1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
March 06, 2003 00:00
"On January 24, 2002, two off-duty Portland Police officers were involved in an assault on a man at a Portland nightclub. Those officers, Grant Bailey and Craig Hampton, resigned from the Police Bureau and were convicted of criminal charges.
An anonymous letter to the Independent Police Review Division prompted the criminal investigation into the assault. The Police Bureau launched its own internal investigation into what happened on that night and how it was brought to the attention of the command staff.
The internal investigation was led by the Investigations Branch of the Police Bureau; which worked with a team of representatives from: Bureau command, the Independent Police Review Division; the Oregon Department of Justice; the City Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Human Resources; and the Oregon State Police. This multi-disciplinary team took nine months to interview numerous individuals and review all of the information. The end result was a thorough and professional investigation.
The investigation then came to me for a decision on discipline. This decision was one of the most difficult that I have made as Chief. In making the decision, I had to weigh the actions of each employee against the policies and our core values, which are: compassion, respect, integrity, excellence and service. In making decisions of this nature, I take into account the effect on the community, the Police Bureau and the employees.
The individuals involved have been notified, and I have shared these decisions with the entire organization.
Based on the findings of the investigation, I have made the difficult decision to propose discipline for a total of seven members of the Portland Police Bureau including: one Commander, two Lieutenants, three Sergeants, and one Officer. The proposed discipline ranges from demotions and suspensions to letters of reprimand.
During the next step in the process, the affected employees will have an opportunity to provide me with any information they would like me to consider prior to the imposition of my decisions. Contractual obligations prohibit me from identifying the specific officers or discipline at this time. The Bureau Directives that influenced discipline decisions were: Conduct Professional, Unsatisfactory Performance, Criminal Investigation of a Police Bureau Employee, and Report Writing. Copies of these directives are available on the Police Bureau's website.
As always, I am committed to a full disclosure of all information, but at the same time, I am responsible for protecting the due process rights of the officers affected by this decision. For that reason, I must refrain from answering any questions at this time and ask for the patience both from the citizens of Portland and the members of the Portland Police Bureau.
The Police Bureau also remains committed to ensuring that the Bureau's directives are adhered to and that the proper discipline is imposed when they are broken. This is a painful time for all of us, but all citizens have a right to expect the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau to provide service with dignity, respect, and most importantly, integrity.
It is now time to move forward and I am hopeful we can restore any trust lost in this difficult situation.
Sgt. Pete Simpson