State committee to consider revoking their certifications

Two former Lake Oswego police officers will be under review during a Thursday meeting of the state agency that oversees law enforcement certifications.

Martin E. Bradford, who resigned from the Lake Oswego Police Department last October during an internal investigation, is accused of violating moral fitness standards by having sexual relationships with two female co-workers.

Joshua P. Day, who also resigned from his position during an internal investigation last October, is accused of similar conduct with two female co-workers, one of whom was also allegedly involved with Bradford.

The two are among about a half-dozen officers on the agenda for discussion by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s Police Policy Committee, which could recommend that the state Public Safety Review Board revoke their certifications based on violations of moral fitness standards.

Both sent letters urging the committee to consider their perspectives and allow them to keep their certifications.

In his letter dated June 6, Bradford denied having sexual relations with either of the two women he is accused of acting inappropriately with.

He said he engaged in “inappropriate talk” but did not have sex with a female patrol officer while on duty. He said he wasn’t sure of when the alleged sexual contact took place and accused the other officer of asking him to leave his wife for her, and of asking him whether he’d be comfortable having sex with her while her fiancé watched. He said he told her no.

“I know that while on duty I engaged in what some would deem inappropriate talk but nothing that I have not heard fellow officers, sergeants, lieutenants and even captains speak,” Bradford wrote.

Bradford also denied engaging in oral sex with a records technician at her home while on duty in March 2012.

He contended he visited the residence over the following few months for “coffee and conversation” and was offered but declined oral sex. He said he touched the co-worker’s breasts through her shirt while hugging her while he was on duty. He said the woman might have been motivated to report their interactions because he declined to leave his wife for her.

Bradford said he is going through a divorce and has three kids. He wants to provide for them but also to “regain my reputation and character as a hardworking police officer.”

Bradford has worked in law enforcement since June 2003. Before coming to Lake Oswego in July 2007, he worked for Manzanita’s public safety department.

According to an email to Lake Oswego’s police chief from Leon Colas, professional standards investigator and coordinator for state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s Standards and Certification Division, Bradford was investigated and disciplined for “similar behavior” in 2009 and 2010.

“He is challenging this and it will be important for the committee to see that prior behavior,” Colas wrote.

In a letter dated May 16, Day responded to allegations that he had sexual contact with two other employees in August 2012.

Day told the state review board that he met with the same records technician as Bradford in late last spring or early last summer for “coffee and conversation,” but he denied an allegation that she performed oral sex on him during a visit last August.

He said he did kiss, hug and touch her outside of her clothing after she initiated it.

“I am (at) no point claiming that I am completely innocent with this interaction, however I would not let it go as far as sexual contact,” Day wrote. He said he thought she reported him because he turned down her sexual advances and said she had asked him to leave his wife for her.

Day’s second alleged relationship involved one of the city’s emergency dispatchers, who he reportedly helped with kitchen remodeling work late last spring or early last summer.

He said he refused an offer of “no strings attached sex” at that point but kept helping with work in her kitchen through August 2012.

He said he now works as a sales representative while living in North Portland but hopes to return to his career in law enforcement so he can better provide for his two children. He said he and his wife are getting divorced.

"I did do something wrong by lying and cheating on my wife," he wrote. "I know I did not do what the city of Lake Oswego is indicating by providing hearsay statements with no solid proof that these incidents occurred. I did not resign to hide what occurred, but to try to salvage what was left of my marriage so that my children did not have to live with a split support system."

Day began working in law enforcement in September 1998 as a civilian employee in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He then worked as a police officer for the Fairview Police Department. The Lake Oswego Police Department hired him in August 2006.

Both of the former officers also alleged that officials in the department’s upper echelons pick and choose who to investigate, allowing some officers guilty of the same conduct to keep their jobs and even receive promotions.

Bradford argued that a lieutenant was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and domestic abuse while employed by the Lake Oswego Police Department; he said that those charges were later dismissed, and “the whole incident was swept under the carpet.” Bradford said another lieutenant had an affair with a city employee whom he eventually married. He also accused a sergeant of having an affair with another employee that led to divorce but never any discipline at work.

“These are a few of the administrators in the city of Lake Oswego who decide who the department disciplines and how internal investigations are conducted,” he wrote to the committee.

Day also mentioned the lieutenant arrested on various charges, as well as a sergeant who apparently was caught lying and once lost a police K-9 but kept his job. Day said a top administrator has promised women promotions in exchange for sexual favors.

Lake Oswego Police Chief Don Johnson said he couldn’t comment on either Bradford or Day's case because they are personnel matters.

The records technician mentioned in both cases still works for the Lake Oswego Police Department, as does the patrol officer named by Bradford, according to the city. The dispatcher reportedly involved with Day is no longer employed by the police department.

The Review is not naming the women because they aren’t the subject of the upcoming state committee reviews.

The Police Policy Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.

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