The Columbia River city of Troutdale is dissolving its police department this summer.
Multnomah County commissioners voted this week to merge the city’s police force with the county Sheriff’s Office.
Staffers say the consolidation will allow for 24-hour policing and reduce duplicate positions. No officers or support staff are expected to lose their jobs.
Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust testified to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in support of the merger. He anticipates the move leading to a safer community and a better situation for officers.
“We’d have increased service levels from the county, as compared to what the city can provide now — and the most important thing was considering the safety of our police officers,” Daoust told the commissioners this week.
Commission chair Deborah Kafoury pledged the county’s support through what she says could be a “hard” transition.
School resource officers with the Troutdale Police were the first to respond to last June’s shooting at Reynolds High School. A Reynolds spokeswoman sees the consolidation as positive for the district, because the sheriff has additional resource officers he can assign to schools if usual officers are away.
The merger will be effective July 1.