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Patrol Services Division

We provide a uniform presence and law enforcement services all across Oregon, with a primary responsibility for crash reduction, crime reduction, and other transportation safety issues; as well as to respond to emergency calls for service on Oregon’s state and interstate highways.

In our efforts to improve public safety and assist our communities, Troopers may offer drivers a voucher that provides a discount on automotive parts purchased at any of the participating Auto Parts stores listed below.

To redeem the voucher choose from the auto parts stores listed below. You can click on their web link to find a location.


We understand some individuals defer maintenance on their automobile to pay for other necessities, such as groceries and rent, and a minor equipment violation shouldn't get in their way. 

The Car Care Program allo​ws​​ us, in a small way, to assist individuals and families with improving the safety of their vehicle and our highways. Every OSP Trooper understands they can influence the trajectory of a person’s life, which is why ‘Compassion’ is a core value of our agency.

In 2016, we issued over 20,000 warnings or citations for equipment violations. Seventy-seven percent of these violations were due to “Operating without Required Lighting” (ORS 816.330). Required lighting includes all external lighting such as blinkers, headlights, and tail lights. These violations directly affect the safety of all vehicles on our roadways and it’s to all our advantage to have these items fixed as soon as possible.​
We investigate motor vehicle collisions and document evidence at crime scenes. Investigations often involve fatal or serious injury motor vehicle collisions with a criminal element, or homicide investigations.

We have 46 specially trained investigators located throughout Oregon. Our staff includes 14 internationally accredited Collision Reconstructionists by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR), and 32 Technical Collision Investigators. The program is directed by the Collision Reconstruction Program Manager and three Region Reconstructionists, all of whom are ACTAR accredited.

Our staff receives specialized training in the field of Collision Reconstruction to establish technical excellence. They are often called upon to provide expert testimony in the courtroom. The training includes heavy emphases on evidence documentation, mathematics and physics. We maintain training to keep pace with advancing technology (e.g. vehicle event data recorders). Quality control and quality assurance is important to our work and we’ve established a rigorous ‘peer review process’ reviewing each case by more highly trained and experienced members.
We are responsible for most of the truck inspections performed by law enforcement in Oregon. Truck drivers account for fewer at-fault crashes than passenger vehicle drivers, however, the weight of commercial vehicles and the cargo they typically carry can cause severe crashes. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that commercial vehicle drivers and their equipment are operating safely.
All troopers are encouraged to look beyond the reason for the original traffic stop to see if there is other potential criminal activity present. This philosophy is referred to as criminal apprehension through patrol enforcement. This includes all threats and all crimes encouraging the apprehension of wanted subjects and contraband in vehicles traveling on the state's highways. The Drug Detection Canine program plays an important supporting role in helping detect illegal drugs and other evidence on our highways and in local communities and works closely with other Troopers during CAPE operations.

CAPE Operations have been instrumental in seizing marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, other illegal drugs, guns, cash, stolen property, and unlawful possession of forest products and excessive bag limits of seafood products.
We are dedicated to training our patrol members in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to the criteria established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and to keep them up to date on current case law related to DUII enforcement. We continue to improve the detection, apprehension and prosecution of impaired drivers while on patrol. Our goal is to increase DUII deterrence, and decrease crashes, deaths and injuries related to impaired driving.

Our K9 team plays an important role in helping detect illegal drug and other evidence on our highways and in local communities. Drug detection dogs are an invaluable resource on and off the highway. The K9 team is instrumental in seizing methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, other illegal drugs and stolen property.

We have seven dogs with specially trained handlers located across the state. Our training requires an intensive drug detection handling course and a certification process to detect odors emitting from controlled substances including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. A dog’s keen sense of smell is vastly superior to a human and invaluable in conducting searches of vehicles, buildings, field, luggage and other environments and locations.

During 2015, eight OSP drug detection canines and their handlers were involved in law enforcement contacts resulting in the seizure of:
  • 53 pounds of Marijuana
  • 75 pounds of Heroin
  • 221 pounds of Methamphetamine
  • 59 pounds of Cocaine
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We are currently accepting applications for training as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs).
Download the application form if you are interested.

Our staff manage and provide secure storage for all items seized by sworn staff. Technicians manage over 50,000 items of evidence state wide, including found property and property identified as “safe keeping.” We have 16 Evidence Technicians located throughout the state. Their primary focus is to acquire, maintain and dispose of property and evidence according to State and Federal laws and agency guidelines. Evidence Technicians maintain the security of the evidence lockers and are trained in storage techniques to protect evidence from deterioration, loss, and contamination. Detailed records of transactions involving items of evidence are maintained in order to preserve the chain of custody. We use an electronic inventory system to maintain detailed records necessary for the presentation of evidence in court. After cases are complete, Technicians work closely with District Attorneys, Judges and other authorizing agents to dispose of the evidence as required by law.
The first OSP Honor Guard was established in 1984. Funeral and memorial services remain the core function of the team to this day. The team also acts as the official ceremonial unit of the Superintendent of State Police and the Governor of Oregon. They are used in various capacities including color presentations, ambassadors at gubernatorial inaugurations, to security at formal state events. Members also represent the Governor and Superintendent at various police funerals and memorials across the United States. Honor guard members represent each Division of the State Police and are located in worksites across Oregon.

The honor guard has provided services in conjunction with other police services, all branches of the military, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and various private and civic organizations such as the Elks and the Freemasons. The team has conducted all manner of services from full honors multi-agency services to a single honor guard member presenting a flag.
The Ignition Interlock Device Oversight Program is part of the Transportation Safety Division, consisting of law enforcement officer and support staff dedicated to ignition interlock device standardization, service center compliance, and public safety.
The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID or simply IID) is attached to the ignition of a motor vehicle. When properly installed and calibrated, the IID will prevent a driver from starting a motor vehicle if the device detects a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) above the allowed set point.
We provide a high profile tactical response to effectively deal with civil unrest. The team specializes in quickly restoring order during a civil unrest event and safely removing protestors from protest devices. We also augmented patrol presence during large scale events around the state by means of foot patrols, bicycle patrols and general patrols. We train on a regular basis in different environments and locations and frequently train and work with other law enforcement agency crowd control teams.
This program focuses on initiating a prompt and orderly removal of disabled or abandoned vehicles from the highways in Oregon and to meet the towing needs of the Department. We maintain a non-preference tow rotational list of qualified tow businesses. This list is computer generated and does not favor any tow business over another. Participating businesses understand they may be called upon to conduct a tow at the operational need of our agency.

To become part of the Non-Preference Tow List, there is an application process. To begin, complete and return the linked form “Application for letter of appointment non-preference tow list”.
 
We observe the highest standards of professionalism at all times while offering 24-hour tactical assistance to all law enforcement agencies in Oregon. Our team consists of 24 tactical members, 12 crisis negotiators and 2 tactical medics. The mission of the SWAT team is to preserve life in high-risk, potentially life threatening situations through the use of specialized training, equipment, and tactics. SWAT strives for a nonviolent resolution at all times. The SWAT team is trained and prepared to take whatever action is necessary to protect the public, enforce the law, and keep the public trust. Members may also be called upon to help train law enforcement agencies within Oregon. The SWAT team trains on a regular basis in different environments and locations within the state.
This program is aimed to achieve the three objectives of the TIM national unified goal: responder safety; safe, quick clearance of the roadway; and prompt, reliable, and inter-operable communications. We have a shared understanding of TIM goals among responders from different groups—law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services, the U.S. Department of Transportation, towing and recovery, and dispatch. This program also ties to the department's Key Performance Measure, which in partnership with ODOT is a roadway clearance under 90 minutes for all incidents.
 
​Contact

Patrol Services Division
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone:
Fax:
ask.osp@state.or.us

Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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