The following email was sent to Denis in response to questions about the film Alien Boy, albeit after the print deadline:
"The Chief and Police Bureau aren’t going to offer any thoughts on the film itself. As Chief Reese has said repeatedly since he took office in May 2010, the death of James Chasse was a tragedy that deeply impacted his family, the community and the Portland Police Bureau.
"Since the Chief has taken over, the Bureau has implemented numerous improvements to its response to those who suffer from mental health issues. As we move toward a settlement agreement with the DOJ, the Bureau will be making additional improvements. Here’s a link to many of the policy and training changes that were implemented following the death of James Chasse as well as a matrix of changes that the Bureau has adopted in regard to use of force and mental health response since 2006: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/61442
"Though these improvements will never change what occurred on September 17, 2006, it is our hope that police officers and mental health providers will have better systems in place to respond to those vulnerable people in our community who need us the most."
Sgt. Peter Simpson
Public Information Officer
Portland Police Bureau
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