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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

Force Allegations Policy

Reference: City Code 3.21.070

Policy updated: March 2015

Assign Force Allegations

IPR investigators will properly identify and document all allegations by community members of improper or excessive use of force by Portland Police Bureau officers.

Under City Code 3.21.070, IPR may not dismiss an allegation of inappropriate use of force unless there is clear and convincing evidence that the allegation has no basis in fact. In other words, there must be clear and unequivocal evidence that there is no basis for the allegation of inappropriate use of force and by extension no need for a full administrative investigation.

IPR staff will review all declinations of use of force complaints by Internal Affairs under the clear and convincing standard. No use of force complaints will be declined by IPR without the Director’s explicit authorization.