Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Oregon vs. Minnesota on decertification

October 11, 2017

This article provides a detailed comparison of police licensing and decertification practices in Oregon and Minnesota. The system in Oregon is considered one of the best for transparency, thoroughness, and regularly updating; the state “dedicates a lot of energy and a lot of time to police our own” according to one sheriff.


Portland drops gang member database

September 21, 2017

This article reports that Portland, Oregon will discontinue its database of documented gang members due to criticisms about the accuracy of the information and allegations that it was misused. Similar concerns have been raised in other cities but Portland seems to be the first to end the practice that became a standard part of anti-gang programming about 30 years ago.

Risk/reward in SWAT no-knock entries

March 18, 2017

This in-depth 2-part series, located here and here, examines the practice of no-knock dynamic entries by SWAT teams. National data are not systematically collected, but nearly 100 deaths are known to have occurred in such raids since 2010, including at least 13 police officers. The vast majority of raids are drug cases, leading some police and legal experts to question whether the rewards justify the risks.

Collective bargaining & transparency

October 12, 2016

Activists and reformers are increasingly calling for more transparency in police collective bargaining in order to strengthen accountability measures. This published letter from Portland’s auditor and police review board director criticizes the city for a lack of openness in current labor negotiations and a draft contract that fails to incorporate measures that would enhance external oversight.

2016 POP Conference

August 26, 2016

The 2016 Problem-Oriented Policing conference is October 24-26 in Tempe, AZ. Conference registration information is here. Finalists for the annual Herman Goldstein Award, who will be presenting, are:

  • Portland (OR) Police Bureau on vacant homes
  • Glendale (AZ) Police Department on convenience store crime
  • Austin (TX) Police Department on community engagement to reduce crime and fear
  • New Zealand Police on prevention-first responses to family violence
  • London Borough of Newham (UK) on rough sleeping
  • High Point (NC) Police Department on intimate partner violence prevention
  • Arlington (TX) Police Department on the Walmart Restorative Justice Initiative

Choosing between low taxes & law enforcement

June 3, 2016

This article tells the story of Josephine County, Oregon where declining timber harvesting has decimated the local economy. The county’s 85,000 residents enjoy the lowest property taxes in the state and refuse to raise them. The sheriff’s budget is less than half what it was, felons get cite and release, calls go unanswered, and some crime victims report fires just to get someone to respond.

Western “constitutional” sheriffs

February 4, 2016

This article recounts the rise of so-called “constitutional” sheriffs in the Western U.S. who resist federal initiatives and sometimes actively interfere with federal law enforcement officials. These sheriffs, said to number over 200, have established their own networks and are often linked to citizen groups and political movements associated with state’s rights, 2nd amendment rights, and opposition to land management and environmental protections.

Memory gaps under stress

April 11, 2012

Two studies each found that high-stress incidents and extreme exertion can cause police officers to miss important details and/or fail to remember details. One study used officers from Oregon and Washington while the other used officers from Winnipeg, Canada.

Supervisor’s role in investigating use of force

January 4, 2012

Portland (OR) police supervisors will begin doing on-the-scene investigations when their subordinates use force that results in injury or a complaint. Prior to this policy change, supervisors mainly reviewed officer use-of-force reports after the fact.

Use of force

January 3, 2012

Interesting article from and 17-minute video from Lane County (OR) mainly designed to educate the public about police use of force, including the challenge of having to make quick decisions in chaotic and uncertain situations.