2015 ORS 181A.320¹
Written policies relating to missing vulnerable adults required

(1) For purposes of this section, a missing vulnerable adult includes, but is not limited to, a missing adult who has:

(a) An impaired mental condition, such as dementia;

(b) An intellectual or developmental disability; or

(c) A brain injury.

(2) The Department of State Police and each sheriff’s office and municipal police department shall adopt written policies relating to missing vulnerable adults that conform to the requirements of this section.

(3)(a) Written policies adopted pursuant to this section shall specify the procedures for investigating reports of missing vulnerable adults in order to ensure that such cases are investigated as soon as possible, utilizing all available resources.

(b) In adopting written policies under this section, Oregon law enforcement agencies may consider standards set by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and adopt policies consistent with Oregon Accreditation Alliance standards.

(4) Policies adopted under this section may include the following:

(a) Requirements for accepting reports of missing vulnerable adults;

(b) Procedures for alerting local media and using other information outlets to disseminate information when a vulnerable adult is reported missing;

(c) Procedures for coordinating with other agencies and organizations in order to locate a missing vulnerable adult quickly; and

(d) Standards and minimum requirements for training law enforcement personnel to interact appropriately and effectively with individuals with cognitive impairment, including, but not limited to, dementia, intellectual and developmental disabilities and brain injuries. [2014 c.24 §2]

Note: 181A.320 (Written policies relating to missing vulnerable adults required) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 181A or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Note: Sections 1 and 4, chapter 24, Oregon Laws 2014, provide:

Sec. 1. The Legislative Assembly finds that:

(1) The number of people in Oregon with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia is growing. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living.

(2) Sixty percent of people with Alzheimer’s will wander from their homes. Sixty percent of people with Alzheimer’s who wander, if not found within 24 hours, die as a consequence of wandering. Eighty percent die if not found within 72 hours.

(3) Other adults in Oregon, including those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other conditions, are vulnerable if they go missing as well.

(4) Many police departments and sheriff’s offices are well trained to respond to reports of missing vulnerable adults. This legislation provides for all law enforcement in Oregon to be fully prepared to assist in protecting the safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens, while providing each police department or sheriff’s office with the flexibility to determine what works best in the local jurisdiction. [2014 c.24 §1]

Sec. 4. Section 1 of this 2014 Act is repealed on January 2, 2019. [2014 c.24 §4]


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.