GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police are working to get rid of transient camps along the popular Springwater Corridor walking and biking path.
Camping along the Springwater Corridor is illegal, yet it's become a common place for homeless people to live. Now, campers are getting a 24-hour warning to move or face police action.
The Gresham Police Department's Neighborhood Enforcement Team is in charge of forcing transients out of the area. Three camps were cleared out Wednesday, a dozen since the start of May.
"We're out here to try and clean this place up so the citizens of Gresham can utilize it," said Officer Jim Leake of the Gresham Police Department.
According to numbers released by Portland Parks and Recreation, rangers documented 60 homeless camps along the 21-mile-long trail between March 10th and June 13th of this year alone.
Along with those camps have come problems, according to neighbors.
Colette Batman said property crime, drug use and intimidation are just a few of the issues she and other neighbors constantly deal with.
Parks rangers and police regularly patrol the Springwater Corridor, but both agencies note that there’s no easy solution to the issue.
“We can’t solve the homelessness in the area. And, certainly that does drive some of the crime – not all of it,” said Portland police Sergeant Pete Simpson. “What we’re encouraging people to do is to continue to call the police.”