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Portland police officer, homeless youth mentor honored at White House

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Lt. Ric Deland (Photo: Portland Police Bureau) Lt. Ric Deland (Photo: Portland Police Bureau)
Celia Luce (Photo: Whitehouse.gov) Celia Luce (Photo: Whitehouse.gov)

A Portland Police Bureau lieutenant and a peer mentor for homeless youth were honored at the White House on Monday.

Lt. Ric Deland and Celia Luce were among seven pairs of young people and law enforcement officials from around the country recognized by the "Champions of Change" program in Washington, D.C.  

They were invited to the White house to share their stories on building and maintaining relationships between youth and law enforcement.

In 2014, Deland supervised a foot patrol pilot project that invited young people to be active participants in addressing neighborhood concerns including youth homelessness, livability, behavioral impact and crime.

According to the White House, the project serves as a national model for homeless advocates and produced a 25 percent reduction in crime, as well as improved relationships between police, homeless youth, service providers, local government, businesses and neighbors.

Luce works for Outside In, a Portland agency that provides services and advocacy for homeless youth. Her work includes connecting young people with treatment options and resources in the community.

She assists with street outreach and coordinates with Portland Police Bureau’s foot patrol in downtown Portland.

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