33 arrests, 116 traffic stops during public safety initiative missions

Via Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office:

On Sunday, June 5, Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies and Gresham Police officers performed a joint traffic enforcement mission to reduce reckless and impaired driving, and locate and recover stolen vehicles.

In total, during Sunday night’s mission, deputies and officers made 51 traffic stops. Eight people were arrested and two stolen cars were recovered. One gun was seized.

In response to the county’s dramatic rise in violent crimes, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, along with our public safety partners, has implemented data-driven violence reductions strategies. One solution is performing patrol missions in hot-spot areas where traffic-related fatalities and gun violence intersect.

Since these efforts began in mid-April, these missions have resulted in 116 traffic stops, 33 arrests, and 7 recovered stolen vehicles.

“These focused enforcement missions tackle immediate public safety issues,” Sheriff Mike Reese said, “by preventing, deterring and interrupting criminal activity, helping crime victims recover stolen property, and potentially saving lives by removing unsafe and impaired drivers and firearms from our East County communities.”

We want to thank the Gresham Police Department and Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit for their assistance with these missions.

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