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PPB Ramps Up Gang Enforcement

June 19, 2012 4:35 p.m.

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).


Houses Of Worship Gather To Ban Gang Colors At Funerals

June 19, 2012 2:44 p.m.

About two dozen houses of worship in the Portland area have banded together to come up with a standard of decorum at funerals. The initiative is aimed at making funerals for gang members safer.


Officials Discuss Ways To Reduce Gang Violence

June 14, 2012 12:09 p.m.

The summer months may leave teenagers without much to do, but Portland officials say gang violence will not be tolerated.


Study Looks At Causes Of Gang Violence

Jan. 26, 2012 3:59 p.m.

Gang violence has increased in the Northwest over the last few years.  A new report finds that gang homicides are less likely to involve drugs or other criminal activity than generally believed.


Police Crack Down On Metro Area Gang Activity

Dec. 20, 2011 4:47 p.m.

Local and federal law enforcement agencies say they arrested 31 people over the past week as part of a crackdown on gang violence in the Portland metro area. This year's gang activity spurred police and prosecutors to re-dedicate themselves to the problem.


Hermiston Searching For Gang Officer

Jan. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m.

Hermiston’s Public Safety Committee approved a request Wednesday to add a gang intervention detective to the city police department.  


Dozens Arrested In Portland Gang Sweep

Dec. 20, 2011 8:18 a.m.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams will join other political and law enforcement leaders at an afternoon press conference to discuss a gang sweep.


Family And Friends Hold Vigil For Teen Killed In Gang Violence

Nov. 22, 2011 9:06 a.m.

Family, friends and community members gathered Monday night at a candlelight vigil for Julio Cesar Marquez.


Gang Forum Calls For New Approaches To End Violence

Dec. 2, 2011 8:03 a.m.

About one hundred people gathered Thursday night for a forum on gang violence at Jefferson High School in Northeast Portland. The event comes after several recent gang incidents and shootings in the community.


Forum Seeks To Connect Volunteers To Anti-Gang Groups

Nov. 28, 2011 6 a.m.

Multnomah County officials are inviting kids, parents, and other stakeholders to a forum this week to talk about solutions to the region's escalating gang violence.

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