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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

Independent Investigation Criteria

Reference: City Code 3.21.070

Policy updated: March 2016

Criteria for Initiating IPR Independent Investigation

Portland City Code 3.21.070 provides the Independent Police Review the authority to initiate and conduct administrative investigations of Portland Police Bureau member misconduct.  As a means to prioritize investigative resources, IPR will conduct independent investigations in the following cases:

1)      PPB Internal Affairs has a conflict of interest or is unable to conduct an investigation.

2)      Allegations involve a Police Bureau member of the rank of Captain or higher.

3)      Allegations of disparate treatment (where the facts as presented by the complainant constitute an alleged violation of Directives 344.05 – Bias Based Policing – or 344.00 – Prohibited Discrimination, or of applicable law)

4)      Allegations involve a community member who is a member of a vulnerable population, such as:

  1. Juveniles
  2. Persons experiencing mental illness
  3. Persons experiencing a physical disability

5)      Cases where a community members has faced retaliation by PPB officer for filing a complaint with IPR.

6)      Cases at the discretion of the IPR Director.


Additional Criteria for Independent Investigations:

IPR may also decide to initiate an Independent Investigation based on circumstances such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • No PPB information:  No police report, call record, or citation exists that describes the Involved Member’s conduct.
  • Missing information:  Available records do not contain sufficient information about the alleged conduct of the Involved Member, or the reported reasons for the conduct.  For example, the allegation is based on a statement made by the officer, which is not documented in the police report.
  • Witness officers
  • Action not mentioned in report (i.e. swearing)