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Portland May Change Police Misconduct Process

OPB | Oct. 23, 2013 1:55 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 6:22 a.m. | Portland

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Changes could be coming to the way allegations of police misconduct are handled in Portland.

At a City Council hearing Wednesday, auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade is proposed a series of code changes intended to give the Independent Police Review Division more authority to investigate.

On OPB’s Think Out Loud Constantin Severe, director of that division said, “We have to have the best oversight system possible. We deserve the best when it comes to police oversight as well, and right now I don’t think we do.”

The proposed changes would affect independent review, citizen oversight, and police officer discipline.

Severe says they would enable members of his team to take a more active role in investigations of alleged police misconduct when they feel it’s necessary.

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