Department of Community Justice & Portland Police Bureau Collaborative Partnership
(System Integration & Resource Network) formerly Community Academy
This partnership between the Department of Community Justice (DCJ) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) allow newly hired and newly sworn officers to spend several days learning about both juvenile and adult community corrections. The training provides officers with the opportunity to learn how the parole, probation and juvenile justice system operates, and allows DCJ to develop a strong relationship with police, and strategize ways to improve how the system works to promote public safety. These recruits also spend time with community providers such as the Runaway Homeless Youth Continuum to learn about the services they provide communities and participate in positive interaction with the youth. The main focus of this partnership is designed to teach new police officers a variety of community policing based skills by placing police interns into community service organizations early in their careers and exposing them to the types of complex social issues that they will face in the field.
Creating a public–private partnership, four main stakeholders, Multnomah County Juvenile Justice, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Business Alliance, and JANUS Youth came together to support the creation of the Juvenile Reception Center–each of these partners had different interest at heart.
For Multnomah County, the Juvenile Reception Center was a way to reduce the number of youth coming into the Detention Center and the formal system. The Juvenile Reception Center receives all youth arrested for misdemeanor offenses (non-person to person), status offenses, run reports, curfew, etc. Youth arrive in handcuffs, a completed police report is obtained by the officer, JJPS (Juvenile Justice Information system) checked for open case status (information for youth on probation), if youth has an open case they call the Juvenile Justice Intake Department for a LEDS (warrant) check. If the LEDS check clears, they begin the process of explaining their services as an alternative to juvenile detention which involves screening, resource/referrals, overnight stays, family sessions, ongoing case management and follow-ups.
The Reception Center receives fewer than $300,000 per year; operates 24 hours/day everyday of the year and currently serve just fewer than 2,000 per year. They currently staff approximately 325 hours a week and provides exceptional service to all youth, families and officers - it is a powerful resource in detention alternatives.
Tina Edge, Department of Community Justice Program Specialist
1401 NE 68th Avenue Portland, OR 97213
Lt. Jeff Miller, Portland Police Bureau