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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the creation of the Public Safety Training and Standards Task Force on June 18 in response to recent protests.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gov. Kate Brown, masked for social distancing, begins a Thursday, May 7, press conference in Portland.City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and retired assistant police bureau chief Kevin Modica will have the ear of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown as part of her new policing committee, according to an announcement.

Gov. Brown has appointed 13 people to her Public Safety Training and Standards Task Force, which be chaired by her public safety policy adviser, Constantin Severe.

The committee — created on June 18 as part of the groundswell of reform prompted by nightly protests in downtown Portland and across the state — will issue written recommendations to the governor by Nov. 1.

"Bold action on racial justice and criminal justice reform is long overdue," said Brown. "But words from leaders aren't enough. We need action."

The task force will study how law enforcement officers are trained and certified in Oregon, with an emphasis on using data to find currents gaps in the law, as well as incorporating racial equity and de-escalation into officer education programs.

Brown's announcement says the task force will also study the concept of "use of the least amount of necessary force to accomplish a lawful objective."

The other members of the group are State. Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, State Rep. Ron Noble, R-McMinnville, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton, retired Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, the Oregon Department of Justice's Aaron Knott, Ricardo Lujan-Valerio of the Latino Network, Candace Avalos of the Citizen Review Committee, Miller Nash lawyer P.K. Runkles-Pearson, University of Oregon Police Department Chief Matt Carmichael and Carol Johnson, the civil rights director for the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries.


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