For Immediate Release

Danielle Outlaw of the Oakland Police Department has been sworn in as Chief of Police for the Portland Police Bureau


PORTLAND, OR, USA (October 2, 2017) – The Portland Police Bureau has sworn in former Deputy Chief of the Oakland Police Department (OPD), Danielle Outlaw as the new Chief of Police. In her new role, Outlaw is responsible for overseeing the Bureau’s operations, budgeting and officers. Chief Outlaw was selected as Chief of Police in August 2017 by Mayor Ted Wheeler, following a national search.


Chief Outlaw is the third woman, and first African-American woman to lead Oregon’s largest municipal police force. Over the past 19 years, Outlaw served within the OPD as an Oakland Police Explorer and rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief. Outlaw also worked on various assignments throughout the OPD including Patrol, Community Services, the Office of Chief of Police, the Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Affairs and the Office of Inspector General.


“After a national search, I’m proud to announce Danielle Outlaw as Portland’s new Chief of Police. Her commitment and dedication to civic advocacy and inclusive engagement has shown her ability to lead our Police force towards greater equity and equality,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.


Chief Danielle Outlaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Outlaw went on to graduate from the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police and the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.


Chief Danielle Outlaw dedication to serving the public continues, she served as the Vice President of the San Francisco Bay Area National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Chapter and is the recipient of the Oakland Black Officers’ Association Trailblazer Award.



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Written by: Claudia Claudio