Calling 911 for unwanted persons

Portland 911 gets about 100 calls a day for some version of “unwanted person,” mostly homeless or street people acting strangely, blocking entrances, obstructing sidewalks, or camped out on somebody’s property. According to this article, “Oregon’s percentage of unsheltered people is second-highest in the nation. Much of the city is feeling fed up and freaked out.” Efforts are underway to develop alternative responses to relieve police (and 911) of the burden since few of the situations are emergencies or serious criminal matters.

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One Response to “Calling 911 for unwanted persons”

  1. scott prell Says:

    Disorderly behavior and fear. Threats to quality of life?

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