Major Travis Hampton presents Department "Area Command or Work Site of the Year Award" to Portland Area Commander, Lieutenant Jeff Hershman
The Oregon State Police (OSP) recognized the outstanding efforts of one of many OSP offices with today’s presentation to the OSP Portland office as the 2013 “Area Command or Work Site of the Year Award”. (Plaque)
Starting in 2011, the Department initiated an award presented to an OSP Area Command or Work Site whose members demonstrate the highest ethical standards, exceptional professional skills and diligence to duty that is above and beyond expectations while protecting people, property and natural resources of the State. The Portland Area Command office was selected for the award by the Department’s Employee Recognition Committee from among 11 individual nominations submitted across the State by the department’s sworn and professional staff.
“We are honored to announce the committee’s selection of the Portland Area Command for this well-deserved award,” said Major Travis Hampton. “There were many excellent nominations making this a tough decision because of the outstanding work that is done each day by our employees in many areas of the State.”
Despite seeing staffing levels dip last year to 16 troopers and 3 patrol sergeants, the Portland office achieved some impressive results in providing law enforcement services in the Portland metropolitan area. During the year, work by Portland Area Command patrol troopers reflected:
* Over 6700 traffic citations & more than 4400 warnings
* 688 traffic crash investigations
* 7 fatal traffic crash investigations
* 284 DUII arrests
* 178 warrant arrests
* 180 drug-related arrests
Calls for service are constant and the need to have strong public safety partnerships is stressed by Lieutenant Jeff Hershman and his supervisory staff. Troopers participate and work side-by-side with other officers as part of multi-agency major crash teams within Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Multi-agency enhanced enforcement efforts are regularly conducted to address transportation safety issues. Examples of interagency efforts included:
* Multi-agency DUII enforcement during major holidays and events such as Super Bowl, Rose Festival, Cinco De Mayo, and St. Patrick’s Day when last year OSP, Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office focused on the downtown area and state routes leading to/from the city. The OSP DUII Mobile Processing Center was used and stationed in front of Portland’s Central Precinct. In total, participating officers reported 36 DUII arrests, ten Reckless Driving arrests, nearly 100 other traffic citations, and several drug-related and warrant arrests.
* OSP, Clackamas County and Multnomah County sheriff offices teams together for Hood to Coast, the world’s largest running and walking relay.
* Patrol support during major incidents including the shooting death of an Oregon City police officer.
* Multi-agency active shooter training in Clackamas County.
In addition to patrol-related work, Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives and Fish & Wildlife Division troopers at the Portland office performed exemplary work during 2013 deserving of recognition.
Led by Sergeant Jon Harrington, the CID Major Crimes Section detectives established themselves as an important and integral part of major crime teams in the tri-county region. Significant accomplishments included:
* Participation in 25 major crime team investigations.
* Conducted over 300 criminal investigations.
* Special recognition from Gresham Police Department for CID work on 9 of their major crime team callouts including a lead role in the Whitney Heichel homicide.
* Detectives providing training to law enforcement partners in numerous counties on Officer-Involved Shooting and deadly use of force investigations, as well as at the Oregon Peace Officers Association conference.
* Investigative support for all OSP fatal crash investigations where criminal conduct is suspected.
Sergeant Chris Allori and 5 troopers comprise the OSP Portland Fish & Wildlife Unit. This unit received the Department’s 2012 Fish & Wildlife Division Unit of the Year for their outstanding efforts. In addition to working to maintain compliance of our State’s laws and regulations that protect and enhance the long term health and equitable utilization of Oregon's fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend, Fish & Wildlife troopers routinely respond to traffic crashes, disabled motorists and reported crimes to help the already strained patrol resources.
“A lot of the work by our troopers and non-sworn staff doesn’t always get noticed, but all Oregonians and visitors to our State should be confident that we are doing what we can to keep Oregon's citizens and visitors safe and to preserve our natural resources,” said Hampton.