PORTLAND -- A new team of Portland police will soon be patrolling problem areas of the city on foot, bikes and even riding ATV's.

They'll be focusing on downtown, the inner east side and the Hawthorne district, as first reported in The Oregonian.

The nine officers and one sergeant will focus mostly on what they call quality of life problems like public urination, drug deals and public intoxication.

The bureau says it realized they needed to put more officers on streets with the most problems, and really talk to people and get to know the familiar faces.

These officers won't typically respond to 911 calls, unless they happen to be closest to an emergency.

The team is ramping up before summer hits, when there's the most activity. They start April 1st and go until November.

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