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The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Police. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Police. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Department of State Police 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; statewide Law Enforcement Data System; 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 Oregon State Police’s (OSP) mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. OSP employs more than 1,300 sworn and professional staff in the areas of patrol, criminal investigation, forensic services, medical examiner, state fire marshal, gaming regulation, fish and wildlife regulation, public safety communications, and information management with a biennial budget of approximately $327 million total funds.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, 4th Floor, Salem 97310
Telephone: 503-378-3720
Fax: 503-378-8282
General Email: ask.osp@state.or.us
Contact: Richard Evans Jr., Deputy Superintendent
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Shannon Peterson
Records Officer Email: Cecily Brown
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 181.020
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog