Policing the Police

February 14, 2014 1:15 PM
Mike Reese, Portland Police Chief; ; Constantin Severe, Director of the Independent Police Review; and ; LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Auditor at the City of Portland. ; Moderated by Brian Renauer

Who’s holding whom accountable?

After finding that Portland Police repeatedly used excessive force against people with mental illness, the US Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement with the city. Now Portland is adopting a series of reforms including: police training, increasing the number of volunteers on the Citizen Review Committee, and strengthening oversight of the bureau.

Brian Renauer, Department Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at PSU will moderate a candid discussion between LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Mike Reese, and Constantin Severe- the three officials with key responsibilities for reviewing actions of Portland police officers.

LaVonne Griffin-Valade was sworn in as the City Auditor on June 9, 2009.  Before joining the City, she served as the elected Multnomah County Auditor, and prior to that, she was the Deputy County Auditor and a Senior Auditor in the County Auditor's Office beginning in 1998.  She has a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University and is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Auditing Professional.

Mike Reese has served as Chief of the Portland Police Bureau since 2010.  A product of North Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood, he graduated from Roosevelt High School and earned a BA in psychology from Portland State University. He worked at the Portland Boys & Girls Club before becoming a Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy in 1989 and transferring to the Portland Police Bureau in 1994 rising rapidly in the ranks. He was Central Precinct commander when he was named chief after his predecessor, Rosie Sizer, was fired by Mayor Sam Adams in a budget dispute.

Independent Police Review Director Constantin Severe was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is the son of Haitian immigrants. He graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a B.S. in Political Economy. Constantin recieved his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002. Prior to working for the City, he was a criminal defense attorney in the major felonies unit at Metropolitan Public Defender’s office here in Portland.  He has worked for IPR since 2008 and became Director in June 2013. Constantin is an avid cyclist and music fan. His dream concert would be Ted Leo opening for a double bill of The Clash and The Jam.

Brian Renauer chairs Portland State University’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and directs its Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the State University of New York – Albany where he worked to gauge the success of police-community coming to PSU in 2000 and he has examined community perceptions of criminal justice, particularly trust and legitimacy in law enforcement, and worked with the state’s Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee to collect data, improve training and monitor public perceptions of law enforcement.

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