Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill is pleased to announce the formation of a new East County Prosecution and Law enforcement Unified Strategy. Senior Deputy District Attorney James Hayden–who has 27 years’ experience in a variety of prosecution disciplines, including gangs, violent crime and extensive work in the community — building partnerships and solving community crime concerns–will oversee a diverse group of prosecutors that will use data and proven prosecution strategies to respond to gang and violent crime in Gresham and East Portland. This effort will focus primarily on the drivers of violent crime. The team will also support the existing Rockwood/Rosewood Enrichment Neighborhood Enforcement Workgroup (RENEW) by collaborating with community police officers, community providers, and neighborhood residents in an effort to strengthen and improve community livability.
The team will include highly skilled prosecutors who currently handle a diverse range of challenges in East County. Prosecutors from the Neighborhood District Attorney Unit, Gang Unit, Human Trafficking Unit, and the East County Courthouse, will coordinate efforts with local law enforcement to address the community safety issues in the area. These prosecutors have forged partnerships in the community that will be vital to the success and implementation of this community prosecution strategy.
The goal of this effort is to reduce gang violence and violent crime. However, we recognize this goal cannot be achieved without a strong community and strong community support. That is why our community partners are critical to the success of the program. There is much hard work ahead, but the result of that hard work will be an increase in public safety, economic viability, and community livability.