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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

Investigation Timelines

Reference: Investigative Timelines

Policy updated: March 2016

Investigation Timelines


IPR staff will complete all intake and full administrative investigations in a timely manner, and document any barriers to timeliness, such as delayed responses to requests for documentation, interviews, or other evidence.  IPR Directors will complete review assignments in a timely manner, and document any barriers to timeliness of review, such as insufficiency of material provided for review.

IPR assigns a fourteen calendar day timeline for the initial intake investigation.  At the end of the initial intake, an intake investigation report will be submitted to the IPR Director assigned, for their review and case handling decision.

If an IPR Investigator needs to prioritize which intake investigations to complete in limited time, such as when the volume of new complaints increases beyond the capacity of the office, they will prioritize the following to complete first:

  • Complaints involving use of force
  • Complaints being referred to Internal Affairs
  • Complaints that resulted in an IPR Independent Investigation
  • For complaints older than 14 days, the oldest cases first, based on the date filed at IPR.

IPR Independent Investigations will be assigned a timeline of 60 days for the investigative stage.   The number of days assigned for each stage of an investigation were determined in conjunction with the Portland Police Bureau, including Internal Affairs.  For the context of IPR assignment times within a full investigative and discipline process, refer to PPB documentation for the DOJ Settlement Agreement.