Category Archives: Dept. Public Safety Standards and Training

Oregon public safety money in Legislature’s end-of-session funding

Law and order agencies across the state were among dozens of organizations to receive a financial boost from the Oregon Legislature as the session came to a close March 3, receiving requested funds to support current staffing or to forestall declining services. The Judicial Department will be able to avoid staff furloughs and court closures, the Department of Public […]
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Larry O’Dea fails the moral fitness test: Editorial

The city’s human resources director didn’t mince words last year in assessing the behavior of former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea after he accidentally shot a friend. O’Dea showed a “general lack of forthrightness” about the non-fatal incident, “failed to respond fully and truthfully” to city employees investigating his case and brought “discredit to the city,” […]
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Hundreds of Oregon firefighters train for vehicle rescue, emergency vehicle operations

More than 300 career and volunteer firefighters from across Oregon trained for vehicle rescues, emergency vehicle operations and flammable liquids safety as part of a two-day training school in Salem. The winter training school has been hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, or DPSST, for the past 15 years and was offered for […]
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Dramatic reversal could end career of convicted Oregon trooper

A former state trooper who slapped his 11-year-old son across the face should be banned from Oregon law enforcement for life, a state oversight committee recommended Thursday. “I think that his conduct has demonstrated him unfit,” said Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett, who is a member of the committee. Source: Dramatic reversal could end career […]
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A fight over one Oregon cop’s behavior toward women

The showdown came Thursday for Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers. Oregon’s police oversight board, which Myers chairs, had to decide whether former Medford Sgt. Thomas Ianieri should get to keep working as a cop. Regulators found Ianieri had behaved inappropriately with female subordinate employees, manipulating them and pitting them against each other. Source: A fight […]
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Rift over blacked-out pages clashes with police regulators’ image of transparency

While top officials at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training touted their transparency to Oregon lawmakers, heavily redacted documents caused a standstill on one of their advisory committees. Source: Rift over blacked-out pages clashes with police regulators’ image of transparency

Fired or convicted, but unpunished by police regulators

Below are examples of officers whose cases came before the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training after they were fired or convicted of a crime. In each case, state regulators decided against revoking the officer’s certification. In general, the department’s decisions are based on the immediate reason given for termination, not an officer’s […]
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Police oversight in Oregon: Potential solutions

Oregon rewrote its rules for ending a police officer’s career over the past two years, amid a national movement seeking tougher consequences for brutality and bad police work. But the new rules largely made official what regulators already were doing in practice, instead of converting the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training into a […]
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Fired But Fit for Duty: Impunity for bad policing in Oregon

Shaymond Michelson knew a night of drinking had gone badly when he woke up in a jail cell with a face so swollen he had a hard time talking. A police officer wrote in a report he hadn’t followed orders. A Navy vet, Michelson trusted that he deserved what he got. Source: Fired But Fit […]
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Oregon police misconduct: Keeping allegations hidden

It took years to acquire the public records underlying The Oregonian/OregonLive’s investigation into police accountability in Oregon. The project began in January 2015, when the newsroom requested the electronic records that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training keeps on certification, employment and training for police officers. Source: Oregon police misconduct: Keeping allegations hidden