2015 ORS 181A.490¹
Certification of police officer and certified reserve officer required
  • extension

(1) Except for a person who has requested and obtained an extension from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, a person may not be employed as a police officer, or utilized as a certified reserve officer, by any law enforcement unit for more than 18 months unless:

(a) The person is a citizen of the United States; and

(b) The person has been certified as being qualified as a police officer or certified reserve officer under the provisions of ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670) to 181A.670 (Disclosure of information about public safety officer) and the certification has neither lapsed nor been revoked pursuant to ORS 181A.630 (Procedure for denial, suspension or revocation of application or certification), 181A.640 (Grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of application or certification of person or accreditation of program) and 181A.650 (Judicial review of department's final order) (1) and not been reissued under ORS 181A.650 (Judicial review of department's final order) (2).

(2) The department, upon the facts contained in an affidavit accompanying the request for an extension, may find good cause for failure to obtain certification within the time period described in subsection (1) of this section. If the department finds that there is good cause for such failure, the department may extend for up to one year the period that a person may serve as a police officer or reserve officer without certification. The grant or denial of such an extension is within the sole discretion of the department.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a person employed as a police officer by any law enforcement unit shall commence the training necessary for certification under ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670) to 181A.670 (Disclosure of information about public safety officer) at an academy operated by the department not later than the 90th day after the date of the officer’s employment by the law enforcement unit.

(4) A law enforcement unit may delay the commencement of training of a police officer for up to 120 days from the date of the officer’s employment when it considers the delay necessary. When a law enforcement unit delays commencement of a police officer’s training under this subsection, it shall file a written statement of its reasons with the department.

(5) When a delay in the commencement of training necessary for certification under ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670) to 181A.670 (Disclosure of information about public safety officer) at an academy operated by the department is caused by the inability of the department, for any reason, to provide that training, the period of such delay shall not be counted as part of the periods set forth in subsections (3) and (4) of this section within which the training must be commenced.

(6) A person utilized as a certified reserve officer by a law enforcement unit must complete the training necessary for certification under ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670) to 181A.670 (Disclosure of information about public safety officer) at a site approved by the department.

(7) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the law enforcement unit described in ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670) (12)(e) shall bear the expense of training necessary for certification under ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670) to 181A.670 (Disclosure of information about public safety officer). [Formerly 181.665]


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.