Portland police ready for Black Friday crowds

Police have a robust security plan and extra officers

An overhead view of Pioneer Courthouse Square prior to the lighting of the annual Holiday Tree, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
An overhead view of Pioneer Courthouse Square prior to the lighting of the annual Holiday Tree, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Black Friday is expected to bring thousands of people to downtown Portland for various events and the Portland Police Bureau has a plan to keep everyone safe.

The celebrations start with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade at 9 a.m., which will bring parade participants and spectators to the heart of downtown Portland.

The crowds will continue as Black Friday shoppers head to the Lloyd Center Mall and Pioneer Place. At 5:30 p.m.., the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will start, so it’s safe to say Portland will be busy all day.

In addition to the holiday celebrations, protests are expected downtown and the Portland police are ready.

Extra officers will be on hand over the weekend and there is a robust security plan in place to keep people safe.

“Lots of officers will be out starting with the parade in the morning all through the afternoon leading up to the tree lighting in the square,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

Simpson also advises anyone driving downtown to keep valuables locked up inside your car to protect them from prowlers.

Portland has been home to several protests in recent weeks, primarily the anti-Trump demonstrations that have caused traffic blockages and resulted in dozens of arrests.