Despite police directive, Portlanders of color still overrepresented in traffic stops

Being stopped in traffic is the most common way most people come into contact with the police, but we don’t all experience those stops equally. In Portland (and throughout the United States), people of color are overrepresented in traffic stops, with Black people experiencing the most drastic effects of this bias. And this is more … Read more

Police chief, union leader warn budget cuts would end Traffic Division

The head of the Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Police Association union have sent out dire warnings about impacts to law enforcement capabilities if a proposal (PDF) for $18 million in budget cuts are passed by council next week. Chief Chuck Lovell and PPA President Daryl Turner have many concerns about the cuts including … Read more

Traffic Division officers star in new PPB ‘Talking Beat’ podcast

Everyone’s podcasting these days… including your local police officers. The Portland Police Bureau launched a new podcast today. The ‘Talking Beat’ aims to provide, “Thoughtful conversations that… will inform and provide you with a small glimpse of the work performed by Portland police officers as well as issues affecting public safety in our city.” Among … Read more

Hendricks latest through revolving door at PPB Traffic Division

Former Traffic Division Captain Eric Hendricks has moved into the Chief’s office.(Photo © J. Maus) The Portland Police Bureau has announced another change atop the Traffic Division. Former Captain Eric Hendricks will now serve as the new Assistant Chief of Investigations in the Chief’s office. Hendricks was named Captain in April 2009, making him the … Read more

BTA, Police Bureau launch latest incarnation of bike light education program

A Portland police officer gives out a free set of bike lights back in August 2006.(Photos J. Maus) As part of their ongoing Eye to Eye campaign, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and the Traffic Division of the Portland Police Bureau have partnered up on an effort to increase awareness of using bike lights … Read more