The East Precinct's Sgt. Kim Preston attended but hardly buoyed spirits. After listening
to testimonials of theft, vandalism, beatings and intimidation, Preston said there's
little likelihood police will increase patrols in the area any time soon.
Even with more money, he said, pending retirements will outpace efforts to hire and
train officers. What's more, he said, the light-rail extension to Clackamas along
nearby Interstate 205 will probably bring more crime and spread police even thinner.
"The MAX has been a living nightmare for us," Preston said. "I would not ride it
at night -- and I'm armed all the time. There are massive fights, guns displayed,
stabbings, people being threatened and bullied."