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A Typical Day in the Life of the Oregon State Police
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is much more than just a highway patrol, providing public safety services that are critical to our partners and making a difference every day for the citizens of Oregon.  Below are some examples of the work performed by OSP in a typical day, impacting Oregonians where they live, work, travel and play:

Troopers in the Patrol Services Division
The Patrol Services Division provides a uniform presence and law enforcement services throughout the state, with a primary responsibility for crash reduction, crime reduction, and other transportation safety issues; as well as response to emergency calls-for-service on Oregon's state and interstate highways.
  • Respond to 552 calls for service.Troopers in the Patrol Division 
  • Stop 650 motorists for traffic safety offenses.
  • Issue 346 citations for speed, safety belt, and other hazardous violations, and issue 198 warnings.
  • Conduct 50 regulatory truck inspections.
  • Remove 13 alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers from Oregon’s highways.
  • Make over 27 non-traffic criminal arrests for offenses such as identity theft, weapons offenses, drug offenses, and fugitive warrants.
  • Recover stolen vehicles and other stolen property valued at $3,294.
  • Seize 2.24 pounds of illegal drugs, with a cash value of $145,213.
  • Respond to over 53 motor vehicle crashes on state and interstate highways.
  • Assist 50 stranded or disabled motorists along state and interstate highways.
  • Reconstruct at least one fatal crash, for an OSP investigation or for another agency.
  • Provide one K-9 assist to assist an investigation of suspected drug trafficking cases.
  • Provide transportation safety enforcement in five Traffic Safety Corridors and 64 construction zone areas.

Troopers in the Fish and Wildlife Division
The Fish and Wildlife Division ensures compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance the long term health and equitable utilization of Oregon's fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Other important services include public safety and enforcement of criminal and traffic laws.
  • Are responsible for patrolling 96,000 square miles of land area, equating to more than 1,000 square miles per trooper, and more than 1,100 square miles of water to include over 1,400 named lakes, over 111,000 miles of rivers and streams, 72,600 square miles of ocean, and 363 miles of coastline;
  • Contact 77 citizens for non-enforcement purposes (i.e., outreach/educational events and answer questions regarding laws, rules, and regulations during patrols) and 8 landowners;
  • Check 133 angling and 46 shellfish personal (sport) licenses and 43 hunting and trapping licenses;
  • Conduct 1 fish dealer (i.e., restaurant, fish processors), 1 commercial shellfish, and 6 commercial fish checks;
  • Inspect 21 boats to ensure safe and lawful operation and check for aquatic invasive species and 3 scenic boat passes;
  • Perform 1 charter vessel or guide/outfitter check;
  • Respond to 13 fish, marine, hunting, trapping, wildlife, and protected species complaints;
  • Act on 1 environmental complaint to include investigating fill activities, hazardous materials spills, and unlawful water diversions;
  • Assist 4 outside (non-Oregon State Police) agencies (city, county, state, and federal);
  • Perform shellfish sanitation patrols to ensure people do not harvest shellfish contaminated with an unsafe level of natural toxins that can be deadly when consumed;
  • Investigate 12 illegally harvested wildlife;
  • Handle and/or assist with 2 crash investigations on state and interstate highways and rural roads;
  • Render assistance for 3 disabled motorists;
  • Serve 1 warrant;
  • Conduct 13 searches; and
  • Work 8 criminal investigations.


Detectives and Staff in the Criminal Investigation Division
The Criminal Investigation Division provides specialized investigative services in support of criminal justice agencies statewide through innovative programs and highly trained, dedicated personnel. Our goal is to provide an exceptional level of investigative support and expertise to local and federal law enforcement agencies in this state. The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of several sections including Major Crimes Section, Drug Enforcement Section, and Arson/Explosives Section.
  • Detectives and staff in the Criminal Investigation Division Update 94 Sex Offender Registration records.
  • Respond to 57 requests for information from the public and law enforcement agencies regarding registered sex offenders in Oregon’s communities.
  • Investigate 3 new allegations of child physical or sexual abuse.
  • Administer 1 polygraph examinations involving criminal allegations. 
  • Seize 1952 illegal marijuana plants.
  • Seize 13 kilos of processed marijuana.
  • Seize 1 kilo of methamphetamine.                         
  • Seize 40 tablets of Ecstasy.
  • Respond to a new call for assistance on fire and explosives investigations.
  • Recover and destroy 25 pieces of discarded ammunition, blasting caps and military ordnance.
  • Seize 5 pounds of dangerous illegal fireworks and other high explosives.

Also in the Criminal Investigation Division
  • 13 Detectives are working to respond to and handle calls related to explosives, arson, and domestic or international terrorism. 
  • 22 Detectives are out in the field working to disrupt or dismantle drug trafficking organizations on a local, interstate and international level.
  • 33 Major Crimes Detectives are conducting child physical and sexual abuse investigations, major crimes investigations, assault investigations, and identity theft investigations.    
  • Each day OSP is prepared for the potential for a major incident requiring an OSP SWAT team callout or an activation of OSP’s Mobile Response Team (MRT). 

Telecommunicators in Dispatch Centers
The Oregon State Police Command Centers provide dispatch support to all state police activities across the state and represent the primary point of contact for state police resources. In addition, the Command Centers provide dispatch services for Department of Corrections transportation units, Railroad Police, US  Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers, and Bureau of Land Management. The two Command Centers are located in Salem and Central Point.
 Telecommunicators in Dispatch Centers
  • Receive and respond to 2300 calls for service and assistance from citizens and law enforcement.
  • Are the first point of contact for Amber Alert requests from other law enforcement agencies.
  • On average the Command Centers received 414,000 calls for service and 406,000 traffic stops reported on the Oregon State Police (OSP) Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) system.
  • The Northern Command Center in Salem handles approximately 252,000 calls for service and 236, traffic stops.
  • The Southern Command Center in Central Point handles 163,00 calls for service and 170,000 traffic stops.

Scientists and Staff in the Forensics Division
The Forensic Services Division is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory system serving all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys in Oregon. As Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system, our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
  • Receive 70 requests for forensic analysis.
  • Complete analyses for 10 blood alcohol or toxicology cases related to impaired driving.
  • Complete analyses for 4 DNA cases relating a suspect or victim in a criminal investigation.
  • Complete analyses for 2 cases involving a firearm.Scientists and Staff in the Forensics Division
  • Process a crime scene and assist in a major crime investigation every third day.
  • Confirm substances in 19 drug cases for criminal prosecution.
  • Process or analyze 6 sets of latent prints, connecting suspect fingerprints to criminal activity.
  • Examine physical evidence in 2 sexual assault cases.
  • Provide 10 toxicological tests for the medical examiner assisting with cause of death determination.
  • Provide testimony in 2 criminal trials or hearings.
  • Provide evidence collection and preservation training to law enforcement officers throughout the state.

Physicians and Staff in the Office of the State Medical Examiner
The purpose of the Medical Examiner Division is to provide direction and support to the state death investigation program. The Medical Examiner manages all aspects of the state medical examiner program and has responsibility for technical supervision of county offices in each of the 36 counties of Oregon. The division is staffed by four full-time forensic pathologists, supported by four staff personnel located in the Portland Metropolitan area. Further administrative support and oversight are provided by the Department of Oregon State Police. The main activity of the division is to certify the cause and manner of a death requiring investigation within the authority of ORS Chapter 146. This activity includes post mortem examination and alcohol and drug analyses. The division also maintains appropriate records and provides lectures and training on legal medicine and death investigation to medical school physicians and students, attorneys, law students, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and other persons associated with the death investigation system.

  • Physicians and Staff in the Office of the State Medical Examiner Perform two to three autopsies and commence an in-depth death investigation in each case.
  • Appear in court to provide expert testimony related to a death investigation in a murder trial, providing an opinion about how the injuries occurred, the position of the victim, the time of death and other details.
  • Respond to numerous calls from family members seeking information about a deceased loved one. 
  • Respond to inquiries and request from various law enforcement agencies and district attorneys offices for which the medical examiner is the sole source for death investigation services.    
  • Interact with county medical examiners who call to ask about toxicology tests and to ask for autopsies.
  • Attend a county or state child fatality review meeting or mass fatality planning. 
  • Lecture to medical students and pathology residents occur several times a year.
  • Interact with Oregon Tribe members about archeological remains of Native Americans.

Staff in the Identification Services Section
  • Process 352 arrest fingerprint cards. 
  • Process 19 criminal justice applicant fingerprint cards.
  • Respond to 15 “copy of own record” inquiries for the public.Staff in the Identification Services Section
  • Respond to 1 request for subject immediate identifications.
  • Process 464 court dispositions putting closure to each arrest event.
  • Set aside 11 records of arrest or conviction.
  • Process 2 deceased subjects fingerprints.
  • Provide 222 Regulatory fingerprint background checks.
  • Provide 18 Clearinghouse fingerprint background checks for non-profit, non-regulated organizations.  
  • Provide 119 “Open Records” public name-based background checks
  • Provide 55 Concealed Handgun License fingerprint checks to assist county Sheriffs in their regulatory function of licensing persons applying to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Process 543 instant background checks on persons seeking to purchase a firearm.
  • Conduct 40 stolen gun check services for citizens.
  • Assist law enforcement with 4 investigative inquiries for criminal cases involving firearms.
  • Provide public fingerprinting services to 16 customers.

Staff in the Office of State Fire Marshal
Staff in the Office of State Fire Marshal
The Office of State Fire Marshal Division of Oregon State Police is responsible for protecting life and property from fire and hazardous materials. The Division's programs do this through prevention, preparedness, and response activities.
Fire and Life Safety Education Unit
Provides fire education resources for proactive, community-based prevention and intervention programs targeting youth and adult at-risk populations. Focuses on fire injury risk reduction and property loss by assisting local fire agencies with training to benefit their local communities in fire prevention education. Collects and analyzes fire incident data, juvenile with fire incidents, and hazardous substance response information.
On a typical day, this unit:
  • Develops and distributes safety related educational materials targeting spikes in fire cause statistics.
  • Distributes more than 500 pieces of fire safety related educational material.
  • Trains partner agency personnel statewide on implementing smoke alarm installation projects within targeted areas of their community.
  • Provides free smoke alarms to partner agencies for installation in homes that are unprotected.
  • Provides specialized smoke alarms and installation assistance to the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Trains fire agency trainers to provide older adult fire and fall prevention, and safety related topics in their districts.
  • Provides training and consultation services to landlords, property management companies, realtors, home inspectors, and others on Oregon laws governing smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements.
  • Receives and analyzes fire incident reports from throughout Oregon.
  • Provides training and support on incident reporting and the state’s online fire and hazardous materials incident reporting system.
  • Assists community based- networks that intervene in youth-set fires.
  • Promotes education of elementary and middle school youth on fire survival, fire prevention, and making fire-smart decisions.
Fire and Life Safety Unit
Serves communities statewide who do not have full service fire programs by inspecting facilities such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, and prisons. Other services include fire investigation and technical assistance to community organizations, industry associations, and local fire and building officials on fire and life safety issues. Oversees the adoption of the Oregon Fire Code. Manages the Competency Recognition Program which trains local code enforcement staff for consistency in fire code interpretation and application.
On a typical day, this unit:
  • Inspects approximately four childcare centers serving 223 children.
  • Inspects approximately two licensed care facilities housing 91 people.
  • Inspects approximately 5 schools serving 2,157 children.
  • Conducts an average of one fire investigation.
  • Provides fire code consultations.
  • Conducts three plan reviews in coordination with building officials to ensure fire code compliance of new or remodeled structures.
Emergency Planning and Response Unit
Collects, verifies, and distributes Community Right to Know information on hazardous substances stored in facilities throughout Oregon for community emergency preparedness and safe and appropriate response to hazardous materials incidents. Administers programs for 13 Regional Hazardous Materials Teams, three Incident Management Teams, and an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. Manages the State Mobilization Plan and the Agency Operations Center.
On a typical day, this unit:
  • Distributes Hazardous Substance Information Surveys to approximately 91 facilities throughout Oregon.
  • Fields an average of 20 phone calls to provide hazardous substance reporting assistance via the Hazardous Substance Information Hotline.
  • Keys entry data from approximately 130 hazardous substance surveys submitted by Oregon facilities.
  • Conducts four telephone survey review audits of facilities.
  • Conducts four fee review audits to assist facilities requesting a review of their Hazardous Substance Possession Fee.
  • Conducts one on-site audit to ensure facility compliance with Oregon Community Right to Know and Protection Act.
  • Responds to multiple requests for hazardous substance information.
  • Manages and coordinates 14 Regional Hazardous Material Emergency Response Teams.
  • Manages and coordinates three Type-2 Incident Management Teams.
  • Manages and coordinates Oregon’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
License and Permits Unit
Regulates and licenses the following for life safety protection: fireworks, liquefied petroleum gas, non-retail fuel dispensing, fire standard compliant cigarettes, and novelty/toylike lighters. Services include training, licensing, and technical assistance. Each regulatory program protects Oregon citizens, first responders, and industry.
On a typical day, this unit:
  • Manages the collection and disposal of confiscated illegal fireworks.
  • Reviews five cigarette manufacturer certification applications to ensure they meet Oregon’s fire standard compliant law.
  • Administers pyrotechnician exams and issue certifications.
  • Issues liquefied petroleum gas licenses to approximately six companies and their qualified employees.
  • Conducts two inspections of LPG tanks to ensure correct and safe installation.
  • Conducts two inspections of Oregon cardlock facilities to ensure compliance with applicable laws and codes.
  • Provides technical assistance to two propane industry members.
  • Provides technical assistance to fire departments regarding fireworks laws and rules.
  • Works with at least one retail store to ensure they are not selling prohibited novelty lighters.
  • Issues three fireworks permits.

Staff in the LEDS, OERS, and Oregon Uniform Crime Reporting Sections
The Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) Section provides a broad range of public safety services to local government and other governmental agencies.  LEDS maintains the statewide criminal justice telecommunication network and central statewide files of criminal justice related information. LEDS is also the control point for the exchange of this information between similar programs in other states and the federal government. In this role, LEDS serves as the conduit for information services provided by the FBI and other federal agencies.  The LEDS Operations Center is also the primary point of contact for the Oregon Emergency Response system which provides notifications to agencies that deal with hazard mitigation and special rescue services. The Oregon Uniform Crime Reporting program that is within LEDS complies standardized criminal offense and arrest information from from all Oregon law enforcement agencies, for regular publication of crimes statistics and as a resource for crime and criminal justice research.
  • Process an average of over 3500 records in the Oregon Uniform Crime Reporting System.  
  • Provide notification on 5 hazardous material spills to DEQ, ODFW, PCC, SFM and OHD.
  • Coordinate 3 search and rescue related incidents, requiring air support and canine search teams.
  • Relay weather-related communication from the National Weather Service to 9-1-1 centers around the state.
  • Track 1 Radioactive Waste Shipment traveling through Oregon via internet website, from Hanford, Washington to Carlsbad, New Mexico..
  • Process 10 LEDS training certifications allowing users to access LEDS and national criminal justice systems.
  • Transfer information and respond to inquiries related to -
  • 10 Oregon registered vehicles reported stolen
  • 45 vehicles reported stolen in Oregon.
  • 30 locates of persons wanted on felony warrants
  • 230 warrants cleared daily (misdemeanor and felony)
  • 6 locates of missing persons
  • 12 stolen vehicles recovered
  • 1 expensive article or equipment retrieved
  • 1 stolen gun retrieved
  • 2 stolen boat motors retrieved
  • 30 matches on unidentified persons forensic data
  • 30 filings of unidentified persons forensic data without matchesLEDS Logo
  • 2,800 interagency APB messages
  • 25,800 driver license checks
  • 2,250 Oregon driver license photo checks
  • 110 persons of interest entered on officer safety issues
  • 320 impounded vehicles
  • 110 notifications of persons released from state prisons
  • 3 notifications of persons released from federal prisons 
  • 90 supervised persons released from corrections systems
  • 780 criminal history background checks. 

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