Suburban MAX cops don't have to testify to Portland's internal affairs cops if they see a Portland cop doing something out of line on the MAX. From Mercury's news story this week:
Officers from Milwaukie, Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Washington County work in Portland on MAX with Portland's TriMet cops under intergovernmental agreements. But because of the way those agreements are written, those officers are subject to a lower standard of oversight than regular Portland cops. If a fellow Portland cop had witnessed the fight, for example, they would have been compelled to testify to Portland Police Bureau's internal affairs detectives.
Now, the City of Portland appears to be trying to renew the controversial contracts for suburban MAX cops without public discussion, by placing four items on the Wednesday's consent agenda:
1.*928 Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement between Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon and the City of Hillsboro for transit police services (Ordinance)
2.*929 Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement with Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon and Washington County for transit police services (Ordinance)
3.*930 of Oregon and the City of Tigard for transit police services (Ordinance; amend Contract No. 52503)
4.*931 Amend an Intergovernmental Agreement with Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon and the City of Beaverton for transit police services (Ordinance; amend Contract No. 52520)
But wait! Thanks to an observant Amy Ruiz, who spotted the items, CRC chair Michael Bigham has asked council-recommended CRC members to contact their respective commissioners and have the Trimet agreements pulled from the consent agenda, so the public can comment on them. Let's hope council is receptive. [NOTE: I feel like Amanda Fritz, writing this post. But it's important. So I'll talk "consent agendas" if I want to...]
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