State Police

ORS 181A.010
Definitions for ORS 181A

As used in ORS 181A.010 (Definitions for ORS 181A) to 181A.350 (Eligibility of towing business to be placed on department list), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Criminal justice agency” means:


The Governor;


Courts of criminal jurisdiction;


The Attorney General;


District attorneys, city attorneys with criminal prosecutorial functions, attorney employees of the office of public defense services and nonprofit public defender organizations established under contract with the Public Defense Services Commission;


Law enforcement agencies;


The Department of Corrections;


The Oregon Youth Authority;


The State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision;


The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training;


The enforcement division of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission in performing duties related to investigating and enforcing the criminal laws of this state that the commission is charged to enforce;


Civilian or community oversight boards, agencies or review bodies designated by a municipality or a law enforcement agency in performing duties related to investigating allegations of officer misconduct or reviewing police policies and practices;


Regional information systems that share programs to track, identify and remove cross-jurisdictional criminal and terrorist conspiracies; and


Any other state or local agency with law enforcement authority.


“Criminal offender information” includes records and related data as to physical description and vital statistics, fingerprints received and compiled for purposes of identifying criminal offenders and alleged offenders, records of arrests and the nature and disposition of criminal charges, including sentencing, confinement, parole and release.


“Department” means the Department of State Police established under ORS 181A.015 (Department of State Police established).


“Deputy superintendent” means the Deputy Superintendent of State Police appointed under ORS 181A.035 (Appointment of Deputy Superintendent of State Police).


“Designated agency” means any state, county or municipal government agency where Oregon criminal offender information is required to implement a federal or state statute, executive order or administrative rule that expressly refers to criminal conduct and contains requirements or exclusions expressly based on such conduct or for agency employment purposes, licensing purposes or other demonstrated and legitimate needs when designated by order of the Governor.


“Disposition report” means a form or process prescribed or furnished by the department, containing a description of the ultimate action taken subsequent to an arrest.


“Law enforcement agency” means:


County sheriffs, municipal police departments, police departments established by a university under ORS 352.121 (University police departments and officers) or 353.125 (Creation of police department and commission of police officers) and state police;


Other police officers of this state or another state, including humane special agents as defined in ORS 181A.345 (Humane special agents to enforce animal welfare laws under direction of law enforcement agency);


A tribal government as defined in ORS 181A.940 (Definitions for ORS 181A) that employs authorized tribal police officers as defined in ORS 181A.940 (Definitions for ORS 181A); and


Law enforcement agencies of the federal government.


“State police” means the sworn members of the state police force appointed under ORS 181A.050 (Oregon State Police).


“Superintendent” means the Superintendent of State Police appointed under ORS 181A.030 (Superintendent of State Police). [Formerly 181.010; 2021 c.351 §7; 2021 c.481 §1]

Attorney General Opinions

Access to confidential crime records and reports by Oregon Law Enforcement Council, (1974) Vol 36, p 782; Oregon Liquor Control Commission, as a law enforcement agency, (1974) Vol 36, p 1066; fingerprinting of persons arrested for traffic infractions, (1977) Vol 38, p 960


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