Oregon State Senate Bill 111, passed in 2007, in part requires each Oregon county to create a plan regarding the use of deadly force by police offices and sheriff’s deputies.
Persons with mental illness and addiction, and their friends and family members are particularly concerned how police officers are trained to use deadly force, and how if deadly force is used inappropriately, how officers are disciplined or terminated from service. Several notable Oregon cases, including Lukus Glenn, Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Raymond Gwerder, James Chasse, Fouad Kaady, and Andrew Hanlon, show officers need continuous training and oversight, and local district attorneys need instruction about how to maintain some amount of institutional seperation from their collegues.
The issue is vital and the issue is impunity. The most important tools any law officer has to accomplish their difficult jobs is respect and trust. Guns, cars, uniforms, laws, training – these are all fairly worthless when the public doubts an an officer’s integrity or competency. When deadly force is used, expecially in cases like those cited above, and both the police and courts shrug off criticism,
On the state attorney general’s web site there is a “Senate Bill 111 Implementation Homepage“.
The law requires each county district attorney to create a planning committee, and that each committee create a plan. The plan consists of some ideas about officer and deputy education, how investigations of deadly force are done, and how local district attorneys resolve cases when an officer or deputy uses deadly force.
Below are all the SB 111 rosters of committee members, draft plans and approved plans.
|Roster of Planning Authority Members||Deadly Force Plan||Exhibits/Appendices
|Attorney General’s Approved Plan|
|Hood River **|
|Lane||View||View||View – Part I
View – Part II