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The mission of DPSST is to promote excellence in public safety by delivering quality training and developing and upholding professional standards for police, fire, corrections, parole and probation, polygraph and telecommunications personnel, in addition to licensing private security providers and private investigators in Oregon. To achieve this mission DPSST works in partnership with public safety agencies across the state.
DPSST’s jurisdiction for Criminal Justice complaints is limited to the standards required for public safety officer certification established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. These standards can be found in Oregon Administrative Rules accessible in the link below.
Criminal Justice includes: Police, Corrections, Parole & Probation, Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Telecommunicator, Liquor Enforcement Inspector, and Public Safety Instructor:
OAR Chapter 259, Division 008
Note: Any investigation, discipline, or remedy into alleged misconduct of a currently employed public safety professional is deferred to the public safety agency that employs the officer being complained against. DPSST will NOT initiate a professional standards review unless the officer pleads guilty to or is convicted of a crime OR the officer’s employment as a public safety officer is terminated.
Every public safety agency in this state is accountable to an elected Official, Board, Commission or Council. Citizens who believe their complaint has been unanswered or handled improperly by a public safety agency are encouraged to contact the individual or entity that oversees the public safety agency that employs the officer being complained against.
Yes. However, the ability to investigate allegations of misconduct may be hampered by not supplying a name and contact information.
You may ask DPSST to keep your contact information confidential by checking the appropriate box, however, all information provided on the Professional Standards Complaint Form is subject to Oregon’s Public Records Law (ORS 192.410 to 192.505). DPSST may be required to release the information provided on this form if requested.
You will be notified that your complaint is falls outside of DPSST's jurisdiction. As a courtesy, if the complaint is against a public safety officer it will still be forwarded to the public safety provider’s employing agency. (Contact information will be redacted if requested.) Non-jurisdictional complaints will also be maintained as a public record in accordance with DPSST's approved records retention schedule.
Maybe. Records maintained by DPSST are subject to Oregon Public Records Law (ORS 192.410 to 192.505). Some records may remain exempt from release at the conclusion of the investigation.
DPSST's main reception can be reached by calling (503) 378-2100 or by e-mailing DPSST.Complaints@state.or.us. IMPORTANT: DPSST staffing is limited. You may be directed to leave a voicemail or submit your questions in writing to facilitate a response. IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A CRIME OR ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1.
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