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New Portland Police Chief says Park Shooting Still Priority

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PORTLAND (Kiii News) -

The City of Portland has a brand new chief of police, and he comes all the way from Orem, Utah, a small town south of Salt Lake City.

Police Chief Gary Giles has only been on the job for two weeks now, but says portland is much like Utah.

"What I found is there are more similarities than differences," Giles said. "The people and issues that we are dealing with are the same as they are in Utah, so what I found is the biggest difference is the legal procedures more than anything, but as far as the people, the officers, they are all the same. They really are."

Giles began his career 20 years ago in Orem, Utah, as a dispatch operator. He worked his way up the ranks and eventually retired from the Orem Police Department when he took the job of top cop in Portland.

Giles said the shooting of Molly Olgin and Kristine Chapa remains a top priority for the department, adding that the recent Crime Stoppers report released just last month has generated several tips to the investigation.

"Leads are generated, and our investigators are looking into those," Giles said. "But at this point we don't have anything to update that is a priority for our department, and we would like to continue and find the person that did this so there is some closure to their case."

Giles said he is hoping to get more community involvement and help from the public to keep crime down in Portland as that community continues to grow.

Giles took over for former Chief Randy Wright, who left the post for a job as city manager in Portland.

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