False Statement in the Willamette Week

November 7th, 2013 by

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Portland, ORE – November 7th, 2013 –

False Statement in the Willamette Week

Yesterday, the Willamette Week published an article, “One Cop’s Exes and Uh-Ohs,” in which Willamette Week reporter Andrea Damewood attributed a statement to me that I did not make. I have demanded an immediate retraction of the false statement.

Domestic violence is unacceptable. Period. I made that point very clear to the Willamette Week reporter when I spoke with her. She chose not to print the truth, electing instead to print something scandalous and false. We should all be able to trust that reporters will accurately report the news. The Willamette Week and Ms. Damewood broke that trust, choosing sensationalism over truth.

I was raised by a single mother who is a recent victim of domestic violence. I am a husband and a father of two daughters. Domestic violence is unacceptable to me and my family. Domestic violence is unacceptable to the PPA and its members. Domestic violence is unacceptable. Period.

I again call on the Willamette Week to retract the false statement immediately.

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Remember Officer Libke

November 5th, 2013 by
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

Oregon City Officer Libke

November 4th, 2013 by

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Portland, ORE – November 4th, 2013 –

Oregon City Officer Libke

Police officers never know what to expect when they respond to the radio calls.  While Officer Libke made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, his family, too, has sacrificed more than can be asked or expected. As we honor the courage of Officer Libke, our prayers go out to his family, friends, and co-workers.

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Deanna Wesson-Mitchell fills the role as the Mayor’s Public Safety Policy Director

October 28th, 2013 by

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Portland, ORE – October 28th, 2013 –

Deanna Wesson-Mitchell fills the role as the Mayor’s Public Safety Policy Director

Today, Mayor Hales announced that Deanna Wesson-Mitchell will be filling the role of his policy liaison to the Portland Police Bureau. With her inside working knowledge of how the Police Bureau operates and her ties to the community, Ms. Mitchell will be an asset to Mayor Hales’ staff. Her stellar reputation as a Police Officer and her work in the Personnel Division make her a perfect fit for this challenging and difficult job. I have worked closely with her in the past and look forward to working with her in her new role.

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PPA Statement to City Council

October 23rd, 2013 by

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Portland, ORE – October 24th, 2013 –

PPA Statement to City Council – October 23rd, 2013

As President of the Portland Police Association, there are three key points I’d like to address regarding IPR’s proposed expansion of its powers in disciplinary investigations. The first concerns mandatory subjects of bargaining. The second concerns process. The third concerns whether IPR’s code changes make sense for the Portland Police Bureau.

First, IPR’s proposed code changes trigger a number of collective bargaining issues that must be addressed before the City can implement the code changes. These mandatory subjects of bargaining include, but are not limited to, discipline, job security, and minimum fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement also contains a number of provisions regarding the discipline process. IPR’s proposed changes will also impact those contract rights.

Second, in the past, the City has implemented new practices and procedures without first coming to an agreement with the PPA over mandatory bargaining subjects. The City’s approach has consistently resulted in unnecessary litigation and disagreement.

Process is important. In its ordinance submission, IPR notes that it met with over 20 community groups regarding its code changes. Yet, IPR would not meet with the PPA to have an in-depth discussion over IPR’s role in the discipline process. Time and again, the PPA has reached out to IPR to discuss these issues, and IPR has declined our invitations.

Collective bargaining is a process of working together towards an agreement where both parties’ interests are addressed. Until bargaining has taken place, these IPR code changes should not, and legally cannot, be implemented.

This leads me to my third point. City Council should think long and hard about whether these proposed IPR code changes are good policy for the Portland Police Bureau. As Chief Reese has pointed out, there are a number of “cons” in the proposed IPR code changes which, in my view, far outweigh any “pros.”

Currently, IPR has a very visible role in the disciplinary process; it has an unprecedented level of involvement and access into the Police Bureau’s affairs. IPR’s proposed code changes would upset this delicate balance by empowering IPR to essentially take over the Police Bureau’s duties and obligations in the discipline process. The Bureau’s current Internal Affairs Division staff who investigate alleged officer misconduct are highly qualified, highly trained investigators, with decades of experience in law enforcement and prior service as investigators. Currently, when civilian IPR staff wishes to question an officer, they appear alongside internal affairs investigators in one interview. This streamlined process is efficient and prevents delay in an already long and winding discipline process.

Under IPR’s proposed code changes, IPR would hold the unilateral right to conduct another investigation on top of the Bureau’s own internal affairs investigation. A number of questions remain unanswered from this model. Why does IPR want to hold its own investigations?  Why are we adding yet another layer to an already overly-complex discipline process? How will the Police Bureau use IPR’s investigation in the discipline process? Won’t this additional investigation further delay the discipline process? If IPR believes the Police Bureau hasn’t adequately considered IPR’s investigation, what will happen? Discipline of employees is a core function of the Chief of police and the Police Bureau; isn’t this a first step towards civilianizing the investigation process and taking discipline out of the Police Bureau’s hands?

In conclusion, there are many more questions than answers with IPR’s proposed code changes. I do not believe that these IPR code changes are good policy for the Police Bureau and its discipline process. Even if you disagree with me on that policy point, we should all agree to respect the collective bargaining rights of the 900 men and women who serve and protect the citizens of Portland and their communities, making it one of the safest and most livable cities in the nation.

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Moving Forward with Contract Negotiations

August 14th, 2013 by
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Working in Good Faith

June 10th, 2013 by
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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

March 5th, 2013 by
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Portland, ORE – March 5th, 2013 –

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Every day, Portland Police officers face dangerous circumstances as they serve and protect our community. In some cases, officers are confronted by dangerous individuals and must act quickly and heroically to save lives. Anytime there’s an officer involved shooting, there are tragic circumstances. We are relieved that the two officers involved in the incident last night are safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of everyone affected by this incident. As the officers go through this difficult time, we will do all that we can to support them.

 

MOVING FORWARD ON THE MOTION TO INTERVENE

February 22nd, 2013 by
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PPA MOTION TO INTERVENE GRANTED

February 19th, 2013 by
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In Memory of The Police Officers Who Lost Their Lives In California

February 13th, 2013 by
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Portland, ORE – February 13, 2013 –

In Memory Of The Police Officers Who Lost Their Lives In California

In order to become a police officer and remain one, you are held to a higher standard and expected to be perfect in every situation. We must train for dangerous and unpredictable situations that we will most likely face alone.  The men and women of police departments all over the country risk their lives to enforce the law while simultaneously respecting the constitutional rights of citizens so the law abiding can live freely.

Every day hundreds of thousands of police officers kiss their wives, husbands, significant others and children goodbye; put on twenty to forty pounds of gear including a loaded weapon, and earnestly set forth to enforce the law and protect the public, sometimes even protecting a citizen from his or her own actions; all the while knowing that for a handful of officers this will be the last day they ever see their loved ones on earth.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims of this most recent tragedy.

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