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OPB sat down with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales on Saturday to discuss his concerns about rising gang violence and homelessness.
The bureau’s Gang Enforcement Team said it has investigated 121 incidents of gang violence so far this year.
The Portland Police Bureau is adding six officers to the Gang Enforcement Team to address an increase in gang and gun 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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Top Stories: NBA Star Offers Reward In Gang Shooting; Wash. Retailers Must Clear Drug Paraphernalia From ViewAug. 19, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Headlines for Tuesday, Aug. 19: Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the gunmen who killed a 21-year-old Portland woman in a gang-related shooting, Washington retailers must remove drug paraphernalia from easy view, and more.
Community members and local law enforcement officials came together for an outreach event in Portland last night, to talk about gang violence.
Portland police initiated what they called a "cool down" operation in the city over the weekend, to tamp down gang violence.
The Portland Police Bureau is investigating two overnight shootings in Northeast Portland. No injuries were reported and no arrested have been made.
Portland police have responded to 52 violent crimes this year that were gang-related, sharply up from last year. Friday, dozens of young people protested the violence.
In spite of recent reports of gang-related shootings in Portland, a new study suggests the problem was worse ten years ago.