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DPSST Statutes (ORS) and Rules (OAR)



DPSST Statutes (ORS) and Rules (OAR)

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 training and the certification or licensure of criminal justice public safety professionals, fire service professionals, private security providers, private investigators, and polygraph examiners. These rules help DPPST carry out statutory requirements and act in accordance with the Agency's mission, to promote excellence in public safety.

For all of the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) adopted by DPSST and the Board please visit the Oregon Secretary of State.

For all of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) that govern the Board's certification and licensure programs please visit the Oregon State LegislatureORS Chapter 181A includes criminal justice public safety professionals, fire service professionals, and private security providers. ORS Chapter 703 includes polygraph examiners and private investigators.

Proposed Rule Changes

DPSST filed Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for the following administrative rules. Proposed rulemaking includes rule changes that are under consideration, but not yet adopted. All agency rulemaking notices are published by the Secretary of State in the Oregon Bulletin

DPSST welcomes comments on proposed rules. Written comments may be submitted by e-mail or mail to the following:
Mail: DPSST Rules Coordinator, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

The Rulemaking Document provided with each rule change below provides a copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking showing the rule text revisions (additions shown with underlined text and deletions shown with strikethrough text).

OAR 259-009-0120 defines the grounds for denial or revocation of fire service professional certifications. This rule includes the definition of discharge for cause that is linked to fire service professional certifications. This proposed rule change provides two amendments to further clarify the current definition of discharge for cause.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0120

Last Day to Comment: September 21, 2021​​​

​The purpose of the rule is to designate which accrediting bodies a law enforcement agency in this state may use to obtain the accreditation required by House Bill 2162 from the 2021 Legislative Session. The proposed rule designates the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) as accrediting bodies.

Adopting: OAR 259-008-0500​

​​Last Day to Comment: September 21, 2021​​

​This proposed rule change increases the fee for a two-year private investigator or provisional investigator license. The proposed effective date for implementing a fee increase is January 1, 2022.

​Amending: OAR 259-061-0010

​Last Day to Comment: August 31, 2021​

​This proposed rule change increases the fee for each two-year private security provider certification and license. The proposed effective date for implementing a fee increase is January 1, 2022.

​Amending: OAR 259-060-0500

​Last Day to Comment: August 31, 2021​


Temporary Rules

DPSST filed Temporary Administrative Orders for the following temporary administrative rules. The Rulemaking Document provided with each rule change below provides a copy of the Temporary Administrative Order showing the rule text revisions (additions shown with underlined text and deletions shown with strikethrough text). 


Recent Permanent Rule Changes

DPSST filed Permanent Administrative Orders for the following administrative rules. The Rulemaking Document provided with each rule change below provides a copy of the Permanent Administrative Order showing the rule text revisions (additions shown with underlined text and deletions shown with strikethrough text). Each permanent rule change is available through the Secretary of State beginning on the effective date of the rule change.

​This rule change updates OAR 259-008-0005 to align the definitions used in rule with the statutory changes to definitions that occurred during the 2021 legislative session. The rule changes also include housekeeping amendments for punctuation, ORS references, and past legislative changes.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0005

​Effective: September 10, 2021​

​This rule change codifies the Board's adoption of the curriculum and the successful completion requirements for the Self-Study Parole and Probation Career Officer Development Course (P&PCOD).

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

​Effective: July 22, 2021​

​These rule changes amend the grounds to deny or revoke the criminal justice instructor certification with a focus on the interpretation and application of Instructor Misconduct. This rule applies to instructors employed by DPSST or the Department of Corrections to deliver mandated training (the basic police course, the basic corrections course, etc.).

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0080.

​Effective: June 15, 2021​

​These rule changes add a requirement for certified telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers to have current First Aid and CPR certifications to maintain DPSST basic certification. These rule changes also provide housekeeping to remove the timelines that were used to phase in previous changes to the maintenance requirements.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0064.

​Effective: June 1, 2021​

These rule changes implement adoption of the 2020 Edition of the NFPA Standard 1021, entitled Standards for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, and adoption of the 2019 Edition of the NFPA Standard 1005, entitled Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based Fire Fighters.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0005, 259-009-0062 & 259-009-0065

​Effective: May 1, 2021​

​These rule changes relocate organizational rule placement of the eligibility criteria for recognition of a fallen law enforcement officer on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial. The changes also include revisions to the eligibility criteria and cleanup of the rule language to address redundancies and unnecessary content. 

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

Effective: April 23, 2021​

​OAR 259-008-0085 maintains the minimum standards for Board-approved mandated courses, including the field training manuals. This rule change codifies the Board’s review and approval of the new 2021 Parole and Probation Officer Field Training Manual (FTM). This rule change also updates the recognized version of the Police Officer Field Training Manual which was implemented in May 2019.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

​Effective: May 1, 2021​

​These rule changes add recognition of discriminatory conduct as grounds to deny or revoke criminal justice public safety professional certifications. The additions were included in the mandatory grounds under discharge for cause and disqualifying convictions. The additions were included in the discretionary grounds under the definitions for Misconduct and Gross Misconduct.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0290, 259-008-0300 & 259-008-0310

Effective: April 23, 2021​

DPSST Rules Coordinator

Jennifer Howald
503-378-2432
DPSST, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

How to Request Notice of DPSST Rule Changes

There are two ways to request notice of DPSST's rule changes. Both options allow you to request notices for all rule changes or to request notices just for the certification or licensure program you are interested in.
1. Signup for GovDelivery e-mail notifications. 
2. Write or e-mail the DPSST Rules Coordinator to submit your request.


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