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Police Intelligence-Gathering and Surveillance: Better management needed to protect civil rights

Keeping information about political activity and using surveillance technology without safeguards infringes on First Amendment rights. Police need direction about what to collect and a process to manage records when there is no criminal activity. The Bureau also needs improved technology policies.

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Police Bureau continued to make headway on managing overtime and second jobs

This is a two-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Police Overtime: Management is lax despite high overtime use."

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Police Intelligence Gathering and Surveillance Audit – End of Planning Update

We put this webpage together to share the results of the planning phase of the police intelligence audit and to let you know how we came up with the audit objective.

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Police Overtime Update: Improvements made in reporting; policy changes in process

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2019 report, "Police Overtime: Management is lax despite high overtime use."

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Fraud Hotline report: Police Bureau put money that could have been used for other City priorities at risk when it failed to remedy concerns about grant funds

The Police Bureau risked spending more than $400,000 in General Fund money instead of federal grant funds because it did not heed warnings that the Sex Crimes Unit was out of compliance with grant requirements.

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Police Overtime: Management is lax despite high overtime use

Portland Police overtime was high by historical standards in 2018. Officers worked nearly 250,000 hours and the Bureau spent $15.7 million on overtime. We found management of overtime for patrol officers could be improved.

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Police Bureau ended the most active list of gang members and associates

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2018 report, "Gang Crime Investigations: Lack of accountability and transparency reduced the community's trust in police."

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Police Bureau still needs to evaluate the effectiveness of traffic stops

This is a one-year follow-up to our 2018 report, "Gang Enforcement Patrol: The Police Bureau must show that traffic stops are effective."

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Portland Police: Improvements made to training program

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 our follow-up audit.

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Gang Enforcement Patrol: The Police Bureau must show that traffic stops are effective

Auditors found racial disparities: 59 percent of the Gang Enforcement Team’s traffic stops affected African Americans. Community members told auditors their concerns about such stops.

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Gang Crime Investigations: Lack of accountability and transparency reduced the community's trust in police

The Police Bureau was still collecting information about people’s gang associations, auditors found. Such practices raised concerns and potential legal questions.

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Red Light Cameras: City can fine tune some program aspects and solidify plans for future

This report contains the results of our audit of the City’s oversight of transportation network companies and taxicabs. It also includes the Transportation Bureau’s response to our recommendations.

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