University of Oregon Oversight System. Goals of the U of O Civilian Oversight System. 1) To build trust between the community/students and the University Police Department. 2) To improve police performance. 3) To reduce the risk of liability to the university. Established ….
1)To build trust between the community/students and the University Police Department.
2) To improve police performance.
3) To reduce the risk of liability to the university.
State of Oregon authorizes.
Police Department is organized, including selection, training, policies and procedures.
Police Department activiates.
Work begins on intake, classifying, monitoring and reviewing complaints.
Who decides what the classification should be? What happens if a person is making an allegation that is criminal in nature? What happens if the matter should be decided by the courts (i.e.: I should not have received a citation for trespassing.)
Mediation as a valuable tool.
What about non-sworn employees?
Should there be a separate investigative process, an auditor, or should someone within the current infrastructure of the university coordinate all complaints and reviews? What resources (cash) will be allocated to meet this process?
Who will manage public and exempt records?
What happens when an officer fires his gun?
Who conducts investigations?
Once an investigation is completed, who decides whether the employee acted appropriately?
Currently, complaints fall under two broad categories…..
Classification determines how the complaint will be investigated.
Should there be a review board external of police to review investigations of complaints involving sworn police officers and other employees, to:
(a) review the completed investigation and adjudication of complaints filed against sworn police officers;
(b) require that the police re-open an investigation;
(c) provide comments on an investigation, including recommendations to the police chief and final decision maker;
(d) review trends and statistics of complaints against employees, and provide reports and recommendations to the President or other designated administrators.
(e) Oversee and evaluate the work of the complaint body/office.
*Police authority is by grant from the communities they serve.
* The authority is subject to limitations & should reflect community values.
* Police are account-able to the public.
*Accountability requires transparency.
* Transparency requires access to information.
* Transparency ensures public confidence. Oregon public record exemptions make it more difficult.
* In the adjudication recommendation OPA may also comment on the quality and thoroughness of the investigation. For example, OPA may address any perceived bias toward witnesses.
* OPA may also identify any policy or training issues that were identified in the course of the investigation.
* Cases close when the employee(s) named in the complaint have been notified as to the Chief’s adjudication determination and, where applicable, the employee has received notice of any discipline that will be imposed.
* At the end of each month OPA publishes synopses of the closed cases and provides these to the CRB with recommendations as to which case(s) have merit for review.