ORS 181.030¹
Powers and duties of department and its members

(1) The Department of State Police and each member of the Oregon State Police shall be charged with the enforcement of all criminal laws.

(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 insure the conviction in the courts of such offenders.

(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.

(g) Succor the helpless.

(3) Each member of the state police shall have in general the same powers and authority as those conferred by law upon sheriffs, police officers, constables, peace officers and may be appointed as deputy medical examiners.

(4) The members of the state police shall be subject to the call of the Governor, and are empowered to cooperate with any other instrumentality or authority of the state, or any political subdivision in detecting crime, apprehending criminals and preserving law and order throughout the state; but the state police shall not be used as a posse except when ordered by the Governor. [Amended by 1961 c.434 §7; 1971 c.467 §3; 1973 c.408 §30; 1977 c.595 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 181—State Police; Crime Reporting and Records; Public Safety Standards and Training, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­181.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.
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