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Cop-review group to propose new rules

The Independent Police Review Division will present proposed changes to the guidelines it follows for accepting and examining complaints against the Portland Police Bureau at a public meeting of its Citizen Review Committee tonight.

Division Director Richard Rosenthal said he expected a 'good conversation' and left the door open for more changes.

'These rules are not cast in stone,' he said.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Lovejoy Room at City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave.

The division invited public comment between Dec. 15 and Jan. 11. Ten people responded Ñ seven in writing, three with oral comments Ñ including two of the nine members of the Citizen Review Committee.

The division's part-time assistant director, Pete Sandrock, catalogued and documented each suggestion and comment and included them with the division's responses on a draft of the guidelines available on the division's Web site.

'I am É concerned that these proposed guidelines are set to go into effect January 1, which is 10 days PRIOR to the January 11 public comment deadline posted on your website,' wrote Chena Mesling, a stay-at-home mom.

The division's written response: 'IPR wishes to implement the proposed Guidelines, subject to change, in order to start data collection for statistical purposes beginning with the first of the year. Please see staff responses below to determine whether IPR is listening to public comment.'

There are 31 other public comments and division responses in the 26-page document.

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