Preliminary Provisions

ORS 131.915

As used in ORS 131.915 (Definitions) to 131.925 (Complaints alleging profiling):


“Law enforcement agency” means:


The Department of State Police;


The Department of Justice;


A district attorney’s office; and


Any of the following that maintains a law enforcement unit as defined in ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670):


A political subdivision or an instrumentality of the State of Oregon.


A municipal corporation of the State of Oregon.


A tribal government.


A university.


“Law enforcement officer” means:


A member of the Oregon State Police;


A sheriff, constable, marshal, municipal police officer or reserve officer or a police officer commissioned by a university under ORS 352.121 (University police departments and officers) or 353.125 (Creation of police department and commission of police officers);


An investigator of a district attorney’s office if the investigator is or has been certified as a law enforcement officer in this or any other state;


An investigator of the Criminal Justice Division of the Department of Justice;


A humane special agent as defined in ORS 181A.345 (Humane special agents to enforce animal welfare laws under direction of law enforcement agency);


A judicial marshal of the Security and Emergency Preparedness Office of the Judicial Department who is appointed under ORS 1.177 (State plan for security, emergency preparedness and business continuity for court facilities) and trained pursuant to ORS 181A.540 (Certification of judicial marshals);


A regulatory specialist exercising authority described in ORS 471.775 (Service of subpoenas) (2); or


An authorized tribal police officer as defined in ORS 181A.680 (Definitions for ORS 181A.680 to 181A.692).


“Profiling” means the targeting of an individual by a law enforcement agency or a law enforcement officer, on suspicion of the individual’s having violated a provision of law, based solely on the individual’s real or perceived age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, homelessness or disability, unless the agency or officer is acting on a suspect description or information related to an identified or suspected violation of a provision of law.


“Sexual orientation” has the meaning given that term in ORS 174.100 (Definitions). [2015 c.681 §1; 2017 c.17 §7; 2017 c.706 §6]


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Jun. 26, 2021