Sergeant Peter Simpson – Portland Police Bureau
Sergeant Peter Simpson is a twenty-seven-year law enforcement veteran with the Portland Police Bureau, specializing in crisis management and communication, public affairs, public speaking, criminal investigation and intelligence.
Sergeant Simpson currently supervises the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU), which provides investigative support for cases involving threats to commit acts of mass and/or targeted violence, violent extremism, domestic and international terrorism, organized crime, and special investigative projects. CIU has a working relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Additionally, CIU conducts investigative threat assessments for major events, dignitary visits, and investigates threats to businesses, community groups, critical infrastructure, and individuals, including stalking behaviors, to members of the public, public officials and/or other high-profile individuals. CIU also works jointly with the Behavioral Health Unit on individual threat assessments of people exhibiting behavior that may be a public risk and may have a mental health component. CIU also monitors global events that may have a nexus to public safety in Portland.
Finally, CIU has increased its ability to conduct investigations into cybercrime where, in part or in whole, the suspect use cyber-based tools to commit varying crimes such as but not limited to; theft, identity theft, extortion, and computer crime. These types of investigations include swatting; sim-swapping; cyber-based threats (i.e. bomb threats, threats of mass or targeted violence); social engineering (intrusion/penetration attempts on networks); and, unauthorized access to networks, programs, and/or data.
Sergeant Simpson attended Oregon State and Portland State Universities, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Sergeant Simpson received a Certificate of Strategic Communications and Public Relations, and a Certificate of Terrorism Studies from Portland State University.
Sergeant Simpson is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP); the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Columbia River Chapter of ASIS International; an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts; an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Homeland Security Committee; and, an active member of the Intelligence Commanders Group for the Major Cities Chiefs Association.