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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

Officer Interview Policy

Reference: City Code 3.21.220

Policy updated: March 2016

Officer Interviews

 

IPR will comply with the administrative interview protections of the applicable bargaining agreement, and other applicable law, as outlined in City Code 3.21.220.

The IPR Investigator will provide the IA liaison with the following information:

  1. PPB Member to be interviewed – name and DPSST number
  2. Whether the PPB Member is an Involved Member or Witness Member for the case
  3. Any report or incident number associated with the incident
  4. Date, time, and location of the incident
  5. Category(s) of allegation(s) – Conduct, Force, Procedure, Control, Courtesy
  6. The days and times the IPR Investigator is available to conduct the interview, within the next thirty calendar days.  The statement of availability should account for any additional IPR investigator or staff who will attend the interview.

The IPR Investigator will draft a question outline for each PPB member interview.  The questions asked by IPR Investigators during PPB member interviews will be framed to guide any future reader through information pertinent to the incident and allegations, even when the questions sound to the interviewee to have obvious answers.

Prior to the interview date/time, the IPR Investigator will provide to the IA liaison the IPR Case Worksheet.  The IA liaison provides to the interviewee the IPR Case Worksheet, along with a sheet referencing their bargaining agreement’s “Officer Bill of Rights”.

Attendance of IPR Staff at Officer Interviews

IPR Investigators may request that another IPR investigator or Director attend an interview of a PPB member.  IPR will assure that no more than two people participate in interviewing the PPB member. Reasons for additional staff may include:

  • Training of new staff
  • Expectation of contentious issues in the interview
  • Expectation of contentious issue with a PPB member's representative

When a PPB member is expected to bring a private attorney as their representative, the IPR Investigator with consult with the Director regarding whether to request that the Director or a City Attorney attend the interview, in order to field any legal questions.