Portland Police Bureau

Today’s journey was part work, but mostly play. I had the privilege of speaking on behalf of Geocaching HQ at the Portland Police Bureau’s Kickoff Event. Sgt. Hank Hays has helped the bureau create a geocaching program, starting with a series of caches at various Portland police precincts. They’re hoping to expand the program to include occasional coin challenges and other events.

Law enforcement agencies are a welcome and critical part of the geocaching community. It’s absolutely awesome what the PPB is doing with geocaching!

With Sgt. Hank Hays of the Portland Police Bureau

With Sgt. Hank Hays of the Portland Police Bureau

Besides the event and the caches, I was very honored to be presented with a pair of challenge coins. One of them honors the late Mark Y. Zylawy, “Z-Man,” a highly regarded Portland police officer who died January 27, 2008 in an accident at the age of 40. He worked as a district officer in Northeast Portland for 17 years. The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation strives to cover portions of tuition, student fees and TriMet passes for its recipients. Additionally, each scholarship applicant is matched with a mentor from the law enforcement community.

I also received a beautiful Portland Police Bureau North Precinct’s Challenge Coin. This and the Z-Man challenge coin are not a traditional geocoins, and therefore were not originally trackable. However, I’ve assigned tracking codes to the coin so that geocachers can discover them. If we run into each other, feel free to ask and I’ll be happy to show the coins to you!