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BPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Recap - 11/07/18

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) held its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting this morning, November 7, 2018.  The meeting was held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. 

To increase the public's trust, the Oregon legislature has mandated the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training establish minimum standards that are required to be met and maintained by Oregon's providers of public safety, including police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, public safety instructors, and OLCC regulatory specialists. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is responsible for certifying public safety professionals who meet all of the Board-established intellectual, physical and moral fitness standards and for denying, suspending or revoking the certification of those who do not meet or fall below these standards.

Note actions listed below are not final and parties involved in professional standards cases may request a context case hearing.

Meeting Recap

Changes to the Basic Telecommunications Curriculum – Recommendation to Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to approve changes.

Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0085; Updating the Course Description and Testing Standards for the Three-week Basic Telecommunicator Course and Course Challenge - Recommendation to Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to approve changes.

Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0025; Relating to the Three week Basic Telecommunicator Course and Course Challenge Eligibility Standards - Recommendation to Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to approve changes.

Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0060; FA & CPR Requirements for Obtaining DPSST Certifications as a Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher - Recommendation to Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to approve changes.

Administrative Closures – Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher – Approved staff report.

Coy, Gibson DPSST #58809 – Application for Training and Subsequent Certification; Columbia 911 Communication District - Recommendation to Board on Public Safety Standards and Training that no action is warranted.

Pickard, Amy DPSST #54512 – Basic Emergency Medical Dispatch Certification; American Medical Response - Recommendation to Board on Public Safety Standards and Training that certification be revoked for ten years for gross misconduct.

Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting February 6, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

Board, and Policy Committee, meeting minutes can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/BD/pages/index.aspx

Background Information about the Board and Department

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office the Vice-Chair is Citizen Member Patricia Patrick-Joling. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

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