The Portland Police Association is an independent labor organization representing the Police Officers, Sergeants, Detectives, Criminalists, and Public Safety Support Specialists (PS3s) who work for the Portland Police Bureau and the 911 Dispatchers who work for the Bureau of Emergency Communication.
We are the oldest continuous police union in the United States.
Our primary mission is to advocate for our members in collective bargaining and be a voice in our community, connecting our members to the communities they serve.
The PPA bargains under the auspices of Oregon’s Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act, which was signed into law in 1973. Most often, the PPA has been successful in negotiating contract settlements. On the two occasions the PPA has been forced to resort to the binding arbitration process, it has prevailed, winning much higher wages and benefits than the City was willing to offer.
The PPA provides a host of advocacy services for our members. We represent officers in the discipline process, through the grievance procedure, and in critical incidents, coordinate an off-duty secondary employment program, and advocate our members’ interests in the State Legislature, before Portland’s City Council, and before various governmental and quasi-governmental committees and study groups.