Program helps landlords combat drug-, gang-affected properties

The Gresham Police Department is offering a free training program on Tuesday, Oct. 10, to help landlords and property managers keep drug and gang activity out of their properties. The program "Keeping Illegal Activity Out of Rental Property" will be from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Gresham city council chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

The program is designed to help landlords and property managers screen rental applicants to better recognize warning signs of drug, gang and other criminal activity in order to reclaim or protect the livability of rental properties.

The landlord training program was developed in 1989 through a U.S. Department of Justice grant and has since been replicated in more than 400 jurisdictions nationwide. The program's original developer and national trainer, John H. Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources Inc., will present the training in Gresham with information specifically geared for Gresham landlords and apartment managers.

Gresham's training is open to the public, but space is limited and advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2320.

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