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Why Portland’s new Chief of Police is good news for bicycling

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 2:17 pm.

New Chief of Police Larry O’Dea outside City Hall in 2008. He’s standing with former Bicycle Liaison Officer Robert Pickett.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced his retirement today, and when the new chief steps in to replace him in January, his name might sound familiar to some BikePortland readers. Larry O’Dea, Read More »

Gresham PD announces stepped up ‘Safe Routes to School’ enforcement

Posted on February 18th, 2014 at 2:56 pm.

It’s always good to see local law enforcement agencies devote more time and attention to dangerous driving — especially around schools. Check out the press release below from Gresham PD to see what they’re up to… Operation Safe Routes Helps Kids Get to School Safely Speeders and inattentive drivers beware! Gresham Police Department’s traffic division Read More »

Scofflaws abound on local freeways: Police make 452 stops in five hours

Posted on January 30th, 2014 at 3:41 pm.

What happens when police are given the proper amount of resources to enforce laws on freeways? They find massive levels of law-breaking and dangerous driving.

Police to target enforcement at NW Broadway/Couch stop signs – UPDATED

Posted on February 13th, 2013 at 10:02 am.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division will be out in force today at NW Broadway and Couch. They will be on the look out for stop sign violators during a “traffic safety mission” that will last from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Lt. Chris Davis and Capt. David Hendrie were at the PBOT Bicycle Read More »

Traffic Division roundup: Captain re-assigned; Bicycle Liaison Officer named – Updated

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 2:28 pm.

Captain Todd Wyatt is under investigation following an incident in Idaho.(Photos © J. Maus) Captain Todd Wyatt of the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division has been temporarily reassigned. According to the PPB, Wyatt was recently involved in an “off-duty incident while driving that involved another driver.” The incident is being investigated by the Idaho State Read More »

Beloved Portland Police officer Robert Pickett moves on

Posted on May 10th, 2011 at 6:49 pm.

Pickett accepting his Alice Award in 2009.(Photos © J. Maus) Robert Pickett, a Portland police officer who has endeared himself to many in our community, has accepted a position with the U.S. State Department. Pickett, who announced the news minutes ago at the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, will report for training for Read More »

Beaverton PD crosswalk enforcement nets 55 tickets in five hours

Posted on November 5th, 2010 at 9:58 am.

Waiting to cross near Beaverton City Hall.(Photo © J. Maus) What would happen if police officers in a suburban city went out and did a crosswalk law enforcement action (a.k.a. sting) at a busy intersection? Well, the Beaverton Police Department found out last Wednesday. Beaverton PD officers spent five hours, from 10:00 am to 3:00 Read More »

Police on Hanna hit-and-run case: “This was the best we could do”

Posted on August 30th, 2010 at 2:33 pm.

“If we could have put a solid felony case together against Mr. Hanna, and we tried, we would have gone forward with much stiffer charges… I would have liked to seen felony charges, but at the end of the day, this was the best we could do.” — Sgt. Todd Davis, Portland Police Bureau Many Read More »

Todd Wyatt is the new captain at Traffic Division

Posted on July 14th, 2010 at 8:23 am.

Captain Todd Wyatt.(Photo © J. Maus) Todd Wyatt is the new captain of the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division. Wyatt, 41, takes over the position from Eric Hendricks who held the position for just 13 months before being reassigned to a job in the Chief’s office. Wyatt comes to Traffic from his previous post as Read More »

UPDATED – City budget passes, along with chance for more bike patrol officers

Posted on May 27th, 2010 at 4:38 pm.

Horse mounted cops survived budget process, bike mounted cops didn’t.(Photo © J. Maus) With the passage of the budget yesterday, a rare opportunity for the Portland Police Bureau to add bike patrol officers has passed us by. A proposal by the Police Bureau that surfaced back in January would have cut the PPB’s Mounted (horse) Read More »

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