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Local police plan extra patrols at shopping centers

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Law enforcement and paramedics gathered Tuesday afternoon outside Clackamas Town Center after a gunman shot several people inside the shopping center. Local police agencies plan extra patrols around malls this holiday season.Regional law enforcement agencies reacted to the Clackamas Town Center shooting with varying strategies.

Portland police increased patrols around shopping malls and business districts with high amounts of retail stores and movie theaters in response to the Tuesday incident.

According to police, the patrols will continue through the remained of the holiday season, although there is no information to suggest that a similar incident will occur in Portland.

Spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the bureau made the decision on its own without waiting to receive requests from business owners.

"It's never too late to be safe," Simpson said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wanda Rosenbarger, General Manager of the Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland, issued a statement which said, "It’s always a tragedy when human life is taken and people are injured. Like the rest of the nation, the associates of Lloyd Center are holding the victims of the shooting incident at Clackamas Town Center and their families in our thoughts and hearts.

"Our top priority will always be the safety of our guests and associates. Although you can never completely control what may happen, we actively partner with local law enforcement and have emergency procedures and protocols in place that we review regularly with our associates. "

Hillsboro training exercises

Beaverton police have not been requested to provide additional patrols around the city’s only mall, the Cedar Mills Crossing, but will probably spend additional time in the area, according to Mike Rowe, the bureau’s public information officer.

The Hillsboro Police Department always increases patrols around retail centers after Thanksgiving because of the greater number of holiday season shoppers, says spokesman Lt. Mike Rouches. Commanders will meet to discuss whether the patrols needs to be increased even more, Rouches says.

Hillsboro police also conducts active-shooter training exercises at different locations three times a year, Rouches says, most recently at Tuality Community Hospital on Nov. 14 in conjunction with the hospital and Metro West ambulance service.