Members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office were among those recognized on June 14, 2018 at the Portland Police Bureau Awards Ceremony held at City Bible Church.
The members of the Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit received the Bureau’s Unit Commendation. The members of the PPB Sex Trafficking Unit are nationally recognized for combating sex trafficking. Members of the Sex Trafficking Unit are assigned to the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Violent Crimes Task Force. They work with local, state and federal law enforcement partners, along with community partners, to combat trafficking in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The Sex Trafficking Unit has a three-prong approach: arrest offenders, rescue victims, and educate the public. This program has become the standard for the State of Oregon on how to combat sex trafficking. The unit is also augmented by officers, county sheriff’s deputies, detectives, and deputy district attorneys who put in thousands of hours conducting undercover operations, investigations, and prosecuting these cases. All of these people are essential to the unit’s ability to address the hundreds of cases the Sex Trafficking Unit investigates each year.
Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa and deputy district attorneys Nicole Bockelman and Mike Botthof were among those to receive the Portland Police Bureau Unit Commendation for their work with the Sex Trafficking Unit.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman, who is assigned to the office’s Gang Unit, was among the individuals to receive the Portland Police Bureau Commendation Medal.
During the awards program, PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Christopher Burley said, “it takes the dedication of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office to work these difficult (gang) cases, where very few testify because of a ‘no snitch’ code or because of legitimate threats against witnesses. Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman continues to make a significant impact in the successful prosecution and resolution of cases related to gang violence.”
The Multnomah County Probation and Parole Gang Unit also received the Commendation Medal for their dedicated efforts to working with the PPB Gang Enforcement Team and the District Attorney’s Office to reduce gang violence and the recidivism rate of gang offenders.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the members of the Portland Police Bureau for recognizing our work. Furthermore, we would like to congratulate all of the individuals honored at the awards ceremony for their commitment to public service.
Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director