New Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw formally introduced by city
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mayor Ted Wheeler formally introduced Danielle Outlaw as the new Portland chief of police Thursday.
Danielle Outlaw, 41, comes from Oakland, Calif. and has already made a strong impression on Portlanders.
The Portland Police Association said they hope Outlaw will be able to help them with funding and resources.
"I thin it's important to draw there are similarities between [Oakland] and Portland," Outlaw said. "For me, it's not just having the title of police chief. It's about going somewhere and adding value to the communities, to the organization, and being able to walk away leaving that organization a lot stronger than it was before. I'm not here to reform, I'm here to strengthen the good work that's already been done. I have a job to do, to make sure we hold ourselves accountable, we're accountable to the community, and if there's any areas of vulnerability, or gaps identified, that's my job as a leader, to come in and strengthen that, to improve that."
In Oakland, as deputy chief, Outlaw supervised more than 2,200 people.
Outlaw takes over a bureau that has had a revolving door of chiefs in recent years. It has also been criticized for its handling of large protests, and for the use of excessive force against mentally ill suspects.
Outlaw says she has a lot of experience dealing with crowd management, and it's important to strike a balance between safety and protecting First Amendment rights.
The association said officers will support her and the bureau’s goals.
“Hopefully, she will lean upon people within the organization who have the experience, who have been here to be able to move forward quicker and be able to listen to the rank and file, the needs of the rank and file, and the support the rank and file,” said Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association.
Outlaw referenced similar goals in her introduction.
"It's making sure the rank and file has what they need whether that's training or resources, just doing what I can to make sure our officers are who they need to be as a whole," Outlaw said.
Outlaw plans to live in Portland so she can be closer to the community. She will begin work no later than Oct. 2.