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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

Contact with PPB Members

Policy updated: March 2016

Investigator Contact with PPB Members


IPR Investigators will maintain the integrity of the investigation process in accordance with labor agreement protections, by only interviewing PPB Members in the context of a properly noticed and scheduled interview.  IPR Investigators can contact PPB members – whether by phone, e-mail, or in-person contact – when the purpose is not to interview that PPB member regarding a matter that could potentially lead to discipline.  IPR Investigators can contact PPB members without prior notice in circumstances such as:

  • Requests for PPB records, including but not limited to: reports, written procedures, training records, PPB-produced video, or GPS records.
  • Assistance in locating or identifying records, including TriMet records to which the PPB Transit Division has access
  • Advising a PPB member and their supervisor(s) of a commendation received by IPR

Providing Reports/Evidence Prior to Interview with PPB Members


Keeping with investigative best practices, IPR staff conducting interviews with an involved or witness member will not provide access to video or audio evidence of an incident prior to an interview.  The goal of the interview is to get the member’s independent recollection of the incident in question. After receiving the member’s version of events, the investigator may allow the member to review audio or video evidence.