Listening to the Community
Listening to the Community
As City Council, Department Heads and the Mayor, we often speak of Beaverton being a safe and comfortable place for all people who call this community home. After recent city council meetings and spending more time in the community with people sharing their experiences, it has become more apparent that we, in a position of privilege, have some important changes to make as we move forward. We appreciate the questions and concerns that the community has raised, as well as encouragement and appreciation for the activities and forward momentum.
Even with our diverse makeup and a commitment to being welcoming, Beaverton is not immune to the systemic racism that has plagued our institutions and services for far too long. From Beaverton’s incorporation more than 127 years ago on Indigenous land to Oregon’s founding with laws excluding people of color, many have suffered (and are still suffering).
We’ve been approaching these issues from a place of comfort, but we must be uncomfortable in order to grow and bring actual change. The past weeks, hearing from many community members, has shown that we have a lot of work to do. Below you will find the topics that we are in deep conversation around, and we commit to adding information as it becomes available. Please, keep sending us your emails, participating in visitor comment during Council meetings, and having conversations with us.
BPD will be attending multiple work sessions at upcoming City Council meetings to discuss the 8 Can’t Wait Campaign, the new legislation on police accountability and the police department’s internal use of force policies.
Mayor Denny Doyle signed the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance pledge led by former President Obama and committed to review city policies, seek community input, communicate findings and reform our community’s police use of force policies, as needed.
BPD and the Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) are engaging in a series of six listening and dialogue sessions focused on police operations and policy, response to demands for police reform, and consideration of long-term structures for community oversight. "BPD-HRAC Inquiry Sessions" will run July - December during the regular monthly HRAC meetings.
Talk to us:
Tell us your thoughts. Your feedback is critical to ensuring next steps meet the needs of community members. Contact your city leaders:
Councilor Cate Arnold
Councilor: Position 4
Councilor Lacey Beaty
Councilor: Position 1
Councilor Mark Fagin
Councilor: Position 3
Councilor Laura Mitchell
Councilor: Position 2
Councilor Marc San Soucie
Councilor: Position 5
The City of Beaverton strongly encourages submitting written public testimony to the City Council at citymail@BeavertonOregon.gov. In addition, members of the public may submit comments to City Council by calling 503-755-9544 during the meeting (please join the call 20 minutes before the start of the meeting to be put into the que for the Visitor Comments section).
We also welcome invitations to speak to your organizations, or ideas on how we can be even more visible in the community.
- Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan for the City of Beaverton
Police Department Budget Comparisons
FY 2020-21 Adopted Budget
The City’s total adopted budget is $406,000,000 and the Police Departments budget of $36,000,000 represents 9% of the total budget.
One way to display the City’s budget information is by City Departments and Divisions.
Chart 1, below, shows the city’s Adopted Budget by Department and Divisions. The largest city department is Public Works / Operations, budgeted at just over $82 million, making up about 20% of the city’s budget. This department is responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the city’s streets, water system, sewer system, and storm water system.
The Police Department is the fifth largest, at $36.7 million, and is 9% of the overall city budget. Over 95,000 services calls are taken or initiated by the department in a year. Some of the Police’s departments duties include, patrol, traffic, investigations, community policing, code compliance and the behind the scenes staff that work to ensure that Beaverton is one of the safest cities in the Northwest including, records management, training, evidence and administration.