by Beatriz Hernandez, Community Engagement & Translation Specialist, City of Eugene, Police Auditor’s Office
The Office of the Independent Police Auditor was established by Charter amendment in 2005 to provide an external, independent mechanism for the receipt, classification, and monitoring of complaints against employees of the Eugene Police Department (EPD).
By design, the Auditor’s Office is separate from the rest of city government. The police auditor is hired and supervised by the Eugene City Council. The Eugene City Charter also provides for a Civilian Review Board, whose members are appointed by City Council and are tasked primarily with reviewing closed complaints. Eugene City Code designates our office as the intake point for all complaints against employees of EPD.
We impartially and thoroughly monitor the complaint process to ensure that it is fair and unbiased. We also make recommendations to the Police Chief and Police Commission regarding policies, training, and trends.