University of Oregon

LEGISLATIVE CONCEPT APPROVED BY THE STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

OUS Approved Legislative Concept

Oregon State Board of Higher Education Full Board
Page 114-115
ACTION ITEMS
Docket—Meeting #836
March 5, 2010

7. New Campus Police Authority Statute. This new statute would provide the State Board of Higher Education the ability to authorize one or more of the institutions under its control to employ and retain state certified police officers. These police officers would possess powers and authority given by statute to peace officers (defined at ORS 133.005(3)) and police officers (defined at ORS 181.610(14)) of this state. Such individuals shall be considered employees of the hiring institution and accountable to the President and/or his/her designee. Police officers authorized under this statute shall complete training necessary for certification as police officers at an academy operated or authorized by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Under this statute each university authorized to employ its own police officers would be considered a criminal justice agency for purposes of ORS 181.715, 181.720 and 181.730 and a law enforcement unit within the meaning of ORS 181.610 (12) (a). The State Board would possess the ability to govern certain aspects of police services through administrative rulemaking.

Revise ORS 352.385 “Special Campus Security Officer” Statute. This concept provides modifications to ORS 352.385 (Special campus security officers; authority; training; expense) to enhance the capabilities of “special campus security officers” for those Oregon University System institutions choosing to develop a bifurcated campus safety model (i.e., police and security hybrid, including but not limited to, those institutions that contract with a cognizant law enforcement agency) and/or for those wishing to retain their current non-sworn model.
The proposed modifications to this statute include:

(1) Replace the term “special campus security officers” with “university public safety officers” to distinguish OUS officers from traditional security guards/officers who do not possess similar authorities.

(2) Eliminate statutory restriction on the number of university public safety officers [special campus security officers] that can be employed by the Oregon University System which is currently set at fifty (50).

(3) Classify university public safety officers [special campus security officers] as peace officers as defined in ORS 133.005 to clarify authority to make arrests and related police procedures to include community caretaking.

(4) Include statutory language that permits university public safety officers [special campus security officers] the ability to issue criminal citations (ORS 133.055) and violation citations (ORS 153.005/153.039).

(5) Define university public safety officers [special campus security officers] as enforcement officers and police/peace officers for the purpose of issuing criminal citations and violation citations.

(6) Require the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) to issue DPSST numbers to all commissioned OUS university public safety officers [special campus security officers] and maintain related training records as provided by the employing agency.

(7) Clarify the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s responsibility under ORS 352.385(2) to train university public safety officers [special campus security officers] such that an annual basic university public safety officer academy is established and that DPSST will certify those officers upon successful completion of such training.