Participants had discussions on the neighbourhood character and identified opportunities and issues that could be addressed in future work. TransLink hosted an open house on December 1 at Joyce-Collingwood Station for the upcoming station upgrades. The City also attended to introduce the upcoming review of the station area.
The Joyce Station Area Plan resulted in the development of many new building types in the area, such as those in Collingwood Village. TransLink is upgrading Joyce-Collingwood Station to improve passenger capacity, accessibility, safety, and comfort. The upgrades will mean changes to how transit users access the station, and it may mean changes for both drivers and pedestrians in the area.
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The station upgrade will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in , and will include expanding the station house on the east side of Joyce Street and relocating the kiss and ride facility. Phase 2 will include the construction of a new bus loop on the east side of Joyce Street, as well as, an upgrade to the BC Parkway multi-use trail, separating trail users from vehicles.
The second involves the expansion of the existing T2 sub-area. Read the staff report and recommendations 4. February We asked for your feedback about the proposed policy directions for the Joyce Street area in an online questionnaire from February 7 to September Council approved amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw at a public hearing on September 20 to add two new zoning districts proposed by the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan.
Applications under the new zoning may now be submitted. View the meeting minutes and video The next major step for Council is to consider proposed amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw at an upcoming public hearing. View the open house information displays 9 MB We asked for your input about land use, density, building forms, transportation, and community facilities along Joyce Street and Vanness Avenue in an online questionnaire from June 5 to July 3.
View the booth information displays 6 MB December On December 6, we met with representatives of active neighbourhood organizations and agencies for a walking tour. View the open house information boards 3. Update policies adopted in as part of the Joyce Station Area Plan The Joyce Station Area Plan resulted in the development of many new building types in the area, such as those in Collingwood Village. But it is a largely residential neighborhood. Very diverse. East precinct, has a large number of different immigrant populations that have moved there. It is a very diverse neighborhood. Host: So all of you have really different precincts, but you've face some of the same crime, trends as well as some different ones.
So talk to me about what's going on in your precinct. What's trending upward? They steal lots of cars and they seem to be hanging out in one specific geographic area. And so we use data to pinpoint that and that's where we focus our efforts and resources on. Commander Steinbronn: Now that spring break has come and gone, we have the speed racers back in town. They definitely tend to be seasonal. They start up around March and they'll go through July, early September. What we're seeing a lot more of in the last couple of years is the so-called sideshows and those come up from northern California and these folks like to come up.
Commander Steinbronn: They'll take over a freeway or a bridge overpass and they'll do their sideshow, which includes drifting, if you've ever seen Fast and the Furious, I think these folks are trying to emulate that and they like to put it on YouTube and post it and get a lot of people interested in what they're doing. Commander Steinbronn: The one thing that I will say about that, and it's not kids, so a lot of people say, "Oh it's just the teenagers out having fun.
They spend a lot of time building their cars and they want to go out and show them off. But obviously the city streets and freeways and overpasses are not the location to do it. It's not safe. And last year we did have a speed racing related fatality, along Marine Drive and we'd like to avoid that in the future. Commander Steinbronn: Well some of the challenges is there's a lot of them in one spot at one time.
And so we'll have a mission going where we'll have a team of officers that go out and once they learn that they're gathering in one spot, they'll go to that area. And then when you have 20 plus cars and they all take off in different directions, that can be hard to stop and identify who's doing this. Commander Steinbronn: But we do use photo radar, especially in key spots where we know that they're gonna open it up and increase their speed.
We also use our air support unit that can help us identify cars that are out driving in a reckless manner and then we can follow them and stop them later on. And then people are coming from outside in. So it's not just Portlanders that are doing this. We have people come down from the state of Washington, as far away as Tacoma, and as I previously mentioned, the side show enthusiasts that come up from the bay area, specifically Oakland and San Francisco and the surrounding areas. Commander Krantz: So at Central Precinct we have some unique challenges specific to the geographical area. When I came into Central Precinct looking at data and looking forward on where we should be putting resources at, we really noticed a couple things that were pretty pretty obvious in the data, specifically around assaults and the feeling of safety around the community specific to these assaults.
Commander Krantz: Second Burnside on the west side has been consistently, over the last year at least, an area where assaults and assaults with edge weapons. So knife assaults have been the highest in the city and in in trade I would suspect highest in the state just because we have the most population in the state. So that became an area where we really needed to concentrate a lot of resources to reduce the violence. Specifically around assault and edge weapon assaults over the last six months.
Commander Krantz: Along with that we had another opportunity to address open air drug use and drug traffic in an area around North Old Town, is what we refer to it as, and we're around six to Broadway, Irvin Hoyt area, and the really prolific open air drug trafficking that's going on. And so for the last six months we've been concentrating on reducing that and as well as addressing violent behavior at Second Burnside and really about four blocks in all directions from that center.
Commander Krantz: Over the last six months we've made a pretty drastic impact on the reduction of assaults. There was a high of about 42 assaults a month in that area in Second Burnside. We've reduced that down all the way to a low of 12 at one point and in the month of January we had zero aggravated assaults. So we've made a big impact.
What that does though is draw quite a bit of number of resources and assets from our patrol division to do that work. So as well as detectives on follow up and a lot of support services. Commander Krantz: We couple enforcement with a, a lot of service providers, so our behavioral health unit, our service coordination team as well. Some of our partners from service agencies that assist us to really work in an area prior to any enforcement and work it by offering services, by trying to reconnect people to services that they've had before, or counselors, and then they fallen out of program.
So getting people back into programs and off the street or out of the cycle of violence, drug use, or drug dealing, which really impacts a lot of the overall feeling of safety by a lot of people.
Both that are involved in homelessness or that are involved in addiction and they're on the street, as well as community members who live in the area or businesses that either own or operate or employees. Commander Krantz: So there really is an impact overall by a lot of people that feel that when violence occurs in an area, it makes them feel unsafe.
So it really is important that we try and do as much as we can to for an overall feeling of safety. Host: Yeah. I mean, to be honest, Mike, I've heard from a lot of people that they're frightened to come downtown.
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They may have the perception that there's more crime downtown and I'm sure you hear that a lot. What do you say to those people? Commander Krantz: I do and I go to a lot of community meetings and business meetings and hear the same complaints that the residents or business members don't feel safe and from stories they've heard, which frequently the stories perpetuate a problem that maybe didn't necessarily occur to them, but they've heard through friends, or they've heard through media and that makes them feel more unsafe because their stories out there.
Commander Krantz: When I talk to community members, I think it's important to get the true numbers out and really talk to people about areas that they work in or they live in and the true numbers around that so they can understand and have a better understanding how to access that data themselves so they can see trends that go up and down and using the open data portal on the police borough's website to really see specific data for their neighborhoods and to have a better understanding, to be informed and educated about what actual crime trends are occurring in central precinct. Commander Krantz: A lot of it is being specific to the actual problem and where the problems and crime is happening and really specific to understanding that a lot of the crime isn't stranger on stranger necessarily.
There's certainly a piece of that that is occurring and I really talk to folks a lot about being aware of their situation, being aware of being vulnerable, if they're leaving things in their car for car theft, if they're carrying items and not paying attention to what's going on around them. It's definitely some personal responsibility that needs to be taken on.
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Commander Krantz: Understanding that there are people out there who do intend to do harm to people and to be aware of that and to be cautious and to travel, not alone if they can help it. But it is important to understand that people have some personal responsibility they have to take in a big city. But ultimately we don't want to cause overreaction of fear when it really isn't based on truth.
Commander Krantz: So there is crime, there is crimes of violence. But in reality, in the city of this big, I think we're like the eighteenth largest city metro area. Our crime is fairly low and it's important to keep that in perspective is what I tell a lot of community groups that I talk with. Commander Hager: So for each precinct I would say we experience some of the same crimes as the other precincts.
In the Police Bureau we've made significant efforts to really look at our crime data and make database decisions. And I think that's important.
I mean for East, really, we've been looking at the level of crime around our public spaces in the gateway area and Mall and Commander Krantz was talking about public perception and the impact of public perception and part of the process that we used was to go out and actually do a survey of our community members that work in that area just to see what their perceptions were. Commander Hager: And so I think that's an important piece of what we do, is not only try to actually have an impact on crime numbers, but also have an impact on people's perceptions of safety, which their perceptions aren't always accurate.
Commander Hager: Sometimes stories or things happen that create a heightened level of fear that's not necessarily something that we want to see with our community. I think the other thing in east precinct that we're really looking at is what numbers, or what is our data not catching. And for East Precinct really that's looking at many of our immigrant communities who are coming here from countries where the police are not there to help, are part of the problem.
And they're very afraid of law enforcement to begin with. So some of these communities are being victimized but they're not reporting it to the police. So trying to bridge that gap with some of the communities in east precinct is something we've been working on specifically in this last three to four months.
Commander Hager: We had a couple of people who created, I would say, a little crime wave in our Asian community in grabbing purses from women who are leaving grocery stores or other shopping places. And that created a level of fear in that community because word spread very quickly that that was happening. And so the fact that we were able to go in and meet with different community groups, meet with some of their business leaders, develop a relationship, have a conversation, and most importantly actually identify who was doing that and arrest them.
So we were able to stop that from continuing to happen. Commander Hager: And East Precinct has quite a few shootings. So we work with the gun violence reduction team to try to address that issue too. Host: When people think of precincts, I think often they think of just officers answering calls.
But you all have some specialized teams. You all have neighborhood response teams that work on more preventative things or missions. Tell me about some of the teams that you have. Commander Steinbronn: Well, north has a neighborhood response team that consists of a sergeant and five officers and they do not respond to radio calls.
They work on the longer term neighborhood livability like nuisance properties or the drug house on the corner that the neighbors are calling about. Commander Steinbronn: As far as the auto theft goes, one area that we've been very successful in is that the community members assisted us with the notice that there was one particular location where a lot of different cars kept showing up.
They took video of it for us and then once we surveilled that area for a while, we realized that that's where a lot of the stolen cars were going to and we're recovering them from that area. Commander Steinbronn: And so we're working on a longer term investigation on identifying and arresting those people. So the community's help is really key in the neighborhood response team's effectiveness as well as working on some of our larger crime problems.
They also work on organized retail theft. And so I mentioned Lloyd Center Mall earlier. We also have the Jantzen Beach and Cascade Station, which both house many different retailers and we do have a problem with these organized theft rings that go through and steal things and run away. And we use the NRT team to focus on those retailers that are experiencing a lot of loss and identifying that core group of people that seem to engage in this for a living and hold them accountable as well.
Commander Krantz: At Central Precinct we have a couple of units specific to Central Precinctand then we also house some units that are bureau wide in service. So we have the neighborhood response team with seven officers and a sergeant and they're responsible for specifically follow up to criminal activity that's affected the neighborhood.
So if we have, similar to the other two precincts, where there is a complaint of criminal activity specific to a house that are just a longterm problem, they're free to serve those problems. Commander Krantz: They also do a specifically a lot of work in the homeless community. We have two homeless outreach officers specifically assigned to NRT to do that work.
We also have a street crimes unit made up between four officers and a sergeant from central and two officers from north precinct and they jointly work on problems that are more of a criminal nature that occur in afternoon shift hours is where they work. Commander Krantz: So criminal nature specific to street crime type activities. So open air drug sales, they're working a robbery case right now specific to the activity and in both precincts. We also have a Portland patrol incorporated bicycle team. So there's six officers dedicated to working in the contract area of Portland Patrol Inc, which is primarily downtown core and old town.
Made up of about 5, different businesses in the area. But they specifically patrol on bicycles in the downtown core. So they're not responsible for radio calls, but they are responsible for proactive and engagement work in the downtown area. Commander Krantz: We have an Entertainment District detail at night. That's six officers and a sergeant. They work PM to about AM and then they adjust their shift with depending on what's going on for events. But they really work just in the area that's designated as the entertainment district. Commander Krantz: And we have the Behavioral Health Unit Service Coordination Team that is assigned to central precinct, but they're bureau wide resource for call followup on behavioral health or mental health issues as well as the service coordination team, which is really used as a diversion to law enforcement.
Commander Hager: So East Precinct has a neighborhood response team, which is a currently one sergeant and six officers. It has historically actually worked on vacant houses, which became a huge issue during the housing crisis crash. And as houses became vacant, they didn't stay vacant. They became occupied by people who didn't own them or rent them or were supposed to be there. So that created some issues.
Commander Hager: The neighborhood response teams in Portland have historically been about neighborhood livability issues. So really working with neighborhoods in different parts of the city to address livability issues that aren't always criminal issues. So one of those things, really, that's hugely impactful in our neighborhoods, in east as in the other precincts, is the houseless issue.
And you know, not necessarily the people, it's the stuff. So you know, neighbors come out and one week there's one tent and then the next week there's three tents and before they know it they have a small encampment of 20 to 30 people and tarps and garbage and needles and all sorts of things that I won't mention on the podcast but that's what the NRT team at east is really I'm going to be focused on is trying to address that. Commander Hager: And then we just started a street crimes unit. That's one sergeant and four officers and really the street crimes unit will be dealing with some of the criminal issues.
One of the things that came out in our survey was that the perception of what is driving some of the crime, and I think this is not just perception but reality, what's driving the crime in east precinct is drug-related.
So really addressing drug related crimes or issues, trying to figure out who's selling, where they're selling, and dealing with that particular issue, which is pretty large city wide. It's not something that's easy just to make one arrest and solve the issue.
Commander Steinbronn: Well, at North Precinct, as Commander Krantz mentioned, we have two officers with the street crimes unit. Typically they'll work in an area where it's got the hotspot and it may be in north precinct one day. It may be over in central the other day, in the downtown core area, or in the lower east side.
So we share resources that way. Commander Steinbronn: We have the opportunity to use specialty units such as air support and the traffic division and they will go to any precinct to help us with our missions and so we combine resources and share resources that way. We also obviously make use of the behavioral health unit quite a bit to help us with calls.
Also we have a cadre of officers that are trained in the enhanced crisis intervention, if you will. We have them available to go out on calls where someone may be experiencing problems with mental illness. They may be at a crisis point where we can go out and we have a specially trained officer that they can talk to them and deescalate the situation. Commander Krantz: You know, the one thing that I really enjoy as being Commander right now in Central Precinctis relationship with the other two Commanders. We have the opportunity to where, maybe it's not always like this, but really we just call when we need something in and we share resources pretty easily.
And I think that's something bureau wide that we're getting really good at. And it really is because we're at a point of where we need the help from everyone else. We can no longer be siloed and specialized in the roles that we're doing because of our resources bureau-wide are so low. Commander Krantz: So every time we have a retirement boom and we lose more officers and resources, it's even more important that we all work together to solve problems.
And it's a real good working relationship internally among all the divisions right now, really of just sharing resources and not being siloed in just a special tasks and skills that you have. But using those bureau wide and it's important to be able to share those. Host: And you mentioned data. Are we getting better at looking at the data and analyzing it and trying to pinpoint where things are happening? Commander Krantz: I think we have gotten much, much better just in the last year and a half, I'd say bureau-wide, in using data to be specific about what resources we're putting where.
So evidence led or data led policing is 21st century policing and we are getting very good at it. Not only are we internally using data better and we have better resources for us to build to look at it, understand it, and then utilize it. We've also done substantial work on the public side. So the community has an opportunity, unlike most police departments, I would say if they look at our open data site, the community will see that we are leading in the nation as far as the amount of data that we are transparent with, that we provide, that we have out there multiple different platforms for people to use.
And if people want to be informed around what's going on in their city and the police and crime stats, it is a great place to go. Host: So, what is the message you want to tell people? If you're at a community meeting and you get the microphone for a few minutes, what's your main message? Commander Hager: I would say the main message is to be involved. Like Commander Kranz was talking about, we are facing a severe staffing shortage that's likely not to get better.