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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

315.00, Laws, Rules, and Orders

315.00, Laws, Rules, and Orders 



  • City Administrative Rules



  • Members are required to conform to, and abide by, the rules and regulations of the Bureau, ordinances of the City and County, Federal laws and of the laws of all states. Members shall not commit any act, or fail to perform any act, that constitutes a violation of any of the rules, regulations, instruction, directives, or orders of the Bureau, whether stated in these directives or elsewhere. 


  • Members shall acquire a thorough knowledge of State and Federal laws and City ordinances, as well as the elements that constitute criminal acts in violation of the various sections thereof, and will acquaint themselves with the fundamental rules of evidence. 


  • The responsibility for having knowledge and comprehension of the Manual of Policy and Procedure, all orders, bulletins, and regulations, pertinent reports and all memoranda issued by the Chief of Police or the member’s RU manager, rests with the member. After an absence from duty, members shall, upon returning to duty, read all orders issued by the Chief of Police or their RU manager and all applicable bulletins, regulations or memoranda issued during their absence. Members having any question or uncertainty will immediately seek clarification via the chain of command.


  • Members shall promptly obey any lawful written or verbal order of a supervisor. This will include orders relayed from a supervisor by a member of the same or lesser rank. 


  • Members, who are given an otherwise proper order that is in conflict with a previous order, rule, regulation or directive, shall respectfully inform the supervisor issuing the order of the conflict. If the supervisor issuing the order does not alter or retract the conflicting order, the order shall stand. Under these circumstances the responsibility for the conflict shall be upon the supervisor. Members shall obey the conflicting order and shall not be held responsible for disobedience of the order, rule, regulation or directive previously issued. Members shall not obey any order that would require them to commit any illegal act. If in doubt as to the legality of an order, members shall request the issuing supervisor to clarify the order or to confer with higher authority. 


  • Members shall notify a supervisor when cited or arrested for a criminal offense, drug or alcohol-related charge, or if their driver’s license is suspended.