Independent Police Review Investigator I

City of Portland, Oregon
May 17, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

About the position

Independent Police Review (IPR) Complaint Investigators conduct administrative investigations concerning allegations of misconduct against sworn Portland Police Bureau officers.

IPR Complaint Investigators work under general supervision, but the position requires integrity, sound professional judgment, and problem-solving skills. IPR Complaint Investigators routinely interact with people from vulnerable and underserved communities, as well as people in crisis.

As an Investigator I, you will:

  • Identify, locate, and interview complainants, witnesses, and involved officers.
  • Identify, obtain, and analyze evidence including police reports, dispatch records, videos, and photographs.
  • Write investigative reports, case summaries, recommended findings, memoranda, and other investigative documents.
  • Present IPR investigative material during disciplinary hearings and appeals.
  • Participate in community outreach and policy reviews on an as-needed basis.

About Independent Police Review:
The City of Portland's Independent Police Review (IPR) is an impartial oversight agency, independent of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). IPR's mission statement is to provide impartial oversight of police conduct, practices, and policies to increase accountability and public trust.

IPR is the central intake location for misconduct complaints involving sworn PPB officers. IPR conducts investigations and monitors all cases investigated by the PPB's Internal Affairs unit. IPR and Internal Affairs share investigative responsibilities. IPR generally investigates misconduct complaints involving high-ranking officers; vulnerable populations, such as children or people experiencing homelessness; and large events, such as protests.

Note about IPR and the position:
Portland voters passed Ballot Measure 26-217 in November 2020 authorizing a new, independent Community Police Oversight Board to investigate complaints against Portland police. The City of Portland's Police Accountability Commission is continuing to develop the Oversight Board and system for the City Council's approval. The City is maintaining IPR as its current police oversight system as part of the Settlement Agreement between the City and the U.S. Department of Justice until the Community Police Oversight Board is established. Employees of IPR will be provided equivalent jobs within the City after the work of each position transitions to the new board.

To ensure ongoing compliance with the Settlement Agreement, represented employees recognized in the labor agreement will receive a $3,000 bonus at the end of each full year of service within IPR, except in the last year of the labor agreement when it will increase $3,500 at the end of the year of service for a full year of service, or prorated in the final year of the contract if IPR work transitions to the Community Police Oversight Board sooner.

Preferred Qualifications
Although not required, please state in your resume or supplemental question if you have the following desired qualifications

  • Experience conducting administrative or similar investigations.
  • Experience working for a public agency.
  • Education/Training: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience conducting administrative or similar investigations.

Investigator I is represented by the (AFSCME) Local 189 . To view this labor agreement once it's finalized and available for viewing, please go to and click on the appropriate link. Applicants not currently represented by AFSCME start at the entry salary rate. If you are an AFSCME represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package , including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, Carrot Fertility, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here .

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently the City requires you to work in-person one day per week. Beginning in May 2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person. City Council approved a human resources administrative rule in January 2023, HRAR - 4.045 , requiring employees, including those who are fully remote and hybrid, to perform work within Oregon or Washington. Employees have until May 4, 2023, to be in compliance with the new rule. For more information, click here .

To Qualify

Applicants must meet each of the following minimum qualifications. Applicants must describe in their responses to the supplemental questions and résumé how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of theory, principles, practices, and techniques of administrative investigation.
  2. Ability to conduct thorough, objective complaint investigations, reach sound impartial conclusions based on investigative results, while maintaining confidentiality.
  3. Ability to write thorough, objective, and accurate, reports, interview summaries, memoranda, and other investigative documents.
  4. Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.
  5. Experience working with vulnerable, marginalized, or historically under-represented groups.

Applicants must also possess:

  • The ability to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation.
  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and responses to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 06/05/2023
  • Application Review: 5/22/23 - 6/09/23
  • Eligible List/Notices Generated: week of 6/12/23
  • 1st Interview: Late June/Early July
  • 2nd Interview (if needed): July 2023
  • Job Offer: July 2023

Please note: Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Applicants must submit responses to the supplemental questions and a professional résumé online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following

Application Instructions:

  • Your responses to the supplemental questions and résumé will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or starting in April 2023 you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual class, they are also available once a month.

Contact Information
Loan Tran Polanco, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
Loan.Tran@portlandoregon.govClosing Date/Time: 6/5/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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