Government

Gresham Gang Prevention

  • Call the Gang Tip Hotline at 503-666-1844 if you have information about gang-related activity.

    If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

    Gang violence is a fast-growing East Multnomah County issue threatening Gresham’s livability and requiring stepped-up, collaborative measures to address the problem. 

    A balance of prevention, intervention and suppression strategies is the only way any community has ever been able to curb the growth of gangs. 

    Gangs aren't new to Gresham. What is new:

    • The growth rate in gang membership.
    • Increasing levels of violence.
    • Spreading gang activity throughout all parts of the city.

    Gresham's comprehensive approach

    The City is collaborating with a variety of regional partners to implement a coordinated and comprehensive approach to target the root causes of gang involvement in Gresham.

    • Providing officers to the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team.
    • Opening the Rockwood Public Safety Facility.
    • Hiring gang outreach workers.
    • Partnering with Friends of the Children to provide at-risk youth mentorship.

    Read about Gresham's comprehensive actions to gang prevention.

  • Gang prevention and enforcement plan

    The Gresham Police Department has programs and personnel dedicated to gang suppression. However, this new wave of gang activity requires more than effective policing.

    Multi-agency gang prevention and enforcement plan

    Gangs are decreasing in Portland and increasing in East Multnomah County.

    Read the Multnomah County Comprehensive Gang Assessment

    Local resources

    Do you know a young person heading down the wrong path? Concerned with graffiti or other problems in your neighborhood? Find help.

    Gresham gang prevention resources

  • Ride-along with Gresham gang enforcement: Sgt. Bill Smith takes us on a patrol and explains his role as a Gresham gang enforcement officer.

    Boys & Girls Club coming to Gresham: Mayor Shane Bemis and other Boys & Girls Club supporters describe the importance of youth programs and community partnerships.

    Contact us

    For information about gang activity, awareness and prevention contact Joe Walsh, Gang Prevention Policy Advisor, at 503-618-2372 or Joe.Walsh@GreshamOregon.gov