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The Portland Police Bureau is adding six officers to the Gang Enforcement Team to address an increase in gang and gun violence.
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).
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.
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.