"Tragic Intersection": Police Chief Mike Reese at City Club


Nearly one year after he became Portland's top cop, Police Chief Mike Reese today defended his officers, owed up to some of their mistakes and blasted the mental-health system in a speech to the City Club of Portland.Reese praised his officers' heroism in a non-lethal shooting encounter with a machete-wielding man earlier this year and discussed errors made in the January 2010 shooting of 25-year-old ...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by

City Hall: Steroids Will Be Included in Random Police Drug Tests

Yvonne Deckard

After struggling to find an affordable lab to test Portland cops for steroids, the muscle-building substances will now be included when the city begins random drug tests on officers in July, according to City Hall's human-resources director.Yvonne Deckard, head of the city's Bureau of Human Resources, tells WW the city has located a lab in Northern California that will process steroid tests for about ...   More
Friday, April 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Three Very Different Candidates up for Police Union Leadership

Portland Police Badge

 Members of the Portland Police Association last week nominated three cops to run for two open positions in the powerful 900-member union's leadership. Sgt. Tom Perkins and Officer John Grable are running for secretary-treasurer, the union's No. 2 job. The position has been open since Officer Dave Dobler stepped down last month. Perkins, a longtime school-resource cop, has been filling in for ...   More
Thursday, February 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Missing Justus

A Portland cop says he was forced out of his job over a human-trafficking case.

Cops and Courts
The Portland Police Bureau’s former point man on the issue of human trafficking has put the city on notice that he intends to sue his former supervisor for gender harassment.   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget


If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Commissioners Approve Police Contract (Updated)

Portland City Hall in January

Portland city commissioners unanimously voted to approve a new three-year contract with the police union  that gives the 900 union members a 2-percent raise in exchange for concessions on overtime, police oversight and random drug testing. And while other City of Portland unions gave up cost-of-living increases in 2010 in light of the recession (see update below), Commissioner Randy Leonard called ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

More on the Officer-Involved Shooting in Southeast Portland (UPDATED with autopsy results)

The Portland Police Bureau on Wednesday afternoon released the medical examiner's report into the death of a 46-year-old man shot in a southeast Portland standoff. The autopsy concluded the man, Craig Boehler, had been shot but that the actual cause of death was smoke inhalation from a fire that consumed the house. The cause of that fire remains under investigation. And the officer who fired ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

City Offers $21,000 in Lawsuit by Cop Transferred to Property Room

The City of Portland has offered $21,000 to settle a lawsuit by a police officer who claimed he suffered retaliation after voicing concern about one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse Jr. Officer Tom Brennan was transferred from patrol duty to working in the Police Bureau property room last January. The move came shortly after Brennan expressed concern about a heated encounter ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer

As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Leo Besner tops the Police Bureau's list of officers to promote to sergeant. But Bobbie Jo Foster of Sammamish, Wash., argues in her Nov. 30 letter (PDF) that Besner has a history ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Source: Impasse Friday in Police Contract Negotiations; Public Scrutiny Gone

Scuttlebutt tonight in the Portland Police Bureau is that one or both parties in contract negotiations between the city and the police union are set to declare an impasse Friday. That situation would remove public scrutiny and move the contract talks behind closed doors. Negotiations were stalled for months earlier this year when the union balked at having residents and media observe meetings. After ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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