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PCC's Rick Rivera wins top law enforcement award
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College Public Safety Officer Richard Rivera is the recipient of one of Oregon’s top law enforcement honors.
Rivera, who patrols PCC’s Cascade Campus in North Portland, was named the 2007 Ken Mainwaring Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year. The award is presented yearly by the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon in recognition of outstanding leadership in community crime prevention.
Rivera began his career in law enforcement while serving in the Navy, where he was assigned to the base police at the Alameda Naval Air Station in the San Francisco Bay area. He also served as a reserve officer for the Oakland (Calif.) Police Department. At Cascade Campus, he serves as a Field Training Officer, bringing new Public Safety recruits up to speed; and as a Crime Prevention Specialist, helping the Cascade community to avoid dangerous situations and head off crime before it happens.
In addition to his duties with PCC, Rivera is the immediate past President of the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon and an Executive Board member of the Oregon Peace Officers Association. He was recognized in 2005 with a Spirit of Portland Award for exceptional contributions to his community.