After being chosen by City Manager Mark Rees, Michael J Sauschuck was appointed Chief of Police by Portland City Council on February 7, 2012.
To the Members of our Portland Community,
After I was officially sworn in as the 19th Chief of the Portland Police Department in March of this year, the agency spent the next several months completing the command staff transition. I was honored to promote Vern Malloch to Assistant Chief in March, and Gary Rogers to Commander in June. I speak for both Vern and Gary when I say how privileged we feel to serve with such an incredible team of sworn and civilian co-workers.
The hard work of this team resulted in yet another reduction in overall crime for 2012 - the third year in a row for this special group. This reduction is a direct result of our employees’ professionalism and passion for the art of “protect and serve.” That drive can best be seen in the strong partnerships we continue to build with all members of our community. Two initiatives the department focused on this year were the Yellow Dot Program, a means to protect our elderly community and SEALS-Fit, a program which inspires youth through fitness and leadership training.
The department also worked this year to finish an important collaborative peer support initiative concluding with the official kick-off of our Chaplaincy program. The program is geared toward employee wellness and is meant to provide additional support for members of the PPD family.
Starting in mid-October, I attended the 10-week FBI National Academy, studying best practices in the administration of justice and law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation. My time there generated many new ideas and I returned anxious to integrate them into the department. It was an excellent opportunity to work with other law enforcement professionals from across the country and learn from leaders in the field.
Each year, the Portland Police Department holds a formal awards ceremony to recognize the outstanding efforts of officers and citizens. A highlight of 2012’s awards ceremony was the proclamation to honor 10-year-old Portland citizen Anferni Leng, who witnessed a classmate bring a gun to school, and informed school administrators who confiscated the gun, averting a possible tragedy.
I’ve highlighted just a few of the initiatives that I’m especially proud of from 2012. I want to thank the entire community for all your support and, once again, voice my pride in being a member of the Portland Police Department.
Michael J. Sauschuck
Chief of Police