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New Oversight System 2023
Comparing the current system to that proposed by the
(posted September 9, 2023)
|New System (proposed)||Current System||Source|
|The new Board is community-led with investigations run by non-police investigators. The new Community Board for Police Accountability will hire the Director of the new Office of Community-based Police Accountability. Complaints/cases will move through one system.||In the current system, cases/complaints are routinely shifted among four systems: the City's Independent Police Review (IPR); the Police Bureau's Internal Affairs unit (IA); the Citizen Review Committee (CRC), and the Police Review Board (PRB).||Charter Sections 2-1001 and 2-1005|
|The new Board will make decisions about whether officers violated policy and corrective action/discipline if appropriate.||In the current system, only in the appeals process (the Citizen Review Committee) are community members the majority decision-makers, and if the Chief disagrees with the committee's findings, City Council makes the final decision.||Charter Section 2-1007, proposed code Section 35D.180|
|The new Board will investigate deadly force incidents and allow for community members to appeal findings in those cases if officers initially have findings other than "out of policy."||In the current system, IPR can go to the scene of deadly force incidents, observe the investigations, and vote on proposed findings at the PRB, but cannot investigate . The CRC has been told that they cannot hear appeals on deadly force cases.||Charter Section 2-1008, proposed code section 35D.240|
|The new system will provide complaint navigators to community members from the beginning to the end of the process.||In the current system, a person only gets access to an "Appeals Process Advisor" toward the end of the process when there is an appeal filed.||Proposed code section 35D.090|
|The new system will be able to make recommendations about police policy, training, directives, and practices to the Police Chief. If the Chief does not accept the Board's policy recommendation, the new oversight board may send it to the City Council, and the Charter mandates that the Council votes whether to approve the recommendation.||In the current system, IPR and CRC can make recommendations and the Chief can decide whether or not to accept them, without City Council's involvement.||Charter Section 2-1007b|
Disclosure: Portland Copwatch member Dan Handelman served as a member
of the Police Accountability Commission.
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Page posted September 9, 2023, last updated September 18, 2023