Portland, Ore. chief sends more gang officers out



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a spike in gang violence in Portland, the police chief has ordered more gang officers on the street.

KGW-TV reports that Police Chief Mike Reese says he plans to reassign six officers and one sergeant to the gang enforcement unit for the summer as part of “Operation Cool Down.”

Reese also plans to have the mounted patrol and mobile precinct at McCoy Park in north Portland.

The chief is asking drug and vice investigators to look for links between criminal drug activity and gangs. Reese also wants gang officers to be visible and proactive.

The most recent gang shooting occurred Wednesday night. Police have not made an arrest after one man was shot. The victim is expected to recover.


Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/