Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Teamwork
The Oregon Police Division is committed to excellence through partnership with the community that builds trust, reduces crime and creates a safe environment. Through education, enforcement and prevention, we will improve the quality of life by practicing our core beliefs of Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Teamwork.
About the Oregon Police Division
The Oregon Police Division employs 48 sworn and 14 civilian employees. The Department serves a community of approximately 20,000 residents spanning an area of 28 square miles along the Lake Erie shoreline.
The Oregon Police Division is a progressive police agency. It was established by Ordinance in 1958 and, at the time, was to consist of 12 sworn officers and 7 radio communication operators. In February of 2011 the police division completed a state of the art upgrade to our dispatch center. Oregon Dispatchers not only dispatch for the police division, but are also responsible for the Oregon and Jerusalem Twp. Fire Depts.
As a medium sized police agency, each officer is encouraged and assisted in developing a wide range of skills. As is the case with all agencies, the road patrol division makes up the largest part of the police force. The patrol division is supported by the special services division that is comprised of a 5 officer detective bureau, police records, and the dispatch center.
In addition, the Oregon Police Division has partnered with the Oregon Board of Education in recognizing the importance of our youth. As a result, 6 Oregon Officers are assigned to the school system full time as School Resources Officers (SRO's) and a combination SRO/DARE Officer. These Officers are teaching drug and violence prevention and are accessible to our younger residents. Oregon Officers participate in many other part time positions in and around the City of Oregon. These would include the U.S. Marshal Service's Violent Fugitive Task Force, The FBI Safe Streets Task Force, The Special Response Team, and numerous other on and off duty projects.
2021 Goals and Objectives
- Revamp the current evaluation system for officers into a more meaningful end product.
- Remedy the outstanding issues from the consolidation of the dispatch center. (Monitoring interior and school cameras, accepting cash bonds etc.)
- Identify other contingency schedules for pandemic type situations.
- Maintain adequate staffing to continue to serve the community in a safe and efficient manner
- Obtain a 98% compliance rate for answering 9-1-1 calls within twenty seconds (exceeding the national standard of 95% compliance)
- Develop a method for making dispatch information (No-contacts, Deer Kill, Solicitor Permits, etc) available in a secure, mobile platform for shift commanders in preparation for consolidation
- Complete a smooth transition of service from the Oregon Police PSAP to the Consolidated Dispatch Center.
- Conduct updated background checks on all Police Division employees
- Add at least one additional Records Clerk
- Catch up on all Court-ordered expungements
- Develop a list of offenses that should be retained beyond the scheduled retention period
- Organize all files in the Achieves room to get files off the floor and remove files from boxes, placing them all in cabinets or on shelves.
Training / SRO’s
- Order all approved items in 2021 CIP Budget for Community Policing Support Services Section by April 16, 2021
- Division Wide Roll Call Training on Code of Conduct between OPD and Community
- Schedule Legal Update Training for 2021
- Complete the new interview room (furniture, video & audio)
- Complete training to meet JAG LE requirements -extended due to COVID-19
- Fill Detective vacancy
- Conduct crime scene in conjunction with BCI
Employment Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the time of appointment, and cannot be older than 35.
Applicants must have an Associates Degree or have completed 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours from an accredited college or university in any discipline. The applicant’s GPA can be no lower than 2.0.
Applicants are not required to have the Ohio Peace Officer’s Certification, but applicants who do already possess their OPOTA certification will receive 3 bonus points.
Applicants must undergo a rigorous background investigation and be able to pass both a psychological assessment and a physical fitness assessment. A drug screen will also be conducted.
Applicants must also possess a valid Ohio driver’s license
Veterans with at least 180 days of active duty who provide a DD 214 can receive 5 bonus points.
The Oregon Police Division uses the National Testing Network (NTN) to compile a list of eligible candidates. Applicants acquire more information about the testing process and locations on the NTN website. Other employment questions can be directed to our Civil Service Commission at (419) 698-7094.
Under general supervision, perform various duties to protect and serve the general public; enforce and uphold the laws set forth by the Constitution of the United States, the State of Ohio and the Charter of the City of Oregon; perform related duties as assigned. See further requirements, duties and responsibilities posted in City office.
In order to become a Police Officer in the City of Oregon an examination is given by the Civil Service Commission. The starting salary is $27.86 per hour and maximum reached in six (6) years is $36.23 per hour and includes excellent benefits. Interested candidates should call the City of Oregon Civil Service Commission at (419) 698-7094.
The intention to maintain law and order in the area known as Oregon dates back to the early 1800’s. Records indicate that Oregon Twp. Constable, Joe Miller, would meet new comers to the area and provide them with a document inviting them to continue on and leave the area. A new jail house was placed on the ballot for voters, along with a City Hall, sometime in 1861. The Town Hall was approved but the jail was soundly defeated with a popular vote of 42 being against the building of the structure and only 5 being for it. The jail was never built. [As stated in the "History of Oregon and Jerusalem" book by Josephine Fassett]
Oregon established its first municipal police department with the hiring of Chief Nelson Danforth in December of 1958. At the time, Chief Danforth was to be one of 27 full time employees for Oregon. Ordinance #18 in 1958, established a Police Department to consist of 12 officers and 7 dispatch personnel, to include a Chief, a Lieutenant, two (2) Sergeants and eight (8) patrolmen. By ordinance, an officer must serve as a patrolman in order to be a sergeant, and an officer had to be a sergeant in order to serve as a lieutenant. in March of 1959, Chief Danforth brought forth 7 names to the civil service commission to serve as Oregon’s first police force. They all assumed their duties on March 23 of that year. To meet their needs, the Oregon Council approved the purchase of three Police vehicles.
By 1965, the Oregon Police Officers were making a whopping $6,200.00 with top pay being $6,760.00.
In 1969, members of the Oregon Civil Service Commission were approached by women that were inquiring about the possibility of becoming Oregon Police Officers. It was the opinion of the commission, at that time, that a separate classification of Police Woman would have to be created and a separate Civil Service list be maintained for same.
In 1981, the city hired its first two female officers, Lauri Baker and Virginia Conner. Both of them retired after fruitful careers as command officers in the police division. The Oregon Police Division currently has five female officers serving as a supervisor, investigator, DARE officer/SRO and two Road Patrol Officers.
The Oregon Police Division in 1990 began to develop a group of trainers within the department to provide for internal training in the areas of firearms and defensive tactics. This has expanded over time to include certified instructors in Chemical Weapons, Less Lethal, Taser, Active Shooter, ALICE, Simunition, ASP collapsible baton, tactical driving, and rappelling.
Oregon’s 48 officers are paid slightly better today with the starting wage being $57,948/yr. and maxing out at just over $73,358.00. Our fleet of vehicles is slightly larger as well, with a total of 35 vehicles including 12 unmarked vehicles. A portion of our patrol fleet is replaced with new vehicles on an annual basis.