Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sheriff's Office, agency partners investigate misconduct of former Sheriff's Office employee

SHERIFF'S OFFICE, AGENCY PARTNERS INVESTIGATE MISCONDUCT OF FORMER SHERIFF'S OFFICE EMPLOYEE


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 11th, 2017 1:27 PM
On May 31, former Sheriff's Office detective Jeffrey Green is scheduled to appear at the Clackamas County Courthouse to face charges on five counts of second-degree Official Misconduct, following a multi-agency investigative effort initiated by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Green, 59, left the Sheriff's Office in April 2015. The charges allege that then-Detective Green violated state law by failing to prompt an investigation into reported child abuse.

Following is a timeline covering the multi-agency investigation of Green and information on changes to Sheriff's Office practices in response, followed by a statement from Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.
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INVESTIGATIVE TIMELINE:

FEB. 2015: Sheriff's Office Sgt. Swanson, newly assigned as Green's supervisor, orders Green to reconcile his cases for a briefing. After the briefing, Sgt. Swanson files an internal affairs complaint alleging Green's lack of follow-up on cases, failure to send evidence to OSP crime lab, and overall poor performance.

MARCH 2015: Sgt. Swanson orders Green to complete reports for work already done, suspends Green from further investigations, and assigns some of Green's cases to other detectives.

APRIL 2015: Green retires before internal investigation can begin. Staffing shortage does not allow replacement of Green until September.

SEPT. 2015: Detective Lee assumes Green's duties, and is directed to begin an audit of Green's cases, an audit that concludes in Feb 2016.

Det. Lee reviews 154 of Green's cases, dating back to 2009. Det. Lee identifies 40 cases requiring additional work and begins follow-up.

FEB. 2016: Det. Lee completes his audit and briefs command staff, who conclude Green's conduct may rise to the level of official misconduct. Sheriff Roberts orders that Lee's audit and findings be referred to an outside agency for criminal investigation. Milwaukie Police Department accepts criminal investigation.

MARCH 2016: Sheriff Roberts hires an outside law enforcement operations consultant to review Sheriff's Office practices. Outside consultant recommends requirement that supervisors perform random audits of detective cases and improve communication between detective division and supervisory staff. The Sheriff's Office implements the recommendations, and adds a procedure that prohibits a detective from suspending cases without sergeant review.

OCT. 2016: Milwaukie PD concludes its criminal investigation of Green and refers its investigation to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.

MARCH 2017: The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office charges Green with five counts of Official Misconduct.

MAY 31, 2017: Green is currently scheduled to appear on this date in Clackamas County Circuit Court to face charges.
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STATEMENT FROM SHERIFF ROBERTS:

As Sheriff, I want to assure the community that public accountability is a cornerstone value of my office, and I take allegations of employee misconduct seriously.

I hired a law enforcement operations consultant to review our practices and inform me how we can improve. Additionally, a thorough audit of Green's former caseload occurred, ensuring that cases assigned to Green were properly re-examined and investigated as necessary. Cases in which deficient investigations were found were re-opened to bring closure to affected victims.

There were many people integral to this multi-agency investigation, including Sheriff's Office personnel Detective Lee and Sergeant Swanson, the Milwaukie Police Department, and the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office. Together, these professionals and agencies have devoted over a year to this effort. I thank them all for their assistance and professionalism.

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