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DPSST’s jurisdiction is limited to the standards
required for certification or licensure established by the Board on Public
Safety Standards and Training. The standards can be found by clicking the link below:
OAR Chapter 259, Division 009
Individuals filing a complaint with DPSST will receive verification of
receipt of a complaint and will be given any further instructions by
return mail, if appropriate. The individual or employer of the
individual subject to any complaints filed with DPSST may be provided
with copies of this complaint and any enclosures.
All information provided on this 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, including the identity of the
complainant, if requested.
Note: Any investigation, discipline, or remedy into alleged
misconduct of a currently employed public safety professional is differed
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.
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
Review the complaint.
Forward the complaint and any supporting documentation to the agency that employs the public safety officer.
File and maintain the complaint and any supporting documentation as a public record.
Initiate a professional standards review upon report of a criminal conviction or separation from employment.
crimes. DPSST does not have the authority to investigate/re-investigate
crimes, regardless of the reason. That authority lies with law
enforcement entities only. IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A CRIME OR ARE IN
IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1.
Criminally charge individuals.
Similarly, DPSST does not have any authority to lodge criminal charges
against any individuals, regardless of the reason. In Oregon, the
authority to charge individuals with crimes lies solely with each
county’s District Attorney’s office. Again, IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A
CRIME OR ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1.
public safety personnel's employment/affiliation. The employing public safety agency is
solely responsible for the hiring and termination of public safety
Dictate a public safety agency's business operations.
Agency operations are the responsibility of the public safety agency.
investigations. Investigations into allegations of misconduct committed
by public safety providers are the responsibility of the employing
public safety agency or business.
Remove an elected official from office.
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 provider 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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