Police Accountability Bills

State and Local Legislation

The Beaverton Police Department is committed to providing excellent police services which exceed community expectations. In an effort to increase trust and transparency, the Beaverton Police Department routinely reviews our policy and practices in an effort to provide the most advanced, transparent, and accountable policing possible.

Recently, the Oregon Legislature passed six police accountability bills. Three of these bills establish uniform, statewide policies affecting the use of force. The new statewide policies are similar to the Beaverton Police Department’s current use of force policies. We will adjust our policies to come into complete alignment with the new statewide standards.

  • House Bill 4203 Limits the use of force by police officers that would impede breathing or blood circulation, unless circumstances would justify deadly force.
    • BPD Policy 300 Use of Force - The Beaverton Police Department does not train our officers to routinely use these tactics. We teach/train to control the head, hips, and limbs. BPD specifically teaches officers to AVOID the neck/throat area during any use of force situation, unless circumstances justify the use of deadly force.
  • House Bill 4205 Directs the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) to adopt rules requiring police officers to intervene to stop certain acts of misconduct such as excessive force or acts of discrimination. Officers who report misconduct should not face retaliation.
    • BPD Policy 300.2.1 The Beaverton Police Department policy is as follows: DUTY TO INTERCEDE “Any officer present and observing another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances shall, when in a position to do so, intercede to prevent the use of unreasonable force. An officer who observes another employee use force that exceeds the degree of force permitted by law should promptly report these observations to a supervisor.”
  • House Bill 4208 Limits the use of tear gas by law enforcement for crowd control, unless event has been declared a riot.
    • BPD Policy 303.6 Tear gas may be used for crowd control*, crowd dispersal or against barricaded suspects based on the circumstances. Only the Patrol Lieutenant or Incident Commander may authorize the delivery and use of tear gas, and only after evaluating all conditions known at the time and determining that such force reasonably appears justified and necessary.

The three other police accountability bills passed by the Oregon Legislature establish new statewide programs and policies to improve state oversight of the police. The Beaverton Police Department will fully comply with these new programs and policies and is awaiting state guidance on the implementation of these three bills.

  • House Bill 4201 Establishes a legislative joint committee to examine use of force and transparency.
  • House Bill 4207 Directs DPSST to establish a statewide database for police officers whose state certification have been suspended or revoked. Agencies must check the database before hiring an officer.
  • Senate Bill 1604 Limits the ability of an arbitrator to overturn police discipline when a law enforcement agency uses a discipline guide.

*BPD Policy, with regards to the use of chemical munitions to include tear gas, is under review. BPD will fully comply with House Bill 4208*