Portland Police Bureau: The Downtown Livability Project

In Portland, Oregon, the police department was faced with a system that had overcrowded jails, overextended parole and probation officers, and few prosecutions for property crimes. In the downtown area, crime data verified that a small population of offenders was committing an inordinately high percentage of drug offenses and drug-related property crimes, commonly referred to as livability crimes, in a small downtown core area of Portland. The offenders typically have drug addictions and in some cases underlying mental health issues.