Bob Day was sworn in as Deputy Chief on May 3, 2018. Prior to this appointment, he has been assigned to the Training Division since July 2016. In this role, he has worked closely with Department of Justice and Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (COCL) to meet goals outlined for the Portland Police Bureau and the Training Division in the settlement agreement. He has also acted as the lead trainer for the Implicit Bias curriculum that will be delivered to all sworn members in 2018.
Deputy Chief Day was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on April 26, 1990. After working as a patrol officer for 10 years, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and was assigned to Southeast Precinct and later, the Training Division. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to North Precinct and later, the Detective Division. He has served as Crisis Negotiations Team Commander, Crowd Management Incident Commander and currently serves as a Critical Incident Commander.
In 2009, Deputy Chief Day was promoted to Captain and was assigned to North Precinct and then the Training Division. He was appointed Assistant Chief in January 2015, and served until July 2016.
Deputy Chief Day has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership from George Fox University. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Clackamas Community College.
He has been honored with an Achievement Medal for his work to improve the coordination between the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Special Emergency Reaction Team; as well as a Unit Commendation Medal. He has more than 40 letters of commendation in his file.
Deputy Chief Day is known for building relationships within the community. In 2016, he was recognized by the Portland Business Alliance with the “Champion of Downtown Award.” He was recently honored with a Regional Arts & Culture Council award for his work with Kevin Jones of the August Wilson Red Door Project to bring community members and police together for discussions on bias, prejudice and racism.
In his spare time, he is a PAC-12 Football Official.