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News Release
Overnight mission focused on traffic safety and gun violence nets 58 traffic stops, 11 arrests, 1 firearm seizure (Photo) - 07/25/22

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce gun and traffic violence, Multnomah County law enforcement officers performed a traffic enforcement mission, on July 25, that netted in 58 traffic stops, 11 arrests and the seizure of one firearm. The Gresham Police Department partnered with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office (MCSO), to increase the number of deputies and officers available.

Charges of those arrested included impaired driving, elude, unlawful possession of a weapon, and various warrants. The team also responded to a report of an overdose in which Narcan was deployed to reverse the person’s overdose effects.

The mission is a part of MCSO’s Enhanced Public Safety Initiative (EPSI), a data-driven violence reduction strategy. EPSI, launched in April in response to the rise in violent and traffic-related crimes, has mainly focused on communities and high crash corridors east of 162nd Avenue.

Since these efforts began, the missions have resulted in 231 traffic stops, 56 arrests, 9 recovered stolen vehicles, one recovered firearm, and one overdose reversal.

“The violence we are experiencing in our communities is jeopardizing personal safety, devastating families, and impacting the livability of Multnomah County,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “Proactive missions, such as these, interrupt violence and deter criminal activity, and they have made a positive impact in the communities we serve.”

Image description: Tire flattened by a spike strip used during an elude
Image description: A deputy performs a traffic stop on a vehicle without plates

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