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What Happened to Graffiti Abatement in Portland?

With a diminishment of the graffiti abatement program in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) this past year and the subsequent disbanding of the Police Bureau’s Graffiti Investigation Unit, graffiti across the city has reached new heights. As a part of the Neighborhood Response Team at Central Precinct, the two-person Graffiti Investigation Unit in the past functioned very effectively in processing graffiti reports City-wide. Graffiti in Portland was kept under relative control, but today has become rampant.

The job of graffiti investigation is one of a number of essential ingredients to maintaining Portland’s quality of life and keeping neighborhoods livable. The failure to properly enforce our graffiti laws encourages an influx of taggers from all over the country and leads to many other insidious activities. The ever increasing deterioration of Portland in this regard is unacceptable. Portland in the past was a progressive national leader in graffiti enforcement along with other quality of life matters. The failure to allocate appropriate resources to livability issues is akin to deferring street maintenance of which we face the consequences today.

Your voice is needed

Please let City Council know that the Graffiti Investigation Unit should be restored in the upcoming budget and that ONI’s budget for graffiti abatement should not be cut.

Charlie Hales -
Amanda Fritz -
Steve Novick -
Dan Saltzman -
Nick Fish -

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Did you know that you can help clean up illegal dumping? Our Metro Regional Government sponsors a program called Regional Illegal Dumping Patrol or RID.

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