Police seize dozens of guns, make 13 arrests in mission to stop gun violence

Officers seize 9 firearms during mission to stop gun violence - Photo from Portland Police

Officers seize 9 guns during

PORTLAND, Ore. – Officers seized three dozen guns and arrested 13 people since last Thursday as part of a multi-agency effort to stop gun violence in the Portland metro area.

Following two recent homicides, Portland Police’s Gang Enforcement Team received info that there could be more shootings in the area.

The bureau worked with several other law enforcement agencies to arrest people involved in gun violence.

During the initial five-day mission, officers located and seized nine handguns and arrested 13 people on various charges. Since Monday, however they’ve seized 27 “illegally possessed” guns.

"The collaboration between community and law enforcement in the preceding three weeks of Operation Safe Winter has removed multiple illegally possessed firearms and likely prevented additional gun violence in our community," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Operation Safe Winter has really set the standard for what is possible when community members and law enforcement come together to impact safety in our community."

Portland Police worked with the following agencies to carry out the mission:

  • Gresham Police Department/ Multnomah County Sheriff's Office East Metro Gang Enforcement Team
  • Hillsboro Police Department/ Washington County Sheriff's Office Interagency Gang Enforcement Team
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATTF)
  • Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC)
  • Multnomah County Parole and Probation
  • Multnomah County Juvenile Parole and Probation
  • Oregon Youth Authority
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Latino Network
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
  • Native American Youth and Family Center

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area. More information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved.

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous. Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip: by visiting the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips online or call 503-823-HELP (4357).

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