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Although approved by the City Council in November, 2012, the settlement agreement still awaits approval by a Federal Court. The delay in the approval process revolves around concerns that the Portland Police Association (PPA) and the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) have about the settlement agreement itself. However, PPB has interpreted the vote in November as direction from City Council and our community to embrace the reforms outlined in the Council-approved agreement.
As a first step, Chief Michael Reese appointed Captain Pat Walsh as PPB’s Compliance Coordinator to manage the implementation of the DOJ Agreement. In early 2013, the “Compliance Team” organized the settlement agreement, which can be viewed online here, into 80 individual action items, which have been assigned out to managers within the Police Bureau. The Training Division, Behavioral Health Unit, Professional Standards Division, Strategic Services Division, and Chief’s Office are managing the implementation of different sets of action items. These action items are detailed in a living spreadsheet that is constantly updated as implementation progresses.
While the Bureau recognizes these action items will not be 100% complete until approved by oversight bodies, including City Council, community oversight boards, and the DOJ itself, PPB has implemented over 50% (41 of 80) of the action items stemming from this agreement. By implementing an action item, PPB has determined it has fulfilled the terms of that agreement provision to the best of the bureau’s ability and is awaiting approval from the Compliance Officer Community Liaison, to be hired by Portland City Council. Implementation sometimes includes producing or revising bureau documents like a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or a new Bureau Directive. On the ground impacts of these new policies will be measured through use of force trends, reports on interactions with the mentally ill, measures of public trust, and the impact of a new Community Engagement and Outreach Plan, among other things.
Particularly impactful highlights from this first stage of implementation include:
In Service training for all PPB sworn personnel that incorporates new force policies and other changes outlined by the agreement
The creation of the Behavioral Health Unit and its advisory board, co chaired by Shannon Pullen of NAMI Multnomah
New time limits and expectations related to internal affairs investigations
New use-of-force data tracking and analysis
New checks and balances within the bureau with the establishment of the Inspector position in the Professional Services Division
PPB is committed to continuous improvement through the implementation of the additional 41 action items stemming from the settlement agreement with the DOJ as well as continual response to community and City Council concerns and ideas. Major implementation items on the horizon include changes to how PPB evaluates the impact of training on its sworn personnel, new efficiencies in administrative review processes, and the creation of oversight bodies to review our progress.