About Our Program
Our communities and neighbors are our closest, most powerful source of safety and connection. When we come together to share our skills and resources, solve problems, and take care of each other, we create safer, more welcoming communities. More and more, Portlanders want to do something to reduce their vulnerability, keep their communities healthy and safe, and reduce violence where they can. But how?
The Community Safety program offers free services to help Portlanders find ways to build a city that is safe and welcoming for all. We continue to grow and provide services that are community-driven, inclusive, and trauma informed. Our services are free and are available in multiple languages.
We are professional trainers who develop community safety trainings to educate you, your neighbors, businesses, and the larger Portland community. Each training is provided from a trauma informed approach and includes bias awareness training.
Reducing Harm Through Design
We are certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) experts who provide walkthroughs to help reduce vulnerability to harm and increase positive activity in public and private spaces. Environmental design can prevent many kinds of harm. Trimming large plants increases visibility and safety for people with lower eye levels, like wheelchair users and children.
Creating Inclusive Community Spaces
We areplace-makerswho work with our communities to plan events and create safe spaces. We support community-led “placemaking” projects — activities that community members feel are important for safety and community building. We help community members fix safety problems and find resources. Our special events and programs also help us serve those people who need it the most.
Contact us about creating inclusive community spaces at 503-823-4064.
Our Safety Teams
Where Can I Find More Safety Resources?
The Community Safety program provides resources for many circumstances including COVID-19 safety, community building, and mental health maintenance. You can access these resources on our webpage.
Issues Not Managed by Community Safety
- Emergency Situations: Please call 9-1-1 to contact emergency services.
- Non-emergency Police Reports: To report an incident that has already taken place, to file a police report, and more, please call the non-emergency number, 503-823-3333, or use the non-emergency online system.
- Emergency Reporting Concerns: Please report concerns about the 911 reporting system to the Bureau of Emergency Communications, select “Tell us how are we doing?”
- Noise Complaints: Please contact the Noise Program at 503-823-7350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Houseless Camping Concerns: Please use the One Point of Contact Campsite Reporting System, PDX Reporter, or call 3-1-1.