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Oregon Criminal Justice Background Investigator Resources

 

 

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DPSST Records Review

Professional Standards Reviews

National Decertification Index

Open/Pending Cases

Contact
Kristine Boatman
kristine.boatman@state.or.us
503-378-8334 

 

 

 Records

​DPSST Records Review

Applies to:  Persons conducting a background investigation for individuals applying for certified criminal justice positions in Oregon.

To Request a DPSST Records Review:  Provide the following information in an email to cjcertifications@state.or.us

  • Full Name 
  • DPSST # (Found on IRIS)
  • Date of Birth

The email must clearly indicate the name of the requester and which agency they represent.

DPSST Review Process:  DPSST will conduct a search of the following:

  • DPSST regulatory records for professional standards information relating to the applicant, to include any records relating to a compliance review/investigation and complaints filed with our agency in each of the following disciplines:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Fire Certification
    • Private Security
    • Private Investigator
    • Polygraph Examiner 
  • Review of the IADLEST (International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training) National Decertification Index. (NDI

DPSST Response

  • All requests will be worked in the order they are received with a goal of response within 3 business days.   
  •  Upon conclusion of a review, DPSST will provide an email response detailing what, if anything, was found. 
  • Copies of any DPSST records can be requested and will be released in compliance with Oregon’s Public Records Law.

 

 
Professional Standards Reviews
DPSST's Criminal Justice Professional Standards unit exists to ensure individuals applying for and holding DPSST certification are above reproach.  Questions as to whether an individual possesses the high level of moral fitness standards to become certified in Oregon as a public safety professional are reviewed in this unit.
Professional Standards is responsible for the denial, suspension or revocation of certifications held by public safety professionals who do not meet, or fall below the Board’s standards
 
DPSST will only initiate a professional standards review of offenses that are punishable as a crime. Reported offenses of violations that are not punishable as a crime and are subject to a fine only, will be administratively closed.
 
Offense punishable as a crime is a crime or violation that carries with it the possibility of a term of imprisonment.
Violations are punishable by a fine, and are not punishable by a term of imprisonment. 
  

 NDI

National Decertification Index​
The purpose of the National Decertification Index (NDI) is to serve as a national registry of certificate or license revocation actions involving police or corrections officers. The records contained in the NDI are provided by participating state government agencies and should be verified with the contributing authority. DPSST reports revocations of public safety professional certifications to the NDI and serves as Oregon's gatekeeper for Public Safety Agencies to gain access to NDI data.
 

 

Cases

Open, Pending DPSST Professional Standards Cases
The below list identifies OPEN, but PENDING professional standards cases involving currently and formerly employed police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, OLCC regulatory specialists, telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers in Oregon.
 
INCLUSION ON THIS LIST IS NOT PROOF OF MISCONDUCT. 
These cases were opened pursuant to OAR 259-008-0070(4)(b), which states that DPSST will initiate a professional standards case upon receipt or discovery of information that would lead an objectively reasonable person to conclude that a public safety officer has violated Board-established employment, training or certification standards for Oregon public safety professionals.
 
Under this rule, receipt of information may include, but is not limited to:
(A) Notification of arrest, a criminal citation to appear or its equivalent, a conviction, or any other criminal disposition, of a certified public safety professional or public safety professional who is employed in a certifiable position by not yet certified;
(B) Notification of a non-voluntary separation of employment from a certifiable position; or
(C) In very narrow circumstances, complaints submitted to DPSST alleging that a public safety professional has potentially engaged in Board-defined misconduct.
INCLUSION ON THIS LIST IS NOT PROOF OF MISCONDUCT.  
This list simply indicates that DPSST has opened a professional standards case due to the receipt of information that an officer may have engaged in behavior resulting in an arrest/conviction, non-voluntary separation from employment or, in narrow circumstances, a complaint being filed with DPSST. 
 
Each of the cases listed is pending a thorough review to determine if a Board-established standard has been violated. The DPSST certifications of all listed officers remain intact as of the date of publishing.
 
INCLUSION ON THIS LIST IS NOT PROOF OF MISCONDUCT. 
The complete rule outlining the grounds for denial, suspension and revocation of criminal justice public safety professional certifications, as well as the processes for reviewing a professional standards case, is available through the Secretary of State’s website at:  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=244386.
 
Additional questions can be directed via e-mail to CJ Certifications: CJCertifications@state.or.us
Information relating to public records requests: https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/SC/Pages/RecordsRequests.aspx
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: ORS 192.345(35) exempts all DPSST records relating to investigations into potential violations of Board standards until a report is issued pursuant to ORS 181A.640.