In November 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the City amended the Settlement Agreement so that going forward an Independent Monitor will assess and report to the Court and the community on the City’s compliance with the Settlement Agreement on policing.
Working together, the City and the DOJ have moved forward with the Independent Monitor selection process. We are now in the process of interviewing candidates, with input from community stakeholders including the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition, the Mental Health Alliance, the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing, and the Portland Police Association, to narrow down the candidate pool to three finalists. The next part of the process includes a community forum for the three finalists, who will be announced no later than February 27.
This community forum will be held on March 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will be a hybrid meeting to allow for both in-person participation at the Portland Building and virtual participation. Each candidate will provide a 15-minute presentation of their team and their proposal, followed by a facilitated Q&A with the community. Further details will be provided in advance of the meeting.
The City looks forward to moving ahead with this new chapter and reaching our shared goals of achieving full compliance with the Settlement Agreement, delivering enduring police reform, and strengthening the relationship between the Portland Police Bureau and our local community.