CRC Members Present: Ric Alexander, Loren Eriksson, Hank Miggins, Lewellyn Robison, Robert Ueland, Irma Valdez.
Absent: Gwenn Baldwin, Donna Oden-Orr, Tracy Smith
City Staff Present: Gary Blackmer (City Auditor), Richard Rosenthal (IPR Director), Michael Hess (IPR), Lori Stewart (IPR)
The meeting was called to order by Chair Miggins at
II. Unanimous approval of 7/20/04 CRC Minutes with one addition (that Loren Eriksson also represented the CRC at the community forum with the PoliceAssessmentResourceCenter .)
III. Director’s Report (Director Rosenthal)
CRC members will be eligible to participate in Police Bureau’s Review Level Committee for review of performance and use of force findings. However, if an appeal is filed on a case in which a Review Level decision is made, any CRC member involved in the decision must abstain from the appeal hearing process. CRC members who volunteer to participate in the Review Level Committee will be required to complete forty additional hours of training.
The Director discussed the subject matters to be covered in the Police Bureau’s in-service training required for all police officers in the coming year.
With the concurrence of Mr. Miggins and Ms. Robison, the Director declined an appeal request that was received after the 30-day time limit without a reasonable explanation for the delay. No additional requests for appeal have been received. At a future meeting the CRC will need to amend the current protocol for assigning CRC members to review untimely appeal requests.
The projected date for public release of the 2003 IPR Annual Report is Monday, August 30.
The Tort Claim Report will be released approximately one week following release of the IPR Annual Report.
On October 17-20 the Director and two CRC members will be attending the annual conference of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). (The CRC decided to cancel the scheduled October CRC meeting and decide whether to reschedule the meeting in September.)
CRC members are invited to attend a reception on September 24 in the City Hall Atrium for the national police auditors, who will be holding their annual meeting in Portland that week.
IV. Commander David Benson (President, Portland Police Commanding Officers Association) and Sergeant Robert King (President, Portland Police Association) discussed the history, missions, and goals of their respective police unions and addressed questions from the CRC.
V. Director Rosenthal introduced a discussion of the 2004 CRC application process. The terms of Ric Alexander, Gwen Baldwin, Donna Oden-Orr, and Lewellyn Robison will be ending this December. The CRC suggested extending recruitment efforts to all neighborhood coalitions, the IPR website, Portland Police Bureau advisory committees, local business organizations, civil rights organizations, and a press release to the local media.
VI. Director Rosenthal reviewed the results of the CRC prioritization of policy issues. A number of the most highly prioritized issues (Early Warning System, Implementation of AIM by the Police Bureau, Criteria for Declinations and Service Complaints) are already in progress. It was decided that before undertaking the review of other policy issues on the list, it would be useful to have the Police Bureau provide presentations at future CRC meetings about current practices and protocols. Auditor Blackmer led a discussion of the revised Proposal for Police Policy Review, which will be submitted for approval at the September meeting.
VII. Bob Ueland and Lauri Stewart reported that they have arranged for an outreach presentation to the Central Northeast Neighborhood Coalition Board on September 1. All CRC members are welcome to attend. One of the aims for outreach is to arrange for a future CRC meeting (possibly November) at Southeast Uplift or at an East Portland neighborhood coalition. Ms. Stewart plans to make at least one outreach presentation per month at neighborhood and community meetings.
VIII. New Business: none
VIII. Public Comment: Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch); Diane Lane (Portland Rights Watch); Richard Koenig
IX. Wrap-up Comments: Chair Miggins requested an update on Appeal No. 2004-X-2003, which was sent back to IAD for additional investigation.