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Attorney General Lynch to Travel to Portland as Part of National Community Policing Tour

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon
Second Phase to Highlight Six Jurisdictions Effectively Implementing Recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Final Report

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will travel to Portland in the coming months as part of her national Community Policing Tour.  In this phase, the Attorney General will visit six jurisdictions around the country that have excelled in each of the six pillars discussed in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing final report: (1) Building Trust and Legitimacy; (2) Policy and Oversight; (3) Technology and Social Media; (4) Community Policing and Crime Reduction; (5) Officer Training and Education; and (6) Officer Safety and Wellness.  The Attorney General is kicking off her tour THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, and FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, to highlight Pillar 1—Building Trust and Legitimacy.  In addition to Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Portland, Attorney General Lynch will also visit Indianapolis, Indiana; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California.  The stop in Portland will highlight Pillar 4—Community Policing and Crime Reduction.    

“One of my top priorities as Attorney General is strengthening relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve and protect,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  “During the second phase of my community policing tour, I will be highlighting some of the innovative efforts underway around the country to build trust, foster cooperation, and enhance public safety.  I look forward to meeting with law enforcement officers, local leaders, and residents in the weeks and months ahead to discuss how we can ensure that every American benefits from neighborhoods that are supportive, safe, and strong.”

We are honored to have the Attorney General visit as part of her national community policing tour,” said U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon.  “Portland is making progress towards community trust building and enhancing public safety.  The city is not unique in experiencing some of the same challenges felt by other communities, including unaddressed mental health needs, racial and ethnic inequities, and gun violence.  These issues are being faced head-on with strong partnerships between police and community partners to develop collaborative solutions for stronger, safer, and healthier neighborhoods. We are pleased to highlight the good work done thus far, and will use the visit to further the goals of building community safety and constitutional policing.”

The Attorney General’s national Community Policing Tour builds on President Obama’s commitment to engage with law enforcement and other members of the community to implement key recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing final report.  The first phase of the tour launched on May 19, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also included visits to Birmingham, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; East Haven, Connecticut; Seattle, Washington; and Richmond, California. 

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Updated February 8, 2016