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Department Information

Mission & Responsibilities

Oregon State University aspires to stimulate a lasting attitude of inquiry, openness and social responsibility. To meet these aspirations, we are committed to providing excellent academic programs, educational experiences and creative scholarship.

Department of Public Safety - Mission

The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to provide a safe campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Oregon State University; to facilitate Oregon State University's educational, research, and community service goals; and to provide these services with the highest standards of professionalism.

Oregon State Police - Mission

The mission of the Oregon State Police is to develop, promote, and maintain protection of people, property, and natural resources of the State, and to enhance the safety and livability by serving and protecting its citizens and visitors through leadership, action, and coordination of Oregon's public safety resources.

Partnership

Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety work in partnership to provide a safe campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Oregon State University; to facilitate the educational, research and community service goals; and to provide these services with the highest standards of professionalism.

While the Oregon State University community and the city of Corvallis are considered friendly and relatively safe communities, neither is immune to the realities of the world. A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior.

In order to have a safe and successful Oregon State University experience, each person must take responsibility to recognize one's own vulnerability to crime and reduce risks through preventive action and cooperation with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety.

Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police are uniformed officers who are responsible for law enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, bicycle enforcement, accident response, crowd control, and crime prevention. Oregon State Police's authority to act comes from the Oregon Revised Statutes.

While the Oregon State University community and the city of Corvallis are considered friendly and relatively safe communities, neither is immune to the realities of the world. A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior.

In order to have a safe and successful Oregon State University experience, each person must take responsibility to recognize one's own vulnerability to crime and reduce risks through preventive action and cooperation with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety .

Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety officers patrol the campus and are responsible for the protection and safety of persons, property, and buildings on campus. They accomplish their mission through regular patrols of buildings and grounds and through campus crime prevention and safety education programs. They also conduct investigations, respond to campus incidents, building alarms, injuries or illnesses, fires, safety hazards, and calls for assistance: enforce University regulations; and coordinate with OSP on campus to provide assistance as needed.

Services

Uniformed OSP/DPS officers provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services include:

  • Emergency response to:
    • Crimes in Progress
    • Life threatening incidents
  • Patrol:
    • Marked Police Cars
    • Unmarked Police Cars
    • Bicycles
    • Foot Patrols
  • Departmental/Internal Investigations
  • Crime and incident reporting that routinely provides data to:
    • Interested Community Members
    • State of Oregon
    • Local/State/Federal Agencies
  • Campus Security Act

Values & Principles

The Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police strives to enhance the safety of the community by serving and protecting the community members and visitors through leadership, action, education, and service. The employees of the Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism in order to demonstrate their belief and support of the University's Values of Accountability, Diversity, Respect, Responsibility, and Truth.

For years our nation's courts have been using four basic principles in an effort to sustain the balance between the individual and the state's interest in our public colleges and universities.

These compelling principles are:

  • Health & Safety
  • Property Loss & Damage
  • Educational Work Environment
  • Legitimate Educational Purpose

Therefore, the rationale for any and all rules, policies, and procedures are based on these principles and will be applied to all individuals with regard to their rights and responsibilities in the university system. It is expected that all community members conduct themselves in keeping with the standards of the university.

Organization & Operation

Department of Public Safety:

The operating funds of the Department of Public Safety come from two sources: General Education Funds and Sales & Services Income/Internal Sales Reimbursements. Department of Public Safety patrols the campus and is responsible for the protection and safety of persons, property, and buildings on campus. The mission is accomplished through campus crime prevention and safety education programs and regular patrols of buildings and grounds. The department also conducts investigations, responds to campus incidents, building alarms, injuries or illnesses, fires, safety hazards, and calls for assistance, enforces University regulations, and coordinates with OSP on campus to provide assistance as needed.

Oregon State Police

As a contracted agency of the University, the Oregon State Police operating resources come from the General Fund. Budgeted resources from the University are allocated to cover the payroll costs as the department meets the requirements for staff coverage as outlined in the contract. Oregon State Police supports the OSP University Program through the funding of supplies, special police services (detectives, arson investigators, crime scene forensic services, computer forensic services, and explosive disposal), officer training, evidence technician support, and other professional law enforcement services. Having a law enforcement agency that is part of the greater organization of the Oregon State Police benefits Oregon State University. OSP has the highest standards of training of any law enforcement agency in the state and as a result, the officers who serve the OSU community are highly effective in policing the university environment.

The Oregon State Police of the University Patrol Office have the responsibility to provide all police services to the students, faculty and visitors of the Oregon State University Campus. Officers have full police powers to enforce all State Laws. They conduct criminal investigations, have power to arrest for traffic and criminal violations of the law and are proactive in campus safety programs. OSP has primary jurisdiction on all Oregon State University owned properties throughout the State of Oregon.

The Oregon State Police provide premier law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a compliment of 10 officers. OSP endeavors to provide quality law enforcement and educational programs complementary to the University mission of education, research and community services. The State Police work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies (Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc.) in a collaborative effort to prevent regional crime and the apprehension of criminal suspects.

Goals & Standards

The members of Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police are collectively working to provide excellent service to the university community and to respond to the organizational and financial challenges presented to us.

  • Within a "24/7" schedule, provide service in partnership with Oregon State Police at the highest level of professional standards.
  • Provide the campus community with the highest standard of law enforcement service.
  • Provide specialized security service to organizations and university departments.
  • Provide educational services to community members that assist them in learning about crime prevention and risk reduction.
  • Through a comprehensive training program, provide OSP/DSP staff with high-level skill sets to provide excellent service efforts.
  • Through regular review, DPS officers are aware of their range of authority and the Oregon Administrative Rules that they are required to explain and enforce.
  • Through regular review, OSP officers are aware of their range of authority and the Oregon Revised Statutes that they are required to explain and enforce.

The Oregon State University Campus Community is a place to grow academically and personally. The University Campus, like any other community, has its share of accidents, crimes and injuries. The Department of Public Safety and the Oregon State Police are committed to providing the highest standard of professionalism and services on behalf of this great University and the surrounding community we serve and remaining good stewards of the resources of the State of Oregon.