Community members, particularly minorities, are distrustful of Portland police. They don’t believe the Portland Police Bureau is well-managed or does an effective job reducing crime in the city.
Most officers believe the community doesn’t understand the job of a cop. They feel there’s a disconnect with City Hall and that the mayor is more swayed by politics than what’s best for the bureau. They doubt change is possible in the bureau.
The views from both community members and police on the state of policing in Portland came from online surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews done by consultants between last June and November. They’re outlined in a new report released late Tuesday.
Corragio Group, a local consulting firm, held focus groups with a total of