The Independent Police Review Division (IPR), a branch of the City Auditor's office is an independent, civilian oversight agency tasked by Portland City Council to investigate and monitor allegations of misconduct by sworn members of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). IPR serves as Portland's intake point for community complaints about PPB officers.
IPR was created in 2001, replacing the Police Internal Investigations Auditing Committee(PIIAC).
The Citizen Review Committee (CRC) is a nine-member organization that is an advisory board to IPR.
CRC’s main responsibilities are to hear appeals, gather community concerns and forward them to both IPR and PPB, advise IPR on its operations, and to recommend policy changes.
In 2012, IPR recieved 413 complaints.
No. IPR is only authorized to recieve complaints about the conduct of sworn Portland Police Bureau members. When IPR does recieve a complaint involving a non PPB officer we do forward the information to the appropriate agency.
Yes, IPR accepts complaints from eyewitnesses to incidents of police misconduct.
No. IPR is a division of the City Auditor’s Office. The IPR Director reports directly to the City Auditor. In Portland, the City Auditor is an independently elected official. The current Auditor is LaVonne Griffin-Valade
To file a commendation or compliment regarding a Portland Police Bureau employee you can fill out the IPR's electronic commendation form or mail a completed complaint/commendation form. You can also file a commendation by visiting any police precinct or calling the Portland Police Chief's office at 503-823-0000.
After a community member files a complaint, the IPR will assign the case to a complaint investigator for an initial investigation. The investigator will interview the complainant(s),all available civilian witnesses, gather police reports, dispatch records, and video or audio recordings of the incident. The IPR Director will then choose to have the complaint handled in one of the ways listed below:
If the IPR Director refers the complaint to Internal Affairs (IA), where they will conduct their own investigation. IPR is tasked by City Code to review and approve every IA investigations and finding by the involved officers commanding officer. Additionally, IPR will be responsible for communicating with the person who filed the complaint and keeping them informed about the status of their case.