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Mayor’s Message

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mayor-portrait-300dpi-cmykThe strong work of our Beaverton Police Department continues to pay dividends as Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest according to statistics published by the CQ press, The city crime rate rankings 2014: crime in Metropolitan America.

The crime rate rankings of cities and metropolitan areas are calculated annually by CQ press using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents. The city improved its ranking since last year from 55th in the nation to 42nd in the nation. The city council and I are proud of the dedicated police officers who tirelessly serve our community and keep us safe.

This safe-city recognition serves as a fine backdrop for our outreach efforts to engage the public about repurposing the city-owned Griffith Drive building into a public safety center. The Oregonian editorial board recently highlighted the need for Beaverton to have a public safety center that could withstand a substantial earthquake. It’s important that we continue to strategically invest in public safety. This summer, city hall will move to its new location at The Round. This will allow us to retrofit the Griffith Drive building and create a safer and more efficient police, court and emergency management operations center.

Please, the next time you see a Beaverton Police Officer, thank them for making Beaverton the safest city in the Northwest—and while you’re at it, attend one of their outreach events. It’s my strong belief that our community needs a public safety center that will serve Beaverton long into the future.

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