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Friday in Portland: 150 PPB officers to begin wearing body cameras next week, Hurricane Hilary bringing rain to Oregon

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Aug. 18 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. 4 hospitalized after crash involving police vehicle

An investigation is underway after a crash involving a police vehicle early Friday in Gresham left four people hospitalized. A sedan and police vehicle collided, sending three people from the sedan and one officer to the hospital, according to police.

The crash occurred around 3:45 a.m. near the intersection of Northwest Eastman Parkway and Northwest Burnside Road. The intersection was closed during the investigation.

2. About 150 PPB officers to begin wearing body cameras next week

Some Portland police officers will finally begin wearing body cameras starting Monday for a two-month pilot program, following nearly a decade of debate and delays. Up until this point, Portland had the largest municipal police department in the country without body cameras.

About 150 officers with the Portland Police Bureau’s central precinct and the Focused Intervention Team, a gun violence reduction group, will use the Axon technology. Officers are required to turn on their body cameras for every call for service, per PPB policy. The cameras are also designed to automatically turn on in crucial moments, including when an officer pulls a gun, pulls a taser or turns on vehicle lights.

“Our officers have been wanting these for years,” PPB spokesperson Lt. Nathan Sheppard said. “It’s huge and long overdue and we are very happy for this finally to be happening.”

3. Hurricane Hilary forecasted to bring rain to Oregon next week

Oregon could see rain next week as Tropical Storm Hilary moves in from the Pacific Ocean, following a stretch of record-setting heat across the region. On Friday morning, Hilary strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast, with winds near 145 mph. It’s expected to graze the Baja coast by the weekend and approach Southern California on Sunday.

The forecast could change, but current modeling shows the storm will still be a powerful hurricane when it hits Baja California, and a tropical storm when it makes landfall between San Diego and Los Angeles.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center shows significant rainfall across Oregon by next Wednesday. Portland could see 0.17 inches of rain by 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Bend could see 0.51 inches of rain.

Thanks for reading! See you next week with all the latest Portland news.

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