Saturday, June 10, 2017

UPDATE 2: Rose Quarter Transit Station is shut down as Portland Police Respond to a possible person in crisis

UPDATE 2: ROSE QUARTER TRANSIT STATION IS SHUT DOWN AS PORTLAND POLICE RESPOND TO A POSSIBLE PERSON IN CRISIS


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 10th, 2017 11:53 PM
At 11:28 p.m. today a team of Enhanced Crisis Intervention Trained officers were able to speak with the subject and convince him to come down from the roof of the TriMet bus. The man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital on a police officer hold. The Rose Quarter Transit Station has reopened.

The Portland Police Bureau has created an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT). This is a team of volunteer officers who receive additional training in crisis resolution, negotiation, critical incident management and knowledge regarding the mental health system. These ECIT officers were integral in safely resolving this incident.

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The Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer has responded to the Rose Quarter Transit Station. Responding media should come to Northeast Holladay Street and Northeast Wheeler Avenue.


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Today, June 10, 2017 at 8:27 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers received a call that a person holding a knife is on top of a TriMet bus stopped at the Rose Quarter Transit Station, located at 1000 North Interstate Avenue. Officers arrived and are attempting to safely contact the person. Specialy trained officers with the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) are negotiating with the person in crisis.

For the safety of all involved, officers have closed the area around the Rose Quarter Transit Station. Currently no TriMet buses or trains are servicing or traveling through the Rose Quarter Transit Station.

The Portland Police Bureau generally responds to more than 1,200 suicidal person calls a year. To help improve our response to these calls all Portland Police officers received Crisis Intervention Training. Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau has created specialized units such as three teams containing both a police officer and mental health clinician from our community partner, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. These teams work with individuals who have both frequent police contact and mental health issues.

More information on these programs can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call 503-963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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