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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.

​This rule change addresses Board standards for criminal justice public safety professional certification and maintenance requirements affected by issues related to COVID-19. This rule will replace the temporary rules for OAR 259-008-0064 and 259-008-0065, which expire September 27, 2020. This new rule will continue to allow the Department to exercise discretion regarding enforcement of certification maintenance requirements.

​Adopting: OAR 259-008-0001

​Effective: September 15, 2020​​

​This rule change amended the appeal process for a student dismissal and amended the process for initiation of a professional standards discretionary moral fitness review of the misconduct that lead to the dismissal.

​Amending: OAR 259-012-0035

​Effective: September 15, 2020​​​

​This rule change establishes use of a person's legal name as the name of record for all Department purposes. All certifications or licenses issued by the Department will display the legal name. Requires notice to the Department when a person's name is legally changed.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0020, 259-009-0010, 259-020-0120, 259-020-0130, 259-060-0020 & 259-061-0040

​Effective: October 1, 2020​

​These rule changes create a separate review committee to complete a more timely case review process when a public safety professional has a past criminal disposition that requires a discretionary moral fitness review. These rule changes also define the discretionary grounds for denial that are specific to applicants who have never been employed in public safety before.

Adopting: OAR 259-006-0010 & 259-008-0290. Amending: OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0310, 259-008-0320 & 259-008-0340.​

​Effective: November 1, 2020​

​This rule change adopts rules that will prohibit the Board and the Department from reintroducing or adding chokeholds back into the Board-approved curriculum and DPSST training for law enforcement officers and reserve officers.

​Adopting: OAR 259-008-0110

​Effective: December 15, 2020​

​This proposed rule change prepares for the adoption and implementation of the 2021 Parole and Probation Officer Field Training Manual (FTM) after the FTM has been reviewed and approved by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. The revised Parole and Probation Officer FTM is scheduled for Board review on 4/22/2021. This proposed rule change also updates the current version of the Police Officer FTM, which was amended and implemented in 2019.

Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

​Last Day to Comment: March 22, 2021​

This proposed rule change amends the criteria used to determine eligibility for recognition on the Memorial. The proposed rule change includes organizational changes that relocate the rule content to a separate rule division. The proposed rules do not change who can be recognized - law enforcement officer includes police officers, reserve officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, regulatory specialists, and federal law enforcement officers assigned to or performing law enforcement duties in Oregon as a law enforcement officer.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0100 & Adopting: OAR 259-080-0005

Last Day to Comment: March 22, 2021​

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