2015 ORS 181A.080¹
Powers and duties of department and its members

(1) The Department of State Police and the members of the Oregon State Police are charged with the enforcement of:

(a) All criminal laws; and

(b) All laws applicable to highways and the operation of vehicles on highways.

(2) Each member of the state police is authorized and empowered to:

(a) Prevent crime.

(b) Pursue and apprehend offenders and obtain legal evidence necessary to ensure the conviction of the offenders in the courts.

(c) Institute criminal proceedings.

(d) Execute any lawful warrant or order of arrest issued against any person or persons for any violation of the law.

(e) Make arrests without warrant for violations of law in the manner provided in ORS 133.310 (Authority of peace officer to arrest without warrant).

(f) Give first aid to the injured.

(3) Each member of the state police has the same general powers and authority as those conferred by law upon sheriffs, police officers, constables and peace officers. A member of the state police may be appointed as a deputy medical examiner.

(4) The members of the state police are subject to the call of the Governor and are empowered to cooperate with any other instrumentality or authority of this state, or any political subdivision, in detecting crime, apprehending criminals and preserving law and order throughout this state, but the state police may not be used as a posse except when ordered by the Governor. [Formerly 181.030]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 181A—State Police; Crime Reporting and Records; Public Safety Standards and Training; Private Security Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors181A.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.