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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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0640.40 Investigations on Public School Property


POLICY (640.40)

When it is necessary to conduct an investigation or take a student or other person into custody at any school, members will attempt to keep the purpose of his/her presence confidential. Members will also contact the school principal or his/her representative before proceeding or taking action, unless such contact would impede the investigation, create a hazardous or dangerous situation, or allow a person to escape. Members will immediately notify their supervisor if such action is taken without notification of the principal.

PROCEDURE (640.40)

Directive Specific Definitions

Public School Property: All property owned, rented, or leased by the school districts (David Douglas, Parkrose and Portland) for instructional, administrative, or support purposes.

Student-occupied school: An elementary, middle or high school that is designated by the school districts as being part of an identified school cluster and is used to instruct students.

School Police Division Responsibilities (640.40)

The School Resource Officers (SRO) at each precinct have primary responsibility for calls for service and the preliminary investigation of criminal acts that occur on student occupied property while on duty or during school hours.

The SROs are responsible for conducting follow-up investigations of misdemeanor criminal acts that occur on student occupied property during school hours.

Contract security personnel will make primary contact for after hour alarms and on weekends at school properties.

Bureau Member Responsibilities (640.40)

Precinct officers will be responsible for calls for service if SROs are off duty or unavailable. Bureau members responding to calls for service involving non-occupied buildings will be responsible for primary and follow-up investigation.

Follow-up investigations of felonies occurring on school property will be conducted by the appropriate detective unit.

Police Contacts on School Property (640.40)

Interviews with the students at a school may be conducted in the presence of the principal and/or a representative. Upon the request of a student (or if the member determines that the circumstances of the investigation make such presence inappropriate), the principal and/or representative will not be present. A member taking a juvenile into custody on school property will, when possible, notify the principal or his/her representative and the juvenile’s legal guardian before leaving the school.