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0631.30 Cooperation With Other Agencies



  • DIR 720.00  SERT and HNT Use


POLICY (631.30)

When a major crime has occurred in Portland and the victim, complainant or witness is located outside of our jurisdiction, the initial investigation will be conducted by the Bureau. For the purposes of this policy, a major crime is a homicide, rape, kidnapping, serious assault, extortion, armed robbery or any felony crime with identified suspect information.

PROCEDURE (631.30)

If the complainant is located within a reasonable proximity to the city limits, the nearest district car will be dispatched to take the report. In these instances, BOEC will notify a patrol supervisor before dispatch. If the crime in question is cold (i.e., not having occurred within four hours of the report) and it is convenient to the reporting party, the reporting party should be directed to the nearest Bureau precinct where the report will be taken. In these instances, BOEC will alert the precinct. If the reporting party is located such a distance from Portland that neither of the foregoing alternatives appears feasible, Detectives should be consulted for direction. BOEC should attempt to solicit normal, over-the-phone data from the reporting party to facilitate immediate attention to suspect or evidentiary information.

For all non-major crimes being reported from a location outside our jurisdiction and having occurred inside the city, the complainant will be asked to either go to the nearest Bureau precinct to meet a member within the city or to report the crime by telephone.

For incidents occurring outside the city and the request originates from an address inside our jurisdiction, a unit will be dispatched or the report will be accepted over the telephone. A copy of the report will be routed to the appropriate police agency.

Emergency Requests (631.30)

Routine patrol will not be provided for areas outside of the city, unless approved by a patrol supervisor. The supervisor shall then notify the Relief Commander. Those exceptions should be based on a temporary need by another agency due to a short-term situation. No long-term exceptions will be approved.

Units will respond to priority 1 and 2 calls involving a threat to life in other jurisdictions adjacent to the city limits when requested by that jurisdiction. A supervisor will be notified any time a member is dispatched outside the city limits. Non-life-threatening priority 2 and lower priority calls will not be dispatched without prior approval from a patrol supervisor.

Our participation in another jurisdiction should be to contain the situation and hold it for police personnel from that jurisdiction to arrive. In some cases, a courtesy report will need to be made then submitted to and forwarded from our Records Division to their Records Unit. Under no circumstances will members dispute any call with the dispatcher. They will accept the call and contact a supervisor for advice.

SERT, EDU and Hostage Negotiations (631.30)

Response to requests by an outside agency for the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) and Hostage Negotiator Team (HNT) will follow the procedures outlined in DIR 720.00 SERT and HNT, Outside Agency Requests. EDU requests must receive approval from the EDU commanding lieutenant or designee, or if unavailable, the Tactical Operations Division (TOD) manager or Operations Branch chief.

Requests for response to distances greater than 50-miles must be approved by the Chief of Police or the appropriate Branch chief.