Law enforcement agencies team up to shut down Holiday shoplifting

INCLUDES FULL VIDEO | See how all of our area police departments are banding together for ‘retail theft missions’ – and why …

In outer East Portland, at Cascade Station, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police, Port of Portland Police Chiefs, and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies gather to tell about their latest “Retail Theft Mission” over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

With shoplifting reportedly skyrocketing since last year – a 79% increase, this year over last – Portland area police agencies announced on November 21st that they are teaming up on “Black Friday Weekend” to curb stealing from area merchants.

The announcement was hosted by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) at Cascade Station, located on the grounds of Portland International Airport.

PPB Public Information Manager Mike Benner begins the information session as he introduces – standing behind him — Gresham Police Department Chief Travis Gullberg, Multnomah County Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, and Port of Portland Chief of Police Jason Wallis.

Portland’s Police Chief Bob Day leads off, with remarks about the new retail theft-reduction missions.

He was followed by Multnomah County Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, Gresham Police Department Chief Travis Gullberg, and Port of Portland Chief of Police Jason Wallis.

After their formal remarks, PPB Chief Day took questions from reporters.

Rather than summarizing the speakers’ remarks, watch our exclusive video of the entire statements, and the answers to questions:

PPB’s Mike Benner said that the Bureau will contribute at least 25 officers to the three-day mission, including a police dog team; the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has assigned at least three deputies as well.

“Additionally, both the PPB and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying their ‘Air Unit’ planes during these missions, too,” Benner told East Portland News.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. And, be safe and smart: don’t leave anything of value visible in your vehicle when you go shopping!

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