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National Guard Wildfire Training Previous Years
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DPSST Prepares to training Oregon National Guard for Wildland Firefighting (Photo) - 07/09/20

As part of the State's coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts, and thanks to funds allocated by the federal government, more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard (Guard) will be trained as wildland firefighters next week at the Oregon Public Safety Academy (Academy) in Salem. 

Approximately 180 members of the Guard will be at the Academy on July 11, and 12, 2020.  This group has already received the wildland firefighter training in the past and need a refresher course to maintain their certification.  

More than 300 Guard members, who have not been previously trained, will arrive at the Academy on July 13 and will complete their training on July 17, 2020.

It is important to note this training will be managed using COVID-19 health and safety protocols that will cover not only classroom and hands-on training but also meals and lodging on the DPSST campus.

Federal funds were allocated, at the request of state officials, to help prepare members of the National Guard in case their assistance will be needed to support wildland firefighting efforts around the state.

The training is being provided by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters. Because of the size of the group, DPSST is supplementing its training cadre and is utilizing additional instructors from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Military Department Wildland Firefighting Section, United States Forest Service, Illinois Fire Service Institute, and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.  The training the members of the Oregon National Guard will be receiving is often known as "red card" training and consists of both classroom and hands-on sessions.

DPSST’s Director Eriks Gabliks said “The training we will be providing will allow these citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to be safe and effective in their work in case they are required this year to help support the efforts of wildland firefighters around the state. We salute the men and women from the Guard for their dedicated service to our country, both at home and around the globe.” Gabliks also said “we applaud the leadership of Oregon’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill for ensuring that these funds were allocated for this important mission and the leadership Oregon has shown to prepare members of the Guard as we begin wildfire season just in case their assistance is needed.”

The Oregon National Guard has a proven track record of supporting wildfire suppression efforts, from the air and on the ground, around the state in recent years. In 2015, members of the Oregon National Guard assisted with wildfire suppression efforts in John Day and Enterprise. In 2017, more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen supported Oregon's firefighting efforts (air and ground) at High Cascades Complex (near Crater Lake), Chetco Bar, Blanket Creek, Horse Prairie, and Milli fires.

The Oregon National Guard has a long-standing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts if needed. This agreement is reviewed on an annual basis by both agencies and the Governor's Office.

What is different this year is that funds were requested by state officials, and approved by the federal government, to provide training to members of the National Guard ahead of the need. This will allow these wildland firefighter trained citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to be activated and deployed much faster should the need arise for their assistance.

After the week-long training is completed, the citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen will return to their respective armories and air bases and full-time careers and be on stand-by for deployment should their assistance be needed during fire season.

DPSST will be reimbursed for its expenses by the Oregon Military Department.

DPSST is honored to help support this important mission and has a proven record of success in training over 1,000 members of the Guard for wildland firefighting duties over the past five years.

We have attached some photos from previous years to give you an look at what the training will entail.

For questions specific the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office by phone at 503-584-3917 or email at  AGPA@mil.state.or.us 

Media Note:  We will send out a notice next week and invite media to visit the Guard during the live-burn training which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST, recognized as one of North America's most innovative state public safety standards and training organizations, provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

DPSST car fire prop in Dallas
DPSST car fire prop in Dallas
DPSST Brings Hands-On Firefighter Training to Polk County (Photo) - 07/09/20

Oregon is served by more than 13,000 career and volunteer firefighters who are members of more than 300 fire departments and fire protection districts across the state. Approximately 80% of Oregon's firefighters are volunteers.  Polk County is no exception where career and volunteer firefighters work together on a daily basis to serve residents in need of fire and emergency medical assistance.

Last night, DPSST brought its new car fire training prop to Dallas so that more than 30 new and seasoned volunteer and career firefighters could hone their skills.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "Vehicle manufacturers continue to design and implement technology to levels that are far more complicated each year. In addition to that standard flammable liquids in fuel, engine lubricants and tires there are battery operated cars and new materials that increase the flame intensity and increased smoke production. These changes require DPSST's Fire Service Training team to continually create new techniques and advancements for any potential vehicle fires. The vehicle fire training simulator that was brought to Dallas provides DPSST the ability to deliver hands-on, realistic, training to career and volunteer firefighters to repeatedly test and perfect the skills they need to serve Oregonians."

DPSST's car fire prop allows for the delivery of high-level firefighter training in a safe and controlled environment with a multitude of training objectives for participants and instructors.  The car fire prop uses propane as a fuel source which allows the training to be offered in an environmentally friendly manner.

This new training prop was made possible thanks to funding DPSST received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.  DPSST received two of these new car fire props.  One is based in Salem and is used to support career and volunteer firefighter training west of the Cascades, the other is based in Redmond and supports training needs on the east side of the state.

DPSST helps support local fire agencies, in every corner of the state, by offering a variety of training classes.  DPSST has more than a dozen mobile props that enable firefighters to receive realistic hands-on training.  DPSST's fire training is offered free of charge to all fire agencies in Oregon because of funding made possible through the State's Fire Insurance Premium Tax.

One of the most difficult tasks in the fire service is to provide personnel with realistic training to prepare them for field operations. Certainly, providing live-fire training is an important component. For combination and volunteer organizations, especially those in rural areas, the ability to provide live-fire training can be an extremely complex problem.  In the past many fire agencies had access to homes and buildings in their local communities that were going to be demolished that provided excellent hands-on training opportunities for firefighters.  The same is true of burning old cars for training that are made of plastics, fuels, foam inside seats, and tires.  Environmental and neighborhood concerns, building materials, and a variety of other safety considerations have changed this so the use of safe props is the way to go.

Gabliks said that "the State of Oregon, through DPSST, has a progressive fire training program that reaches more than 6,000 career and volunteer firefighters around the state on an annual basis free of charge thanks to the state's Fire Insurance Premium Tax."

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST, recognized as one of North America's most innovative state public safety standards and training organizations, provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Statewide Online Database of DPSST Public Safety Certification Denials/Revocations Available - 07/08/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) has created and published a statewide, online database of DPSST Professional Standards actions in accordance with HB 4207 which passed during the 2020 Special Session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly.

The database will include the names of all public safety officers who have been the subject of a DPSST certification action, their employing agency (when applicable), and a link to the DPSST investigation and Final Order once issued (which will include a description of the facts underlying the denial, suspension or revocation action) occurring on or after June 30, 2020 (The effective date of HB 4207). A sample case has been uploaded as a placeholder.

For broader transparency, a listing of all individuals who were the subject of a DPSST professional standards action prior to June, 2020 has also been published, along with a list of open, pending DPSST professional standards cases.

The database can be found on-line at https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/cj/pages/professionalStandards.aspx

DPSST’s Director Eriks Gabliks said “Today’s announcement is the latest step in Oregon’s ongoing efforts to strengthen trust between law enforcement and community.  DPSST, in partnership with the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST), over the past few years has implemented a number of transparency initiatives including the implementation of Information Resource Inquiry System (IRIS) to show officer training, certification and employment history, the installation of equipment allowing livestreaming of Board and Policy Committee meetings, the publishing basic curriculums on DPSST webpage and the continued monthly publication of DPSST Ethics Bulletins as an educational resource.

Additional information relating to DPSST’s professional standards processes, instructions on how to make a public records request, links to previous Board and Policy Committee meeting minutes and information on how to subscribe to receive notifications from DPSST, to include agency updates, meeting minutes and public comment opportunities are also available at https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst

# # # DPSST Web Ex Sessions On-Line: Basic Police Training, Police Use-of-Force Training, Police Accountability # # #

The tragic death of George Floyd due to the actions of Minneapolis police officers has led to lots of discussions, both in Oregon and around the nation, regarding police training and accountability.  The actions of the Minneapolis police officers are inexcusable.  While DPSST has always actively engaged with stakeholders, it was of the utmost importance for us to pause our work as we mourned the death of Mr. Floyd and listened to the questions and concerns being raised about policing in our state and nation.  Many of the questions within our state have been regarding the training and accountability of Oregon law enforcement officers. 

To address these questions, to share information, and to answer questions, last month DPSST held a number of virtual sessions specifically for local community leaders, elected officials, state legislators, and media.  One session addressed Oregon’s criminal justice professional standards system.  Another focused specifically on police use of force training in Oregon offered by DPSST.  And the last covered the basic police training program offered at DPSST to all newly hired city, county, state, tribal, and university law enforcement professionals.  Participants had the ability to ask questions of DPSST staff during each of these sessions.

Each of the sessions were recorded and have been posted for viewing on the DPSST webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/CJ/Pages/InformationalFiles.aspx   While each of the presentations covered the same information, each generated different questions based on the background and specific interests of those participating.  We have also posted the responses to the questions that were asked and are in the process of completing this document as we gather the information for those questions that need an answer.

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

DPSST Board on Public Safety Standards and Training MEETING SCHEDULED - 07/08/20

Board on Public Safety Standards and Training

Agenda

July 23, 2020

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.  For further information, please contact Theresa Janda at (503) 373-1553 or esa.janda@state.or.us">theresa.janda@state.or.us.

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Board members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the DPSST Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

1.  Introductions

2.  *** Executive Session ***     

 The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold an executive session to consider exempt public records. The executive session is being held pursuant to ORS 162.660(2)(f). This session is closed to the public.   

        *** General Session ***  

3.   *David Fuller DPSST No 16332 – Withdraw NOI/Administrative Closure

Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020.

4.   *Minutes

Approve minutes from the April 23, 2020 Meeting.

5.  Fire Policy Committee

    a.  Fire Policy Committee Update – James Oeder, Chair

    b. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

      A.*Elijah Cronin DPSST #F38682 (Lebanon Fire District)  - Deny

      Recommended to the Board unanimously by the FPC on June 9, 2020.

      B. *Taeton R. Harrington DPSST #F38068 (Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue) - Deny

      Recommended to the Board unanimously by the FPC on June 9, 2020.

      C. *Anthony D. Monroe DPSST #F18280 (Toledo Fire Department) - Revoke

     Recommended to the Board unanimously by the FPC on June 9.

      D. *Kelly R. Vallance DPSST #F34182 (McMinville Fire Department) - Revoke

      Recommended to the Board unanimously by the FPC on June 9.

6.  Criminal Justice Policy Committees

    a. Police Policy Committee Update – John Teague, Chair

    b. Telecommunications Policy Committee Update – Linsay Hale

    c. Corrections Policy Committee Update – Nadine Purington, Chair

    d. *Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

        A. *Nigel Deluna DPSST#54679 (Mt. Angel Police Department) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020

        B. *Thomas Houpt DPSST#60473 (Grant County Sheriff’s Office) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020

        C. *Robert Johnson DPSST#50633 (Medford Police Department) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board in an 8/2 vote by the PPC on June 18, 2020.

        D. *Corbin Lantz DPSST#42610 (Department of Public Safety Standards & Training) – Revoke

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020

        E. *Terry Lohf DPSST#27923 (Lakeview Police Department) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board in a 6/4 vote by the PPC on June 18, 2020.

        F. *Sebastian Precup DPSST#60628 (Portland Police Bureau) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020.

        G. *Patricia Lyon DPSST#57573 (Coffee Creek Correctional Facility) – Revoke

        Recommended to the Board in a 7/6 vote by the CPC on June 16, 2020

        H. *Lianna Mechanic DPSST#53161 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board in a 12/1 vote by the CPC on June 16, 2020

         I. *Michael Payne DPSST#34804 (Snake River Correctional Institution) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the CPC on June 16, 2020.

        J. *Sara Stewart DPSST#60771 (Curry County Sheriff’s Office) – No Action

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020

        K. *OAR 259-006-0000, 259-008-0290, 259-008-0067 – Proposed Rule Change - Approve.

        Establishing DPSST applicant moral fitness standards.

        Recommended to the Board by the TPC on June 10, 2020; Recommended to the Board by the CPC on June 16,      2020; Recommended to the Board by the PPC on June 18, 2020;. 

        L. *Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination – Marshal Zacharia H. Stroud, Harney City

        Recommended to the Board unanimously by the PPC on June 18, 2020.

        M. *Committee Appointments

  •  Zachary Kenney, representing non-management Law enforcement; Re-Appointment to the PPC; 2nd term effective 7/23/20
  • Erica Stohlhand, representing APCO; Re-Appointment to the TPC; 2nd term effective 7/23/20
  • Tim Svenson, representing OSSA; Re-Appointment to the TPC; 2nd term effective 7/23/20

    e. *Administrative Rules Relating to Certification and Licensure Requirements Impacted by the COVID-19     (Coronavirus) State of Emergency - Approve

    Adopts new rules to address additional discretionary needs and extend the temporary provisions for certification         maintenance in all disciplines impacted.

   f. *OAR 259-012-0035 – Proposed Rule Change - Approve

    Student dismissal and appeal.

   g. *OAR Chapter 259 Proposed Rule Changes  – Approve

    Establishing required use of legal name.

7.  Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee

   a. Private Security Investigator Policy Committee Update – Thomas, Chair

   b. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

       A.  *Committee Appointments

  • Michael Holsapple to fill vacant position representing Private Investigators; Appointment to the PSIPC; 1st term effective

8.  Administrative

    a.  Citizen Correspondence – Information Only

9.  Director's Report - Director Gabliks

10.  Next Meeting Date:  October 22, 2020

 

 

Live Fire Training & Smoke Advisory - Oregon Public Safety Academy - Salem - 07/08/20

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) will be offering wildfire training to members of the Oregon National Guard starting Saturday (7/11) through (7/17). As part of this training there will be two live-fire (field burn) training sessions on the 12th and the 16th. Again these two burns are planning training events that will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR.

Note: People with breathing difficulties in the immediate area may need to take precautions. This should last from approximately 1pm to 9pm on both days.

The live-fire training is part of the wildland firefighter training the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is providing to 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard being proactively trained in case their assistance is needed to support wildland firefighting efforts around the state.

The request for DPSST’s assistance was made by the Oregon Military Department which received federal funds to proactively train members of their organization in case their assistance will be needed by the Oregon Department of Forestry to support wildfire suppression efforts around the state.

The state has a long standing agreement between the Oregon National Guard and Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey.  This plan stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by the leadership of both agencies and Governor Kate Brown’s Office.

The training provided to the members of the Oregon National Guard by DPSST is the same training that is required of all public and private wildland firefighters. Many people call this "red card" training. Training will include classroom, hands-on, and live fire training elements.

New Chair and Vice-Chair Selected by the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/06/20

McKenzie Fire & Rescue Chief Darren Bucich was selected by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) at their last meeting on April 23, 2020 to serve as the new Chair.  He replaces outgoing Chair, Patricia Patrick-Joling, public member representative from Lincoln County, starting July 1, 2020.  Darren has served one three-year term on the Board, representing the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association and will be serving a second term.  Darren has been active in the Oregon fire service since 1999.  He is also the Past-President of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Officer DaNeshia Barrett of the Beaverton Police Department was selected by the Board to serve as the new Vice Chair.  She will replace Sheriff Brian Wolfe of Malheur County who was on the Board representing the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.  Sheriff Wolfe's second, three-year, term expired on June 30, 2020.  DaNeshia Barrett is serving her first term on the BPSST, representing Non-Management Law Enforcement.  DaNeshia started her law enforcement career in 2010 with Beaverton where she has served in various assignments.  She is also a Police Legitimacy & Procedural Justice instructor.

The Board consists of 24 members representing Oregon’s public and private safety professionals, and includes a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a City Manager, a District Attorney, an elected Fire District Director, and a private citizen.  All members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

The Board is responsible for the establishment of minimum standards for the training and certification and for making determinations regarding the denial, suspension or revocation of public and private safety certifications and licenses for Oregon’s 42,000 police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers, regulatory specialists of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, private security providers, private investigator and polygraph examiners.

The Board is supported by five policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public and private safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is responsible for the implementation of the standards established by the Board for training and certification. DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies or licenses qualified individuals at various levels from basic through executive and certifies qualified instructors. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

 

9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST - 07/01/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 118th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The three-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public, meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications Class #118 graduation will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, in Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, the graduation will be closed to the public.  However, we would like to publicly congratulate Basic Telecommunications Class #118 for a successful completion of their basic training.
 
Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #118:

Dispatcher Brooke Allen - Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Tera Asboe - Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Kelly Berkey - Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Brie Blankenship - Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Kathleen Clardy - Reedsport Police Department

Dispatcher Joseph Crawford - Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Dand'e Ennis - Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Katie Frederick - Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Alexandria Ishihara - Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Ashley Larsen - Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Jessica Lindley - Linn County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Moriah Mahoney - Brookings Police Department

Dispatcher Kristen McDonnell - METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Rebecca McLaughlin - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Bailey Nepean - Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Randee Randall - Linn County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Steve Reutov - Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Arnold Sicairos - Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Katrina Sizer - Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Michelle Stacey - Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Darian Storm - Grant County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Hillary Trotter - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Christine Turner - Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Kylee Welch - Springfield Police Department

Dispatcher Ashley Whitten - Portland State University DPS

Dispatcher Ashley Wolgast - Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Attached Media Files: Class Photo Basic Police 118
DPSST Posts WebEx Sessions from Police Use of Force, Basic Police Training, and Police Professional Standards on Web - 06/30/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) serves two important roles in our state’s criminal justice system. The first, establishing minimum state standards for training and certification of more than 41,000 public and private safety professionals.  The second, providing a comprehensive basic training program for all newly hired law enforcement professionals, and supporting professional development by offering advanced and leadership training opportunities.  DPSST accomplishes its work in partnership with the 24-member Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST or Board) which is made-up of various public safety stakeholders including a citizen member.

The tragic death of George Floyd due to the actions of Minneapolis police officers has led to lots of discussions, both in Oregon and around the nation, regarding police training and accountability.  The actions of the Minneapolis police officers are inexcusable.  While DPSST has always actively engaged with stakeholders, it was of the utmost importance for us to pause our work as we mourned the death of Mr. Floyd and listened to the questions and concerns being raised about policing in our state and nation.  Many of the questions within our state have been regarding the training and accountability of Oregon law enforcement officers.

To address these questions, to share information, and to answer questions, over the past two weeks DPSST held a number of virtual sessions specifically for local community leaders, elected officials, state legislators, and media.  One session addressed Oregon’s criminal justice professional standards system.  Another focused specifically on police use of force training in Oregon offered by DPSST.  And the last covered the basic police training program offered at DPSST to all newly hired city, county, state, tribal, and university law enforcement professionals.  Participants had the ability to ask questions of DPSST staff during each of these sessions.

Each of the sessions were recorded and have been posted for viewing on the DPSST webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/CJ/Pages/InformationalFiles.aspx   While each of the presentations covered the same information, each generated different questions based on the background and specific interests of those participating.  We have also posted the responses to the questions that were asked and are in the process of completing this document as we gather the information for those questions that need an answer.

DPSST’s new and improved webpage now includes the content of the 16-week DPSST Basic Police Course. This link https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/CPE/Pages/curriculum-facilitator-development.aspx#curriculum_overviews will take you to the accordion where the information can be found.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

 

Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Announcement - 06/30/20

Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting 

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a WebEx meeting on Wednesday July 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Linsay Hale at (503) 378-2427 or via email at linsay.hale@state.or.us

Teleconference Information:

Dial-In: 888-273-3658

Participant Code: 4711910

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Agenda

 

  1. *January 23, 2020 -  Approve minutes (*requires vote)
  2. *Malcus Williams (DPSST #33171) – Ashland Police Department; Supplemental Application for Discretionary PSMF Benefits (*requires vote)  Presented by Linsay Hale
  3. Next meeting – TBD

 

# # Background # #

Established by the Legislature in 1999, the Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by DPSST, in conjunction with a Governor-appointed PSMF Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. For more information please go to https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/BD/MFB/Pages/default.aspx

Oregon Fallen Officer Memorial
Oregon Fallen Officer Memorial
Name of Harney City Marshal Killed in 1912 Moves forward for addition to State's Fallen Officer Memorial (Photo) - 06/23/20

While conducting off-duty historic research, Rebecca Hannon, of DPSST's Standards & Certification Section, found online newspaper articles about a line-of-duty death of a Harney City Marshal Zachariah H. Stroud on Wednesday, September 11, 1912.  She could not locate his name on either the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem or the National Fallen Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.  

DPSST staff reached out to Harney County Sheriff Dan Jenkins and Lt. Brian Needham regarding this matter who contacted the Harney County Museum for assistance.  The Museum was able to conduct historic research which gleaned more details including an eyewitness statement from a local oral history collection. 

Harney City Marshal Zachariah H. Stroud had encountered four individuals carelessly firing weapons in front of the post office.  He cautioned the group to stop or else they would be arrested.  The group resisted resulting in a fusillade of gunfire, injuries to several of those involved, and the death of Harney City Marshal Stroud.  Stroud was 44 years of age at the time of his death, unmarried, and left behind his mother and father.  Three of the four individuals involved in the incident were found guilty of manslaughter.

At its meeting last week, the Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) unanimously approved the request to add the name of Marshal Stroud to the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial through its historic recognition process.  The nomination now moves forward to the Board for review and consideration at its July 23, 2020 meeting.  Once approved the name of Marshal Stroud will be added to the State's memorial during the 2021 ceremony in May in Salem.  The Harney County Sheriff's Office has also submitted a nomination for recognition of Marshal Stroud on the National Fallen Officer Memorial in our nation's capitol.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "thanks to interest in Oregon's history by a member of our staff, with follow-up work done by Harney County, we will be able to recognize Marshal Stroud more than 100 years after his death while serving his local community.  The historic recognition process was created specifically for incidents such as this so that all of the men and women who have served as law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty are honored and remembered for their sacrifice to keep Oregonians safe."

The Oregon memorial is inscribed with the names of 187 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1860s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

 

# # # Background # # #

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial is maintained by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Oregon Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, and Oregon's various statewide law enforcement associations.

The Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund raised funds to build the state memorial more than 20 years ago and hosts the annual ceremony.  For more information on the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial, the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the statewide license plate that is available to honor fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters please visit https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/Memorials/Pages/default.aspx

 

Attached Media Files: Oregon Fallen Officer Memorial
DPSST Basic Parole & Probation Academy Equity Review Workgroup Meeting Scheduled - 06/16/20

For Immediate Release

June 16th, 2020

Contact:    Chris Enquist

                  503-378-2309

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Parole & Probation Academy Equity Review Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on August 12th, 2020 from 10:00a-2:00p. The meeting will be held electronically via Webex.

Meeting link: August BPP Equity Workgroup

Please email for access information: cenquist@dpsst.state.or.us

The electronic meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting via the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

I.  Welcome

II.  Review of content structure and development

III. Members share their view on current content

IV. Open session for proposal of solutions and possibilities

V.  Discussion around action items for members

VI. Conclusion

Note:

DPSST values community input into this review of current curriculum used in the instruction of parole and probation officers during their mandated basic training. Membership on this workgroup is still open and anyone interested in participating may express interest via email. Please contact Chris Enquist: cenquist@dpsst.state.or.us

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Parole & Probation Officer Field Training Manual Revision Workgroup members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

 

Board on Public Safety Standards and Training / Board, Corrections and Police Policy Committee Meeting Reminders - 06/16/20

This notice of upcoming  Board on Public Safety Standards and Training and it’s Policy Committee meetings is being provided as a reminder.

Corrections Policy Committee: 6/16/20 @ 1:30 pm

Police Policy Committee: 6/18/20 @ 10:00 am

Board on Public Safety Standards and Training: 7/23/20 @ 9:00 am

The Board and it’s Policy Committees are responsible for the establishment and enforcement of the certification and training standards that govern all of Oregon’s public and private safety providers, to include the enforcement of law enforcement moral fitness standards.

All Board and Policy Committee meetings are livestreamed via the DPSST Facebook page. Interested parties are welcome to view the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

Board/Committee agendas, rosters and past meeting minutes can be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/BD/pages/index.aspx

More information about the establishment and enforcement of Oregon’s public safety standards and training: https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/BD/docs/BoardTraining/BPSST%20DPSST%20PC%206-15-20%20Compatibility%20Mode.pdf

Questions or comments regarding the meeting, or anything else related to the mission and purpose of the Board, it’s Policy Committees or the DPSST may submit them by calling 503-378-2100 or via email at egon.dpsst@state.or.us">Oregon.dpsst@state.or.us.

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

 

DPSST to Offer Information Sessions for Community Leaders on Oregon's Police Training and Certification Standards - 06/15/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) serves two important roles in our state’s criminal justice system. The first, establishing minimum state standards for training and certification of more than 41,000 public and private safety professionals.  The second, providing a comprehensive basic training program for all newly hired law enforcement professionals, and supporting professional development by offering advanced and leadership training opportunities.  DPSST accomplishes its work in partnership with the 24-member Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST or Board) which is made-up of various public safety stakeholders including a citizen member.

The tragic death of George Floyd due to the actions of Minneapolis police officers has led to lots of discussions, both in Oregon and around the nation, regarding police training and accountability.  The actions of the Minneapolis police officers are inexcusable.  While DPSST has always actively engaged with stakeholders, it was of the utmost importance for us to pause our work as we mourned the death of Mr. Floyd and to listen to the questions and concerns being raised about policing in our state and nation.  Many of the questions within our state have been regarding the training and accountability of Oregon law enforcement officers.

To address these questions, to share information, and to answer questions, DPSST will hold three virtual sessions later this month specifically for local community leaders.  One session will address Oregon’s criminal justice professional standards system.  Another will focus specifically on police use of force training in Oregon.  Another will address the basic police training program offered at DPSST to all newly hired city, county, state, tribal, and university law enforcement professionals.  Participants will have the ability to ask questions of DPSST staff during each of these sessions.

Below please find information on each of these sessions and we invite you to participate.  Each session will be recorded so that it is available for review by those unable to attend.

Community Leaders Sessions:

Professional Standards
Date and Time: 6/29/20 at 10:00 a.m.
Event Link: DPSST Professional Standards - Register here

Basic Police Training
Date and Time: 6/25/20 at 9:00 a.m.
Event Link: DPSST Basic Police Training - Register here

Police Use of Force Training
Date and Time: 6/22/20 at 11:00 a.m.
Event Link: DPSST Basic Police Use of Force Training Presentation - Register here

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

DPSST to Offer Information Session for Media on Oregon's Police Training and Certification Standards - 06/12/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) serves two important roles in our state’s criminal justice system. The first, establishing minimum state standards for training and certification of more than 41,000 public and private safety professionals.  The second, providing a comprehensive basic training program for all newly hired law enforcement professionals, and supporting professional development by offering advanced and leadership training opportunities.  DPSST accomplishes its work in partnership with the 24-member Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST or Board) which is made-up of various public safety stakeholders including a citizen member.

The tragic death of George Floyd due to the actions of Minneapolis police officers has led to lots of discussions, both in Oregon and around the nation, regarding police training and accountability. The actions of the Minneapolis police officers are inexcusable.   While DPSST has always actively engaged with stakeholders, it was of the utmost importance  for us to pause our work as we mourned the death of Mr. Floyd and to listen to the questions and concerns being raised about policing in our state and nation.  Many of the questions within our state have been regarding the training and accountability of Oregon law enforcement officers.

To address these questions, to share information, and to answer questions, DPSST will hold three virtual sessions later this month for members of the Oregon media. 

The first session will address Oregon’s criminal justice professional standards system.  The second session will focus specifically on police use of force training in Oregon.  The third session  will address the basic police training program offered at DPSST to all newly hired city, county, state, tribal, and university law enforcement professionals.  Media representatives will have the ability to ask questions of DPSST staff during each of these sessions.

Below please find information on each of these sessions and we invite you to participate.  Each session will be recorded so that it is available for review by those unable to attend.

1.  DPSST Professional Standards presentation

     Date and Time:  6/25/20 at 11:00 a.m.

     Event Link:  DPSST Professional Standards - Register Here

 

2.  DPSST Basic Police Use of Force Training presentation

     Date and Time:  6/29/20 at 11:00 a.m.

    Event Link:  DPSST Basic Police Use of Force Training Presentation – Register Here

 

3.  DPSST Basic Police Training Presentation

    Date and Time:  6/30/20 at 10:00 a.m.

    Event Link:  DPSST Basic Police Training – Register Here

 

Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Seeks Citizen Member - 06/12/20

On July 1, 2020, the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST or Board) will have a vacancy for a citizen member.  Patricia Patrick-Joling of Lincoln County currently serves in this role and she will be completing her second, three-year, term as the citizen member on the Board at the end of this month.  Patricia Patrick-Joling has served as the Chair of the 24-member Board since 2019.

Those interested should complete an application with the Governor's Office.  More information can be found on Governor Kate Brown's webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/Boards-and-Commissions.aspx 

The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training plays an important role in our state’s public safety system by establishing minimum state standards for training and certification of more than 41,000 public and private safety professionals.  In addition to statutes set by the Oregon State Legislature, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's overall mission is guided by the 24-member Board, and six discipline-specific, public safety policy committees. The board and committees are integrally involved in setting the agency's Oregon Administrative Rules, which legally guide the implementation of our statutory obligations; the board and committees also provide input into, and make decisions regarding training standards and certification requirements; they review individual certification cases; and, they help set the agency's high-level goals for the future. The board and committees meet quarterly in Salem.

More information on the Board can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/BD/pages/index.aspx

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.