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NEW BROCHURE HELPS ANSWER THE QUESTION:

September 30, 2001 00:00

  

Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker will distribute a new brochure, in both English and Spanish, titled “Understanding Police Procedures: If You Are Stopped By Police” at a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Racial Profiling at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, at Bethel AME Church, 5828 N.E. 8th Ave.

The panel, convened by Kroeker last year, issued a recommendation in its November 2000 report calling for police to “improve police communication with community members at the time of the stop or arrest.” Panel representatives from the Office of the Consulate of Mexico provided the Spanish translation.

The brochure text was reviewed by many of the Bureau’s advisory groups and covers situations where people are stopped while driving or are stopped while on the street. It includes information on driver responsibilities, curfew times and how to make complaint. It also includes language from the law enforcement non-discrimination resolution against racial profiling.

“This brochure, and the dialogue we will have with the community, are important to the Bureau and to the communities we serve,” said Kroeker. “This is part of a larger effort by the Bureau to improve communication when police contact community members.” Brochures will soon be available at precincts and neighborhood offices, and the text is now available on the Bureau website at www.portlandpolicebureau.com.

Kroeker said he also plans to release a summary of the first six months of police contact data and individual precinct data at the Blue Ribbon Panel meeting. But, he cautioned, these reports do not include data from the traffic motorcycle officers; data collection from officers without mobile computers started July 1.

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For copies of brochures, contact the Planning and Support Division, 503-823-0283.

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