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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

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Phone: 503-823-0000

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

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

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2016 Sworn Member In-Service Training Plan



2016 Sworn Member In-Service Training Plan


For the 2016 Portland Police Bureau in-service sworn members will attend a 20 hour in-service with a mix of scenarios, classroom, and skill refresher/development. These courses include Strengthening Our Foundation equity class, AR-15 familiarization, TECC, patrol tactics scenarios, patrol vehicle operation, X2 taser transition course, bloodborne pathogens, behavioral health unit (BHU) update, and a class on defining a take down. This in-service training will be for sworn members from all branches.

Strengthening Our Foundation (4 hours)

Strengthening Our Foundation is a four hour class developed in partnership with Dr. Caprice Hollins of Cultures Connecting. The curriculum is designed to meet and build upon the required Equity Training from the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights. The interactive class is facilitated in partnership with Community Consultants and Portland Police Bureau Sergeants. The goals of the training are to: increase comfort in talking about race; increase knowledge of institutional racisms; identify institutional racism in policy, practice, and procedures; increase understanding of implicit bias; and explore strategies to address institutional racism in the workplace.

TECC (2 hours)

This training is designed as a continuation of the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) training officers received during 2015 In-service. This training will focus on two main areas which include introducing officers to the new Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKS) and techniques used for stopping junctional bleeding commonly referred to as wound packing.

This training will use a variety of learning techniques and activities including lecture, videos and hands on skill development. Officers will use equipment that will be included in each IFAK as well as trauma mannequins and wound packing simulators. The wound packing simulators measure the PSI created by packing the wound to determine if the wound has been successfully packed. The skills officers will learn during this training can be used to help citizens, officers, and suspects.

AR-15 Familiarization (2 hours)

PPB members will attend a patrol rifle orientation class to provide them with a basic understanding of the functioning of the AR15 patrol rifle. Although this class will provide basic information to members related to the functioning of the PPB patrol rifle, it will not certify members to deploy PPB AR15 patrol rifles.

Patrol Vehicle Operation (2 hours)

PVO class is a refresher on Post PIT high risk stop and box-in technique. Members will review the vehicle set up and areas of cover and concealment during the Post PIT (pursuit intervention technique) modified high risk stop as well as the box-in tactic. The goal of this course is to mitigate the inherent risks of these techniques with the proper execution of positioning and tactics. The course consists of a classroom lecture, video, and power point.

Taser (3.5 hours)

All sworn members will be attending the X2 Taser transition course. At the completion of the course sworn members will be issued their X2. The goal of this course is for members to be able to distinguish the differences between the X2 and the X26. Understand the increased capabilities of the X2 and review the policies the govern use of force and electronic control weapon (ECW). The course will consist of lecture, power points, video, practical applications, and pass a written test provided by Taser International. Members will also practice targeting, shooting, and switching between taser cartridges while they are on the gun range.

Behavioral Health Unit Update (2 hours)

This course is a comprehensive review of Directive 850.20. This course is to ensure that members understand the requirements and their responsibilities when contacting, attempting to contact, or choosing not to contact a person who is in crisis. Members will receive training on responding, reporting, filling out required masks on their MDC, and making notifications when appropriate. Members will also review ROADMAP tactics to utilize as part of their response to people in crisis.

Takedown (.5 hour)

This course is to teach members the Bureaus definition of a takedown. Additionally it aims to add clarity to reporting a take-down use of force to comply with Directive 940.00.

Patrol Tactic Scenarios (3 hours)

Members will participate in three scenarios. These three will include a successful de-escalation of a person in crisis, a use of force decision making with less lethal force used, and a custody not involving physical force. Members will work with partners in all of these scenarios as these types of calls would necessitate a cover officer in a real world call. Members will be debriefed by an instructor on applicable policies and sound tactics.

Bloodborne Pathogens (1 hour)

Members will receive training on risks inherent in the work of first responders. This is OSHA mandated training that focus on prevention, personal protective gear, and response to exposure to bodily fluids.

Supervisor Inservice (4.5 hours)

Supervisors are not attending the course on Strengthening Our Foundation as they have attended this course in previous supervisor trainings. Supervisors will be receiving courses on Taser Download, Chiefs Hour, Human Resources Administrative Rules 2.02 refresher training, Reasonable Suspicion Training (members who are reporting to duty impaired) and After Actions.