Mayor Wheeler, partners announce enhanced auto and retail theft task forces

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Mayor Wheeler at press conference, May 1 2023
Mayor Wheeler joined Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, DA Mike Schmidt, and Portland Business Alliance President & CEO Andrew Hoan

Mayor Wheeler delivered remarks at a press conference on Monday held by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announcing two new local task forces – one that will focus on tackling organized retail theft and one that will address auto theft. 

Both Multnomah County and the City of Portland are contributing funds to create five dedicated positions within the DA’s office to lead the task forces:

  • Organized Retail Theft Task Force – a collaboration with law enforcement and retailers to address barriers to tackling retail crime, including improved strategies to address the most prolific offenders, training on loss reduction and investigative work, and case preparation. 
  • Auto Theft Task Force, a collaboration with the local law enforcement to reduce auto theft through improved investigations, case preparation, law enforcement training, prosecutions, and community outreach aimed at vehicle theft prevention.
Mayor Wheeler, group poses