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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

Policy Review Criteria

Reference: City Code 3.21.070

Policy updated: March 2016

Policy Review Criteria


IPR has the authority to conduct policy reviews of PPB’s policies and practices. The IPR Director has the discretion to initiate a policy review on a particular PPB policy or practice.  Below are factors considered in initiating a policy review, including but not limited to the following circumstances:

  • An issue is of concern to the community at large; or
  • An issue that has been raised in a series of community based complaints; or
  • An issue that would be more appropriately addressed in a policy review rather than an investigation of an incident of alleged misconduct by an officer.

A policy review can encompass, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Gathering of documentary evidence from PPB and outside sources
  • Interviews of community members
  • Interviews of PPB members
  • Interviews of persons with academic or other source of knowledge regarding the police policy or practice
  • Review of academic literature on the topic
  • Review of other agency practices

At the conclusion of the policy review, IPR will issue a public report and provide its recommendations on the subject of the review.  IPR will send recommendations to the Chief of Police.