Portland’s Parkside neighborhood gets new community policing station

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The Parkside Community Policing Substation has a new home at 510 Cumberland Ave., attached to the new Deering Place Apartments.

The community policing unit has existed as an arm of the Portland Police Department since the 1990s, department representative David Singer said, and allows civilians to interact with officers outside of the traditional department setting.

"You Are Not Alone" mural
“You are Not Alone,” by Kerrin Parkinson, is a collaboration between the artist and the Portland Police Department’s Community Policing Unit. It is painted on an exterior wall of Independent Audio at 82 Gilman St. in the Parkside neighborhood. (Courtesy of Portland Police Department)

Each neighborhood in Portland has one, and before the Cumberland Avenue office opened, he said, the most recent station was the Bayside Community Policing Substation, which was established in 2010.

The Deering Place Apartments are affordable housing development of three residential buildings run by Avesta Housing. Two of the buildings were newly constructed and opened earlier this summer, and one was recently renovated.

The community policing unit also recently collaborated with artist Kerrin Parkinson on a new mural in the Parkside neighborhood, titled “You Are Not Alone,” which is meant to spread awareness and raise support for mental health initiatives.

The substations, Singer said, help develop familiarity between officers and civilians for non-enforcement contacts regarding issues like drugs or behavioral health crises.

“Regular, non-enforcement contacts with our community is what leads to trusting, mutually beneficial relationships,” he said, “(which) help officers solve crimes and deter criminal activity.”