GROUP PROPOSES CITIZEN PATROL
TO REDUCE LIGHT-RAIL PROBLEMS
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
May 17, 1999
- The Oregonian
ZONER MID COUNTY
Summary: Committee members say they want to reduce
vandalism near the tracks and discourage misbehavior
activists want volunteers for a new group that
would patrol the area's light-rail stops.
officials say that if the Rockwood Crime and Safety
Committee manages to gather enough people who
are serious about it, the
agency might be willing to train them, provide
identifying vests and patches,
and possibly provide communication such as cell
"We are pretty
excited about the possibilities. We are
keeping our fingers
crossed that we're going to hear back from
them," said Peggy Hanson,
Tri-Met's manager for system security, who
spoke to the group last week.
Hanson and Portland
Police Capt. Larry Findling said they have never
heard of any other volunteer citizen patrol of
a public transit system.
"We would be cutting
new ground," Findling said.
Findling said Rockwood's
light-rail stations don't have more crime than
any other MAX stations. However,
the whole system has a problem with
riders who intimidate others by cursing, shouting
or being drunk.
"It's a livability
issue rather than a criminal issue," he said. "It's relatively
safe as far as crime goes, but because some
people are loud and inappropriate,
people don't feel safe."
members complained that they get scared at Rockwood
won't ride the train until 188th gets cleaned up," said Judy Decker,
a committee member. She considered the station
a gang hangout until recently.
"Older people won't go there."
said they've been offended by cursing teens
or by recently released inmates bragging about
their exploits in jail.
"Vandalism is getting really bad a block or two off the tracks -- cars
broken into, windows broken," said Doug Farrell,
committee leader. He
suggested that Tri-Met sponsor some sort of
spends about $3 million on police security, there's
not enough money to put a transit cop on every
train, Findling said.
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