Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Editorial: Police don’t have radio system they need

Here we go again. Government implements new technology. Technology doesn’t work as expected. This time, it’s Deschutes County. And it’s so bad that law enforcement in Deschutes County say it’s endangering police and the public because police sometimes can’t communicate when they need to. Source: Editorial: Police don’t have radio system they need;

Police: Faulty new radio system risks lives

$3M system puts lives at risk, unions say. Central Oregon law enforcement agencies say a new radio system is performing so poorly it puts lives at risk. Seven police unions, including officers with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Bend Police Department, signed on to a December letter to Oregon OSHA regarding the county’s new $3 […]
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Editorial: Dispatches from the war on opioids 

There’s a little bit of good news to report in our struggle against opioid abuse and addiction, but a couple of recent news items make it clear that we have a long way to go before we’ve gained the upper hand against this scourge. First, though, the good news: Kaiser Health News, in a story […]
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Warrenton police begin carrying overdose kits 

The Warrenton Police Department has become the first police agency in Clatsop County to start equipping officers with opioid overdose kits. Source: Warrenton police begin carrying overdose kits – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Sunriver Police Chief Faces Criminal Harassment Charge 

Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills has been charged with the misdemeanor crime of harassment by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel. Source: Sunriver Police Chief Faces Criminal Harassment Charge . News | OPB

Fired or convicted, but unpunished by police regulators

Below are examples of officers whose cases came before the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training after they were fired or convicted of a crime. In each case, state regulators decided against revoking the officer’s certification. In general, the department’s decisions are based on the immediate reason given for termination, not an officer’s […]
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Police oversight in Oregon: Potential solutions

Oregon rewrote its rules for ending a police officer’s career over the past two years, amid a national movement seeking tougher consequences for brutality and bad police work. But the new rules largely made official what regulators already were doing in practice, instead of converting the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training into a […]
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Fired But Fit for Duty: Impunity for bad policing in Oregon

Shaymond Michelson knew a night of drinking had gone badly when he woke up in a jail cell with a face so swollen he had a hard time talking. A police officer wrote in a report he hadn’t followed orders. A Navy vet, Michelson trusted that he deserved what he got. Source: Fired But Fit […]
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Oregon police misconduct: Keeping allegations hidden

It took years to acquire the public records underlying The Oregonian/OregonLive’s investigation into police accountability in Oregon. The project began in January 2015, when the newsroom requested the electronic records that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training keeps on certification, employment and training for police officers. Source: Oregon police misconduct: Keeping allegations hidden

Human trafficking in local spotlight

Task force aims to identify victims, reduce crime. Human trafficking isn’t just a big-city problem, it’s an issue here, too. That’s the greater message local agencies want the community to hear. To recognize human trafficking happenings locally, individuals need not look far. Last December, law enforcement agencies — for the first time — conducted a […]
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