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The Axon camera has three modes:
Officers patrol in ”Buffering” mode. When they take enforcement action or begin an investigation they activate the “Recording” function. The camera automatically records and saves video from the prior 30 seconds when the camera was in “buffering” mode. Once the “Recording” function is on, the camera is recording audio and visual until it is turned off.
Officers are able to turn their cameras off to conduct private daily functions such as using the bathroom.
Not all vacant buildings are of concern. For example, a soldier who has gone off to war, leaving his unoccupied house under the watchful care of neighbors, is not of concern. A rental house that is temporarily vacant before a new tenant moves in is not an issue. Usually landlords, family members, or friendly neighbors watch over these buildings to preserve and protect them for their owners. These are not the types of vacant buildings that contribute to urban blight. However, obviously vacant buildings that are open to entry by trespassers are the kind of buildings the City’s ordinance was designed to address.
Vacant buildings that are open and accessible pose a danger to the community and particularly the immediate neighborhood.
If you observe people trespassing at a vacant building, call the non-emergency police dispatch number, 503-629-0111.
Financial institutions are required by Oregon law to report foreclosed properties. To comply with the law, simply fill out the Report of Foreclosed Residential Real Property.
When a member of the community becomes aware of criminal activity whether as a victim or a witness, they may call 9-1-1 to report it. That is referred to as a call for service. After an officer is dispatched to investigate the incident, they may file a report, and the compilation of those reports is referred to as reported crime.
Analysis of calls for service provides an unfiltered view of what crimes are being reported to police, and with automated dispatch systems, the data is much more current. Police reports provide much greater information about the details of criminal activity, but not all reports are entered and available for analysis immediately.
Our Apartment Calls for Service page provides information for those interested in evaluating local apartment complexes, and further analysis of police reports. Other sources of crime analysis may focus on arrests or on the number of reported crimes cleared by the arrest of a suspect, criminal convictions, or sentences rendered.
Mapping crime can help law enforcement agencies protect the community more effectively in the areas they serve. Simple maps that display the locations where crimes or concentrations of crimes have occurred can be used to help direct patrols to places they are most needed. Policymakers in police departments might use more complex maps to observe trends in criminal activity, and maps may prove invaluable in solving criminal cases. For example, detectives may use maps to better understand the patterns of serial criminals and to hypothesize where these offenders might live.
Using maps that help people visualize the geographic aspects of crime, however, is not limited to law enforcement personnel. Mapping can provide specific information on crime and criminal behavior to elected officials, the media, and the community.