Unlike smaller municipalities in the state, the Portland Police Department investigates all our own cases including homicides and fatal motor vehicle accidents.
The Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) targets emerging trends such as robberies, residential or motor vehicle burglary sprees, or street level drug trafficking. The unit operates mostly in a plain clothes capacity.
Three full-time evidence technicians assigned to Forensic Services collect and process evidence in an effort to develop information that leads to the identification and, ultimately, the arrest of a suspect.
The Community Policing Unit consists of personnel who work closely with community members, service agencies, business owners and other government agencies to develop and implement programs, initiatives and services throughout Portland's neighborhoods.
The Traffic Unit investigates all fatal and serious injury motor vehicle accidents as well as hit and run accidents. Additionally, the Traffic Sergeant coordinates the police role in events such as road races, parades and street closures.
Whatever your interest is, there are plenty of opportunities for officers to specialize.
Defensive Tactics Instructors
Illegal drugs and diverted prescription medications negatively affect our community in numerous ways, including drug related crime and overdose deaths. Selected officers have the opportunity to work with MDEA as a specialty assignment.
The Portland Police Department collaborates with the FBI through the Safe Streets Task Force. Comprised of federal and local law enforcement personnel, the Task Force identifies, investigates and targets criminal enterprise groups.
The city of Portland is separated into 11 patrol beats. Community policing centers are placed throughout the city.
The Portland Police Department provides full-time law enforcement services to Peaks Island. Four Portland Police Officers work rotating 24 hour shifts on the island where they respond to approximately 300 police calls for service each year.
Two officers and a K-9 team are assigned to the Portland International Jetport in a full-time capacity. Officers are offered overtime to supplement additional Jetport shifts.