Outlaw to lead the police force

Danielle Outlaw from her days in the Oakland PDPersonal choice of the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, in fact:

Mayor Ted Wheeler today announced that he has selected Danielle Outlaw to become the next Chief of the Portland Police Bureau.

Outlaw is a 19-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department, where she served as a Deputy Chief since 2013. Outlaw will be formally introduced at a press conference on Thursday, August 10.

This file photo shows her in the uniform of the Oakland PD, in fact.

During the selection process, Mayor Wheeler emphasized the qualities he wants in a police chief, based upon the principles of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Mayor selected Outlaw based on her ability to provide leadership and supervision to over 950 sworn and 270 non-sworn employees, to work effectively with diverse communities, and to lead an organization committed to community policing, transparency and accountability.

I read her bio, and she served in several positions in the Oakland PD before being named Deputy Chief. I have every reason to think she’ll do a fine job, and I wish her well.

But needless to say, I’m not going to pass up an opportunity for a post title like this.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 August 2017 · 2:02 pm

    Being on the Oakland PD: now there’s a trial by fire. She should be well-prepared for anything Portland can throw at her.

  2. McG »

    8 August 2017 · 6:56 pm

    The line between outlaw and law — er, -person — has always been a thin one out West, for good or ill.

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