Portland to have first African American woman for police chief
By Jennifer Cruz
Danielle Outlaw will join the Portland Police Bureau as chief no later than October. (Photo: Portland Mayor’s Office)
A 41-year-old woman who began her law enforcement career as a police explorer while attending high school in Oakland, California, will make history by becoming Portland’s first African American woman to serve as police chief.
“I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul. Danielle Outlaw is that person,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wrote in a press release last week announcing Outlaw as the selection for the position.
Wheeler noted that beyond Outlaw’s experience, she shares his drive to improve community relations, especially in communities of color. He also noted their mutual goals of increasing diversity and embracing equity within the department, which is made up of 950 sworn employees and 270 non-sworn employees.
Wheeler said the Bureau’s mission is to create and maintain safe neighborhoods by working with the community, and to reduce crime and the fear that follows while working with the citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights,