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Sisters in Crime Presents: Q & A with Portland Police Chief

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Mystery writers! Police Chief Michael Reese is scheduled to appear at this month's meeting of the Harriet Vane Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The meeting will take place Monday night, January 20, at the Szechuan Chef Restaurant in Portland, OR. Chief Reese will field questions from the audience while talking about his nearly 20 years of service with the Portland Police Bureau.

During his long career in law enforcement, Michael Reese has held a wide variety of leadership assignments, including the Tactical Operations Division, Transit Police Division, and Youth Gun Anti-Violence Task Force. As Captain of the Drugs and Vice Division, he oversaw investigations culminating in the convictions of numerous members of illegal drug organizations.

Before becoming Portland Police Chief in May 2010, Reese served as Commander at East Precinct--the largest of the city's three precincts--where he was responsible for the East Precinct Advisory Council, the Prostitution Coordination Team, and the volunteer Reserve Officer and Youth Cadet programs.

As Central Precinct Commander, Reese helped lead the expansion of the Service Coordination Team, served as the incident commander for numerous high-profile events, led a collaborative public-private effort that reduced crime by 35 percent in downtown Portland, and helped formulate progressive Bureau and City policies on complex issues involving homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness.

Chief Reese also has a long history in social service, including youth sports and shelter/housing services for the homeless. He served the Lents Boys and Girls Club as a counselor, program manager and director, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Transition Projects. (bio provided by Sisters in Crime)

The Harriet Vane Chapter of Sisters in Crime meets once a month at the Szechuan Chef Restaurant, 5331 SW Macadam Avenue, John's Landing, Portland, OR. There's a no host dinner at 6 pm with the featured speaker appearing at 7 pm. Cost of the dinner is $15, including gratuity. (cash preferred) Please RSVP katyking01@hotmail.com by January 18th if you plan on attending dinner.

Can't make it for dinner? Please come anyway. This is one discussion mystery writers will not want to miss! Admission is free to S-in-C members and just $3 for nonmembers.

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