Title

In the last decade, as the Portland Police Department--an essentially suburban f

Authors

Joshua F. Moore

Source

Down East

Date

1-1-2005

Pages

42-45, 77-79

Abstract

In the last decade, as the Portland Police Department--an essentially suburban force--and Chief Michael Chitwood were forced to deal with more serious urban crime, complaints against officers escalated. After a series of excessive-force lawsuits in the late 1990s and a Department of Justice investigation, Chitwood says he's made changes to improve the effectiveness and public perceptions of his department. The investigation uncovered no systemic problems, but identified areas that needed improvement. Increased oversight in the Old Port has helped stem late-night rowdyism, and the two-year-old Police Citizen Review Subcommittee has reported a sharp drop in complaints. With further details.

Subjects

Portland Police

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