City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade will introduce a package of reforms to Portland’s police accountability system to City Council on October 23, 2013 at 2:00 in Council Chambers. The changes are aimed at providing the Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) division with increased authority to conduct investigations of alleged police officer misconduct.
IPR was created in 2001 as a division of the City Auditor’s Office, with a mission of improving police accountability and promoting higher standards in police services. Most of the proposed reforms now coming before City Council implement the police accountability portions of the settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice and the City of Portland.
Among the proposed code changes:
• Authorize IPR to directly question Police Bureau employees and compel their testimony
• Implement a discipline guideline to allow for fair and consistent discipline
• Create 180-day timeline for administrative investigations
• Expand the Citizen Review Committee (CRC) to 11 members
• Authorize CRC members to serve on Police Review Boards (PRB) in use-of-force cases
• Provide a template for PRB public reports
• Require more detailed public reports for officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths
Source: Portland Auditor's Office