Longtime Portland park ranger: ‘We are not the police of the parks, period, and we’re not going to be, period.’

April 6, 2021 By

A proposal to hire more park rangers to help stem Portland’s dramatic rise of shootings and gun deaths over the last year stunned one of Portland’s longest-serving park rangers.

Dave Barrios, who has worked as a ranger for 15 years after 30 years as a police officer, said he knew nothing about the proposal by three commissioners.

They didn’t come to him, he said, but if they had, he would have told them the approach is risky and impractical.

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