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Richard Czerniejewski inside First Addition April 30, 2018, 11:09 PM
I agree with the Respond to Racism guidelines and strongly encourage their application in all LO police work.
Janice Cockrell inside Oak Creek April 30, 2018, 9:56 PM
I have personally found the LO police to be kind and polite. However, I am aware of quite a few incidents of racial profiling among my friends of color. I support the statement by Respond to Racism and would like to see the new LOPD chief focus on training officers and staff on best practices in dealing with individuals of color or who are non-binary, and also people with mental health challenges.
Respond to Racism in LO inside First Addition April 30, 2018, 1:32 PM
Respond to Racism is a neighborhood effort to interrupt racism in Lake Oswego. Our mission is to educate and empower Lake Oswego residents and institutions with the tools to combat racism in all its forms and make Lake Oswego a better place to live for residents of all races and ethnicities. Our Steering Committee values this opportunity to provide our thoughts on what we expect from the new police chief.
Respond to Racism expects the following from the new police chief:
• Diligently continue the work of Chief Johnson with respect to addressing bias and racism within the police bureau (including the work that is an outcome from the learnings at the Museum of Tolerance)
• Be visible in the community especially at gatherings that are intended to shine the light on and interrupt racism in Lake Oswego
• Be educated in the areas of implicit bias, profiling and other characteristics that negatively impact our community as well as individual community members of color and of non-Anglo ethnicity
• Thoroughly evaluate police stops for evidence of stops associated with bias or profiling
• End or quickly address police stops due to bias or profiling and educate the police force on this as often as is necessary to stop it
• Collect and make publicly available data on all stops, specifically in regards to race/ethnicity and the reasons for the stops
• Establish a recruitment to plan to hire more racially diverse officers with clear guidelines and benchmarks that the department must meet
• Instill mandatory implicit bias and cultural competency training that includes assessments where officers must demonstrate they’ve learned the material
• Quickly investigate and take strong action against hate crimes or racially motivated crimes anywhere in our community
• Establish clear guidelines and provide detailed training on de-escalation so that our community never has to experience a police officer caused death
• Work closely with community groups (including Respond to Racism)
• Walk the talk (the new police chief must not only believe in the value of diversity and ending systemic racism but must also be willing to advocate for it and insist upon in from all of the bureau employees)
We look forward to working with the new Chief and thank Chief Johnson for his work to interrupt racism in the bureau and the community
Respond to Racism Steering Committee: Willie Poinsette, Liberty Miller, Edward Bettencourt, Shava Feinstein, Tom Hardy, Alana Kent, Terri Kraemer, Christine Moses, Bruce A. Poinsette
Name not shown inside First Addition April 24, 2018, 1:38 PM
I would love more visibility in the neighborhoods that are popular with more than just the residents (such as First Addition). Traffic enforcement would be nice, but just seeing a (hopefully) friendly face now and again -- the "we're here together (with and for each other), isn't this pleasant" vibe reinforced -- would be nice. (More neighbor/resident engagement beyond the elementary schools.)
Richard Benedetti inside Waluga April 24, 2018, 12:58 PM
I have been a resident of Lake Oswego since 1988. I have worked closely with with the LOPD for at least ten years as a liaison with our neighborhood and the PD. Having lived ih three cities in California to use as a comparison, I cannot speak more highly of the LOPD. They are professional, courteous and have high goals . They try their best to do a perfect job and keep good relations with the people of LO. I work most closely with Don Johnson and Doug Treat, two outstanding professionals I am proud to know. I hope in replacing Don, we will look within the department first. Dick Benedetti
Name not shown inside Palisades April 24, 2018, 12:35 PM
My own personal interactions with the local police have been positive. They are generally prompt and courteous. But I would however like to take this opportunity to point out a tendency toward profiling by LO police officers. In a homogeneous city like ours, some residents stand apart from what is more often considered the norm. That doesn't in any way indicate they are not welcome contributing members and I would expect our police officers to be aware of this and lead by example in not by continually selecting them for scrutiny. As an example I'd like to relay that 10-12 years ago my teenaged son was stopped and politely questioned by police quite a few times while walking in different parts of town - sometimes in broad daylight, sometimes in the evening, never beyond curfew. (What's your name? Where do you live? Where are you going? Take off your sunglasses. Why are you walking? Let me see your license. You don't look like you're 14.) His crime was his mop top of long hair that made him stand out and look suspicious to the questioning officers. Apparently his honor roll status, volunteer work, and kind manners weren't as easy to identify from a patrol car. He would not allow his parents to intervene in any way but we were not pleased. We all know some kids or even adults who would be traumatized by the same unprompted questioning. Is it reasonable to expect more? Attention to this tendency to profiling is on my wish list for the next police chief.
Charles Collins inside Old Town April 24, 2018, 11:40 AM
The City of Lake Oswego has been fortunate to have Chief Don Johnson as our chief executive of the Police Department. Now the search is on for his replacement and I would urge the mayor and council to look no further than within it's own ranks. Captain Dale Jorgensen is on the job and has the experience to continue the steady hand of LO community law enforcement. Promote from within, promote Captain Dale Jorgensen.
Name not shown inside Mountain Park April 24, 2018, 11:16 AM
I'll comment on the few contacts we have had with LO police: they have always been respectful and professional and good problem solvers. These are some of the qualities we hope to be continued in the future with a new chief in charge.
Gail Parrick inside Palisades April 24, 2018, 9:46 AM
I appreciate seeing the police at local civic & neighborhood gatherings. They were at the "LO Shred Day" helping out. They are at the Emergency Prep. shows (and with the four-legged members of the force). I'm not aware of the police presence in the schools but think that that would be a good way to to introduce the police to the younger kiddos, in a non-threatening situtation.
Michael Buck inside Lake Grove April 24, 2018, 7:49 AM
Chief Don Johnson models the care, respect and professionalism he wants his force to envisage. I am always impressed by the police presence and vigilance over our City. Most significantly, I am grateful for the human qualities of the people they hire and how responsive they are in the varied and stressful situations they need to service so we are assured of a high level of safety and security. With one neighborhood case I am familiar with, the detectives exceeded expectations to solve
a felony case. They displayed persistence and endurance that only comes from a passion that cares deeply.