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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Calls For Community's Help To Reduce Gang Violence

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said the police are using the right strategies to combat gang violence, but they need help from the community to succeed.

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Portland Sets New Record For Gang Violence Incidents

The bureau’s Gang Enforcement Team said it has investigated 121 incidents of gang violence so far this year.

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Gangs And Social Media

Prosecutors and police worry that social media use may actually be accentuating gang related violence in Portland.

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Responding To Summer Gang Violence

Two members of Portland's Gang Violence Task Force discuss how officers are responding to the recent spate of gang-related shootings and their broader approach to combat youth violence.

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Study Shows Multnomah County Gangs Decline, Shift East

A new study into gang activity in the Portland area suggests the problem has declined generally in recent years, but has increased in pockets of east Multnomah County.

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Jackson County Responds To Gang Activity

A gang task force spent two years studying community members' perceptions of gang activity in the Southern Oregon county.

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PPB Ramps Up Gang Enforcement

Portland police plan to ramp up efforts to prevent gang violence this summer. Gang violence in Portland is already higher than usual this year, and officials are worried that gang activity will increase during the summer months, when kids are out of school. Last year around this time, we covered an uptick in gang-related shootings. The Portland Police Bureau will pull officers from three divisions: Drug and Vice, Training, and Family Services, which responds to domestic violence incidents. The U.S. Attorney has reassigned three more prosecutors to deal with gang-related gun possessions (there is currently only one prosecutor).


Poll: Oregonians Concerned About Gangs

A new OPB and Fox 12 poll shows more than half of those surveyed think gang activity is on the rise, but far fewer think it is doing so in their communities. Portland police say they are seeing a second generation of kids drawn to violence.


Group Seeks Ways To Curb Gang Violence

About 100 people gathered in a Northeast Portland church Thursday to discuss what can be done to reduce gangs and violence.


Hillsboro Also Concerned About Increase In Gang Activity

Portland and Gresham aren’t the only places in Oregon witnessing an increase in gang activity. Washington County and Hillsboro are also worried.

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