You have CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, including the right to be free from compulsory self‐incrimination and the right to procedural due process. As a current, dues-paying member of the PPA, we will defend your rights if you request assistance. Always call the union before answering potentially incriminating questions.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ‐ 5th & 6th AMENDMENTS
- You have the right to remain silent and to an attorney; do not be afraid to invoke these rights in order to consult with an attorney before speaking with an investigator.
- REMEMBER: You may speak with an investigator, but anything you say can be used against you in a criminal proceeding. If you do elect to speak you may stop at any time.
If you believe you need representation, call the Portland Police Association office, 503.225.9760.
- Must be ordered to answer questions
- Questions must relate to officer’s duties or fitness for duty
- Must be advised that failure to answer will be considered insubordination and could lead to discipline up to and including termination.
- Must be provided with some degree of immunity from criminal prosecution
- You have the right to the presence of a PPA Rep whenever you are requested or required to give a statement which could result in your discipline or discharge.
- Unless you request the presence of a PPA Rep you will be deemed to have waived that right.
- Prior to, or during your investigation, you may review any reports or statements you may have made on the subject of your investigation.
- During the investigation, you may consult with your PPA Rep in the absence of the investigator.
- You are not required to answer any questions concerning your off duty conduct during the investigation, unless your off duty conduct involves action regarding your Capacity as a police officer.
When in doubt, ALWAYS call your PPA Representative. We’re available 24/7!