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Danielle Outlaw Becomes Portland’s First Black Woman Police Chief

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Portland’s Mayor, Ted Wheeler, has appointed Danielle Outlaw as the next police chief in Portland, making her the first black woman police chief for the force!

“I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul. Danielle Outlaw is that person.” – Mayor Ted Wheeler

Outlaw has been in the police force for many years and has served as deputy chief since 2013. Her career began at Holy Names High School as an explorer with the Oakland police. Soon after that, Outlaw became the second female deputy chief in the Oakland Police Department.

For her latest appointment, Outlaw beat out 33 candidates and proved that her strict attitude, excellent police work and overall tenacity was exactly what the Portland Police Bureau needed.

“My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community. Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.” – Danielle Outlaw

Expectations for Outlaw are very high seeing as though the Portland police department has been struggling with staffing, issues complying with settlement agreements over the use of excessive force, ongoing problems with police treatment of large protests and broken relationships with community members.

But, we’re confident she can right the ship. That #BlackExcellence will come in handy.

Congratulations, Danielle!


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