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Our mission is to promote excellence in public safety through the development of professional standards and the delivery of quality training
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Public Safety Standards and Training Board.
As we work together to achieve our mission, we value:
Following the highest ethical standards in our working relationships, practices and decisions.
Dedicated to the highest quality, both in our individual actions and as an organization.
Customer Service…
Working proactively to meet the needs of our constituents, stakeholders, and one another.
Regarding others with honor and valuing their varied roles, contributions, and viewpoints.
Understanding that we are responsible to constituents, stakeholders, and one another both in our everyday work and in pursuing our mission.
Speaking and listening openly, honestly and consistently to further our mission and build trust into our relationships.
Employee Development…
Committed to developing as a well-trained, competent and reliable workforce that:
  • abides by the organization’s values,
  • is empowered for personal and professional growth, and
  • is recognized for service to constituents, stakeholders, and one another.
Mission Statement
There are two components of the DPSST Mission that work together to achieve excellence in Oregon's public safety professions -- delivering quality training and implementing professional standards as set by the Board.  Training helps public safety providers protect lives and ensure the integrity of Oregon's criminal justice system and the public safety community.  Developing standards ensures that officers continually meet the physical, emotional, moral, intellectual and fitness standards for all public safety disciplines.
Annual Performance Measures

The programs offered statewide by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) span the entire field of public safety, including police, fire, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 telecommunications, private security, and polygraph examination. Our goal is to provide the resources and certification programs that public safety professionals and local public safety organizations need to maintain the highest professional skill standards, stewardship and service to Oregon's communities and citizens. To accommodate this goal we provide
  • Basic and leadership training.
  • Regional program for advanced and maintenance training.
  • Mandatory and voluntary certification of public safety personnel
  • A comprehensive library of information and resources.
  • On-site consultants to local public safety agencies.
Training Programs: In total, DPSST offers more than 18 total types of basic, advanced, and specialized training to public safety providers across disciplines.  Examples of these programs include: Police Training, Corrections Training, Fire Service Training, Parole and Probation Training, Telecommunications Training, Career Officer Development and Leadership Training.
Standards and Certification: To ensure the fitness of all public safety professionals, DPSST certifies public safety officers, evaluates and accredits training programs and certifies instructors, ensures compliance with standards and training, and maintains a centralized records system.