03/26/2001

Elite Portland police squad investigated for hazing, Ore.

The Oregonian
March 24, 2001

(Portland, OR) - Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker has deactivated the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team, an elite group of 28 officers who handle hostage and sniper situations, while police investigate allegations that its members hazed newcomers and displayed other "workplace improprieties."

The chief assembled a seven-member team of investigators to look into the allegations. As the inquiry continues, the bureau will call on the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police to provide, as needed, tactical assistance for Portland emergencies.

About 7 a.m. Friday, Capt. Bret Smith of the internal affairs division delivered letters to SERT members ordering them to produce for investigators any pictures or videos of SERT events and gatherings.

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