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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

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

0315.00, Laws, Rules, and Orders

315.00, Laws, Rules, and Orders


  • Directive 010.00, Directives Manual
  • Directive 330.00, Internal Affairs, Complaint Intake and Processing 
  • Directive 344.00, Compliance with Human Resources Administrative Rules


  1. Members are required to conform, on or off duty, to all applicable laws, rules, and orders. Members shall not commit any act or fail to perform any act constituting a violation of any applicable laws, rules, and orders, whether stated in these directives or elsewhere.


  1. Members shall acquire a thorough knowledge of city, state, and federal law, including elements constituting criminal acts and fundamental rules of evidence.

2. Members have a responsibility to know and comprehend all Portland Police Bureau directives.

3. Members must know and comprehend standards as established within Bureau communication mediums issued by the Chief of Police or the member’s Responsibility Unit Manager (e.g. orders, bulletins, tips and techniques, memoranda, etc.). Upon returning to duty, members shall read all communications issued during their absence.

4. Members having any question or uncertainty about any directive, standard, law, rule or order will immediately seek clarification via the chain of command.

5. Members shall promptly obey any written or verbal order of a supervisor. This will include orders relayed from a supervisor by a member of the same or lesser rank.

6. Members who are given an otherwise proper order that is in conflict with a pre­vious order shall respectfully inform the supervisor issuing the new order of the conflict. The supervisor thus informed will determine the course of action and notify the member accordingly. Under these circumstances the responsibility for resolving the conflict shall be upon the supervisor issuing the new order. Members shall follow the supervisor’s direction and shall not be held responsible for the previous order.

7. If in doubt as to the legality of an order members shall request the issuing supervisor to clarify the order or confer with higher authority. Members shall not obey any order that a reasonable officer would believe is clearly unlawful.

8. Members shall immediately notify an on duty supervisor when cited for a violation, other than a traffic infraction, when arrested for a criminal offense, if their driver’s license is suspended, if they become subject of or violate a restraining order, or when they become aware they are a suspect in a law enforcement investigation. In notifying a supervisor, members are not violating any Communication Restriction Order that may be in place.

9. Unless authority has been delegated otherwise, the chain of command is the established order of authority for members of the Bureau. The placing of non-sworn members in the chain of command depends upon the authority delegated to them by the Chief of Police. The chain of command for sworn members, in descending order, is:

9.1.1. The Chief of Police,

9.1.2. Assistant Chief,

9.1.3. Commanders,

9.1.4. Captain/Non-sworn Division Manager,

9.1.5. Lieutenant/Non-sworn Administrative Supervisor (I or II),

9.1.6. Sergeant,

9.1.7. Detective/Criminalists,

9.1.8. Police Officer.


  • Originating Directive Effective: 09/06/01
  • First Revision Effective: 11/29/07
  • Second Revision Effective: 01/07/09
  • Third Revision Effective: 11/19/14  
  • Fourth Revision Effective: 7/30/15      
  • Next Review Date: 7/30/16
  • Review By: Chief’s Office