By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
QPatrol PDX launches this Memorial Day weekend with patrols on Friday and Saturday night. The community foot patrol, formed in response to the anti-gay assault on a group of men that weekend in 2010, is now in its third season of foot patrols through downtown Portland.
The patrols aim to promote safety by increasing visibility, providing education, and building relationships with city officials and police.
Q Center’s Logan Lynn told PQ:
The plan for year three of Q Center’s concentrated anti-violence project (QAVP) is to refocus on the original plan, which was in three parts: education, advocacy, and foot patrols. These pieces were intended to be self-reinforcing efforts at improving community safety.
The way this works: people walking foot patrols are also educating the community, and providing visibility and reporting services. And this year we’re going to be beefing up the public education and visibility component in order to educate the broader community on safety concerns. Also, through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, we’ve been assigned a PSU intern to head up the project. The benefit: we’ll have more person power/hours to dedicate than ever before.
If you missed your chance to get in on the first patrol, there are plenty of remaining opportunities both to take the training and to walk with QPatrol.
Upcoming Patrols (per volunteer email):
“May 25 and 26, June 1 and 2, June 8 and 9, June 15 and 16 (PRIDE weekend), July 6 and 7, August 10 and 11, August 24 and 25, August 31 and September, OPTIONAL – September 2 (Sunday prior to Labor Day) – if we can obtain sufficient volunteers, September 7 and 8, October 12 and 13, October 26 and 27, OPTIONAL – October 31 (Wednesday – Halloween) – if we can obtain sufficient volunteers.”
Upcoming Trainings (per FB event info):
The patrols run from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. To get involved contact QPatrol at firstname.lastname@example.org.