Portland Police Bureau Fires Sergeant After Internal Investigation

Portland Police Bureau Fires Sergeant After Internal Investigation

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September 09, 2011 22:42


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The following is a statement from Portland Police Bureau Chief Michael Reese regarding the termination of Sergeant Scott Westerman:

Today, I met with Sergeant Scott Westerman and informed him of my decision regarding policy violations and performance issues related to two incidents that occurred on January 28, 2010 and January 30, 2010. Mayor Sam Adams and I made the final decisions following the recent due process meeting involving Sergeant Westerman.

Sergeant Westerman was charged with violating Portland Police Directives 310.00 - Conduct, Professional, 315.00 - Laws, Rules and Orders, 310.50 - Truthfulness, 330.00 - Internal Affairs, Complaint Investigation Process, and Directive 310.40 - Courtesy. I have determined that Sergeant Westerman did violate the above directives and that termination of his employment is the appropriate level of discipline.

I arrived at this decision by carefully reviewing the Internal Affairs investigation of these incidents as well as the findings from the Performance Review Board, which concluded unanimously that Sergeant Westerman violated Bureau Directives and recommended termination as the appropriate level of discipline.

Sergeant Westerman, who has been with the Bureau 19 years, was most recently assigned to the Telephone Reporting Unit. He was then placed on administrative leave pending the final disciplinary decision.


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