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Portland Police Chief Job Changes Hands


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Mike Reese became the chief of the Portland Police Bureau in 2010, after his predecessor Rosie Sizer was suddenly dismissed. In his four years heading the bureau, Reese oversaw the Occupy protests, a Department of Justice investigation and later settlement about police use of force. Most recently, Reese managed the response to the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. 

Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea

Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea

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On the same day that Mike Reese announced his retirement, Mayor Charlie Hales also announced his pick for a new chief, Larry O’Dea, a 28-year veteran of the force. O’Dea had previously served as assistant chief of operations at the bureau.

Friday marks the first official day of Chief O’Dea’s tenure. We’ll talk to both Reese and O’Dea about their time on the force, the culture of the bureau, and where they think community policing stands after recent local and national protests.

What you would you like to ask Mike Reese and Larry O’Dea?

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