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Homicides soar, PPB detective unit ‘significantly understaffed’ – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-10-08 19:15:16 –

According to police data, homicide has more than doubled in Portland in the last five years.

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Portland’s homicide rate continues to rise.

Thursday Portland police arrest Matthew Clement After he led the authorities to Clackamas County in a car chase, where he helped an agent stop his car and detain him. Clement was charged with first-class murder last week for killing Joshua Newell in the Milpark district of southeastern Portland.

According to police data, homicide has more than doubled in Portland in the last five years. So far this year, the Portland Police Department has recorded a total of 66 murders in the city. The detective has resolved 30 of those cases.

In 2020, 45% of 54 murders in the city were unresolved, 31% of 32 murders were unresolved the previous year, and 34% of 29 murders were in 2018. Unresolved, only 15% were unresolved in 2017. murder.

PPB officer Derek Carmon told KOIN 6 News that the dismissal of the bureau’s gun violence reduction team in the summer of 2020 created a gap.

“It will take some time for the Focus Intervention Team and the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team to regain speed and hit this violence on the streets,” he said.

In the meantime, most of the cases are unresolved.

“I have no words to tell these families how sorry I am. I know that every detective in the murder department feels that way. They want to be able to do more. I’m sure, “Carmon said. ..

The PPB hired eight new murder investigators last year, but police aren’t enough for a team of 20.

“Comparing itself to other cities like San Diego, they committed about 16 murders, and we far outweighed that,” Carmon said. “But they have 24 murder investigators and 3 sergeants assigned to the murder department, which makes our unit significantly understaffed and difficult for detectives to work. . ”

KOIN 6 News spoke with a mother whose son was shot dead in 2019. Police are still looking for his murderer. His mother said she was emotionally broken and still afraid to leave the house.

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