The Oregon State Police was created in 1931. This agency was created to report to one head and encompass the activities of the Prohibition Commissioner, Fish and Game Commission, State Fire Marshal, Secretary of State and State Highway Commission. This was the first state-wide law enforcement agency created in which to aid local officers and enforce criminal codes. Initially, the Oregon State Police operated with 95 sworn officers
Divisions of Oregon Police
The main divisions of the Oregon State Police include: Amber Alert, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice Information Service, Fish and Wildlife, Forensic Services, Gaming Enforcement, Patrol Services, Recruiting and Training, and the State Medical Examiner.
Oregon's State Police Criminal Investigation Division houses the Major Crimes Section, Drug Enforcement, Sex Offender Registration, Explosives Unit, Arson Unit, Investigative Support, Homicide Investigation Tracking and Missing Persons Clearinghouse. These services are available to all law enforcement agencies across the state.
The Forensic Services Division serves all state and local agencies, prosecutors and medical examiners in the state. In addition, a court order may cause the lab to analyze evidence in criminal matters for the defense. Scientists at the lab evaluate evidence and interpret test results, as well as testify in court as expert witnesses.
Patrol Services establish a presence throughout the state and enforce motor vehicle laws on the highways. These officers respond to transportation safety issues, crash sites and emergency calls on the roadways.
Requesting Oregon Police Records
Oregon allows release of police records to any member of the public with a name and date of birth for another individual. Fingerprints are not required to request criminal history checks. Records requests may be conducted online with a registered account, or a request form may be filled out and sent to the main records office. Personal information is redacted from public police records, but a person may request their own complete record with submission of a fingerprint card.