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Join Police Oversight Boards

Foxworth is forming 2 civilian boards to review shootings and excessive force complaints. Consider infiltrating these boards to create real institutional change.

Applications can be obtained at all precincts and community policing offices, or by writing to Police Chief Derrick Foxworth, 1111 S.W. Second Ave., Portland, OR 97204.
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Foxworth forms review boards

By JIM REDDEN Issue date: Tue, Jun 15, 2004
The Tribune
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Police Chief Derrick Foxworth is seeking citizens interested in serving on two new internal review boards that will look at how bureau employees are doing their jobs.
Assistant Chief Bruce Prunk said up to 20 citizens will be chosen to sit on the boards when they review individual cases of potential misconduct.
"It will be like a jury pool. Different members of the pool will he chosen to sit on the boards, depending on who's available to hear the cases," Prunk said.
According to Prunk, Foxworth is creating the boards in response to recommendations from both consultants and community groups. Both boards also will include officers and bureau commanders.
"We hope the boards will help ensure that we meet citizen expectations," Prunk said.
According to Prunk, a Performance Review Board will look at bureau investigations of citizen complaints and internal performance issues. A Use of Force Review Board will study officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, serious injuries caused by officers requiring hospitalizations, other incidents handled outside of police policy and individual cases as determined by the chief or an assistant chief.
Both boards were recommended by the Police Assessment Resource Center, the Los Angeles-based consulting firm that reviewed police shootings and in-custody deaths for the Independent Police Review Division of the city auditor's office. Community groups such as the Albina Ministerial Alliance also called for more citizen participation in internal reviews after the controversial shooting deaths of unarmed motorists Kendra James and James Jahar Perez.
Citizens interested in serving on the boards will receive 40 hours of instruction on bureau policies. Applications can be obtained at all precincts and community policing offices, or by writing to Police Chief Derrick Foxworth, 1111 S.W. Second Ave., Portland, OR 97204.