Portland Officers Avoiding Re-instated Gun Violence Unit Because Of Politicized Civilian Oversight

Many cities chose to defund and disband various parts of their police departments over the last year. Some of those cities are not looking to breathe new life into some of the disbanded teams, but the interest in helping just isn't there.

Oregon

In 2020, Portlands City Council took apart the gun violence reduction team. The Portland Police Burea could do nothing as anti-police activists convinced city leaders that the team needed to go because they "targeted" people of color disproportionately.

As many cities that have taken similar actions have seen, crime began to skyrocket. In particular, Portland's homicide rate has gone up.

City leaders decided it was time to bring the unit back—this time with a catchy new name, the Focused Initiative Team.

New Name Similar Goal

The team is to reduce crime, but with a twist. They work with an 11-member citizen advisory committee. According to Portlands Mayor Ted Wheeler, the committee will look after a 14 member unit.

However, there is one major hitch in the new plan. Officers are not signing up to join. In fact, only four officers have joined.

According to Assistant Chief of Investigations Jami Resch, the officers do not want to be a part of an overly political unit. There is also a strangely ambiguous relationship with the committee.

Not Too Eager

Portland Police Union President Daryl Turner said that finding why officers are not volunteering is not really difficult.

“They’re demonizing and vilifying you, and then they want to put you in a unit where you’re under an even bigger microscope,” Turner said to the Wall Street Journal.

Currently, the number of homicides in Portland sits at 53 for 2021. The highest year on record is 1987, with 70 for the entire year.

High Homocide Rate

PPB Chief Chuck Lovell and Wheeler talked about the high rates in a press conference. They said the reason was that due to the defunded department, officers were "outmatched" and "underprepared."

“We’ve had many years of growth as a city and a shrinking police department. You can only go so far in that direction before you reach a tipping point.”

Chief Lovell

Wheeler suggests that they need to formulate a plan to deal with the rise in numbers. He also wants to know what officers need to do their jobs better while at the same time not giving them any more funding.

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31 comments on “Portland Officers Avoiding Re-instated Gun Violence Unit Because Of Politicized Civilian Oversight”

  1. If I was a cop in liberal state I be look to move to any conservative state, Good already train cop is in high demand in every conservative state and would not have no problem finding work.

  2. Let the Mayor and his committee and some of the other's that want to defund LE and remove them, from contact with the criminals, enter and handle the criminal's doing the crime. Let's see how they would cure the problem and arrest the criminal/suspect in any of the crime's being committed. Maybe they would learn something and see that their ideas are why criminal crime and rates are on the increase.

  3. They work with an 11-member citizen advisory committee. According to Portlands Mayor Ted Wheeler, the committee will look after a 14 member unit.

    Forget the unit, just let the 11 do the job instead of watching from afar.

  4. The police are the only thing keeping the liberal dem bloodsucking parasitical ticks, Antifa and BLM , alive.
    Defund al the police in ll of the Blue cities, let's see how many liberal garbage die before they start whining for more cops.

  5. All the cities that defund the police or do other things to weaken the police's ability to do their jobs (ie.,Portland) should lose their police protection. These officers should be put back on the regular duty to do what they were hired to do. Just tell me simply, why the members off the city administration should get protection the citizens of Portland are not getting b/c of their "woke" activity. If they have a problem, they can call the police and wait for them to respond just like every other citizen in Portland does.

    1. I can't understand why the residents don't fight these low life scum that want to defund the police. where are the law abiding citizens?? Or are they all low life?? Let the morons who want to defund the police go pick up the dead from the street... and clean up the destruction they cause...disgusting scum is all they are...

      1. Seriously. You'd think they'd step up and remove these idiots!!!! They put all citizens lives at risk for P.C. Ridiculous

  6. What Portland needs is a mayor with a backbone - he encouraged ANTIFA & protected them - chose their safety over his police dept! Want to see how out of control Portland. - everywhere I look HOMELESS camps - garbage along highways underpasses & bridges - ruined city & downtown - congrats liberals many leaving!!!!!

  7. Any city official that thinks defunding police is acceptable should be removed from office & never allowed another political position anywhere in the U.S. as well as being banned from hiring their own security where they live. WTH are these idiots using for brains?

  8. Let Police do they’re job like they always have, every situation is different and unpredictable. If up to me, I would have snipers on building tops and cap anyone rioting with violence. If the media would shut up like they do when Democrats lie or break laws or risk Americans by send infected illegals all over our country?? Back to Police, arrest the entire Biden administration for a start

  9. Those cities who defended police can deal with the aftermath! It's on them. Police should go to cities who will welcome them.

  10. AFTER PORTLAND REALIZES THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE IN THE VALLEY BY TAKING AWAY THE POWER OF THE POLICE,THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL THEY HAVE AN AWAKENING AND MAYBE TAKE THEIR HEADS OUT OF THEIR ASSTABARS AND ALLOW THE POLICE TO DO THE JOB THEY WERE HIRED TO DO. WHY MAKE THE CITIZENS SYFFER BY ALLOWING THE CRIMES TO CONTINUE. ARE ALL YOU DUMBASRATS COMPLETE MORONS,OR DO YOU JUST WANT TO SEE PORTLAND END UP AS A SHIT CITY LIKE SAN FRAN? WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE YOU HAVE NO CITY.

    1. Interesting that our elite politians in D.C HAVE to have police protection and barbed wire fencing and personal security as well. Now they are testifying about how terrified they were on Jan 6th when a few protestors entered the capitol, did not burn it down or even light any fires, did not kill anyone and did very little destruction. They are putting on crocodile tears, fake crying, and stating that they need therapy from the trama they suffered. But antifa and BLM can burn down buildings, destroy, loot, maim and kill in these various cities and these same brain dead, moron politicians say it is "mostly peaaceful". Hypocites! Political agenda is really behind all this. At long at is promotes their political agenda, they can look the other way, no matter the destruction to innocent peoples businesses, property, or lives. They want control, power, more control and more power, no matter the cost.

  11. I completely support LEOs who refuse to work under such ridiculously absurd conditions. As a native Oregonian I'm ashamed of what's going on there and would never recommend it a
    S a place to live or play.

  12. Crime is skyrocketing? What did they expect, Less police, less crime? Enforcing the laws works better that anything else to deter crime. I thought everybody knew that. If some one is contemplating committing a crime, do you think knowing that the law will be enforced would deter them from breaking the law or knowing they are not going to enforce the law. Give you three guesses.

  13. This is what you get when voting for a demorat.. We shall see if a light has come on in 2022 but probably not . As Einstein quoted the definition for insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.Time to vote for a person with not a party.

  14. And send in the politician who wants to take legally owned guns from their citizens. Very quickly the "Problem" would be solved...😋

  15. Let Democrat run states burn in hell they have pretty much distoryed police Depts , all sports , religion, family values, rule of law, parks , statues, the military, you name it they have distoryed everything ! I say they made the bed let them lay in it all the officers should flee all the Democrat city's and go to republican run states were the rule of law is respected. Why would you want to risk your life for there crap .

  16. mr. biden it's the criminal misuse of guns... not law abiding citizens ! common sense should dictate .. stop the criminals! nuff said

  17. They would work under a citizens advisory board?? Seriously? And they expect cops to take advice from a bunch of nincompoop citizens who are probably the same ones who keep voting for those liberal dumb-a** politicians. I would tell those "nincompoops" to handle those crimes themselves.

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