Eugene, Or., police should establish an external review board and make other reforms to guard against corruption of the kind that led two officers to use their badges to coerce women into having sex with them, an independent team has recommended, reports The Oregonian. City Manager Dennis Taylor requested the review after last year’s convictions of two officers for sex abuse, coercion, and other crimes that had gone undetected for several years.
Team member Tory Caeti of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C., said the incidents resulted from “a confluence of events. Egregious kinds of things happen in very good police departments during late-night shifts.” Police Chief Robert Lehner said he agreed with most of the suggestions. Among them were changes in recruitment and training procedures, a full staff in the internal affairs unit, and better field supervision by sergeants. The group urged the police department lobby for changing the law that forbids using polygraphs in hiring officers.