I put this video together last year around this time of the Community Outreach Response Team, which was a fairly new program at that time. Definitely my favorite part of working in the public information office is getting to see officers interact with the community first-hand and having the opportunity to capture it in video or photos.
What I find most impressive about these officers, is how calm and understanding they are when working with people in crisis. It definitely takes a special person to be able to interact with people in this way, and I am overwhelmed with how much they care about these people and the community.
The CORT program uses the EPD Downtown Team, working together with CAHOOTS and Lane County Behavioral Health to focus efforts on outreach in the downtown community.