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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

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

1500.00 Training

1500.00, Training

 

Refer:      

  • United States v. City of Portland Settlement Agreement
  • Training Advisory Committee Bylaws
  • Directive 1020.00, Firearms
  • Directive 1501.00, Field Training Program
  • Training Division Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

 

Policy:

1.  It is the policy of the Training Division to administer a comprehensive training program that will provide for the professional growth and continued development of its members. Training is provided within the confines of funding, assignment requirements, staffing levels, and various policy mandates. In managing training programming the Training Division plays a significant role in ensuring members possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a professional level of service that meets community needs and furthers the safety of members and the community.

Procedure:

1.  Annual Training Plan:

1.1.  The Annual Training Plan expressly identifies who will receive training, what course material will be presented, when and where training will occur, and the reason for the training. The Annual Training Plan will be developed and maintained by Training staff, through the Captain of the Training Division. It is the responsibility of the entire command staff to provide input to the Training Division to inform the Annual Training Plan. On an annual basis, the Training Division will brief the Chief’s Office on the Annual Training Plan and adjust the Division’s goals as needed. 

2.  Annual Training Needs Assessment:

2.1.  The Training Division will conduct an annual training needs assessment of the Bureau. At a minimum, the needs assessment will consider the following: (a) trends in hazards officers are encountering in performing their duties; (b) analysis of officer safety issues; (c) misconduct complaints; (d) problematic uses of force; (e) input from members at all levels of the Portland Police Bureau; (f) input from the community; (g) concerns reflected in court decisions; (h) research reflecting best practices; (i) the latest in law enforcement trends; (j) individual precinct needs; and (k) any changes to Oregon or federal law or Portland Police Bureau policy.

2.2.  The needs assessment will be reviewed by the Chief’s Office during the Annual Training Plan development process. The annual needs assessment will inform the Annual Training Plan for the coming calendar year(s).

3.  Training Advisory Committee:

3.1.  The Training Advisory Committee was established by City Council on March 14, 2012. The mission of the Training Advisory Committee is to provide ongoing advice to the Chief of Police, and the Training Division, in order to continuously improve training standards, practices, and outcomes through the examination of training content, delivery, tactics, policy, equipment, and facilities. 

3.2.  The Training Advisory Committee will meet quarterly and will provide input to the Training Division as part of the annual needs assessment.

4.  Maintenance of Training Records:

4.1.  The Training Division is responsible for the maintenance of all training records. 

4.1.1.  The Training Division shall electronically track, maintain, and report records of training curricula, lesson plans, training delivered, attendance records, and other training materials.

4.1.2.  The Training Division shall maintain these electronic files in a central, commonly accessible, and organized file system.

5.  Recording and Reporting of Training:

5.1.  The Training Division is responsible for maintaining the training files of all members. Therefore, it is critical the Training Division possess complete and accurate training records. In order to maintain accurate training records, the Training Division will only record and report training when all required documentation is on file with the Training Division. 

5.2.  The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) requires all sworn police officers to attend maintenance training in order to remain certified. In order to satisfy state certification requirements, the Training Division will report training to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training on both a monthly and annual basis. The Training Division will also conduct an annual review of each member’s training records to ensure compliance with state standards.

5.3.  In addition to state certification requirements, the Training Division will issue and maintain certifications for specialized skills. Members are expected to attend maintenance training when required in order to maintain their proficiency in these specialized skills. 

6.  Training Procedures:

6.1.  Field Training:

6.1.1.  Refer to Directive 1501.00, Field Training Program.

6.2.  Maintenance training:

6.2.1.  In order to provide for the continued growth and development of Bureau members, the Training Division will deliver annual maintenance training to all active members. Maintenance training will be approved by the Training Manager and members will be directed to attend via Special Order from the Chief of Police, or designee.

6.2.2.  Members are required to attend and participate fully in order to receive credit for instruction. In the event a member is unable to participate fully the member’s Responsibility Unit Manager must send a memorandum to the Training Manager requesting an excuse from specific activities. 

6.2.2.1.  The Training Manager will determine which courses the member is excused from and the member will not receive any credit for those courses. 

6.2.2.2.  Members who report for training and do not have an excuse on file with the Training Division will not be admitted to the training site and they will be directed to report to their Responsibility Unit Manager.

6.2.3.  Members attending training, regardless of rank or position, will follow the direction of an instructor as they would the direction of a supervisor. 

6.3.  Retraining

6.3.1.  Sworn and non-sworn members may have absences from full duty resulting from injury, other service connected or non-service connected disability, military, educational and personal leave, resignation and rehire, or other reasons. The Bureau has a responsibility to provide training to members returning to full duty after an absence to ensure the safety of officers, the public, and to maintain a high level of service delivery.

6.3.2.  Sworn members returning to full duty after an absence of one (1) to one hundred eighty (180) days will be assigned to their Responsibility Unit to identify and complete any outstanding training requirements applicable to the member’s current assignment, which may include the following:

6.3.2.1.  Qualify or recertify with their Bureau authorized primary sidearm, other weapon(s), electronic control weapon (ECW), or other equipment as required by directive.

6.3.2.2.  Complete any other training as required by directive, special or general order, or city policy.

6.3.2.3.  Members may be required to work with another non-probationary member for a reorientation period. The member’s Responsibility Unit will determine the length of this assignment depending on the member’s progress. 

6.3.2.3.1.  If training deficiencies are identified during reorientation the member’s Responsibility Unit Manager will consult with the Training Manager to develop a training reorientation plan pursuant to the Training Division’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

6.3.3.  Sworn members returning to full duty after an absence of one hundred eighty one (181) days to two and a half years (2.5 years) will be assigned to the Training Division for reorientation training.

6.3.3.1.  In consultation with the member and their Responsibility Unit Manager the Training Division will develop a reorientation training plan.  Once the reorientation plan is established the Training Division and the member’s Responsibility Unit will coordinate the delivery of all specified training. 

6.3.3.2.  During the reorientation training the member’s progress will be monitored by the Training Division and the member’s Responsibility Unit Manager. 

6.3.3.3.  At the conclusion of the reorientation training the member will be fully released to their Responsibility Unit.

6.3.4.  Sworn members returning to full duty after an absence of more than two and a half (2.5) years but less than five (5) years will be assigned to the Training Division for reorientation training.

6.3.4.1.  In consultation with the member and their Responsibility Unit Manager the Training Division will develop a reorientation training plan. Once the reorientation plan is established the Training Division and the member’s Responsibility Unit will coordinate the delivery of all specified training. 

6.3.4.1.1.  The member’s reorientation plan will include the completion of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Career Officer Development Course or other training as required by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to regain police certification.

6.3.4.2.  During the reorientation training the member’s progress will be monitored by the Training Division and the member’s Responsibility Unit Manager. 

6.3.4.3.  At the conclusion of the reorientation training the member will be fully released to their Responsibility Unit.

6.3.5.  Sworn members returning to full duty after an absence of more than five (5) years will be assigned to the Training Division for reorientation training.

6.3.5.1.  In consultation with the member and their Responsibility Unit Manager the Training Division will develop a reorientation training plan.  Once the reorientation plan is established the Training Division and the member’s Responsibility Unit will coordinate the delivery of all specified training. 

6.3.5.1.1.  The member’s reorientation plan will include the completion of the following training:

6.3.5.1.1.1.  The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police Academy or other training as required by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to regain police certification.

6.3.5.1.1.2.  The Portland Police Bureau Advanced Academy.

6.3.5.2.  During the reorientation training the member’s progress will be monitored by the Training Division and the member’s Responsibility Unit Manager. 

6.3.5.3.  At the conclusion of the reorientation training the member will be fully released to their Responsibility Unit.

6.3.6.  Non-sworn members returning to full duty after an absence of any length will be assigned to their Responsibility Unit to identify and complete any outstanding training requirements applicable to the member’s current assignment, which may include the following:

6.3.6.1.  Any training as required by directive, special order, or city policy. 

6.3.6.2.  Any other training as required by their Responsibility Unit Manager.

7.  Scheduling Training:

7.1.  The scheduling of training has an impact on the day to day operations of the Police Bureau.  In order to balance the need to train against maintaining an effective staffing level the Training Division will maintain a Bureau wide training calendar. 

7.2.  The Training Division will consider the impact to the day to day operations when scheduling training initiatives. 

7.3.  The Training Division will make the training calendar accessible to all members. 

8.  Review and Approval of Training:

8.1.  In order to ensure consistency with current policy and training doctrine the Training Division will maintain a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), outlining the process for reviewing and approving curriculum and other training materials. 

8.2.  The Training Division will determine the method used to deliver approved training curriculum.  Methods of delivery include, but are not limited to:

8.2.1.  Classroom Training

8.2.1.1.  Classroom training is used to deliver foundational materials that form the basis for decision making in the field. 

8.2.1.2.  Classroom Training can include the use of lecture, presentation, assessment, tabletop exercises, and/or group exercises.

8.2.2.  Skills Training

8.2.2.1.  Skills Training is used to provide members with the opportunity to practice or demonstrate “hands on” skills, techniques, or tactics. 

8.2.2.2.  Skills training can include practical demonstrations, physical practice, assessment, and/or simulations. 

8.2.3.  Scenario Based Training

8.2.3.1.  Scenario based training is used to provide members with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities to solve problems in a safe environment.

8.2.3.2.  Scenario based training will only be delivered in a safe environment using procedures approved by the Training Division. 

8.2.4.  Roll Call Videos

8.2.4.1.  Roll Call Videos are used to deliver brief and timely video based updates to members as part of their normal work shift or to provide members with prerequisite information prior to other training.

8.2.4.2.  The Training Division will have the lead in the production of all roll call videos, but it may rely on other subject matter experts to develop specific content. 

8.2.5.  Tips and Techniques

8.2.5.1.  Tips and techniques are used to deliver timely printed updates to members as part of their normal work shift. 

8.2.5.2.  Tips and techniques may be developed by subject matter experts outside of the Training Division. 

8.2.5.3.  The Training Division will review and approve all Tips and Techniques prior to final publication and distribution. 

8.2.6.  E-Learning

8.2.6.1.  E-Learning is computer based instruction where training occurs via the Intranet.

8.2.6.2.  E-Learning may be used to deliver standalone content or to provide members with prerequisite information prior to other training.

8.2.6.3.  The Training Division will have the lead in the production of all E-Learning modules, but it may rely on other subject matter experts to develop specific content. 

9.  Safety Planning:

9.1.  The safety of the training environment is the responsibility of the Training Division. Certain types of training involve the use of simulated equipment and the use of such equipment requires a safety plan to ensure no dangerous or deadly weapons are present in the training environment. 

9.1.1.  The Training Division will maintain a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) outlining the process for the review and approval of a training safety plan. 

9.1.2.  During instruction the lead instructor or designated safety officer will be responsible to ensure adherence to the safety plan. 

9.1.2.1.  Members attending training, regardless of rank or position, will follow the direction of a safety officer as they would the direction of a supervisor.

9.1.2.2.  If circumstances require a change to the approved safety plan a Training Division supervisor will be notified and approve any exception(s) or deviation(s). 

9.1.3.  All members attending training will be briefed on the safety plan and all members will be expected to terminate training immediately should anything unsafe be observed in the training environment.

10.  Delivery of Training:

10.1.  The Training Division will not deliver training unless there is an approved lesson plan on file. 

10.1.1.  Training Division supervisors may audit training to ensure adherence to the lesson plan.

10.2.  In order to ensure consistency with current policy instructors will only teach policies that have received final approval from the Chief of Police.

11.  Precinct/Division Training:

11.1.  Authorization:

11.1.1.  Precincts/divisions may deliver proficiency or tactical training as authorized by the Training Division. 

11.1.2.  In order to maintain training consistency throughout the Bureau, the Training Division will review and preapprove all precinct/division training. Specifically, the Training Division is responsible for the review, approval, scheduling, safety planning, recording, and reporting of precinct/division training.

11.1.3.  Precincts/divisions intending to conduct training will submit a training plan through their Responsibility Unit Manager to the Training Division not less than sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the training.

11.1.4.  The Training Division Manager may waive the sixty (60) day requirement.

11.1.5.  In the event a training plan is denied reasons for rejecting the training plan will be provided in writing.

11.1.6.  Responsibility Unit Manager may appeal denied training plans through channels, to the Chief of Police, in instances in which the Responsibility Unit Manager feels there is a compelling need to present the training. 

11.2.  Scheduling:

11.2.1.  The Training Division may not authorize precinct/division training when it will have an adverse impact on the day to day operations of the Police Bureau.

11.2.2.  If a request to train on a specific date(s) is denied reasons for rejecting the date(s) will be provided in writing to the Responsibility Unit Manager.

11.2.3.  Responsibility Unit Managers may appeal the denied date(s) through channels, to the Chief of Police, in instances in which the Responsibility Unit Manager believes there is a compelling need to deliver the training on the specified date(s).

11.3.  Safety Planning:

11.3.1.  Based on the type(s) of training described in the training plan, the Training Division will determine if a safety plan is needed before precincts/divisions will be authorized to deliver training.

11.3.2.  The Training Division will maintain a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), outlining the review and approval process for safety plans.

11.3.3.  The Training Division will maintain the safety plan template and provide it to the requesting precinct/division when required.

11.3.4.  When required, precincts/divisions will not deliver training unless there is an approved safety plan on file with the Training Division.

11.3.5.  The Training Division may observe and audit safety screening and delivery of training to ensure adherence to the approved safety plan. 

11.3.6.  In the event a safety plan is denied reasons for rejecting the safety plan will be provided in writing.

11.3.7.  Responsibility Unit Managers may appeal the denied safety plan through channels, to the Chief of Police, in instances in which the Responsibility Unit Manager believes there is a compelling need to deviate from safety standards established by the Training Division. 

11.4.  Delivery:

11.4.1.  Precincts/divisions will not deliver training unless there is an approved lesson plan on file with the Training Division.

11.4.2.  In order to ensure consistency instructors will not deviate from the approved lesson plan.

11.4.2.1.  The Training Division may observe and audit precinct/division training to ensure adherence to the approved lesson plan. 

11.5.  Reporting:

11.5.1.  All precinct/division training will be reported to the Training Division within thirty (30) days of delivery. 

11.5.2.  Responsibility Unit Managers will be responsible for reporting the names of instructors and attendees in its training programs to the Training Division.

11.5.3.  If training is reported more than thirty (30) days after delivery the reporting Responsibility Unit must include a memorandum to the Training Division Manager explaining the reason for the delay. 

11.5.4.  Once all documentation has been received the Training Division will record and report the training.

History:

  • Originating Directive: 2/6/15 (See rescinded-directive histories)
  • Next Review Date: 8/6/15
  • Review By: Training Division