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Building an Equitable and Inclusive Community for Everyone

Community for All

Updated: 11/3/20

Court Statement on Racism
By Judge Michael O'Brien

"...It is the duty of all judges to preserve our independence and seek out evidence of bias, conscious or unconscious, at all levels in our justice system. If such biases are revealed, it is the affirmative duty of judges to take prompt corrective measures consistent with Oregon law and the U.S. Constitution." Read the entire statement here.

October 21-International Pronouns Day
Commemorate this day by:
  • Sharing your pronouns during meeting introductions or on your email signature (if you’re comfortable)
  • Getting familiar with the they/them pronouns
  • Reviewing your policy and other work related documents for gender neutrality
Gender pronouns aren’t new. We use them all the time to identify and refer to someone. Describing people as ‘he’ or ‘she’, groups of people as ‘they’ or ‘them’, as well as inanimate things as ‘it’ is something we all do every day. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Community Stories: Abdi Mohamoud, Tigard High School
"Microagressions are everywhere. I’m on a run and a family moves across the street to the other sidewalk. Or, I’m on the bus and a mother moves her child from the seat next to me to the other side. This is what I see everyday in my life," Abdi Mohamoud, Tigard High School leader.

Hear more of Abdi's story (episode 11 of the Talking Tigard podcast), and learn how he's working to bring change to our community, and learn how you can be part of that change. 

Media for Thought

Podcast: Sounds Like Hate by the Southern Poverty Law Center

Sounds like Hate is an audio documentary series about the dangers and peril of everyday people who engage in extremism, and ways to disengage them from a life of hatred.  

Article: ICE detainees alleged hysterectomies recall a long history of forced sterilizations
Forced sterilization policies in the US targeted minorities and those with disabilities – and lasted into the 21st century, The Oregon Board of Eugenics continued forced sterilization until 1981. 

Resource: Bracero History Archive
The Bracero History Archive collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964. Millions of Latinx agricultural workers crossed the border under the program to work in more than half of the states in America.

Video: Race Baiting 101
How class and the American caste system has lead to conflict over who are the true ‘race baiters’ in US history.

Podcast: Radio Milagro
Milagro is excited to announce the launch of Radio Milagro, an audio podcast program that seeks to fulfill the vision of the Community Artes program: connecting Milagro’s audiences with Latino/a/x artists and community members in conversation and mediation that reflects the rich diversity of the Latinx community. 

Podcast: The 'Forgotten' History Of Anti-Latino Violence In The U.S.
The rate of hate crimes against Latinos in the U.S. is at its highest in nearly a decade, according to an annual report by the FBI. The report revealed 485 hate crimes against Latinos in 2018. That’s 58 more than reported the year before and surpassing those against Muslims and Arab Americans.

Podcast Episode #20 - Brandi Leos, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for the City of Tigard

Brandi discusses our approach to building a workforce that is representative of the community. She also discusses common mistakes made by applicants, questions to ask during an interview, salary negotiations, thank you note OR no thank you note

Additional Information

Questions? Contact Brandi at

Media for Thought

Oregon Black Pioneers:  Since 1993, this organization has illuminated the seldom-told history of people of African descent in Oregon. You can learn more at

Podcast: The 'Forgotten' History Of Anti-Latino Violence In The U.S.
The rate of hate crimes against Latinos in the U.S. is at its highest in nearly a decade, according to an annual report by the FBI. The report revealed 485 hate crimes against Latinos in 2018. That’s 58 more than reported the year before and surpassing those against Muslims and Arab Americans.

Latinos in Oregon
The late eighteenth-century Spanish explorations of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest were generally more concerned with territorial rights and Spain’s dominion in the region than treasure or commerce. They came to Oregon as part of a conquering and imperialistic empire. Mexican independence in the early nineteenth century brought a new phase for the Latino presence in Oregon.

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji
This book explores hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups – age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality.

TED Talk: Gerardo Ochoa | Getting it right; why pronouncing names correctly matters
What is the impact of mispronouncing a name? In this powerful talk, Gerardo Ochoa shares the four styles of name mispronunciation, and the unseen but profound results of each.

Marginalized Populations: Treatment of People
Who are the people in our community who may be “marginalized”. This resource includes a list of marginalized groups in the community.

Community Question

Sofia asks: Curious how you are changing your hiring practices to ensure that they are equitable and reduce barriers for marginalized communities?

Answer: As part of our continued efforts to diversify our workforce and reduce barriers to marginalized groups in our hiring process we are working on the following changes:

  • Requiring all of our panels to be diverse
  • Structured interview questions, rating scales, and rating guides
  • Standard interview scoresheets
  • Requiring three panel members on each interview

In addition to what we are currently working on, we made additional changes to our hiring process in March of 2019. Those changes were as follows:

  • Altered our advertising locations in sync with results of where our hires came from and the majority of diversity in our pool.
  • Initiated implicit bias and common rater errors training, coupled with best practices for an interview process prior to each interview.
  • Moved Tigard applications to a candidate number system, names do not show when applications are being screened.

That is a summary of some of our recent efforts. If there are any suggestions you would like to share with us please reach out to HR Business Partner Mary Ayala and she'd be happy to discuss and hear your suggestions.

How is the City Council Learning about Racial Equity?
In the latest Council Connections feature, the Council offers suggestions for learning more about racial equity.

Mayor Jason Snider - On the city’s YouTube channel — Racial Equity playlist, begin (or continue) learning by watching videos, including REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government and Race in Oregon History: A Historical Perspective. So You Want to Talk About Race (2018) by Ijeoma Oluo and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) by Frederick Douglass

Council President Goodhouse - 
Undesign the Redline is a framework for unearthing our most deep, systemic and entangled crises. This interactive exhibit, workshop series and curriculum explores the history of structural racism and inequality, how these designs compounded each other from 1938 Redlining maps until today, and how WE can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality. The exhibit travels nationally to cities, towns and communities to learn together, activate and mobilize us into a strong “WE” capable of transformation. We think the exhibit should go everywhere.

Councilor Heidi Lueb - 
I'm currently reading White Fragility by Robin Diangelo and have So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander next on my list. Also on the list are the references the Mayor has given - the videos and readings. 

Councilor Liz Newton - 
An eye opening program on the Reconstruction hosted by Skip Gates on OPB. As a student of American Presidents, I had no idea the negative impact the policies of President Andrew Johnson had on the freed black slaves trying to earn a living and get an education in the post civil war reconstruction era.

Youth Councilor Emilio CladeronI enjoy listening to podcasts and found the podcast 1619 very informative.

What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Racist?
From the National League of Cities

It is not enough to believe that being “not racist” will eliminate racism and racial inequities. Instead, we must work within ourselves, our networks, and our institutions to challenge racism with each decision we make. The practice of anti-racism is everyone’s ongoing work. How do we do that? Read more...

What We’re Hearing from the Community

Over 500 community members have shared their questions and comments via email, social media, and listening sessions. We’re using this space to share our responses to those questions. We don’t have all the answers, but working together with Tigard residents we’ll find a path forward to meet the challenges facing our community.

Can you share the memo that Council received about force response?
Yes. Here you go - Force Response Memo: From the Chief to Mayor, Council and City Manager

Has the Police Chief made a statement about the killing of George Floyd?
Chief McAlphine issued a statement in early June. Message from Chief McAlpine on the Death of George Floyd. She also issued a letter to the community in late June, which is available here

Does the Tigard police have asset forfeiture programs and laws? 
The Tigard Police department participates in the regional Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force with one dedicated Tigard detective. The goal of the task force is to target large-scale drug operations and disrupt the drug trade in the county and across the region. Task force members work to remove tools from criminal organizations in order to deter future crimes and compensate victims.  Participating state and local law enforcement agencies may receive some portion of the proceeds from the seized assets after victim compensation and administrative costs have been covered. The funds received by the Tigard police must be accounted for in a separate fund and must be spent in accordance with Federal guidelines. Funding may enhance our budget, however supplantation of existing budget is prohibited. Please see the US Department of Justice & US Department of Treasury Guide to Equitable Sharing for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies for more details:

How much of the city's budget goes to education or affordable housing?
The city does not fund educational programs. The school district is a separate taxing district. So for every dollar you spend in property taxes, only 14 cents goes to the city. A much larger portion goes to school taxes and school bond repayment. The city nonetheless works closely with the school district to support its programs, and the school board acts likewise. An example is the tax exemption program, which requires the support of both taxing districts to allow full exemption.

The city funds affordable housing in several ways, including:

  • Providing an exemption from system development charges for affordable housing since 2018. This program does not have a specific budget amount associated with it because the city does not spend the money, it simply forgoes the income. For one recent project, Fields Apartments, this represented a $2.3 million subsidy for the construction of the units. 
  • Providing an exemption from property taxes for non-profit low-income housing since 1997. Currently, five properties participate in the program. This program likewise does not appear in the budget, because the city is forgoing revenue rather than providing cash subsidy. There is also no way to get an exact number for this program’s impact because the county tax assessor simply assesses at a value of $0, rather than showing the tax that would otherwise be due. 
  • Implementing a construction excise tax. This is 1% on most construction in the city and is earmarked for affordable housing programs. A portion of that income is used to make up for losses in the city’s SDC exemption program, however the majority of the income is used for affordable housing programs. It has become more difficult to forecast this program income due to COVID. Originally, the city had estimated income of around $2 million. At this time, we are budgeting $435,000 for the next fiscal year just for programs based on estimates of less than $1 million in revenue.
  • Provided gap funding for the Red Rock Creek affordable housing development from the Tigard Triangle urban renewal fund. While the amount was only $200,000, this was in addition to the SDC exemptions and tax exemptions and got the project across the funding finish line.
  • Accepted a joint entitlement in the federal Community Development Block Grant program. While the city’s annual grant amount is small – around $230,000 in the first year – this funding will be used with the proceeds from the CET to support affordable housing programs.

Where can I watch the replay of the recent listening sessions?
The Mayor and City Council have held a number of listening sessions to hear from the community. Each session was recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

Where can I find information about the Police budget?
The Tigard Police budget is available on the Budget & Finance webpage.

What is the Memphis model that the Chief has talked about bringing to Tigard?
The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative police based first responder program that has become nationally known as the "Memphis Model" of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness crisis. This program provides law enforcement based crisis intervention training for helping those individuals with mental illness. Involvement in CIT is voluntary and based in the patrol division of the police department. In addition, CIT works in partnership with those in mental health care to provide a system of services that is friendly to the individuals with mental illness, family members, and the police officers.

How do Tigard Police measure up to the “8CantWait” campaign?
Chief McAlpine’s initial assessment of the department shows us meeting 7 of the 8 recommendations, because “develop a force continuum” is no longer considered best practice. Here are the 8 recommendations and where Tigard Police stands:




Check Mark IconRequire officers to de-escalate situations

Policy 300.3 Use of Force

Graham v. Connor applied

De-escalation tactics are a component in all training

Check Mark IconProhibit officers to choke or strangle civilians

Policy 300.3.4 Carotid Control Hold not authorized

Policy 300.1 Use of Force Purpose and Scope

Policy 300.4 Deadly Force

Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint or “carotid artery hold” was removed from our policies in Nov. 2018. A new policy was added specifically banning its use.

Check Mark IconRequire officers to intervene and report immediately

Policy 300.2.1 Duty to Intercede

Policy 340.1.2 Standards of Conduct

Also covered in Police Academy, reinforced in training and Daily Training Bulletins

Check Mark IconRestrict officers from shooting at moving vehicles

Policy 300.4.1 Shooting at or from a moving vehicle

Prohibited unless no other options, immediate/imminent threat to life

Develop a force continuum

None, although Graham v Connor standards apply for the “reasonable and necessary” requirements for the Use of Force.

Oregon DPSST removed this from training circa 2009. Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) recommends   not using this. Legal advisors do not support this either.

Check Mark IconRequest officers to exhaust all other reasonable means before resorting to deadly force

Policy 300.3.2 Factors Used to Determine the Reasonableness of Force

Policy 300.4 Deadly Force Application

Graham v Connor applied

Our approach to force response is more in line with the concept of Constitutional Policing

Check Mark IconRequire officers to give a verbal warning

Policy 300.4(b) Fleeing Subject

Policy 309.4 Verbal and Visual Warnings

We train to give verbal warnings in all training disciplines. The standard is to give a verbal warning seeking compliance, if time and circumstances allow, before using force

Check Mark IconRequire officers to report the use of force, notification to supervisor

Policy 300.5.1 Reporting the Use of Force, Notification to Supervisor

All uses of force are reported and reviewed by the Chief of Police. Deadly force is reported to the FBI and the State via the District Attorneys (SB1111)


Are the Tigard Police Department’s Use of Force policies available for the public?
Yes. All our policies, including Use of Force, are online and available for public review. The entire Tigard Police Department Policy Manual is available (Use of Force policies begin on pg. 56.)

Are Tigard Police officers allowed to use a carotid choke hold?
No. In November of 2018, Chief McAlpine removed the carotid control hold from the Tigard Police Department’s approved use of force policies. Language explicitly banning its use was added to our policies in June of 2020.

What is the Tigard Police policy on body cameras?
The Tigard Police Department has had in-car dash cameras for over 15 years, which record activity in and outside of patrol cars. We also have body-worn cameras for our K9 handlers, motor officers and School Resource Officers.  We are coming to the end of life on our dash cameras and are looking at either replacing them or moving towards a broader distribution of body-worn cameras. The program is expensive and requires personnel to manage the large volume of content recorded. Chief McAlpine is working with the City Manager and City Council to consider expanding the body camera program and explore how it would be funded.

How do the demographics of the Tigard Police Department represent those of the Tigard population?

Current Tigard Police Officers  

Tigard Population







Asian or Pacific Islander



Two or More Races



Black or African American



American Indian/Native Alaskan




Is there a police oversight committee?
Not currently, however that is something the Mayor and City Council will review in the near future.

How often do Tigard Police officers have a Use of Force incident?
Very rarely. Roughly one-tenth of 1% of our annual calls for service in 2017, 2018 and 2019 required the use of force. A ‘Use of Force’ report is written anytime an officer uses physical techniques or tactics, chemicals or weapons and does not necessarily mean anyone was hurt. For instance, a report would be written if a Taser was deployed but did not make contact with anyone.


Dispatched Calls

Officer-Initiated Contacts

Total Contacts

Total Use of Force Incidents

Percentage of Calls Requiring Use of Force




















How are Use of Force incidents investigated?
Any time an officer uses a force response, the officer is required to immediately notify his or her supervisor. The supervisor will respond to the scene to identify and interview independent witnesses, take photos of any injuries/evidence and otherwise document the scene. If that supervisor was also involved in the use of force, another supervisor who is not connected to the incident will respond to the scene.

Every officer who uses force is required to issue a written report detailing several factors, including the circumstances of what happened, what they observed prior to using force and why they used the level of force they did. The report is entered into our records system, which initiates the internal review process. Supervisors will add any additional evidence, including photographs, video or audio clips from body cameras or dash cameras and supplemental reports from other officers who may have witnessed the use of force to the case file. The full report is then reviewed by several people in the chain of command, including the Watch Commander, Division Commander, Inspections Officer and Chief of Police to determine whether the Use of Force was justified. In Tigard, the Chief of Police reviews each and every Use of Force incident. If anyone reviewing the report determines the officer took actions that are outside of department policy, the review would stop and an Internal Affairs Investigation would be initiated.

The review and investigation process is entirely different for officer-involved shootings. Tigard Police will never investigate its own police shootings. Any officer-involved shooting would be investigated by an outside agency, such as the Washington County Major Crimes Team. The District Attorney’s Office would review the investigation to determine whether criminal charges would be filed. Any deadly use of force is also reported to the FBI and the Oregon Department of Justice.

Can you provide data regarding police interactions with civilians by race/ethnicity?
We track data regarding people who are stopped, whether on a traffic or pedestrian call, and that statistical data is then compiled by the state’s Criminal Justice Commission as part of the Statistical Transparency of Policing Data Collection Project, or STOP.  Agencies across the state are organized into tiers based on the number of officers in the department. Tigard is considered Tier 2. You can find the full report here: and additional information about the program here:

How much training do Tigard Police officers get?
In Oregon, the police academy is run by the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and requires 640 hours of training, including training in cultural competency, police legitimacy and procedural justice. Tigard Police officers receive 80 hours of additional training when they join our team for defensive tactics, firearms training and to learn our databases and department policies. Then, they spend a minimum of 720 hours in standard field training with another officer serving as their coach before they begin patrolling on their own. They are also required to complete 40 hours of training every year in topics such as ethics, First Aid, CPR/AED’s and defensive tactics including firearms and other officer safety topics.

Ongoing training to maintain certification as an Oregon Peace Officer is required by DPSST. You can find those details here.

With the passing of the police services levy in May, 2020, Tigard Police officers will also complete 40 hours of advanced training in crisis intervention and de-escalation. This is very significant. In the last five years, we have only been able to send seven officers to this training because of constraints on our staffing levels for officers on the street. Now, every Tigard Police officer will receive 40 hours of this training, which is taught by mental health experts and covers topics including tone of voice, key words or phrases to use when encountering someone in a mental health crisis and key words or phrases to avoid.

What is the Tigard Police position on School Resource Officers?
The Tigard Police Department has a long history of working collaboratively with the Tigard-Tualatin School District. The School Resource Officer program has been successful for almost two decades. In the past few years due to budget cuts, the Tigard Police Department had to eliminate two of the four SRO positions. With wide support from the community and the school board, an SRO position was added to the levy package that passed in May. That means a third SRO will be added to local schools as soon as hiring and training can be completed. Our high school students recently submitted a petition to Chief McAlpine to consider keeping SRO Brian Imus in their school, citing the invaluable relationship that he has developed over the course of his four years there. The Tigard Police Department School Resource Officer program is designed to create positive relationships with the staff and students, to provide a presence should a serious incident occur and to handle lower-level offenses collaboratively with the schools rather than through the criminal justice system. We are open to ongoing conversations with the Tigard-Tualatin School District to understand and address any concerns students or families may have about our School Resource Officer program to best serve the needs of the community.

How much of the city budget goes to fund police?
In the adopted budget for the current fiscal year (FY 2020-21), the city’s operating funds are about $84.38 million. Of that, the Police Department budget makes up about 26% or $21.84 million.

The police budget is comprised of the following: $14.72 million, or 67.4% , for salaries and benefits; $2.95 million, or 13.5%, for supplies, equipment, training and contracts such as photo enforcement and our user fees to the 911/non-emergency dispatch center for Washington County; $3.78 million, or 17.3%, for central services support such as human resources, finance, accounting, information technology, facilities and fleet services; and $383,374, or 1.8%, for capital outlay to replace a certain number of police vehicles each year.

Has Mayor Snider signed the Obama Foundation’s Commit to Action pledge?
Mayor Snider signed the pledge during the first week of June. The pledge is a call for mayors, city councils, and police oversight bodies to address police use of force policies.

Does the recent Police Services Levy include funding for police training?
The Tigard Police will use levy revenue to train all sworn officers in advanced crisis intervention and de-escalation.

What training programs does Tigard use for cultural awareness and sensitivity?
The city sponsors and sends employees to the NW Public Employees Diversity Conference and has offered on-site training opportunities from speakers on a variety of DEI topics. A Police Commander sits on the Building Bridges Steering Committee. Building Bridges fosters learning from the perspectives of members of the Latino, Muslim, African American, and Jewish communities on the traumatic impacts of being targeted by hate, compounded by the challenges of dealing with law enforcement and the legal system.

Will you update Tigard's 2017 Statement of Unity to make it relevant to the current civil unrest?
Yes, we can update the statement of unity to reflect the current events. Council will discuss that at their June 9, 2020 meeting. We will complete a review of our services through an equity lens. Our updated vision states the intent to be more equitable; and also that we need to hear direct/specific feedback about what we need to fix and change to become more so.


Top 10 DEI Resources

As we're reviewing city services and programs with a racial equity lens, we continue to learn. Here are resources that have been helpful for us, and we hope are helpful to you.

VIDEO: Seeing Color - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
In this episode, Emmanual Acho sits down with a couple to discuss the importance of teaching their white children to see color. Rather than color blindness, he advocates for white people to “put on their glasses” in order to see all the dimensions of life and understand their role in creating equity.

VIDEO: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes
In 1968, days after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, teacher Jane Elliott began teaching her students about prejudice in a new way. Three years later, this educational experiment was filmed. Here is PBS Frontline’s documentary about Elliott’s work and subsequent follow-up with her adult former students. Please note that Elliott uses language to refer to skin color that we would not use today.

BOOK: Ghosts in the Schoolyard
Poet Ewing takes a close look at the closure of dozens of South Side public schools in 2013. Her findings combat the racist idea that Black schools are bad schools as she holds Chicago’s highest authorities accountable for policies rooted in prejudice.

BOOK: Cutting School
In an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides an analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation's failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.

FILM: Our Spirits Don't Speak English
A documentary film that examines the educational system that was designed to destroy Indian culture and tribal unity. The film provides a candid look at the Indian Boarding School system starting in 1879 through the 1960s, combining personal interviews with historical background. The philosophy of the Indian boarding school system was based on the concept of "kill the Indian and save the man."

Dr. Marvin Lynn on Talking Tigard Podcast

Recommendations from Dr. Marvin Lynn
Dr. Marvin Lynn and his son recorded an interview for the Talking Tigard podcast. Dr. Lynn and his son talked about the history of racism in the Portland area, the importance of speaking out against racism, and resources for learning more about racial equity. Here are a few of those resources.
  • 13th (documentary)
  • Black Panther (movie)
  • Critical Race Theory (class)
  • Hidden Figures (movie)
  • Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (book)
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo  (book)
Learn more about Dr. Lynn

Messages from the Mayor, Judge and Police Chief

Message from the Mayor: I Learned A Lot in June
Jason Snider, Tigard Mayor

Mayor Snider
I learned from Abdi Mohamoud, Matt Brown, and Sarah Gentry — organizers of the Student March for Black Lives. They spoke passionately about the presence of hate speech in our community, and how we must end racism together — in the streets, in classrooms, and at the family dinner table.
I learned from hosting virtual listening sessions. Chief McAlpine and I heard from hundreds of community members. We heard appreciation for the men and women of the Police Department, but also a need to look inward at systemic racism in the Police Department and our city government. We agree with you, and we have already begun this critical work. Read the entire message.
Message from the Judge: Pursuit of Equal Justice in Oregon’s Courts
Michael O'Brien, Presiding Judge

Judge O'Brien“Equal justice under law” is inscribed above the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. Similarly, Oregon’s Constitution of 1857 declared that all are “equal in right.”
Recent events across the U.S. have revealed that these ideals are far from the reality that Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other people of color experience on a regular basis.

Despite the lofty goals of the Constitution and strong opposition to slavery, Oregon’s pioneer government imposed a unique series of Black Exclusion Laws as early as 1843. Despite spotty enforcement, the laws had their desired effect: discouraging Black settlers from coming to Oregon. The last of the exclusion laws wasn’t repealed until 1926.  Read on...

Message from the Police Chief
Chief Kathy McAlphine, Tigard Police Department

Chief K. McAlpine"This is a time for listening; a time to be open and to work together to ensure that our policies and practices align with what this community is asking for. I have heard from many of you in recent weeks, through virtual chats, emails, phone calls and in-person conversations.  While Tigard may not be Minneapolis, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland or any other major metropolitan city, we understand that as a police profession, we can still do better." Read on... 

Update on School Resource Officers

Update on School Resource Officers in TTSD Schools
Posted: 7/29/20

With the school year approaching, community members have been asking about the status of school resource officers (SRO) in Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) schools. The SRO program has not been eliminated. The city and TTSD are embarking on a review to determine the future of school resource officers. Here is additional information on that review.

In June, Portland Public Schools announced that they were discontinuing the use of school resource officers (SROs). This led to community and student questions about the use of SROs in the Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) schools. In response, leaders from the cities of Tigard and Tualatin and TTSD met to address these questions and discuss the future of SROs in TTSD schools. Each side agreed that a thoughtful review of the role, presence, and approach of SROs was needed, and the review should invite the help of a trained facilitator and community partners.

The review will include:

  • Listening circles with those who interact with SROs.
  • Review of data, including student interactions and disciplinary policies
  • Understanding the lived experience of TTSD students and families

After the review, the cities of Tigard and Tualatin and TTSD will determine how SROs will be provided, and if so, what it will look like. A final decision that includes these community perspectives is expected in late October. 

The City of Tigard’s contract with TTSD to provide SROs expires each year and would need to be renewed. Tigard Police officers, who would have served as an SRO for upcoming school year, will be reassigned to patrol until a decision is made about the future of SROs in TTSD schools. 

DEI Resources

The Myth of Race, Debunked in 3 Minutes - You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains.

Podcast: Patent Racism - Planet Money Podcast: Dr. Lisa Cook found a blindspot in a big theory on innovation: the idea that if we just make strong patent laws, innovation will come. True for some, not true for others. Her research has huge implications for Black Americans — and for the wealth of entire countries. But convincing her colleagues took a lot more than data.

Event: How to be an Anti-racist: An Evening of Art & Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. on Thursday, October 1. Learn about a topic we are passionate about at Human Solutions: Becoming Antiracist. And why not deepen your understanding of this critical concept with the brilliant Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and local superpower and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty?

Movie: When They See Us - A 2019 web television miniseries based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case.  The miniseries explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City.

Reporting Bias Crimes - Information about how to report bias crimes and bias incidents that don't qualify as crimes.

Staff Contact 
Kent Wyatt
Communications Manager

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What We’re Doing

Police Transparency
It’s our goal to provide a single point for access where you’ll find a wealth of information relating to policing in Tigard, including data, policies, our values and vision, messages from our department, actions we are taking and steps we plan to take in the future.

Building a City Welcoming for Everyone:
 Mayor Snider began his tenure in 2019 with the publishing of a City DEI – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion – webpage to hold the city accountable for making measurable change. The page launched with a Mayor’s message of inclusion: “We will stand up to hurtful speech and reinforce efforts to attract a workforce that is representative of our community and our nation.”

City of Tigard Diversity Dashboard: This information shows the race/ethnicity demographics of Tigard’s workforce as of April 2020. The data incorporates the entire workforce, which includes regular, part-time, temporary and seasonal staff.

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