Police Internal Investigations Auditing Committee
January 13, 2000
(Approved February 10, 2000)
Citizen Advisors Present: Charles Ford, Presiding; Denise Stone (Vice
Chair); Robert Ueland; Ric Alexander Jose Martinez; Dapo Sobomehin; Kitsy Brown
Mahoney; Shirlie Karl
Citizen Advisors Absent: Robert Wells; Gene Bales
City Staff Present: Capt. Bret Smith, IAD; Sgt. Jerry Jones, IAD; Sgt.
Vince Jarmer, IAD; Sgt. Suzanne Whisler, IAD; Sgt. Steve Bottcher, IAD; Dr.
Michael Hess, PIIAC Examiner
Media Present: Dan Handelman (Portland Copwatch); Sean Nelson (The
Mr. Ford opened the meeting at approximately 5:30 p.m. PIIAC Citizen Advisors
and City Staff introduced themselves. Mr. Ford welcomed new PIIAC advisor, Mr.
The minutes of the December 9, 1999, PIIAC meeting were approved.
PIIAC #99-26 (IAD #98-341)
Advisor Stone presented this case, including a summary and recommendations.
Appellant was present.
Appellant alleged that when she called the Traffic Division requesting to
view the Photo Radar manual, the sergeant who answered the phone (1) hindered
her ability to view public records by adding additional costs to the normal fees
and (2) exhibited rude conduct toward her.
Advisor Stone recommended the PIIAC Advisory Committee affirm the decision by
the Traffic Division captain to close the inquiry on this complaint and not
proceed with a full IAD investigation. Ms. Stone noted that as a result of this
complaint, the Traffic Division has set standards of review of public records
and has clarified the fee schedule; that Traffic Division supervisors have been
debriefed in public records procedures; and that Sergeant A was counseled in
issues of courtesy.
Advisor Stone further recommended that the PIIAC Monitoring Subcommittee
should review the issues of clearer disposition letters and better precinct
The Appellant summarized her complaints as follows:
- No clear disposition was made regarding her complaint.
- Captain Bell applied improper standards in determining the disposition of
- Captain Nelson was improperly assigned to conduct the investigation since
he had a current IAD complaint lodged against him by the same complainant.
- Captain Bell's issuance of findings violates the procedural integrity of
Advisor Ueland made a motion to reaffirm Captain Bell's decision to close the
inquiry and not proceed with a formal IAD investigation. Advisor Martinez
seconded the motion.
The motion carried unanimously [Y=11]
Dr. Hess advised the Appellant to submit a written request within 30 days if
she desires to take his appeal before City Council. She immediately submitted a
written request for a City Council hearing.
Reading, Discussion, and Approval of the 1999 Monitoring Subcommittee Report
Advisor Robert Ueland, Chair of the PIIAC Monitoring Subcommittee, presented
the 1999 Monitoring Report and recommendations. He explained that due to staff
turnover, the report covers the last quarter of 1998 and all four quarters of
1999. Monitoring Reports will resume on a quarterly basis now that PIIAC is back
to full strength.
The recommendations of the Monitoring Subcommittee were as follows:
- that a minimum of three additional sergeants and one lieutenant be
assigned to IAD.
- that the General Order 310.40 on Courtesy be re-examined in relation to
the use of profanity.
- that the Police Bureau regularly cycle a refresher course of diversity
training in the In-Service training for all officers.
Mr. Tou Cha suggested adding the following recommendation:
- that the IAD complaint forms and brochures be provided in the Hmong and
Mien languages in addition to the languages in which they are currently
With other minor editorial revisions, the Monitoring Report was unanimously
Mr. Ford announced that the next meeting of the PIIAC advisory committee
[February 10, 2000] would again be held in the Rose Room of the Portland City
Hall. Mr. Sobomehin requested that the time of the meeting be changed from 5:30
p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the committee approved this.
A citizen stated that reports of rude and discourteous by police officers
have been increasing in the community. She stated that police officers who
resort to profanity, rather than gaining control, in reality lose control by
further inflaming an already difficult situation. She described use of profanity
as "throwing gasoline on a fire."
Mr. Handelman of Portland Copwatch suggested that the IAD statistics be
attached to the Monitoring Report. (Captain Smith stated that he had no problem
with this since the IAD statistics are a public record.) Regarding the
prohibition on use of epithets or terms to denigrate a person based on gender,
race, etc., Mr. Handelman asked that a person's physical and mental condition be
added to that list.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by
Michael H. Hess, D.D.S.