Police Union and City Reach Agreements on Department of Justice Reforms, Contract

Several major reforms still up in air


The city's police union has agreed to pull its official opposition to the settlement agreement struck between the bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice over mental health and use of force reforms.In a press conference this afternoon at City Hall, officials announced that the Portland Police Association will withdraw its grievance against the DOJ settlement. The settlement was forged last fall following ...   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Hales' Office Says They're Working on Finalizing Deal on Police Union DOJ Lawsuit

Portland Police Association says that's news to them


Mayor Charlie Hales' office says the city and its police union are working to finalize a deal on mandated U.S. Department of Justice findings on police use of force and oversight.Sources tell WW that a memorandum of understanding would strike a bargain between the city, the Portland Police Association and the DOJ on critical changes required by the DOJ, including on use of force and creating a standardized ...   More
Friday, November 1, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union, City Headed to Trial Over U.S. Department of Justice Settlement


The U.S. Department of Justice, the city of Portland and the Portland Police Association will go to trial to argue the merits of last fall's scathing report by the DOJ that said police engage in a pattern of excessive force against the mentally ill.U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said today during a scheduled summary conference that he'll likely set a trial date for the DOJ case for summer ...   More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City, Police Union May Be at DOJ Impasse Over 48-hour Grace Period for Cops Involved in Shootings


Negotiations between the city and its police union over federally-mandated reforms are at an impasse, but Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says he’s going ahead with as many changes as he can in the meantime.The department released an 80-point “Action Item Matrix” today, and the document hints at the one issue that may have the city and the Portland Police Association at loggerheads: the 48 hour ...   More
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union: Use of Force Policy "Fundamentally Flawed"


Portland's largest police union says the police bureau's revised use of force policies handed out by Chief Mike Reese Thursday are "fundamentally flawed."In a release sent this morning, the Portland Police Association repeated that it was not party to any of the changes made to the use of force and Taser policies—done as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that found ...   More
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

State Academy Bulks Up Mental Health Training


Portland’s police aren’t the only ones beefing up mental health training.The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training—where all new police recruits get basic training—recently approved adding three hours of mental health training.The change adds three hours to mental health and disabilities classes, bringing the total amount new cops spend on the topic over the 16-week course ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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