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African American Advisory Council

The African American Advisory Council is a partnership that brings together members of Portland’s African American community and police officers to promote understanding and respect in police and community relationships.

PRINCIPLES

Community – Law enforcement must be reflective of community values and desires.  Accordingly, the community should be actively involved in the Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Police Bureau should be actively involved with the community.

Diversity – The African American Advisory Council promotes the value of a diverse community and a diverse Police Bureau.

Understanding – The African American Advisory Council believes in operating from an informed perspective to increase effectiveness.

OBJECTIVES

Promote an informed perspective and ensure information sharing by maintaining an environment of respect, integrity, and inclusion.  

Communicate, collaborate, and develop effective recommendations and solutions that address strategic and emergent issues of concern. 

Make informed recommendations on police practices and policies that impact the community.

Assist the Bureau in hiring, retaining, and promoting members of the African American community.

Be an informed voice and resource for Portland’s African American community.


Who Are We?

Dr. Vernon Baker

Dr. Vernon Baker has served in the gospel ministry for over thirty years. During this time he has served in several capacities of ministry including that of Associate Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Ministerial Staff Coordinator, Board Chair for Community Outreach efforts and the Trustee Board. Dr. Baker provided leadership in addition to building infra-structure at several churches in the community.

The Lord had placed the pastoral call on Dr. Baker some years ago; it was in 2008 that he stepped out on faith to answer this call. Vision Ministries was established in December 15, 2010 with its initial focus being placed on (answering the call to service through the ministry of reconciliation). Currently Vision Ministries is holding weekly bible studies along with providing outreach ministry.

Dr. Baker has served in the community for several years, in many capacities, Board Chair for Community Center for Mental Health (CCMH), Board Chair Emmanuel Community Services (ECS), Board Member Connected and Board Chair African American Advisory Council (Portland Police).

Dr. Baker is the founder of Stewardship Enterprise consulting and training, which provides services to community based, non profit and church organizations. He has demonstrated a commitment to the advancing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Finally Dr. Baker is committed to the cause of Christ and has and will continue to answer the call.

Answering the call to service through the ministry of reconciliation

Coach Roy Pittman

Meet Coach Roy Pittman! Coach Pittman is a long standing member and co-chair of the African American Advisory Council.

Coach Pittman was honored on October 16, 2014 at the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Reception for his dedication and service to youth from Portland's most at-risk environments. 

Roy Pittman started the Peninsula Wrestling Club in 1970. He saw youth being cut from football and baseball teams because they did not have advanced skills in those sports. So he started up a wrestling class that was open to everybody, including girls. Since 1971, the Peninsula Wrestling Club (PWC) has promoted the personal development of thousands of young people, from many races and economic statuses. Roy Pittman's love of wrestling began at Portland's Washington High School by accident. For Roy, wrestling was just a way
to "stay in shape for baseball", but it did not take long before it became his passion. As Roy says, "Every kid has the opportunity to find the hero in themselves." "Anyone can be a wrestler," Pittman said. "Big or small, you just have to learn how to use your body."

Roy Pittman especially enjoys the challenge of working with kids who are labeled unruly by other adults and their schools. "I put pressure on myself to find out what is the right thing to do for one particular kid," Pittman said. Sometimes the "right thing" for a kid is not on the wrestling mat; it is in school. More than anything else, Pittman just wants to teach kids to learn how to try. One of his favorite ways to do that is through an exercise during- practice that is physical but actually has a mental benefit. He challenges the kids to touch one of the windows that are 15 feet above the gym floor. Small and tall, the kids run and leap onto the wall to try to reach the windows. The smaller kids do not get more than 3 feet off the ground, but the bigger kids, who have been doing this activity for years, can actually scramble up the wall and tap the window. When that happens, everybody in the gym gets cheers. "Everybody is telling them what they can't do," Roy Pittman says, "1 want to inspire them to do the impossible." Roy Pittman is as committed to the sport of wrestling and the total development of youth.

Roy Pittman is a "Gold" level certified coach, one of only 12 in the United States.