Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Bill would require Oregon law enforcement agencies to psychologically evaluate applicants

Oregon does not require law enforcement agencies to psychologically evaluate job applicants before they become officers. But new legislation would change that. Source: Bill would require Oregon law enforcement agencies to psychologically evaluate applicants

Budget shortfall has county sheriff intending to resign

Citizens of Harney County, sheriff’s office staff, and commissioners, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office is not currently funded or staffed to provide adequate law enforcement or search and rescue services necessary to the citizens of Harney County. As well, our severely outdated county jail is not only underfunded, but is out of compliance with the […]
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Harney County sheriff plans to resign, citing funding concerns

Sheriff Dave Ward cited funding concerns in an op-ed announcing his plans to retire at the end of 2019. He said it’s his opinion that the lone way for Harney County to surmount a “current budget crisis” is to eliminate employee positions. The Harney County sheriff, who rose to regional prominence during the 2016 occupation […]
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Salem, Marion County officers on Brady list questioning honesty

Lists kept by district attorneys across the country track law enforcement officers who prosecutors refuse to call as witnesses because of their history of dishonesty, unreliability and even criminal activity. In Marion County, nearly four dozen current and former officers are included on the so-called Brady index — officers whose participation prosecutors believe would undermine their cases at trial. Source: Salem, […]
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Editorial: Deputy DAs do not need cop-style PERS benefits

Multnomah County has problems keeping deputy district attorneys on the job, says the Multnomah County Prosecuting Attorneys Association. At the association’s request the Legislature’s House Committee on Business and Labor introduced, approved and sent to the Joint Ways and Means Committee a bill that would require the Public Employees Retirement System to treat deputy DAs […]
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Recruiting in the 21st century challenging for law enforcement agencies

There’s a crisis facing law enforcement agencies across the state: recruiting in the 21st century. Law enforcement agencies continue to struggle to find and hire qualified officers. Source: Recruiting in the 21st century challenging for law enforcement agencies

Hemp or pot? U.S. police frustrated 

Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry […]
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Nationwide DNA testing backlog has nearly doubled

For 15 years, the Justice Department has tried to reduce the backlog of crime scene DNA samples awaiting testing at state and local crime labs. But despite about $1 billion in federal spending to cut the number of untested cases, the number has grown by 85 percent in the past six years, according to a […]
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Bill aims to tax licensed marijuana grows to provide funds for law enforcement

House Bill 2383 or the Law Enforcement Stability Act was proposed by the Josephine County Commissioners. The bill would allow 5 counties in Oregon to tax medical and recreational marijuana in their counties. Licensed marijuana farms, like Siskiyou Sungrown in Williams, already pay a fee each year to the state. This bill would add an […]
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Oregon State Police calls on Legislature for backup

Troopers tell legislators about challenges related to staffing shortfalls. The long roads of Eastern Oregon have gotten lonelier for Oregon State Police over the past four decades, and troopers are now lobbying to reverse the trend. At a Joint Committee for Ways and Means hearing in Pendleton on Friday, several troopers used their off-duty hours […]
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