Resources on the IPR Assessment Report 2008Read the executive summary
the full 186-plus-page IPR assessment report
...or just the 35+ recommendations from the report
Watch the 8-minute
video about the report
Read a two page talking points
Listen to a radio interview
about the IPR report
Look at responses from City Auditor
Gary Blackmer and former IPR
Director Leslie Stevens (LS)
a project of Peace and Justice Works
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065/ Incident Report Line (503) 321-5120
The long-awaited assessment report on the "Independent" Police Review Division (Portland's Police Complaint System) by consultant Eileen Luna-Firebaugh was released on Thursday, January 24, 2008.
It has some very good recommendations that should all be taken
seriously, most significantly that:
But the report doesn't go far enough. The mistrust that the
community has for the system is based on the IPR's dependence on the
Police Bureau (this and other reasons for lack of trust are noted repeatedly in the report).
There are lots of golden nuggets, including the same recommendations we've made for years for additional "findings" of Policy Failure, Supervisory Failure, and Training Failure, as well as presenting reports to Council annually, and more.
We will try to put out a slightly more comprehensive
summary in the coming days and weeks.
You can download and read the full 186-page report or the executive
summary by going to the mayor's website at
We urge the community to become involved in the discussion between now and the day it is presented to City Council, at the hearing, and afterward, as there may not be an opportunity to discuss the future of the IPR again for another 6 years.
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Posted January 25, 2008, last updated March 15, 2009