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Police Transparency


Please take a moment to watch the above video from Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine, which explains why we created this Police Transparency webpage.

It’s our goal for this to be 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.

We hope you will find this to be a valuable resource. Please check back often as we continue to update the content on this page. If you have any questions or would like to see something added, please email us at AskTigardPolice@tigard-or.gov.

Below, please find the following timeline:


What We Were Already Doing: 2017-2020
Long before there were calls across the nation for changes to police policies and practices, the Tigard Police Department has taken progressive steps under the leadership of Chief Kathy McAlpine, who took over the department in April 2017. Some of these steps include:

  • Meeting 7 out of 8 recommendations in the #8CantWait campaign, a grassroots effort focused on police reform, which is described in the grid below. 
    • Develop a Force Continuum is a recommendation not met by the department because it is no longer considered best practice. The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training removed this training in 2009. The Police Executvie Research Forum and legal advisors do not support this practice. 
    • Instead, Tigard Police follows use of force guidelines set forth in the Supreme Court case Graham v. Connor, which requires any use of force to be reasonable and necessary.
    • Although the cartoid chokehold was removed from the department's use of force policies in November 2018, language explicitly banning its use was added to our policies in June 2020.
  • Providing several officers with additional training in crisis intervention and de-escalation. 
  • Using body-worn cameras for our K-9 handlers, motor officers and School Resource Officers in addition to using in-car dash cameras in all our patrol vehicles.
  • Providing opportunities for members of the community to connect with and ask questions of police leadership, including in-person Coffee with a Cop events and virtual Chat with the Chief events on Facebook live.
Tigard Police Policy Manual can be found here

How Do Tigard Police Measure Up to the 8CantWait campaign?

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TIGARD POLICE POLICY

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

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)

 


Immediate Steps Taken in Light of Community Concerns:
In light of community concerns, the Tigard Police Department took a number of additional actions following the death of George Floyd that included countless in-person, email and phone communications with community members expressing their concerns, questions and/or praise for the department through these months. 

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Official Statements by Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine:
  • Joint statement with metro-area Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs condemning condemning the actions of the officers in Minneapolis dated May 28,2020.
  • Chief McAlpine issued this video statement on June 4, 2020. 
  • Chief McAlpine shared this letter with the community on June 30, 2020.
FAQs Developed:
  • The police department put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers on topics like body cameras, use of force policies, demographics of the department, how often Tigard Police use force and much more. You can check out our FAQ here.
  • Although the cartoid chokehold was removed from the department's use of force policies in November 2018, language explicitly banning its use was added to our policies in June 2020.
Virtual Community Meetings addressing neighbors' questions about our department, policy and procedures:
  • Mayor Snider and Chief McAlpine chat on June 8, 2020. Watch the full video here.
  • Mayor Snider and Chief McAlpine chat on June 15, 2020 is available here
  • City Councilors Lueb and Newton and Tigard Police Commander McDonald chat on June 22, 2020. That full video is available here.
  • On July 1, 2020, Chief McAlpine held an hour-long virtual Chat with the Chief on Facebook live. You can watch the full video here.
  • Police Commander Jamey McDonald joined Mayor Snider for an hour-long live virtual Facebook chat on July 9, 2020, to continue the dialog with community members and answer their questions. That full video is available here
  • Chief McAlpine’s hosted another virtual Chat with the Chief on August 5, 2020. Watch the video on Youtube at this link

What We are Doing Going Forward:

  • With the passage of the police services levy in May 2020, we are working to hire additional officers and support staff. Chief Kathy McAlpine will not accept any applicants who demonstrate any bias, racism or questionable ethics, whatsoever. We are working to hire a qualified and diverse group of people who will go through extensive background checks and psychological evaluations before being offered jobs.
  • We are working with the Mayor, City Manager and City Councilors to move toward implementing department-wide body cameras. This is a complex task requiring not only necessary funding, but also the necessary staff and technology to store and track vast amounts of video data.
  • Ongoing conversations are happening about the future of the School Resource Officer program with the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Decisions will be made by TTSD, not Tigard Police, as they work with students, families and community stakeholders to determine how best to meet the needs of this community as it relates to SRO’s.
    • Our department recently published a report on the School Resource program that includes staffing, assignments, functions, history, data and funding. Click here to read the report.  
    • SROs from Tigard and Tualatin Police Departments participated in an SRO Information Session with TTSD to talk about the program on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Click here to watch the video.  
  • The City is creating a Public Safety Advisory Board, which is one of the ideas that grew from community input and Council discussion in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Board will begin reviewing public safety practices, with similar community input and draft frameworks anticipated for all other areas of city operations. Find out more here.
  • The department is working on expanding our outreach to underserved communities. For example, on Thursday, September 30, 2020, the department held a Chat with the Chief in Spanish, which can be watched at this link
  • Chief McAlpine and a Tigard officer are participating in a series of dialogues with St. Anthony's church and school staff titled "Shepherds and Guardians: Starting a Conversation on Race and Policing." The first discussion held on 10/27/20 can be viewed here
Community for All
Find out about the City's response to the Tigard community's feedback and their commitment to building an equitable and inclusive community for everyone here.

Tigard Police Data:

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Tigard PD Strategic Dashboard
The Dashboard was created as a management tool for the Tigard Police leadership to review crime statistics, patterns, calls for service, staffing, budget, and monitor calls for service with a behavioral health component.

October 2020 Dashboard
September 2020 Dashboard
August 2020 Dashboard 
July 2020 Dashboard
June 2020 Dashboard
 

Tigard Police Stop Data:

Use of Force Statistics are available here

TPD's Strategic Plan and Report Card
can be found at this link

City of Tigard's Report Card is available here.  

Annual Report is available at this link  

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