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State Discipline Commission Publishes
Narrative Guide and Surveys Public
Legislature Maintains Membership Imbalance

Since we wrote about the Commission on Statewide Law Enforcement Standards of Conduct and Discipline (LESC) in PPR #88, there have been a few new developments. In January, the LESC published a Narrative Guide to help people understand the rules and how to apply them. The State Senate introduced a housekeeping bill (SB 808) to fix some of the LESC's problems. LESC also put out another call for public comment.

The stated purpose of the Narrative Guide is "to assist law enforcement officers, law enforcement agencies, disciplining bodies, and the public in understanding and applying the rules" that they created. As a reminder, the rules finalized in 2022 allow for five of the seven types of serious misconduct to be mitigated down to "written reprimand" (PPR #88).

The guide states that, for cops who are "unionized" the rules won't take effect until their next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is renewed. If the LESC rules don't cover a certain kind of misconduct, then the disciplining body will follow the "law enforcement agency's policies and practices and/or CBA ... consistent with LESC rules." Since Portland police officers are covered by a CBA which expires in 2025 it appears that the next contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association will be affected by the weak standards the LESC has put in place.

[June IPR Director's Report. Click for larger version] The Senate Committee on Judiciary introduced SB 808 to fix issues with quorum, clarify public notification, add an annual report requirement, and update the definitions of law enforcement officer and agency. The bill also moved responsibility for appointing and chairing the LESC from a shared effort by the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training to being solely in the AG's office.

Initial text of SB 808 called for a slight rebalancing of power on the LESC, however, by the time the bill made it out of Committee, the portion of the bill that would have replaced two law enforcement interests with members of the public was removed. The only public input received that disapproved of the rebalancing was from the Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs Associations and the Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPS), so it is clear who the Legislature is listening to. It is not the community-- particularly the families of people who have been harmed by or lost loved ones to police violence who testified verbally and in writing. SB 808 becomes effective January 1, 2024.

Finally, the LESC sent an email in mid-July to some interested parties with a link to a survey and 18 days to fill it out. Responses "will be submitted to the Legislature and will be made available on the Commission's website," which, as we learned from the public input given to the LESC and the Legislature, will be disregarded.

Find more information including the existing rules at https://justice.oregon.gov/lesc
  [People's Police Report]

September, 2023
Also in PPR #90

PPB Officers Kill Again After Short Break
OR Law Enforcement Deadly Force Down a Bit
DOJ May Agree to Court Monitor for Portland
$150K+ More Paid for Police Protest Violence
 • "Restorative Justice": Indictment Dropped for Brutal Cop
Oversight Board Plan Ready for Approval
Independent Police Review Investigations Lag
2023 Review Board Report #1: No Deadly Force
City Council Criminalizes Camping
City Audit: PPB Spying Lacks Proper Rules
State Discipline Commission Prints Guide
Better Force Data Promised to Training Council
More Copwatch Comments on Bureau Policies
Quick Flashes PPR #90:
 • PPB Annual Report Missing Deadly Force, Race
 • Traffic Stop Data: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
 • Immigrants Seeking Safety Denied Special Visas

Updates PPR #90:
 • Police Ass'n Compromises On Body Cam Pre-Review
 • Commanders Fix Oversight, Officers Get 43 New Positions
 • Police Drones Now Cruising Portland Skies

Rapping Back #90

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