I had the pleasure of interning with IPR from July 2016 to June 2017. It’s been quite the process of learning who the players are, assessing the department’s strengths and weaknesses, and fleshing out what the future could look like for police oversight.
I started my internship by meeting, interviewing, and shadowing multiple individuals within IPR, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), and other oversight entities. During this time, I interviewed several IPR employees, completed a police ride-along, shadowed a 911 operator, met with PPB’s Victim’s Advocate, and witnessed Citizen Review Committee (CRC) meetings. I also participated in PPB’s Citizen Academy, allowing me to get an idea of the training police officers receive.
I worked on a few projects during my time with the office, the largest being IPR’s Strategic Planning. I helped create documents, set up community listening sessions around the city, and participated in the department’s 2-day strategic planning session. This process allowed for both employee and community member feedback into the future of the department. IPR’s Strategic Plan can be found under the news section on the home page.
I also dove deep into IPR’s policies and practices through school assignments. I completed an organizational assessment of IPR and an assessment of its data collection and analysis through a Racial Equity Lens. My final project was creating a mock grant proposal to possibly expand IPR’s technology in the future.
In every aspect of this internship, IPR employees have been encouraging and supportive of my work. They continually took time out of their days to answer any questions I had and provide guidance on assignments. As IPR continues to flesh out its internship capacities, the possibility for more interns in the future seems great. This internship has solidified my interest in working with government agencies and the justice system. I owe a lot to the IPR employees who worked with me so closely.