Specialized Services

Dwindling resources and increasing calls for service have prompted the Portland Police Department to develop innovative partnerships and methods of service delivery:

Faced with the challenge of responding to an ever-increasing number of complex, time consuming calls involving individuals with mental illness, PPD partnered with what is now Opportunity Alliance to develop an innovative specialized behavioral health response program.

Recognizing a need for access to more advanced forensics capabilities in the local area, PPD partnered with area law enforcement agencies to create a Regional Forensics Laboratory. Participating agencies share equipment, costs and expertise leading to a more effective, efficient delivery of forensic services.

The Department also continues to participate in regional and federal Task Forces in order to effectively target and investigate crimes that cross jurisdictional boundaries such as drug trafficking, gangs, and human trafficking.

Noting that all victims and witnesses of crime have the right to compassionate support and fair assistance, the Department has a full-time Victim-Witness Advocate on staff. If you are a victim of or a witness to a crime that occurred in Portland, the Victim-Witness Advocate can provide assistance to you in the form of emotional support, guidance with the investigative and/or court process, referrals to appropriate social service agencies, assistance with Victim's compensation paperwork, and updates on the status of your case. The VWA also acts as a liaison between the courts, police, and other agencies.