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Portland City Council approves improved training space for regional public safety

New police training facility provides opportunities for cost-savings and cross-agency training

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Portland City Council approved an ordinance that will fund a new police training facility in Northeast Portland. The training facility will be the first one in the history of the Portland Police Bureau and will support more than 990 officers who are required to complete mandatory annual training.

“The dedicated facility is a positive step for public safety in the region,” said Suzanne Hayden, Executive Director of the Citizens Crime Commission. “It is an economical and centrally-located facility that provides community support for the training necessary to achieve the high expectations placed on police officers.”

The facility has potential for joint training with other city, county and metro public safety agencies, such as Portland’s Fire Bureau. Public safety agencies across the region have a hard time finding training sites, particularly for driving exercises and firearms training. The facility, which already has a paved portion available for low speed driving maneuvers, will provide revenue-generating opportunities by leasing time to these other agencies. The building will accommodate an indoor shooting range and is flexible and suited for scenario-based training for all public safety disciplines.

City council also passed a resolution today to establish a Training Advisory Council for the new training facility. The ordinance and resolution had unanimous support.

“This is a vote for public safety and support for the men and women who respond when we call with an emergency,” said Hayden.