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Division 8 Rules

OAR Chapter 259 Division 8 Rules

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (Board), adopt administrative rules that set the minimum standards for employment, training, and certification of criminal justice public safety professionals. These rules help DPPST carry out statutory requirements and act in accordance with the Agency's mission, to promote excellence in public safety.

Proposed, Temporary and Permanent Rule Changes

The following list provides the current and recent rule changes affecting criminal justice public safety professionals.  For all other rule changes and instructions on how to submit comments for a proposed rule change please visit DPSST's Statutes and Rules Page.

These rule changes are effective July 1, 2023. OAR 259-008-0015 applies to background investigations initiated on or after July 1, 2023. OAR 259-008-0010 (11) applies to law enforcement officers and reserve officers hired on or after July 1, 2023. OAR 259-008-0011 applies to telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers hired on or after January 1, 2024. Law enforcement units and public and private safety agencies may implement these standards prior to the effective date.

Please visit the DPSST Criminal Justice Background Resources webpage for additional resources.   

Background Checklist Form

Applicant Personal History Questionnaire Form

Note: The rules and the question list have been revised since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the public comment period. Please do not use any previous copies of the proposed rule changes or the question list to update your agency policies, procedures, or forms. 

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0015, and 259-008-0080

​Effective: July 1, 2023​

This rule change removed the requirement to have a minimum cumulative quiz score of 75% from the requirements of the Basic Police Course. Students will still be required to meet the minimum of 75% on the midterm and the final.

Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

Effective: October 26, 2023

​This proposed rule change will prepare for the Board’s approval and the Department’s implementation of the revised Basic Corrections Local Academy curriculum in 2024.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

​Last Day to Comment: December 21, 2023​