March 8, 2017

Monday, February 27 elected officials, law enforcement and other public safety officials joined business owners, residents and service providers in Old Town for a press conference and launch of LEAD®. Speakers at the press conference were: Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, Executive Director of Metropolitan Public Defender Services Lane Borg, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Central City Concern Chief Medical Officer Rachel Solotaroff, Sheriff Mike Reese, Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman, and LPSCC Director Abbey Stamp.

Chair Deborah Kafoury speaks to the media at LEAD press conference and launch

Links to news

Oregonlive report on launch of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. Quotes Chair Deborah Kafoury, District Attorney Rod Underhill, Public Defender Lane Borg among others.

KGW News on Multnomah County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program quotes Chair Deborah Kafoury and District Attorney Rod Underhill.

KPTV story and video on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Mentions Multnomah County as providing funding for the program.

KATU story on Multnomah County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program mentions The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners which set aside $800,000 from the 2016 year to fund the program. Other funds are coming from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.

KXL story on LEAD quotes Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and District Attorney Rod Underhill. Notes the boards $800,000 investment.

KOIN story on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Interviews LEAD participants in Seattle, caseworkers and police.  Quotes District Attorney Rod Underhill.   Roughly 5 minutes long.

KBOO radio interview with Chair Deborah Kafoury and LPSCC Director Abbey Stamp. The interview begins about 3 minutes into the broadcast (28:30)

Left to Right: LPSCC Director Abbey Stamp and LEAD Project Coordinator Laura Cohen; Central City Concern and Multnomah County celebrate the launch of LEAD®; Commissioner Lori Stegmann observes press conference