Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Policing the homeless

June 13, 2018

PERF has released a new report on the police response to homelessness, emphasizing problem solving, innovation, and partnerships as alternatives to either making arrests or doing nothing. Insights from police departments all over the country are included, as well as background information on how the problem overlaps with mental illness and substance abuse.

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Position: Legitimacy Program Coordinator

February 5, 2018

Oregon’s Center for Policing Excellence has a new position to “Develop, coordinate and deliver public safety training related to legitimacy/procedural justice, prevention of bias-based profiling, and stops data collection.” Information about the position, based at the state’s training academy in Salem, is posted here. The deadline for applications is February 12.

Going overseas builds capacity at home too

January 19, 2018

This column highlights two international police partnerships, Portland (Oregon) PD with Bangladesh and several Minnesota departments with Somalia, each sponsored by the US State Department. In both cases, tangible benefits have been recognized by police in the US and in the other country.

Bundy trial fiasco

January 18, 2018

This column by a western public-lands rancher reviews the dramatic 2014 Oregon wildlife refuge standoff and subsequent trial of Cliven Bundy and sons, which recently resulted in conspiracy charges being dismissed with prejudice by a federal judge citing “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct.” The writer finds plenty of failure on both sides and notes the irony that “the legal system the Bundys assailed protected their rights in the end.”

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.