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Tribal Criminal Justice
DPSST has the pleasure of working with many of the American Indian Tribes whose borders lie within Oregon to provide training and certification for the public safety officers employed by the tribal governments. This includes training and certification for police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators, and emergency medical dispatchers. This page is intended to provide information for tribal governments who wish to have their officers/dispatchers certified along with the requirements of having an established tribal law enforcement agency in compliance with Senate Bill 412 (2011).
Tribal governments choosing to certify their public safety officers or dispatchers must first establish a police department with DPSST by completing the F10 Criminal Justice Agency Change Form. The F10 provides detailed instructions for agency wishing to establish.
SB412 authorized tribal police departments to employ “authorized” tribal police officers which have the ability to exercise the powers of, and to receive the same authority and protections provided to other law enforcement officers in Oregon. These authorized tribal police officers must obtain and maintain basic police officer certification pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 259, Division 8.
To help ensure that the records maintained by DPSST under ORS 181A.944 are current, DPSST contacts each participating tribal government annually to verify continuing insurance coverage. DPSST provides the form F8a Yearly Affidavit for Tribal Law Enforcement Units to facilitate this process.
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