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Changes at the Portland Police Bureau

Oct. 19, 2012 7:06 p.m.

About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report of an investigation that found Portland police have engaged in a pattern of excessive force, especially against people with mental illness. This week, the police bureau responded to the DOJ findings by announcing it will reinstate the Crisis Intervention Team — a dedicated team of officers specially trained to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Portland Police Audit

May 31, 2012 4:06 p.m.

The City Auditor has released an external review of Portland Police activities around seven officer-involved shootings between 2004 and 2010. The report details what happened in each case, summarizes similarities, and offers 13 recommendations. Several of the recommendations are: 

  • The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) should maintain its partnership with Project Respond and make the Mobile Crisis Unit a permanent team, ideally with expanded personnel, hours, and scope.
  • PPB should reexamine its current policy on Taser use in light of current research indicating the elevated dangers of prolonged Taser use.
  • PPB should consider ways in which it can integrate its Critical Incident Management training curriculum into training opportunities for patrol officers.

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Portland Police Oversight

July 5, 2016 9:21 p.m.

We talk to Kathleen Saadat who has just retired as the Community Liaison for the Settlement Oversight Committee for the Portland Police Bureau.

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Portland Police Oversight: Kathleen Saadat

June 22, 2015 7:19 p.m.

Kathleen Saadat has taken the place of Paul DeMuniz on the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison team which will oversee mandated reforms of the Portland Police Department. 

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Portland Police Responding To Gun Violence

June 5, 2015 3:37 p.m.

Portland police say they're putting more resources toward responding to the recent increase in gun violence and gang-related activity.

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Portland Police Shoot Suspected Burglar

March 23, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Portland Police are asking for information about a burglary that turned into an officer-involved shooting Sunday.


Audit Faults Portland Police Training

March 3, 2015 11:17 p.m.

The team that trains Portland's 900 police officers has been under scrutiny since the Department of Justice found a pattern of excessive force against the mentally ill. A new audit suggests the training division isn’t repeating key lessons often enough.

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Volunteers Needed To Oversee Portland Police

Dec. 18, 2014 10:56 p.m.

The 15 volunteers will help make sure that Portland police comply with a U.S. Department of Justice Settlement.

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Changes To The Way Portland Police Are Reviewed

Oct. 23, 2013 7:06 p.m.

The Portland City Council is hearing changes to the Independent Police Review Division which investigates complaints and all officer involved shootings. 


Portland Police Participating In National Survey

Sept. 14, 2013 12:11 a.m.

The Portland Police department is taking part in a new customer satisfaction survey.

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