A SHORT GLOSSARY - PORTLAND COPWATCH

Ever wonder what all these things are we're talking about in our newsletter and on the website?
Here are some (we hope) helpful definitions:

Citizen Review Committee (CRC):
Panel of nine volunteers set up as part of the IPR to review closed cases of alleged police misconduct, hear appeals of IAD findings, and make policy recommendations for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

Directives (Police Directives-formerly "General Orders"):
The local administrative rules the police use as guidelines for doing their duty.

Independent Police Review Division (IPR):
Administrative body in the Auditor's office consisting of seven full-time staff set up to do all intake of citizen complaints alleging police misconduct.

Internal Affairs Division (IAD):
Unit within the PPB that investigates alleged police misconduct. Staffed by PPB detectives.

Page last updated August 2, 2002

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