2 PPB captains put on administrative leave

Captains placed on leave after police bureau launched an internal investigation

Portland Police Bureau seal, file. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two captains assigned to the Portland Police Bureau have been put on administrative leave, according to police officials.

Captain Kevin Modica and Captain Derek Rodrigues were placed on leave after the police bureau launched an internal investigation, KOIN 6 News learned. The investigation centers around an matter that began under former PPB Chief Larry O’Dea III.

PPB said it would not disclose the nature of the investigation at this time.

Spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirmed the move that put both Modica and Rodrigues on paid leave and said additional information would be released in time.

Portland Police Bureau Captain Kevin Modica was placed on administrative leave during an internal investigation, March 9, 2017. (PPB)

Officer Daryl Turner, ‎President of Portland Police Association, said putting any bureau member on paid leave — no matter their rank — is a standard practice when internal investigations are launched.

Turner said he hopes “the investigations are expedited so that the matter can be resolved for all parties involved.” He also said he heard about the personnel decision Thursday morning.

Modica, who served as an Assistant Chief under Chief Larry O’Dea, was re-assigned to serve as captain for the bureau’s Youth Services Division when Mike Marshman was appointed chief. Marshman also moved Rodrigues from supervising the Internal Affairs Division to supervising the Family Services Division.

KOIN 6 News will continue to update this story when new information is released.

 

“On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Captain Kevin Modica of the Youth Services Division and Captain Derek Rodrigues of the Family Services Division were reassigned to the Personnel Division, due to ongoing internal investigations that began under former Chief Larry O’Dea III. I have appointed Lieutenant Stephanie Lourenco as Acting Captain of the Family Services Division and Lieutenant Bob Gorgone as Acting Captain of the Youth Services Division until further notice. I understand that many of you have questions, but as with any internal personnel matter, I cannot share additional details at this time.”  Chief Mike Marshman, internal memo to PPB staff