The Portland Police Bureau has implemented a new Discipline Guide for all Bureau members, effective March 1, 2014. Nationally, many law enforcement agencies use a discipline matrix when considering the appropriate level of discipline resulting from administrative or performance investigations.
Under the direction of Chief Michael Reese, the Professional Standards Division convened a workgroup to develop a Discipline Guide. The workgroup collaboratively gathered for many months and reviewed historical PPB data, and policies of other agencies, in order to develop a guide to be used by Portland Police Bureau, RU managers, the Police Review Board, and the Chief of Police when recommending corrective action to the Commissioner-in-Charge.
READ – Discipline Guide (PDF, 212KB)
Workgroup stakeholders invited to attend and participate included representatives from the Operations Branch, Services Branch executive lieutenants, Training Division, Personnel Division, Independent Police Review Division (IPR), City Attorney’s Office, PPA, PPCOA, AFSCME, Professional Standards and Internal Affairs.
“As Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to ensure accountability for our individual actions and to improve employee behavior and performance,” said Chief Michael Reese in a memorandum to all Bureau members. “In doing so, we reinforce our organization’s values and maintain our credibility and trust with the community we serve. My goal is to apply disciplinary standards in a fair and consistent manner.”
The Chief’s memorandum to Bureau members and Discipline Guide can be found here at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/482707