The DPSST certifies/licenses police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, regulatory specialists (OLCC), telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, criminal justice instructors, private security providers, private investigators, fire service professionals, and polygraph examiners in the State of Oregon. The agency is also responsible for determining candidates' eligibility to run for office of Sheriff, authorizing federal officers to make arrests pursuant to ORS 133.245, and providing staffing for the Public Safety Memorial Fund and Governor's Commission for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. The DPSST works in consultation with public and private safety agencies around the state by providing basic, leadership and specialized training at the 237-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and regionally throughout the state. The DPSST strives to provide the resources public safety providers and public safety agencies need to maintain the highest skills and provide excellent service to Oregon's communities and citizens.
The agency is governed by a 26-member Board on Public Safety Standards and Training who are responsible for establishing the training and certification standards required to be met and maintained by 43,000 public safety providers throughout the state.
Driving Directions to the Academy
Directions to the Oregon Public Safety Academy Home of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
From the North:
Take I-5 southbound to Salem. Take the OR-22/Santiam Hwy. exit – Exit 253 Cross over the top of I-5 and move into the middle eastbound traffic lane. Take Lancaster Dr. exit – Exit 2. Turn right onto Lancaster Dr. Lancaster Dr. turns into Aumsville Hwy. Cross straight through intersection with Kuebler Blvd. Pass Marion County Dog Control, Marion County Correctional Facility and the Santiam Correctional Institute. Turn left into the Oregon Public Safety Academy driveway.
From the South:
Take I-5 northbound to Salem. Take the Kuebler Blvd. exit – Exit 252. Turn right onto Kuebler Blvd. and drive 2 miles. Turn right onto Aumsville Hwy. Pass Marion County Dog Control, Marion County Correctional Facility and the Santiam Correctional Institute. Turn left into the Oregon Public Safety Academy driveway.
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