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Independent Police Review

Providing independent, civilian oversight of the Portland Police Bureau

phone: 503-823-0146

fax: 503-823-4571

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204


City Auditor’ Office Holds an All-staff Training on Equity

The City of Portland is committed to eliminating institutional racism in government and achieving racial equity in the community so our city can be a great place to live for all people and all generations from all communities. To do this we must change City policy, programs, practices, and procedures.

To move in that direction, the City Auditor’s Office participated in an all-staff equity training. The Racial Equity Toolkit Development training helped build on knowledge and skills already in place and provided tools to communicate about race. With the support of the Office of Equity and Human Rights, the training was led by Center for Social Inclusion staff Glen Harris and Jenny Levison, providing guidance on using the racial equity toolkit as it applies to our work in government auditing and accountably. This training empowered the staff to find new ways to communicate about race and strategies on implementing the Racial Equity Toolkit to our daily work.

The goals going forward are to set equitable outcomes, collect and analyze data, understand historical context, engage those most impacted, develop racially equitable strategies and refine outcomes, implement changes, and then evaluate accountability and report back.

This half­-day training also provided the entire staff of the Auditor’s Office an opportunity to learn together, reconnect and bond as a team.

IPR Staff Attended 2016 NACOLE Conference

The 2016 National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. City Auditor Mary Hull-Caballero, Director Constantin Severe, Investigator Ramsey AlQaisi and Citizen Review Committee (CRC) Vice-Chair Julie Ramos attended the annual conference. The conference began with a series of sessions focusing on issues in Albuquerque involving their police agency, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Members of the community were invited to a session and explained their concerns about the APD and its oversight agency, the Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA), to attendees.

The theme of this year’s conference was Confronting Systemic Injustice. Just a few of the most interesting sessions included, Monitoring Protests: A New Role for Civilian Oversight, Policing and Communities of Color: Confronting Systemic Injustice, and Tackling Use of Force Issues through Systemic Review. All of the sessions invited speakers from varied backgrounds and professions from around the country and the world, including police chiefs, members of police oversight agencies, advocates for juvenile justice and criminal justice reform, and attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Portland’s own-Constantin Severe, the Director of IPR, presented on the panel, Living Under a Consent Decree: The Role of Civilian Oversight. He was joined on the panel by Edward Harness, the Executive Director with the CPOA in Albuquerque, and Damon Scott, the Administrator with the Office of Professional Standards in Cleveland.

Proposed Changes to Protocol 5.07

The Independent Police Review and Citizen Review Committee are seeking public input regarding proposed changes to Protocol 5.07. Community members have until 5pm on Monday, June 20th, 2016 to submit their comment.

A draft of the proposed changes is posted on the IPR website

For more information or to comment on the proposed changes, please contact Constantin Severe, IPR Director, (503) 823-0146, ipr@portlandoregon.gov.

Police Oversight Crosses Border

The Independent Police Review’s two newest investigators, Ramsey AlQaisi and Deirdre Perez, recently traveled to Edmonton, Canada for an investigative workshop held at the University of Alberta. The training was conducted by Gareth Jones, a renowned expert in the field of police oversight and accountability, and covered a variety of topics, with particular attention given to interviewing techniques and investigative best practices.

The IPR investigators were provided with the opportunity to work on theoretical investigation plans, and learned the importance of procedural fairness, thoroughness and objectivity.

Photo: The Alberta Legislature

A Day to Remember a Great Person

April is volunteer appreciation month, and this year, the City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) would like to honor Hank Miggins for his over 10 years of dedication with the Citizen Review Committee (CRC). Hank was an amazing man who gave selflessly to our community, and to his family and friends.

In 2001, Hank was one of the nine original CRC members sworn in following the police oversight reforms that led to the creation of the CRC and the IPR. Hank’s steady demeanor and strong analytical abilities were in much demand in CRC’s eventful early years where multiple citizen appeals of police misconduct investigations at monthly CRC meetings were common.  Hank was heavily involved in creating the policies and protocols that allows CRC to provide community input to Portland’s police oversight system.

Even after he retired from the CRC, Hank volunteered to serve as an Appeal Process Advisor to help community members who filed an appeal before the CRC, understand the process. During his 10 years of service to the CRC, he made himself available to mentor CRC members and the staff of the IPR.

Besides the CRC, Hank served on the Board of Directors of many organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Rosemont School, Garlington Center, and Project Pooch, and Airway Science for Kids. He also served our nation as an officer in the Unites States Air Force for 22 years.

Hank, through his lifelong commitment to accountability and justice enriched the lives of many in our community and his efforts continue to pay dividends. Hank passed away on July 18, 2013 at the age of 78.

Please join us and the Portland City Council in honoring Hank's legacy this Wednesday inside the Portland City Hall's Council Chambers.

Hank Miggins Proclamation

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

11:00 AM

Council Chambers

1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR, 97204