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February 2, 2015
Portland police officer resigned after testing positive for steroids
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The Portland Police Bureau has completed a report containing summaries of police misconduct cases reviewed by a Police Review Board in June and December 2014.
A Portland police officer tested positive for steroids during a random drug test last February and resigned last spring, months before the Police Review Board unanimously recommended that he be fired, according to bureau documents released this month. The officer is the second to have a drug test come back positive since the Police Bureau started random drug testing in 2012. But the officer who resigned is the first to do so after results showed evidence of steroids. The only other officer whose test was considered positive was fired, but not because of the presence of an illegal drug. That officer couldn’t provide enough of a urine sample for testing, according to city officials. In last year’s case, the officer submitted a urine sample as part of the random drug testing on Feb. 11 and the result came back positive for steroids. The Police Review Board recommended the officer be fired, finding he failed to adhere to a “contractual condition of employment.” But the officer resigned April 23 before the recommendation. The bureau’s report doesn’t identify the officer. The review board also recommended that the chief include “pro-hormone” substances in the bureau’s drug abuse policy  — which prohibits any use on or off-duty of any non-prescription controlled substance — and note that it is “incumbent on the officer to know what is inside” a bottle. But former Chief Mike Reese declined to follow that recommendation after consulting with the bureau’s personnel division, according to the bureau. A summary of the case was among 14 misconduct cases reviewed last year by the review board. The bureau’s report doesn’t identify the officers by name. The review board is an advisory panel that looks at police internal investigations, issues findings on police misconduct and recommends discipline. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/01/portland_police_officer_resign.html