East Portland crime prevention superstar retires

Find out who the new Crime Prevention Coordinators will be for outer East Portland, now that CPC Teri Poppino is “moving west” …

Co-workers, family, friends, and community members attend the retirement celebration of City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Coordinator Katherine Anderson.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
More than 75 people crowded into the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct Community Room the afternoon of October 8 to attend the retirement celebration of the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) Crime Prevention Coordinator – Katherine Anderson.

“I’m so happy that all the people came here today, because is my opportunity to thank them letting me work with them all these years – to help improve their businesses, services, and neighborhoods,” Anderson told East Portland News.

Katherine Anderson accepts a memento from Crime Prevention Program Manager Stephanie Reynolds.

Her career in crime prevention started at the Southeast Uplift coalition in 1992, and continued until 1999. Anderson was then transferred to outer East Portland until 2006, and then, once again, served Inner Southeast Portland’s neighborhood areas.

“There are so many incidents and projects that we’ve worked on over the years, it’s hard to pick it one out,” Anderson said. “But, one that stands out, now that I think about it, is the ‘Weed and Seed’ program partnership of the Brentwood-Darlington and Lents neighborhoods.

“Programs like these had a tremendously good positive impact because they got people involved,” Anderson continued. “And, even more, it got these neighbors to believe that they really could do something that would make a positive change.”

Anderson listens, while PPB East Precinct Officer Gary Manougian praises her work.

PPB East Precinct Officer Gary Manougian [read about our 2011 “ride along” with the officer they call Portland Cop #1: CLICK HERE] stepped up to speak about Anderson.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Katherine for a number of years,” Manougian reflected. “Everyone recognizes that Katherine has been the go-to person for Crime Convention; that is understood. [People in the community] have a high level of confidence in you, Katherine.”

Katherine Anderson accepts a keepsake from Dave Hillman, founder of the Mt. Tabor Foot Patrol.

As the Commissioner formerly overseeing the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz thanks Anderson for her service.

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, former Office of Neighborhood Involvement Commissioner, also commended Anderson. “Thank you so much, Katherine, for all that you’ve done. Your work as been such a blessing for the entire communities you’ve served.”

As her family stepped forward for a photo opportunity, Anderson said, “I can’t imagine that I’d enjoy anything more to doing what I’ve done, working with you people.”

Katherine Anderson is joined by her family, at her retirement party.

New Inner Southeast Portland Crime Prevention Coordinator Teri Poppino is introduced by her retiring predecessor, Katherine Anderson.

The incoming Crime Prevention Coordinator, serving Ardenwald, Sellwood, Eastmoreland, Westmoreland, Reed, and Brooklyn neighborhoods is Teri Poppino.

“After working with Outer East Portland for more than twelve years,” Poppino said, “moving to Inner Southeast Portland is going to be a big change. But, the work is pretty much the same. I will be bringing all of the experience that I’ve gathered in other neighborhoods with me.”

Katherine Anderson has a laugh with her co-worker, Teri Poppino.

The most important thing she’s learned, Poppino said, “Is that it is my job is to empower neighbors to take care of themselves. We will be working together – the neighbors, the police, and Crime Prevention, to address neighborhood problems. Everyone will bring their strengths to the table, and together, we’ll solve the problems.

“What makes me enthusiastic about coming to work every day,” Poppino added, “is that I really enjoy working with our neighbors, businesses, and police officers; the ‘relationship’ aspect of the work.

New outer East Portland Crime Prevention Coordinators
The three regions of outer East Portland were assigned new Crime Prevention Coordinators in October:

  • Serving Tabor South and Montavilla is now Marianna Lomanto, at (503) 823-3432
  • Providing crime prevention services to approximately the northern half of outer East Portland is Celeste Carey, at (503) 823-5532
  • Powellhurst-Gilbert, Lents and Pleasant Valley neighborhoods are now served by Mark Wells at (503) 823-3505


For more information regarding the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

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