PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who serves as the city’s police commissioner, and police officers have been blunt about the issue: Portland’s Police Bureau is short staffed.
Now, the bureau's website and the crime-mapping system it offers is apparently just as strapped.
There is currently no concrete way to track mapped crime reports in the city of Portland. The bureau stopped uploading reports to the city’s website in April of 2015. That’s around the same time students at Portland State University partnered with the city to track past crime stats, between 2008-2013.
Current maps on this site and similar ones are simply blank, appearing to show that no recent crime has happened in the area.
Other outside sites, however, do have some more recent statistics. But anything after April 2015 was a 911 call, not a police report, according to Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Crimereports.com tracked locations of Portland police reports through June 2016 before abruptly stopping.
Crime Reports in Portland continues to have updated data but it's from 911 calls.
Crimemapping.com has no reports since March 2016, which is how far back the system lets users search. Above that map, a question is posed to the user: “No data provided for this map extent. Why?”
Upon clicking on “why”, the website reroutes you to a generic “Frequently Asked Questions” section, which explains, "Occasionally agencies experience technical difficulties and this can interrupt their environment’s ability to load recent data to our site. We assure you that we are aware of any situation and that we are working closely with any agency to get their data onto the site."
And atop the city’s Neighborhood and Crime Statistics site, sits this disclaimer:
"The 5 county area has gone to a new law enforcement records management system. April 5, 2015 was the last day of entry into the legacy system, and the month of March 2015 is incomplete. The application you are viewing will be updated once all of the supporting databases are in place."
KGW has reached out to Portland police, as well as Mayor Hales’ office for comment on the year-and-a-half -long gap in data entry on Portland’s city-run site.
This story will be updated as new information comes in.