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Gresham Police Decline From Kyron Task Force

Posted: Oct 1, 2010

Two weeks after the Multnomah County sheriff announced he was forming a task force to find missing Kyron Horman, one agency has declined an invitation to join.
With more than $1 million spent on the investigation, Sheriff Dan Staton said Sept. 15 the new task force would help redirect resources as the investigation narrows its focus. He said Multnomah County detectives would make up 30 percent of the team and outside agencies would provide the rest.
On Thursday, the Gresham Police Department confirmed it did not join, citing a lack of resources. Its officers said they were "forced to decline because we simply don't have the manpower."
Former Multnomah County sheriff's Capt. Bruce McCain said that's not a good sign.
"So, when their chief, with 100,000 people to protect and 100 officers to do it, says they can't afford the manpower for a task force, you can almost guarantee that Troutdale and Fairview, which are much smaller, cannot afford it, either," he said.
Several other law enforcement agencies around the metro area said they are still undecided as to whether they could join the task force.
Hillsboro police, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office all said they haven't yet made a decision.
A spokeswoman for the Beaverton Police Department said, "At this point, we don't have anyone dedicated to it."
However, the Portland Police Bureau's spokeswoman said they would be happy to provide a detective.
"I think we're all grateful that (Portland Police Chief Michael) Reese has stepped up and offered help. The real tragedy is that the sheriff's office waited four months to ask Portland for assistance," McCain said.
It is not known how many agencies or which ones have been contacted to be part of the task force.
A spokeswoman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said they are still in the process of forming the task force, and the group would be formed as soon as possible.

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