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					               Department of Public Safety Standards                                 Policy Number:

                          and Training                                                      201
                                                                                     Effective Date:
                                        POLICY                                            8-6-99
SUBJECT:        Responsibilities and Requirements of Certified Personal            File: Employee
                                                                                   Responsibility/Conduct

SIGNATURE:                                                John Minnis                  Supersedes:
                Signature on File
                                                          Director                    Signature Only


APPLICABILITY

All certified Public Safety personnel in executive service, management service or classified
service.

AUTHORITY

DPSST management and ORS 181.610 through 181.670

DEFINITIONS

1. Certified Personnel/Person means any full-time employee of the Department of Public
   Safety Standards and Training currently certified or previously certified or previously
   employed in an equivalent certifiable position who possesses the requisite qualifications as
   a police officer, corrections officer, parole and probation officer, telecommunicator or
   emergency medical dispatcher or fire service professional.

2. Certified Law Enforcement Personnel/Person means any full-time employee of the
   Department of Public Safety Standards and Training currently certified or previously
   certified or previously employed in an equivalent certifiable position that possesses the
   requisite qualifications as a police officer, corrections officer or parole and probation
   officer.

3. Firearms Authorized Personnel/Person means any full-time employee of the Department of
   Public Safety Standards and Training who is a certified law enforcement officer (police,
   corrections or parole and probation) who has met the requirements set forth in the Firearms
   policy and who has been approved by the Director or designee to carry a firearm.

4. Certified Fire Service Personnel/Person means any full-time employee of the Department
   of Public Safety Standards and Training currently certified or previously certified or
   previously employed in an equivalent certifiable position that possesses the requisite
   qualifications as a fire service professional.
5. Official Credential is the Department badge and the Department issued official credential
   card bearing the photograph and signature of the certified person and the signature of the
   Director.

6. Ride-along means spending a minimum of 8-hours, in the field, per calendar year with a
   certified public safety professional of the discipline in which the DPSST employee is
   certified. Examples are as follows:

   Police - riding along on a patrol shift
   Corrections - accompanying a corrections officer during a shift in a correctional facility
   Parole & Probation - accompanying a parole and probation officer during a shift
   Telecommunications - accompanying a telecommunicator during a shift at a
   communications center
   Fire - accompanying a firefighter during a shift at a fire station

PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to define the responsibilities and limitations on the authority of
certified personnel of the Department to carry out their assigned duties as well as activities or
incidents personnel may become involved in off duty while exercising their authority.

POLICY

The authority of the Department to certify its personnel as described above under definition of
certified personnel/person is granted under ORS 181.610 through 181.670. This certification
is neither mandatory nor automatic but is at the discretion of the Department.

This policy describes the responsibilities and scope of authority of a certified person who is
employed full-time by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (hereinafter
referred to as the “Department”). ORS 181.651 provides that a Department employee who is
a certified law enforcement (police, corrections, or parole and probation) officer may exercise
the authority granted by law to such officers, including but not limited to the authority to carry
a firearm or other weapon concealed.

ORS 181.660 allows the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to certify
qualified fire service professionals. If certification is granted it will be done based on an
applicant having met the minimum standards and minimum training requirements established
in ORS 181.640.

The policy of this Department is to generally discourage its certified personnel from
exercising their authority outside the scope of their official duties. The Department
recognizes that its certified personnel have a responsibility to the public safety of Oregon and
have taken an oath to uphold the laws of the State of Oregon and the Constitution of the
United States. The Department also recognizes that its certified personnel may encounter




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emergency situations both on and off duty that may require immediate action to insure the
safety of the public and other public safety officers.

Generally, certified personnel are not to take public safety action outside the normal
scope of their assigned Department duties. Should a certified person encounter an
emergency situation, the certified person shall, as soon as possible, make every effort to notify
the proper authorities. However, if a certified person encounters a situation, on or off duty,
that requires immediate action to prevent a serious criminal act, death or injury to another, the
certified person may take only the minimal action consistent with public and personal safety
prior to the arrival of the proper authorities. Certified law enforcement personnel shall adhere
to the Department policies Use of Force and Firearms.

Upon arrival of the proper authorities the certified person shall, as soon as is practicable,
relinquish control of the situation to the responding authorities. The certified person is not to
engage in his or her own investigation or serve as an investigator for the responding agency.
The certified officer shall cooperate fully with the responding authorities but shall not take
responsibility for making arrests, writing probable cause or incident reports unless special
circumstances warrant such action.

PROCEDURE

Limitations

1. Certified personnel shall not carry or be in immediate possession of a firearm or other
   weapon while he/she is consuming alcohol or other substances that impair judgment.

2. Certified personnel shall not, for any reason, engage in emergency vehicular responses or
   pursuits, on or off duty. This prohibition does not extend to a certified person who is off
   duty from the Department and is, at the time of the response or pursuit, on duty as a paid
   or volunteer member of a law enforcement unit or a fire agency or participating in an
   authorized ride-along or training exercise.

3. Department personnel who are certified by the Oregon Health Division as an Emergency
   Medical Technician (EMT) will function as a lay person if and when rendering medical
   assistance. The Department is not an emergency medical service provider. The
   Department does not employ any individual to serve in the capacity of an EMT, or to
   render emergency medical care. The Department does not provide emergency medical
   care equipment, nor does it employ the services of a physician advisor. Department
   personnel who hold an EMT certification shall refer to the scope of practice requirements,
   which are established by the Oregon Health Division – Office of Emergency Medical
   Service and Trauma systems.

4. A certified person who takes public safety action shall immediately, or as soon as possible
   thereafter, notify a supervisor. The certified person shall provide a written report and/or
   statement of the incident and action(s) taken to the Department within 24 hours or as soon
   thereafter as practicable. This prohibition does not extend to a certified person who is off



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   duty from the Department and takes appropriate public safety action while on duty as a
   paid or volunteer member of a law enforcement unit or a fire agency.
Credentials

1. The Department may issue the official credential to certified personnel. Certified
   personnel shall possess the official credential at all times while on duty, or while engaged
   in Department sanctioned activities. Additionally, firearms authorized personnel shall
   possess the official credential while in immediate possession of a firearm or other weapon.

2. The official credential shall be carried separate and apart from personal identification.

3. Certified personnel may display the official credential for the purpose of identification as
   a certified public safety officer while conducting Department business or when carrying
   out the responsibilities of a certified person.

4. Certified personnel shall not display the official credential with the intent to obtain a
   benefit, harm another or knowingly perform an act constituting an abuse of authority.

Maintenance Training

Maintenance training is mandatory for all certified personnel unless a certified person is
physically unable to meet the maintenance training requirements. If a certified person is
physically unable to meet the maintenance training requirements, written documentation from
a licensed physician will be required.

If a certified person fails to successfully complete any portion of the maintenance training the
certified person will be given a reasonable opportunity to remediate those portions necessary
to meet the maintenance-training requirements.

When fulfilling the ride-along requirement, certified personnel are encouraged to use a
different agency/department each year to maximize learning and the ride-along experience.

1. Certified law enforcement personnel who are not authorized or choose not to carry
   firearms shall:

   A. Maintain current CPR/First Aid certification.

   B. Complete annual use of force classroom training.

   C. Ride-along with certified corrections, police or parole and probation officer from an
      Oregon law enforcement unit a minimum of eight (8) hours per calendar year.

   D. Have all maintenance training specifically approved by the person’s supervisor and
      have no adverse impact on the operations of the Department.

2. Firearms authorized personnel shall:



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   A. Maintain current CPR/First Aid certification.

   B. Complete handcuffing and weapons retention refresher training annually.

   C. Complete use of force classroom training annually.

   D. Complete interactive firearms simulation training annually.

   E. Qualify on the DPSST Practical Qualification Course I at least twice annually under
      the supervision of a DPSST senior firearms instructor.

   F. Ride-along with certified corrections, police or parole and probation officer from an
      Oregon law enforcement unit a minimum of eight (8) hours per year.

   G. Have all maintenance training specifically approved by the authorized person’s
      supervisor, and may have no adverse impact on the operations of the Department.

   H. Note, all certified law enforcement personnel authorized to carry firearms shall be
      skilled and knowledgeable in the use of the specific firearm(s) they are authorized to
      carry on or off duty and use for maintenance training. The Department will not issue
      or loan firearms to any staff for the purpose of carrying on or off duty or for
      maintenance training.

3. Certified fire service personnel shall:

   A. Maintain current CPR/first aid certification.

   B. Ride-along with a fire agency a minimum of eight (8) hours per year.

   C. Complete at least twenty (20) hours of annual fire service training. This training shall
      include safety-related topics such as passport, self-contained breathing apparatus
      (SCBA), personal protective equipment and other related topics.

   D. Have all maintenance training specifically approved by the authorized person’s
      supervisor, and have no adverse impact on the operations of the Department.

4. Certified telecommunicators shall complete, annually, all maintenance training required
   by statute (ORS 181.640) and administrative rule (OAR 259-008-0064).

5. In addition to the maintenance requirements in this policy, all certified personnel must
   meet any statutory and administrative rule maintenance training requirements for their
   particular discipline(s).

6. The annual maintenance training period will be from January 1st to December 31 of each
   year.



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7. Each certified person shall maintain a maintenance-training log. The maintenance
   training of each certified person shall be documented in this log as it is completed to
   ensure compliance with this and related policies. The maintenance-training log shall be
   submitted to the certified person’s supervisor for review at intervals designated by the
   supervisor.

8. The Director or designee may suspend the authority granted under this and related policies
   and withhold the official credential from a certified person who has not met the annual
   maintenance training requirements, is physically unable to meet the maintenance training
   requirement, has violated the provisions of this or related policies, has elected to not
   maintain certification or whose behavior brings into question his/her ability to carry out
   the official duties of a certified person.

9. The Department supports but does not require maintenance of certification as a condition
   of employment. The Department will make every effort to accommodate maintenance
   training on duty time, but will not authorize overtime/comp. time or reimburse for
   expenses incurred in maintaining certification.




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