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The City of Portland, Oregon

Independent Police Review

Providing independent, civilian oversight of the Portland Police Bureau

phone: 503-823-0146

fax: 503-823-4571

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204

PSU Student Shares Her Internship Experience at IPR

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.

In community,

Tovah Blumenthal

IPR Staff Assists with Shelter at Portland Building

Due to the recent freezing temperatures and tragic deaths of those living on the streets, Mayor Ted Wheeler opened the Portland Building as a temporary shelter. Mayor Wheeler called on city employees to assist with this important task along with the cooperation of Transition Projects Inc. The Independent Police Review (IPR) had a few of our own step forward, including Erin Playman, Rachel Mortimer and Ramsey AlQaisi, to help out at the Portland Building as well as other shelters during this time of increased need. Just in the past couple weeks, several shelters and warming centers have been opened. For an updated list of shelter hours and locations, call 211 or visit Also, if you would like to drop off any donations, a list of items requested by shelters and their locations can be found at

IPR office closed January 24-25

We will be closed January 24 and 25 for a 2-day intensive strategic planning session. If you would like to file a complaint/commendation, please fill out our online complaint form or leave us a voicemail at 503-823-0146. We will return to our regular work schedule at 8 AM on Thursday, January 26 and can respond to complaint submissions at that time.

City Auditor’ Office Holds an All-staff Training on Equity

The City of Portland is committed to eliminating institutional racism in government and achieving racial equity in the community so our city can be a great place to live for all people and all generations from all communities. To do this we must change City policy, programs, practices, and procedures.

To move in that direction, the City Auditor’s Office participated in an all-staff equity training. The Racial Equity Toolkit Development training helped build on knowledge and skills already in place and provided tools to communicate about race. With the support of the Office of Equity and Human Rights, the training was led by Center for Social Inclusion staff Glen Harris and Jenny Levison, providing guidance on using the racial equity toolkit as it applies to our work in government auditing and accountably. This training empowered the staff to find new ways to communicate about race and strategies on implementing the Racial Equity Toolkit to our daily work.

The goals going forward are to set equitable outcomes, collect and analyze data, understand historical context, engage those most impacted, develop racially equitable strategies and refine outcomes, implement changes, and then evaluate accountability and report back.

This half­-day training also provided the entire staff of the Auditor’s Office an opportunity to learn together, reconnect and bond as a team.

IPR Staff Attended 2016 NACOLE Conference

The 2016 National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. City Auditor Mary Hull-Caballero, Director Constantin Severe, Investigator Ramsey AlQaisi and Citizen Review Committee (CRC) Vice-Chair Julie Ramos attended the annual conference. The conference began with a series of sessions focusing on issues in Albuquerque involving their police agency, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Members of the community were invited to a session and explained their concerns about the APD and its oversight agency, the Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA), to attendees.

The theme of this year’s conference was Confronting Systemic Injustice. Just a few of the most interesting sessions included, Monitoring Protests: A New Role for Civilian Oversight, Policing and Communities of Color: Confronting Systemic Injustice, and Tackling Use of Force Issues through Systemic Review. All of the sessions invited speakers from varied backgrounds and professions from around the country and the world, including police chiefs, members of police oversight agencies, advocates for juvenile justice and criminal justice reform, and attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Portland’s own-Constantin Severe, the Director of IPR, presented on the panel, Living Under a Consent Decree: The Role of Civilian Oversight. He was joined on the panel by Edward Harness, the Executive Director with the CPOA in Albuquerque, and Damon Scott, the Administrator with the Office of Professional Standards in Cleveland.