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Portland Police Reforms Include Civilian Oversight Board

October 30, 2012  | 

CC_Flickr: K. Kendall
CC_Flickr: K. Kendall

The Portland Police Bureau will establish a crisis intervention team and civilian oversight committee under a settlement agreement with the federal Department of Justice.

The city must hire a compliance coordinator and community liaison to oversee changes to police policies. A 15-member Community Oversight Advisory Board will also be created.

The settlement comes out of a federal investigation opened in June to determine whether Portland officers use excessive force, especially on mentally ill subjects.

The reforms are expected to cost the city $5.4 million annually, reports the Oregonian. The city will hire 32 new staff positions—26 within the Portland Police Bureau, of which the majority are civilians, one attorney in the city attorney's office, three full-time staff in the Independent Police Review Division and two staff members to the city's Office of Equity.


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Comments (5)

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Jim A @ 10/30/2012 10:11 PM

This is a pure and simple case of Liberals and Idiots ruling the world. Citizen Oversight Committees are not the answer. And apparently the Department of Justice needs to find a new name. Justice, my [email protected]$.

michael @ 10/31/2012 1:26 AM

Well, I have seen this happen the Portland POA learn to been over and take it with a smile? Sorry guys and girls.......GOOD LUCK.

OCSO @ 10/31/2012 6:18 AM

At the SO I used to work at, they did something similar, but a lot smaller. They hired an attorney who was constantly looking at every interaction deputies had with civilians. The deputies would have to look over their shoulders to see where the attorney and his video camera was.

Ken @ 10/31/2012 7:22 AM

Civilians who know next to nothing about law enforcement should never be put in a position of judging LEO's actions. This is nutzzz.

Bob @ VA @ 10/31/2012 9:53 AM

Ken - I respectfully disagree. Everyone should be accountable for their actions. That's the whole point behind the federal action in this case. Poor leadership and training put officers and citizens at risk, and there was no internal accountability. Dealing with mentally ill individuals is very challenging and requires special training. Escalation of force doctrine is generally useless at best, or throwing gasoline on a fire at worst, in these circumstances. I always get a kick out of watching folks try to reason with schizophrenics - good for an easy laugh. Hopefully these agreed remedies will improve everyone's safety in Portland.

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