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Oregon Bulletin

September 1, 2013

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Chapter 259

Rule Caption: Housekeeping; Clarifies length of instructor certification.

Adm. Order No.: DPSST 17-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 7-23-2013

Certified to be Effective: 7-23-13

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2013

Rules Amended: 259-008-0080

Subject: Because the Department no longer certifies courses, this rule update clarifies that instructor certification is valid for a maximum of two years as prescribed by DPSST policy. Additional housekeeping changes are made for clarity.

Rules Coordinator: Linsay Hale—(503) 378-2431

259-008-0080

Certification of Instructors

(1) The Department will certify instructors deemed qualified to teach in any of the certified training courses.

(2) Instructors will be certified on the basis of minimum qualifications as established by the Department in the areas of education, training, and experience. It is the continuing responsibility of the Department to see that instructors are assigned only topics which they are qualified to teach and the instruction is evaluated on a regular basis to insure that excellence is maintained.

(3) Instructors for corrections, parole and probation, police, telecommunications, or emergency medical dispatch, must have a minimum of three years experience in their respective professions or possess other qualifying professional experience.

(4) Review and approval of instructors will be the responsibility of the Department.

(5) Applications for instructor certification must be submitted on an Instructor Certification Application (BPSST Form F-9) and must be accompanied by a detailed resume of individual qualifications.

(6) If certification is denied, the requesting agency will be notified in writing and advised of the reasons for denial.

(7) Instructor certification is not required for teaching assignments in non-Department certified courses.

(8) Review of instructor certification may be initiated upon the request of a department head, staff, or other reliable source.

(9) Instructor certification is valid for a maximum of two years.

[ED. NOTE: Form referenced is available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640 & 181.650

Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640 & 181.650

Hist.: PS 12, f. & ef. 12-19-77; PS 1-1983, f. & ef. 12-15-83; Renumbered from 259-010-0060, PS 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-90; PS 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-95; PS 10-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-5-97; BPSST 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98; BPSST 2-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98 thru 6-30-98; BPSST 3-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-98, BPSST 22-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-18-02, DPSST 17-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-13


Rule Caption: Rename reading/writing standard to academic proficiency standard.

Adm. Order No.: DPSST 18-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 7-23-2013

Certified to be Effective: 7-23-13

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2013

Rules Amended: 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0075

Subject: The Department has renamed the standard from a reading/writing standard to an academic proficiency standard. This rule update still requires that hiring agencies administer some form of proficiency test prior to officers being allowed entry into academy, but the Department is no longer involved in approving testing vendors, allowing agencies to choose whichever test best fits their budgetary needs and the unique needs of their agency.

Rules Coordinator: Linsay Hale—(503) 378-2431

259-008-0010

Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer

(1) Citizenship.

(a) A person may not be employed as a corrections officer for more than one year unless the person is a citizen of the United States.

(b) A person may not be employed as a police or parole and probation officer for more than 18 months unless the person is a citizen of the United States.

(2) Age. No law enforcement unit in this state may employ any person under the age of 21 years as a police officer, corrections officer or parole and probation officer.

(3) Fingerprints. On or within 90 days prior to the date of employment, each police, corrections, or parole and probation officer must be fingerprinted on standard applicant fingerprint cards. The hiring agency is responsible for fingerprinting and must forward two (2) cards to the Oregon State Police Identification Services Section for processing and assignment of identification number.

(a) Applicant’s fingerprints will be retained and kept on file with the Oregon State Police Identification Services Section.

(b) The Oregon State Police Identification Services Section will notify the Department and the employing agency of any criminal record disclosed through processing the applicant’s fingerprint card.

(c) If any procedural change is made by either the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Oregon State Police Identification Services Section the Department must comply with the most current requirements.

(d) If the fingerprint clearance has not been obtained prior to submission of the application for certification, a criminal history affidavit provided by the Department must be completed and returned to the Department by the applicant pending fingerprint clearance.

(4) Criminal Records. No police, corrections, or parole and probation officer may have been convicted:

(a) In this state or any other jurisdiction, of a crime designated under the law where the conviction occurred as being punishable as a felony or as a crime for which a maximum term of imprisonment of more than one (1) year may be imposed;

(b) Of violating any law involving the unlawful use, possession, delivery, or manufacture of a controlled substance, narcotic, or dangerous drug;

(c) In this state of violating any law subject to denial or revocation as identified in OAR 259-008-0070 or has been convicted of violating the statutory counterpart of any of those offenses in any other jurisdiction.

(5) Notification of Conviction:

(a) A law enforcement officer or instructor who is convicted of a crime, as identified in OAR 259-008-0070, while employed by a public or private safety agency must notify the agency head within 72 hours of the conviction.

(b) When an agency receives notification of a conviction from its employee, or another source, they must notify the Department within five (5) business days. The notification to the Department must be in writing and include the specific charges of the conviction, the county and state where the conviction occurred, the investigating agency and the date of the conviction.

(6) Moral Fitness (Professional Fitness). All law enforcement officers must be of good moral fitness. For purposes of this standard, lack of good moral fitness includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Mandatory disqualifying misconduct as described in OAR 259-008-0070(3); or

(b) Discretionary disqualifying misconduct as described in OAR 259-008-0070(4).

(7) Education:

(a) Applicants for the position of a law enforcement officer will be required to furnish documentary evidence of one of the following:

(A) High School diploma;

(B) Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) Test; or

(C) A four-year, post-secondary degree issued by an accredited, degree-granting college or university recognized by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization under the provisions of ORS 348.604.

(i) For the purpose of determining high school graduation level as required by these rules, the applicant must have achieved a score no less than that required by the Oregon Board of Education before issuing an Oregon GED certificate.

(ii) Applicants holding a GED from another state may be required to obtain an Oregon certificate at the discretion of the Department.

(b) Evidence of the above must consist of official transcripts, diplomas, or GED test report forms. Other documentation may be accepted, at the discretion of the Department.

(c) Academic Proficiency Standard. Before beginning basic police training, challenging basic police training, or beginning the police career officer development course, each applicant must provide evidence to DPSST that the applicant possesses the academic tools necessary to successfully complete basic police training.

(A) The hiring agency is responsible for ensuring a law enforcement proficiency test or validated written test designed to evaluate predictors of job-related skills and behaviors has been administered. The hiring agency must verify the completion of the test and report the date of completion to the Department on a Form F-5 (Application for Training) prior to the applicant being admitted to basic police training.

(B) Individuals submitting transcripts verifying that they possess at least a four-year academic degree from an institution recognized by the Department under the provisions of OAR 259-008-0045 are exempt from this testing requirement.

(8) Physical Examination. All law enforcement officers and applicants must be examined by a licensed physician or surgeon.

(a) The medical examination must be completed not more than 180 days prior to initial offer of employment, nor more than 90 days after initial offer of employment, and must conform to applicable standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title 42 USC 12101.

(b) Individuals who have had a successfully completed physical examination (while at the same employer) and are selected for a certifiable position in a discipline in which the individual is not yet certified must complete and pass a new physical examination.

(c) Except as provided in (e) below, the Department will not require a new physical examination when a law enforcement officer obtains employment, or re-employment, in the same discipline if the officer:

(A) Has had a successfully completed a physical examination; and

(B) Is currently certified; or

(C) Is an officer currently employed full-time in another jurisdiction who has successfully completed a comparable physical examination in that jurisdiction.

(d) Notwithstanding subsection (c), a medical examination may be required by a hiring agency at its discretion.

(e) Notwithstanding subsection (c), any law enforcement officer who is separated from employment for a reason related to a physical inability to perform an essential task of a law enforcement officer must successfully complete a physical examination prior to obtaining re-employment in a certifiable position.

(f) Police, Corrections, and Parole and Probation applicants must meet the following criteria:

(A) Visual Acuity. Corrected vision must be at least 20/30 (Snellen) in each eye. Due to the demonstrated likelihood of dislodgment or breakage, candidates who are able to wear only glasses with frames must meet an uncorrected standard not worse than 20/100 (Snellen) in each eye. Those candidates who use soft contact lenses (SCLs) must have vision correctable to at least 20/30 in each eye, with no uncorrected standard, provided the employing agency will monitor compliance. Replacement glasses or lenses (as appropriate) must be on the person or readily available at all times during each work shift.

(B) Color Vision. Red or green deficiencies may be acceptable, providing the applicant can read at least nine (9) of the first thirteen (13) plates of the Ishihara Test (24 Plate Edition). Applicants who fail the Ishihara test can meet the color vision standard by demonstrating that they can correctly discriminate colors via a field test conducted by the employer and approved by DPSST.

(C) Depth Perception. Depth Perception must be sufficient to demonstrate stereopsis adequate to perform the essential tasks of the job. The recommended test is the Random Stereo Test with 60 seconds of arc.

(D) Peripheral Vision. Visual Field Performance must be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian combined.

(E) Night Blindness. A history of night blindness should be evaluated to determine applicant’s capacity to perform essential tasks at night or in dark or low light settings.

(g) Applicants for the position of police or corrections officer must have sufficient hearing in both ears to perform essential tasks without posing a direct threat to themselves or others. The applicant must have no average loss greater than 25 decibels (db) at the 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000-Hertz levels in either ear with no single loss in excess of 40 db.

(h) Applicants for the position of parole and probation officer must have sufficient hearing in both ears to perform essential tasks without posing a direct threat to themselves or others. The applicant must have no average loss greater than 35 decibels (db) at the 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz levels in either ear with no single loss in excess of 45 db.

(i) If amplification device(s) is (are) necessary to meet the criteria in (g) or (h) above, or if applicant cannot meet the above criteria and wishes to pursue application, applicant must:

(A) Obtain a hearing evaluation by a licensed audiologist or otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat) to determine current hearing aid requirement; and

(B) Achieve a Speech Reception Threshold (SRT) of no greater than 25 db for each ear;

(C) Police, corrections and parole and probation officers must achieve a Speech Discrimination test score of no less than 90% utilizing a standard 50-word presentation at 60 db Hearing Threshold Level (HTL). The Department may require an applicant to have another examination by a licensed audiologist or otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat) designated by the Department to verify that the applicant’s hearing meets the Board’s minimum hearing standard. The verification examination will be at the expense of the applicant or the applicant’s employing agency. The equipment utilized for all of these evaluations must be calibrated annually using current ANSI standards.

(D) Hearing amplification devices used to meet the hearing standard must be the type that protects the applicant from further hearing degradation due to amplification of loud sounds.

(j) Applicants for the position of police, corrections, or parole and probation officer must be able to use vocal chords and have significant speaking ability to perform speaking-related essential tasks. For police and corrections officers abnormalities of the nose, throat or mouth must not interfere with the applicant’s breathing or proper fitting of gas mask or similar device.

(k) Applicants for the position of police, corrections, or parole and probation officer who have a history of organic cardio-vascular disease or a finding during the medical examination of organic cardio-vascular disease will necessitate further medical evaluation.

(A) Resting blood pressure must be less than or equal to 140 mmHg systolic and 90 mmHg diastolic on three successive readings.

(B) Applicants must not have a functional and therapeutic cardiac classification greater than the Heart Association’s Class A.

(C) Failure to meet guidelines (k), (A) and (B) will require further medical evaluation.

(D) If the applicant has controlled hypertension not exceeding the above standards and is on medication with side effect profiles, which do not interfere with performance of duty, then the condition may not be excludable.

(E) Functional Capacity I patients with cardiac disease may not be excludable, if they have no limitations of physical activity and ordinary physical activity does not cause discomfort and they do not have symptoms of cardiac insufficiency, nor experience angina pain.

(F) Therapeutic Classification A patients with cardiac disease, whose physical activity is restricted, should be evaluated thoroughly.

(G) If further medical examination is required under (k), it will be at the expense of the applicant or hiring authority.

(l) All law enforcement applicants must submit a current-version DPSST Medical Examination Report (DPSST Form F2), or a medical report completed by a licensed physician containing at a minimum the information on Form F2 and a signed statement by the examining physician that the applicant does not have any condition, physical, mental, or emotional, which, in his/her opinion, suggests further examination. This Report will be furnished to the examining physician by the hiring agency. The physician must indicate that the applicant is or is not physically able to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer as prescribed by DPSST.

(m) A copy of the Medical Examination Report must be sent to the Department prior to acceptance into a basic course, or any course where such report is required by the Department.

(n) The Department may require an applicant offered conditional employment to take a subsequent examination by a licensed physician of the Department’s choice at the expense of the applicant or the hiring authority.

(o) The Board may waive any physical requirement where, in its judgment, the waiver would not be detrimental to the performance of an officer’s duties, including the protection of the public and the safety of co-workers. The applicant may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

(p) A person or department head requesting a waiver of any physical requirement set forth in section (8) of this rule shall submit the request to the Department in writing, accompanied by supporting documents or pertinent testimony which would justify the action requested. The supporting documents must include information pertinent to the waiver request. The Board or Department may require additional documentation or testimony by the person or department head requesting the waiver if clarification is needed. Any expense associated with providing documentation or testimony will be borne by the person requesting the waiver or the requesting agency. If the person requesting the waiver does not obtain employment within one (1) year from the date a waiver is granted, the waiver will be considered void.

(A) If the Board grants a waiver, it will be recorded on the certification and any subsequent certification unless removed by the Board upon proof that the condition prompting the waiver no longer exists.

(B) If the Board denies a request for a waiver of any physical requirement set forth in section (8) of this rule, the Department will issue Notice and proceed as provided in section (9) of this rule.

(9) Contested Case Hearing Process for Denial of Waiver.

(a) Initiation of Proceedings: Upon determination that the reason for denial of a waiver is supported by factual data meeting the statutory and administrative rule requirements, a contested case notice will be prepared.

(b) Contested Case Notice: All contested case notice will be prepared in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure adopted under OAR 259-005-0015.

(c) Response Time: A party who has been served with a “Contested Case Notice of Intent to Deny a Waiver” has 60 days from the date of mailing or personal service of the notice in which to file a written request for a hearing with the Department.

(d) Default Order: If a timely request for a hearing is not received, the Contested Case Notice will become a final order denying the requested waiver pursuant to OAR 137-003-00672.

(e) Hearing Request: If a timely request for a hearing is received, the Department will refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings in accordance with OAR 137-003-0515.

(f) Proposed and Final Orders: In cases in which a hearing was requested, proposed orders, exceptions, and final orders will be issued pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure adopted under OAR 259-005-0015.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640, 181.644 & 183.341

Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640, 181.644 & 183.341

Hist.: PS 12, f. & ef. 12-19-77; PS 1-1981, f. 9-26-81, ef. 11-2-81; PS 1-1983, f. & ef. 12-15-83; PS 1-1985, f. & ef. 4-24-85; PS 1-1987, f. & ef. 10-26-87; Renumbered from 259-010-0015, PS 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-90; PS 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-95; PS 2-1996, f. 5-15-96, cert. ef. 5-20-96; PS 4-1997, f. 3-20-97, cert. ef. 3-25-97; PS 10-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-5-97; BPSST 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98; BPSST 2-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98 thru 6-30-98; BPSST 3-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-98; BPSST 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 3-9-99; BPSST 9-2000, f. 11-13-00, cert. ef. 11-15-00; BPSST 3-2001, f. & cert. ef. 8-22-01; BPSST 12-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-26-01 thru 4-5-02; BPSST 5-2002(Temp), f. 4-3-02, cert. ef. 4-6-02 thru 8-1-02; BPSST 16-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-5-2002; BPSST 20-2002, f. & cert. ef. 11-21-02; DPSST 3-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-22-03; DPSST 6-2003, f. & cert. ef. 4-11-03; DPSST 8-2003, f. & cert. ef. 4-18-03; DPSST 14-2003, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-03; DPSST 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 2-28-06; DPSST 12-2006, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-06; DPSST 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-07; DPSST 13-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-1-07 thru 4-18-08; DPSST 1-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-08 thru 4-18-08; DPSST 4-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-15-08; DPSST 21-2008, f. 12-15-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; DPSST 10-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-21-09; DPSST 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 6-28-11; DPSST 14-2011, f. 9-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; DPSST 18-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-27-12; DPSST 19-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-31-12; DPSST 18-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-13

259-008-0011

Minimum Standards for Employment as a Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher

(1) Fingerprints. On or before the date of employment, each telecommunicator and emergency medical dispatcher must be fingerprinted on standard applicant fingerprint cards.

(a) The hiring agency, if a public agency, is responsible for fingerprinting and will forward two (2) cards to the Oregon State Police Identification Services Section for processing and assignment of identification number.

(b) If the hiring agency is a private agency it is responsible for fingerprinting and will forward two (2) cards to the Department along with the appropriate fee.

(A) Applicant’s fingerprints will be retained and kept on file with the Oregon State Police Identification Services Section.

(B) The Oregon State Police Identification Services Section will notify the Department and the employing agency of any criminal record disclosed through processing the applicant’s fingerprint card.

(C) If any procedural change is made by either the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Oregon State Police Identification Services Section, the Department will comply with the most current requirements.

(D) If the fingerprint clearance has not been obtained prior to submission of the application for certification, a criminal history affidavit provided by the Department will be completed and returned to the Department by the applicant pending fingerprint clearance.

(2) Criminal Records. No telecommunicator or emergency medical dispatcher will have been convicted:

(a) In this state or any other jurisdiction, of a crime designated under the law where the conviction occurred as being punishable as a felony or as a crime for which a maximum term of imprisonment of more than one (1) year may be imposed;

(b) Of violating any law involving the unlawful use, possession, delivery, or manufacture of a controlled substance, narcotic, or dangerous drug;

(c) In this state of violating any law subject to denial or revocation as identified in OAR 259-008-0070 or has been convicted of violating the statutory counterpart of any of those offenses in any other jurisdiction.

(3) Notification of Conviction:

(a) A telecommunicator or emergency medical dispatcher who is convicted of a crime as identified in OAR 259-008-0070 while employed by a public or private public safety agency must notify the agency head within 72 hours of conviction.

(b) When an agency receives notification of a conviction from its employee or another source, they must notify the Department within five (5) business days. The notification to the Department must be in writing and include the specific charges of the conviction, the county and state where the conviction occurred, the investigating agency and the date of conviction.

(4) Moral Fitness (Professional Fitness). All telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers must be of good moral fitness. For purposes of this standard, lack of good moral fitness includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Mandatory disqualifying misconduct as described in OAR 259-008-0070(3); or

(b) Discretionary disqualifying misconduct as described in OAR 259-008-0070(4).

(5) Education:

(a) Applicants for the position of a telecommunicator or emergency medical dispatcher will be required to furnish documentary evidence of one of the following:

(A) High School diploma;

(B) Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) Test; or

(C) A four-year, post-secondary degree issued by a degree-granting college or university accredited by a recognized national or regional accrediting body, or recognized by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization under the provisions of ORS 348.604.

(i) For the purpose of determining high school graduation level as required by these rules, the applicant must have achieved a score no less than that required by the Oregon Board of Education before issuing an Oregon GED certificate.

(ii) Applicants holding a GED from another state may be required to obtain an Oregon certificate at the discretion of the Department.

(b) Evidence of the above must consist of official transcripts, diplomas, or GED test report forms. Other documentation may be accepted, at the discretion of the Department.

(6) Academic Proficiency Standard. Before beginning basic telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) training or challenging basic telecommunicator training, each applicant must provide evidence to DPSST that the applicant possesses the academic tools necessary to successfully complete basic telecommunicator or EMD training.

(a) The hiring agency is responsible for ensuring a telecommunicator/EMD proficiency test or validated written test designed to evaluate predictors of job-related skills and behavior has been administered. The hiring agency must verify the completion of the test and report the date of completion to the Department on a Form F-5 (Application for Training) prior to the applicant being admitted to basic telecommunicator or EMD training.

(b) Individuals submitting transcripts verifying that they possess at least a four-year academic degree from an institution recognized by DPSST under the provisions of OAR 259-008-0045 are exempt from this testing requirement.

(7) Physical Examination. All Telecommunicators and Emergency Medical Dispatcher applicants must be examined by a licensed health professional.

(a) The medical examination must be completed not more than 180 days prior to initial offer of employment, and not more than 90 days after the initial offer of employment.

(b) The examination must conform to applicable standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title 42 USC 12101.

(c) Individuals who have successfully completed a physical examination (while at the same employer) and are selected for a certifiable position in a discipline in which the individual is not yet certified must complete and pass a new physical examination.

(d) The Department will not require a new physical examination when a Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher obtains employment or re-employment in the same discipline if the Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher:

(A) Has had a successfully completed a physical examination, and

(B) Is currently certified; or

(C) Is currently employed full-time in another jurisdiction and has successfully completed a comparable physical examination in that jurisdiction.

(e) Notwithstanding subsection (d), a medical examination may be required by a hiring agency at its discretion.

(f) Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher applicants must meet the following criteria:

(A) Visual Acuity. Corrected vision must be at least 20/30 (Snellen) when tested using both eyes together.

(B) Color Vision. Red or green deficiencies may be acceptable, providing the applicant can read at least nine (9) of the first thirteen (13) plates of the Ishihara Test (24 Plate Edition). Applicants who fail the Ishihara test can meet the color vision standard by demonstrating that they can correctly discriminate colors via a field test conducted by the employer and approved by DPSST. The results of the field test and the methods for testing must be maintained by the employing agency.

(i) Any employing agency that conducts a field test to meet the color vision standard must also complete a Department approved affidavit attesting that the applicant can either correctly discriminate colors or is able to successfully perform the required tasks of a Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher, notwithstanding the applicant’s inability to correctly discriminate colors.

(ii) Any affidavit required by (i), that the Department receives and accepts, is non-transferable to any subsequent employer and may not be used by any other entity for certification purposes.

(iii) Notwithstanding subsection (d) of this rule, each employer must complete an agency-specific field test and a Department approved affidavit as described in subsection (i) of this section for any Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher who previously met the color vision standard by completing a field test.

(C) Peripheral Vision. Visual Field Performance must be 120 degrees in the horizontal meridian combined.

(g) Applicants for the position of Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher must have sufficient hearing in both ears to perform essential tasks without posing a direct threat to themselves or others.

(A) The applicant must meet National Emergency Number Association (NENA) hearing standard 54-002 (June 10, 2006).

(B) If the applicant cannot meet the identified hearing standard without correction, the applicant may utilize hearing amplification devices to meet the hearing standard. The Department may require an applicant to have another examination by a licensed audiologist or otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat) designated by the Department to verify that the applicant’s corrected hearing meets the Board’s minimum hearing standard.

(h) Applicants for the position of Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher must be able to use vocal cords and exhibit normal speech patterns, sufficient to perform speaking-related essential tasks.

(8) If further medical examination is required, it will be at the expense of the applicant or the hiring authority.

(9) All Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher applicants must submit a current-version Medical Examination Report for Telecommunicators and Emergency Medical Dispatchers (DPSST Form F-2T) or a signed medical report completed by a licensed health professional identified by the Department containing, at a minimum, the information on Form F-2T prior to the acceptance into a basic course or any course where such a report is required by the Department. The Form F-2T will be furnished to the examining health professional by the hiring agency.

(10) The Department may require an applicant offered conditional employment to take a subsequent examination by a licensed physician of the Department’s choice at the expense of the applicant or the hiring authority.

(11) The Board may waive any physical requirement where, in its judgment, the waiver would not be detrimental to the performance of a Telecommunicator or Emergency Medical Dispatcher’s duties. The applicant may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

(12) A person or department head requesting a waiver of any physical requirement set forth in section (11) of this rule must submit the request to the Department in writing, accompanied by supporting documents or pertinent testimony which would justify the action requested. The supporting documents must include information pertinent to the waiver request.

(a) The Board or Department may require additional documentation or testimony by the person or department head requesting the waiver if clarification is needed.

(b) Any expense associated with providing documentation or testimony will be borne by the person requesting the waiver or the requesting agency.

(c) If the person requesting the waiver does not obtain employment within one (1) year from the date a waiver is granted, the waiver will be considered void.

(d) If the Board grants a waiver, it will be recorded on the certification and any subsequent certification unless removed by the Board upon proof that the condition prompting the waiver no longer exists.

(e) If the Board denies a request for a waiver of any physical requirement set forth in section (7) of this rule, the Department will issue Notice and proceed as provided in section (13) of this rule.

(13) Contested Case Hearing Process for Denial of Waiver.

(a) Initiation of Proceedings: Upon determination that the reason for denial of a waiver is supported by factual data meeting the statutory and administrative rule requirements, a contested case notice will be prepared.

(b) Contested Case Notice: All contested case notice will be prepared in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure adopted under OAR 259-005-0015.

(c) Response Time: A party who has been served with a “Contested Case Notice of Intent to Deny a Waiver” has 60 days from the date of mailing or personal service of the notice in which to file a written request for a hearing with the Department.

(d) Default Order: If a timely request for a hearing is not received, the Contested Case Notice will become a final order denying the requested waiver pursuant to OAR 137-003-0672.

(e) Hearing Request: If a timely request for a hearing is received, the Department will refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings in accordance with OAR 137-003-0515.

(f) Proposed and Final Orders: In cases in which a hearing was requested, proposed orders, exceptions, and final orders will be issued pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure adopted under OAR 259-005-0015.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 181.640, 181.644 & 183.341

Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640, 181.644 & 183.341

Hist.: BPSST 1-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02; DPSST 1-2004, f. 1-16-04, cert. ef. 1-20-04; DPSST 5-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 3-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-12-07; DPSST 10-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-07; DPSST 5-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-15-08; DPSST 21-2008, f. 12-15-08, cert. ef. 1-1-09; DPSST 6-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-09; DPSST 9-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-10 thru 4-12-11; DPSST 13-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-23-10; DPSST 9-2011, f. & cert. ef. 6-28-11; DPSST 14-2011, f. 9-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; DPSST 5-2012, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-12; DPSST 19-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-31-12; DPSST 18-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-13

259-008-0075

Eligibility for Candidacy for Office of Sheriff

(1) A person is not eligible to be a candidate for election or appointment to the office of sheriff unless at the time in which an eligibility determination is being requested the person:

(a) Is 21 years of age or older;

(b) Has at least four years experience as a full-time law enforcement officer or at least two years experience as a full-time law enforcement officer with at least two years post-high school education; and

(c) Has not been convicted of a felony or any other crime that would prevent the person from being certified as a police officer under ORS 181.610 to 181.670.

(2) As used in section (1) of this rule, “two years post-high school education” means four semesters or six quarters of classroom education in a formal course of study undertaken after graduation from high school in any accredited college or university. The term does not include apprenticeship or on-the-job training.

(3) The procedure for determining whether an individual is eligible to be a candidate for election to the office of sheriff is:

(a) After filing a nominating petition or declaration of candidacy with the county clerk or county official in charge of elections, a potential candidate for sheriff must submit an Application for Determination of Eligibility to Be Sheriff (DPSST Form F-25) and Criminal History Affidavit (DPSST Form F-26) to the Department;

(b) The Department will make an eligibility determination file a copy of its determination on an individual’s eligibility to be a candidate for election to the office of sheriff with the county clerk or county official in charge of elections not later than the 61st day before the date of an election;

(c) The Department will notify the applicant in writing of the determination and decision concerning the eligibility of the applicant by certified mail, mailed to the applicant and postmarked at not later than the 61st day before the date of an election.

(4) If the person is not certified as a police officer by the Department at the time of accepting appointment or filing as a candidate, a person elected or appointed to the office of sheriff must:

(a) Obtain certification not later than one year after taking office;

(b) File a copy of the certification with the County Clerk or the county official in charge of elections within one year after taking office.

(5) Prior to attending any Department-approved training course, a person elected or appointed to the office of Sheriff must comply with the minimum standards for employment and training specified in OAR 259-008-0010 and 259-008-0025. This includes, but is not limited to the following categories:

(a) Citizenship;

(b) Age;

(c) Fingerprints;

(d) Criminal Records;

(e) Notification of Conviction;

(f) Moral Fitness (Professional Fitness);

(g) Education;

(h) Physical Examination:

(A) Any written request for a waiver of any physical requirement must be submitted to the Department as described in OAR 259-008-0010(8)(o);

(B) Any request for a waiver of any physical requirement must be approved by a Policy Committee and Board; and

(C) Any expense associated with providing documentation or testimony shall be borne by the person requesting the waiver.

(i) Submitting an Application for Training (DPSST Form F-5) to the Department providing evidence that a law enforcement proficiency test or validated written test designed to evaluate predictors of job-related skills and behaviors has been completed as required in OAR 259-008-0010;

(j) Submitting a current Medical Examination Report (DPSST Form F-2) completed by a licensed physician; and

(k) Completion of a Basic Course and Field Training Manual, unless a written request for a waiver of this requirement is received and approved by the Department.

(6) Prior to obtaining certification as a police officer, a person elected or appointed to the office of Sheriff must comply with the minimum standards for certification specified in OAR 259-008-0060 which include, but are not limited to:

(a) Full-time employment;

(b) Submission of a Criminal Justice Code of Ethics (DPSST Form F 11);

(c) Submission of an Application for Certification (DPSST Form F-7) with all applicable sections of the form completed; and

(d) Valid First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) cards.

(7) Any newly elected or appointed public safety professional must submit a Personnel Action Report (DPSST Form F-4) to the Department within ten (10) business days after taking office or appointment, as provided in OAR 259-008-0020.

(8) For complete information relating to employment, training and certification requirements, refer to the full text of the statutes and rules referenced in subsections (1) through (6) above.

(9) The Department may deny approval, revoke or rescind any approval previously given if any falsification is made on the application or documents submitted in support of the application.

(10) The Department will provide a copy of this rule to all persons requesting an evaluation of their eligibility to be a candidate for sheriff, upon request.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 206.015

Stats. Implemented: ORS 206.015

Hist.: PS 1-1981, f. 9-26-81, ef. 11-2-81; PS 1-1982, f. & ef. 7-2-82; PS 2-1982, f. & ef. 9-7-82; PS 1-1983, f. & ef. 12-15-83; PS 2-1987, f. & ef. 10-26-87; Renumbered from 259-010-0057, PS 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-90; PS 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-95; PS 10-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-5-97; BPSST 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98; BPSST 2-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98 thru 6-30-98; BPSST 3-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-98; DPSST 9-2007, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-07; DPSST 3-2010, f. 4-12-10, cert. ef. 5-1-10; DPSST 11-2013, f. & cert. ef. 6-24-13; DPSST 18-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-13

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