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Chaired by Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Sheriffs Dan Staton (11/09 - current) and Bob Skipper (5/09 - 10/09)

At its March 2009 Retreat, LPSCC’s Executive Committee recognized LPSCC’s persistent but unsuccessful attempts to balance and align the public safety investments, polices and practice of local governments and law enforcement and justice agencies so that Multnomah County’s public safety system can truly be considered a system. Without such balance and alignment, the system’s cost-efficiency and optimal impact on crime will be compromised by conflicting and competing strategies and by a combination of relatively understaffed and overstaffed functions that cannot complement or support each other.

About the same time, and in recognition of similar problems resulting from a lack of balance an alignment among local law enforcement agencies, police chiefs throughout Multnomah County formed their own working group to coordinate and consider consolidating police functions such as recruiting and hiring practices, training programs, data collection and reporting, and communication systems. In light of this existing working group, the Executive Committee requested the chiefs to combine their effort with a new System and Agency Alignment Workgroup co-chaired by Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Sheriff Bob Skipper.

The Executive Committee established a mission for this new workgroup to identify areas in which local governments and public safety agencies can cooperate to (a) avoid costly duplication of efforts, (b) address imbalances in the County’s public safety system caused by variations in resources and (c) increase cost-effectiveness of interagency strategies and practices in the public safety system. The committee recognized that the new workgroup would proceed in 2009 with the police chiefs’ important efforts to investigate collaborative and coordinated policing strategies. The committee anticipated the workgroup would eventually add members for the purpose of addressing interrelationships among other agencies, as well as systemic issues of alignment and balance with widespread impacts on the County’s public safety system.

Projects & Accomplishments

  • Investigated coordinated policy strategies
  • Developed local alternatives to DPSST’s training programs