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Senate Bill 612, Police education requirements

Updated: Feb 12


81st OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2021 Regular Session Senate Bill 612 Sponsored by Senator FREDERICK (at the request of Donald E. Clark and Dick Feeney) (Presession filed.) SUMMARY The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly.

SECTION I. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced. Requires police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, regulatory specialists and reserve officers to complete post-secondary education. A BILL FOR AN ACT Relating to educational qualifications of law enforcement officers; creating new provisions; and amending ORS 181A.395. Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

ORS 181A.395 is amended to read: 181A.395. (

1) A law enforcement unit [in this state] may not employ as a police officer, corrections officer, parole and probation officer or regulatory specialist, or utilize as a certified reserve officer or reserve officer, any person who has not yet attained the age of 21 years.

(2)(a) A law enforcement unit that employs more than 50 police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers or regulatory specialists may not employ as a police officer, corrections officer, parole and probation officer or regulatory specialist, or utilize as a certified reserve officer or reserve officer, any person who does not hold a bachelor’s degree.

(b) A law enforcement unit that employs 50 or fewer police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers or regulatory specialists may not employ as a police officer, corrections officer, parole and probation officer or regulatory specialist, or utilize as a certified reserve officer or reserve officer, any person who has not completed at least two years of post-secondary education.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding ORS 181A.395 (2), a law enforcement unit that employs or utilizes a person on the effective date of this 2021 Act who does not meet the educational qualifications of ORS 181A.395 (2) may continue to employ or utilize the person for four years after the effective date of this 2021 Act, at which time the person must meet the educational qualifications of ORS 181A.395 (2) #bcrccor


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