Police offer East Precinct ‘Open House’

Here’s why many folks came to learn more about outer East Portland community policing on a hot summer day. This photo is a clue to one of the attractions

In the parking lot of Floyd Light Middle School, in the Hazelwood neighborhood, neighbors check out some of the equipment and specialized vehicles used by the Portland Police Bureau at their Open House.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The opportunity to learn more about the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) – plus the offer of free ice cream – brought dozens of residents to East Precinct on Saturday afternoon, July 21.

In addition to police officers on hand to meet and greet guests, representatives of many Police Bureau divisions were also there to tell visitors about their work.

During the Open House, Sgt. Jason Preston spends a moment with PPB East Precinct Commander Bryan Parman.

“We’re holding this Open House as an opportunity for us to ‘open our doors’ and meet some of the people we serve,” remarked PPB East Precinct Commander Bryan Parman.

“Doing this, we let people learn what it’s like to be a police officer,” Parman told East Portland News. “We’re also showing what kinds of equipment we bring the calls to help resolve problems.”

Brooklyn Edwards learns about this remote-control robot from Sgt. Jim DeFrain, of the Portland Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit.

“When we get to know folks on a personal level, and not on a call, it helps them see that we police officers are people too, who are doing a challenging and difficult job – but a job where we’re working to serve our community, person-to-person,” said Parman. “This is a part of community policing, and engagement lets us continue connecting with folks in an setting that’s outside of calls for service.”

Asked what he liked best about the Open House, Parman grinned and said, “Free ice cream!”

While talking with East Precinct Officer Neil Parker, Emma and Lauren enjoy an ice cream treat with their mom, Rachel Wullbrandt.

“Actually, I truly enjoy interacting with people, especially talking to some of the young people that come by, about what it’s like to be a police officer in outer East Portland,” he said.

If you see a crime in progress, or are in danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, to report other matters, call their non-emergency number: (503) 823-3333.

> On our Front Page: Volunteer Bruce Chirre dispenses good cheer – and free ice cream – during the East Precinct Open House.

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