Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Present Duties

DEpartment of Public Safety Standards and Training building
This building on a large campus southeast of Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The mission of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is to promote excellence in public safety by delivering quality training and developing and upholding professional standards for police, fire, corrections, parole and probation and telecommunications personnel, in addition to licensing private security providers and private investigators in Oregon.

DPSST also trains and certifies Oregon Liquor and Cannabis ​Commission regulatory specialists, regulates and licenses polygraph examiners, determines sheriff candidates’ eligibility to run for office and administers the Public Safety Memorial Fund. DPSST strives to provide resources and certification programs that public safety officers and organizations need to maintain the highest professional skill standards for service to Oregon’s communities and citizens. These services are based at DPSST’s 236-acre academy and extend across the state through a network of regional training coordinators.

DPSST is governed by a 24-member board and five discipline-specific policy committees. DPSST serves more than 42,000 public safety constituents across the state and employs 160 full-time staff and approximately 400 part-time employees and agency loaned instructors.

The functions of DPSST date to 1961 with the establishment of the Board on Police Standards and Training. Since its inception, the addition of the corrections, parole and probation, telecommunications and emergency medical dispatch, fire, private security, private investigator and regulatory specialist disciplines expanded the board’s oversight, and the name transitioned to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. The growth in scope of the board required the establishment of DPSST in 1997 as the agency to facilitate the standards and training requirements set by the board. DPSST also provides staffing for the board and police committees and works with various board advisory committees and workgroups DPSST’s campus is home to the Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Memorial ceremonies for each are hosted annually to honor the officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 4190 Aumsville Hwy. SE, Salem 97317
Telephone: 503-378-2100
Fax: 503-378-4600
Contact: Brian Henson, Acting Director
Records Officer Email: Suzzane Herring​
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Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 181A.355–181A.995, 206.010–206.015, 243.950–243.974, 703.010– 703.325

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