The Portland Police Bureau today announced it will assign every officer a three-digit number and require that the number be prominently displayed on officers' helmets during crowd management events.
The Police Bureau also said it has assigned five officers alternative duties outside of crowd management response while investigations occur based upon concerns reported by members of the public.
When the Bureau is aware of these concerns or is aware of an incident where policy may have been violated, cases are referred to the Independent Police Review (IPR) and Professional Standards Division (PSD).
Being a police officer is hard and hazardous work on a good day, and Portland's police officers have been responding to protests, demonstrations, and other incidents for over several months. I want to thank each and every member of the Portland Police Bureau for their work.
I also want to thank the Bureau for responding to community concerns about officer identification and use of force.

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14 Oct
Taking action to prevent climate change is one of the City’s top priorities. We are in a climate crisis, and we must all do our part to protect our environment. Here are some of the actions we’ve taken that I’m particularly proud of.
We adopted the 100% Renewables Resolution, committing the City of Portland to meet 100 percent of community-wide energy needs with renewable energy by 2050.
We joined the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge to accelerate Portland’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the buildings and transportation sectors, the two largest sources of local carbon emissions.
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1 Oct
During the first debate, President Trump portrayed Portland as a city of violence and destruction. Even during challenging times, Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city. Today, I’m sharing dispatches from around the city showcasing the Portland we know. #PostcardsFromPortland
Portland is known for its arts scene, and public art is a vital part of Portland. It’s hard not to smile at this art in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland. #PostcardsFromPortland
Kenilworth Park in Southeast Portland is a great place for a peaceful walk. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful natural spaces our city has to offer. #PostcardsFromPortland
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15 Sep
While many of our firefighters are on the road helping other communities, Portland is still being protected. All 31 Portland Fire & Rescue stations are staffed 24/7 and our firefighters are trained to fight wildfires. Image
But we are all stretched thin. The best way to fight a fire is to not start a fire. Here is what PF&R suggests we do during this vulnerable time:

• Do not BBQ or create outdoor fires during this dangerous period.
• Make sure cigarette butts are extinguished fully in a non-combustible ashtray.
• Avoid using any machinery that creates sparks outside.
• If you live next to a natural area, you should provide firefighters with the defensible space they need to protect your home.
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3 Sep
I joined @MayorJenny , @MayorBowser , & @NYCMayor to issue this joint statement in response to President Donald Trump threatening to revoke federal funding from cities.
“Our cities, and the millions of Americans who we represent, are not President Trump’s political pawns. We are confronting unprecedented challenges—fighting back a pandemic and economic devastation without another stimulus.
Now, instead of leadership from the White House, we are faced with new attacks that are unlawful, unconstitutional and will be undoubtedly defeated in court.
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29 Jul
The federal occupation of our community has brought a new kind of fear to our streets. Federal agents nearly killed a demonstrator, and their presence has led to increased violence and vandalism in our downtown core.
The daily coverage of their actions has distracted our community from the Black voices at the center of this movement, and the urgent work of reform. I appreciate Governor Brown’s leadership in this discussion and her willingness to step in with State resources.
The Governor and I agree: Oregon resources, expertise, and values are sufficient to manage Oregon issues.
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27 Jul
At the direction of the President of the United States, unidentified federal agents have been deployed to America’s cities, like Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, to interrupt local protests and impose “law and order” for political purposes.
Targeting and occupation of progressive cities is unacceptable, un-American and unconstitutional. Moreover, these federal agents are not trained in modern community policing, crowd control, or de-escalation strategies.
They do not know the communities in which they are operating, and they are not welcome there. This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end.
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