PORTLAND, OREGON – CITY HALL – The Portland Police Bureau implemented or is in the process of implementing 12 recommendations made by the City Auditor in 2015 to improve police officer training, according to a follow-up audit released today by City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero.
Police training is an important component of ensuring public and officer safety and helps officers keep up with the rapid changes in societal, legal, and policy expectations
Since 2015, the Police Bureau has fully implemented recommendations to have the Training Division play a bigger role in assessing policy changes and effects and improve weapons check-out procedures. The Bureau is still working to implement some recommendations, including providing more role-playing scenarios and actual cases as part of training and avoiding profanity or demeaning language. A recommendation on less-lethal weapon ammunition storage was no longer relevant because of an operational change made by the Bureau.
Responses to the audit from Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw are included in the report.
The full report is available online: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditservices/article/688515