives 1.0 Partnership 2.0 Empowerment 3.0 Problem Solving 4.0 Accountability 5.0 Service Orientation 6.0 Project Management and Direction