Police Profiling: Oregon's Effort To Stop It

Oct 12, 2015

Recorded on: October 9, 2015

Air Date: October 12, 2015

Responding at least in part to recent police shootings of minorities, Oregon’s Legislature earlier this year passed legislation directing law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies and procedures that prohibit profiling. The speakers will discuss the new law and its implementation.

The new law defines profiling and established a deadline for written policies prohibiting it. To meet the January 1, 2016, deadline, Oregon law enforcement agencies must establish procedures to process and investigate complaints that allege profiling by the end of this year.

Both speakers are members of the state body that oversees the implementation of the new policies and procedures: the Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee. Law enforcement agencies must provide that committee with copies of all complaints they receive that allege profiling. Those agencies must also notify the committee of the disposition of all such complaints. Complaints need not always be made to the agency accused. A person who believes that he or she has been profiled may file a complaint directly with the Committee.

With each speaker bringing more than three decades of experience to the program, their perspectives and insights on the topic are hard to match. David Fidanque was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon until his retirement in April of this year. Pete Kerns has been the Chief of Police for the past 7 years. During his three decades with Eugene’s police department, he has worked to promote safety through community policing.

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