Category Archives: Dept. Public Safety Standards and Training

Lawmakers Increase Mental Health Investments

A good economy has produced rising revenues for the state of Oregon, which allowed legislators to add almost $5 million in mental health investments.   Source:

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

Editorial: Police standards board sets the bar too low

Oregon is generally regarded highly for its handling of police misconduct cases because the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training decertifies officers at a rate that ranks Oregon 11th in the country. But a lengthy investigation by The Oregonian found that in many cases, the state agency refuses to decertify officers even when […]
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A higher standard for Oregon’s police | Editorial

Eugene Police made the tough decision in concluding that Officer Charles Caruso, caught on videotape throwing a handcuffed man to the ground and punching him repeatedly, should be kicked off the police force. The city fired Caruso following an investigation into the September 2013 incident and paid $100,000 to the injured man. Source: A higher […]
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‘No defending the indefensible,’ says top Oregon police official

The superintendent of Oregon State Police said this week some of the officers featured in The Oregonian/OregonLive’s investigation “Fired, But Fit for Duty” had done things that should have barred them from police work permanently. Source: ‘No defending the indefensible,’ says top Oregon police official

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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