PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Portland Police Bureau will now assign every officer a three-digit number and require that the number be prominently display on the officers' helmet during protests.
The bureau said it will begin to stencil numbers on helmets immedietly, hoping to finish by Nov. 15.
On Friday, the bureau also announced that five officers have been assigned alternative duties while the bureau investigates concerns reported by members of the public.
The Portland Police Bureau today announced it will assign every officer a three-digit number and require that the number be prominently displayed on officers' helmets during crowd management events.— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) October 17, 2020
The change is in response to community members who said it is difficult to identify officers with the current system, which involves a longer personnel number in lieu of a name tag. Previously, officers were asked to wear a personal identification number due to concerns and threats about doxxing, which involves publishing or making public personal information, including addresses, phone numbers, and associates, according to police.
"We support peaceful protest and understand that reforms to advance racial justice are necessary and overdue," Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis said. "We also want the public to be able to easily identify officers if they have concerns."
Over time, Portland police will shift to officers' last names being embroidered on their uniforms, which will be easier to read than metal name tags, law enforcement said.
People can submit complaints or commendations for PPB members to the Independent Police Review online here.
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