Oregon House of Representatives passes bill for sworn campus police agency
The Oregon House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 405 Tuesday, which would give Oregon University System schools the opportunity to institute fully sworn police agencies.
Transitioning to a sworn police force would give the University’s Department of Public Safety the opportunity to conduct criminal investigations and present evidence in courts of law, rights which it currently does not have. It could also potentially allow for campus officers to carry firearms, which would not be required; DPS Chief Doug Tripp has previously said he believes the sworn police agency should be armed.
The bill only requires a signature from Gov. John Kitzhaber to become law.