Category Archives: Dept. Public Safety Standards and Training

Police committee votes to close Palmer investigation

Oregon’s police licensing agency is closing an investigation into citizen complaints about Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer. The Police Policy Committee of the licensing agency, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, voted unanimously Nov. 16 to affirm the recommendation of DPSST staff that no further action be taken on the complaints against Palmer. […]
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Oregon Justice Department Clears Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

Oregon’s Department of Justice has concluded that Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer did not commit criminal acts by destroying public records and issuing handgun licenses to out-of-state residents. Source: Oregon Justice Department Clears Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer | KUOW News and Information

Business in Brief (Sept. 4)

Health centers receive grant To address the statewide dental crisis in Oregon, The Oregon Community Foundation launched a five-year Children’s Dental Health Initiative in 2014 and built partnerships with other funders to improve access to care statewide. Local grads in police class The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training recently announced the graduation […]
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Oregon National Guard deployment to wildfires approaches record

Before an Oregon National Guard airman or soldier can deploy to a wildfire, the state must overcome a number of logistical hurdles. One of the biggest is boots. It takes about four days for each pair of handmade boots to arrive after a special order is made for every service member — and it could become a […]
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Oregon cops band together to push for more state oversight

The whistleblower who reported a Clackamas County detective for bungling sex crime cases is now leading a campaign to push the state to take a more aggressive role in investigating bad cops. Sgt. Matt Swanson was appalled that his supervisors waited a year to ask an outside agency to launch a criminal investigation of Detective […]
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Editorial: Rule change for security guards could protect the public

If a currently temporary rule adopted by the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training becomes permanent this year, Oregonians may be a bit safer around armed, private security guards. The rule gives the agency the ability to require medical examinations of guards, would-be guards and private security firearms instructors whose emotional stability is […]
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In a first, state committee recommends suspending a police officer’s certification

A state oversight committee for the first time has recommended that an Oregon police officer’s certification be temporarily removed due to misconduct. Members of Oregon’s Police Policy Committee found that Roger Thorsvold Jr., a former Bend police officer, had repeatedly detained people on questionable grounds. Source: In a first, state committee recommends suspending a police […]
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Local dispatchers graduate training program

Dispatchers will now continue hands-on training. Four local people are newly qualified to serve as dispatchers after graduating from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s basic telecommunications class. Source: Local dispatchers graduate training program – Local News – East Oregonian

Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill

The bill proposed by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum now heads to the Senate for a vote. Opponents contest changes in drug crime classification. A bill aimed at reducing racial profiling during police stops passed the House of Representatives 36-to-23 Wednesday, July 5. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill

The voice on the line: 911 dispatchers stay calm when chaos strikes

We know them as 911 dispatchers. Professionally, they’re called public safety telecommunicators. Whatever title we use, for the past 28 years in Linn County, within the network of first responders, they have been the anonymous conveyors of information, and the coordinators of help. They are trained to remain calm in the chaos, handling 57,000 calls […]
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