The department was created in 1931 to serve as a rural patrol and to assist local city police and sheriffs’ departments. Some of the agency’s specialized programs and services include transportation safety; major crime investigations; forensic services, including DNA identification, automated fingerprint identification and computerized criminal history files; drug investigation; fish and wildlife enforcement; gambling enforcement and regulation; state emergency response coordination; state Fire Marshal Service and Conflagration Act coordination; coordination of federal grants for public safety issues; coordination of Criminal Justice Information Standards; medical examiner services; Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT); and serving as the point of contact to the National Office of Homeland Security.
The department employs more than 1,300 sworn and professional staff.
Information about this agency's divisions, offices, and programs.
Mailing Address: 3565 Trelstad Ave. SE, Salem, 97317
Contact: Terri Davie, Superintendent
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Statutory Authority: ORS
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State Archives Holdings from This Agency
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Title: Capitol Fire Investigation Records
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