Police, Fire Fighters, and Corrections Officers Announce New Legislation to Ensure Public Safety Personnel Access to PTSD/PTSI Treatment

Former Fire Fighter and Police Officer rides his motorcycle from Seattle to Las Vegas for PTSD

Portland, OR – First responders are particularly vulnerable to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to the amount of consistent first-hand exposure to extremely stressful and traumatic experiences. As we understand more about the mental health impact and how PTSD and Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) is becoming an epidemic in first responder professions, State Representatives Andrea Salinas and Paul Evans joined public safety officers today to announce the introduction of new legislation recognizing PTSD/PTSI as an occupational illness in Oregon. The bill helps protect our public servants who put themselves on the front lines for our communities every day.

“Given ongoing budget constraints and increased pressure on fewer responders, we must recognize the costs we are incurring in the lives of those we send out to defend us,” said Rep. Evans, “It’s the right thing to do.”

PTSD Awareness Jeff ShepardTo commemorate the announcement, retired police officer and fire fighter Jeff Shepard made a stop in Portland on his West Coast Ride 4 Relief Tour to bring awareness to first responders living with PTSD/PTSI. Shephard was diagnosed with PTSD after an ambush shooting in his police patrol car. He underwent therapy, returned to work, and realized his life-long dream of becoming a motor officer. But within the first year of Shepard’s career on a motorcycle, he was the target of an explosion that turned his life upside down. He quickly discovered there was little support or information for officers specifically struggling with what felt like the shame of PTSD and he was medically retired from his department.

Shepard said, “I recognized there was an epidemic of first responders dealing with the same thing I was.” This inspired Shepard’s fierce advocacy and the Ride 4 Relief, providing an opportunity for conversation to bring people together in support of those who sacrifice so much for our safety.

PTSD Awareness Jeff Shepard

Groups representing police officers (Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs-ORCOPS), fire fighters (Oregon State Fire Fighters Council-OSFFC), and corrections officers (Association of Oregon Corrections Employees-AOCE) worked together to craft legislation that makes a very simple change to the state statute. Currently, there is a very high bar that our public servants face when having to prove the cumulative trauma of stress disorders such as PTSI. Instead of these employees having to prove that their trauma-stress related disorders are employment-related, the employer would be required to prove that they are not.

“There is a stigma attached to PTSD and officers may be reluctant to seek treatment or file a claim because it’s incredibly difficult to prove that it’s employment-related. This legislation helps remove that stigma and supports better mental health,” said Daryl Turner, President of ORCOPS and the Portland Police Association.

The PTSD/PTSI presumption legislation strengthens our support of police, fire fighters, and corrections officers in several ways, including:

  • Recognizing the mental health impact and trauma that first responders experience while on the front line of public safety and emergency response.
  • Promoting ongoing wellness among fire fighters, corrections employees, and law enforcement officers by showing that legitimate claims will be honored.
  • Assisting with recruitment and hiring, when employers can better assure new employees that job-related conditions will not subject them to an adversarial legal process.

“Each lawmaker we have approached recognizes that access to mental health treatment for our public safety servants is paramount to a safe Oregon and have pledged their unwavering support of this concept,” said Karl Koenig, President of OSFFC.

The PTSD/PTSI presumption legislation helps police, fire fighters, and corrections officers get the help they need after a job-related trauma.

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The Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of police officers, deputy sheriffs and other individuals in Oregon law enforcement agencies. ORCOPS serves as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve.

Contact: Daryl Turner, President
Angela Orr, Communications
Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs
503.225.9760
info@orcops.org   

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Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs Announces General Election Legislative Endorsements

Contact: Daryl Turner, President
Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs
503.225.9760
info@orcops.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 23, 2018

Portland, OR – When candidates stand with us, we stand with them.

The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPS) board has voted to endorse the following candidates in the General Election:

Governor

  • Governor Kate Brown

State Senate

  • SD 3 (Ashland) Jeff Golden
  • SD 4 (South Lane and North Douglas) Sen. Floyd Prozanski
  • SD 6 (Springfield) Sen. Lee Beyer
  • SD 7 (North Eugene) Sen. James Manning
  • SD 11 (Salem) Sen. Peter Courtney
  • SD 15 (Hillsboro) Sen. Chuck Riley
  • SD 16 (Scappoose) Sen. Betsy Johnson
  • SD 17 (NW Portland and Beaverton) Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
  • SD 19 (Lake Oswego) Sen. Rob Wagner
  • SD 20 (Oregon City and Canby) Charles Gallia
  • SD 26 (Hood River) Sen. Chuck Thomsen

House of Representatives

  • HD 1 (Port Orford) Rep. David Brock Smith
  • HD 2 (Roseburg) Rep. Gary Leif
  • HD 5 (Ashland) Rep. Pam Marsh
  • HD 8 (Eugene) Rep. Paul Holvey
  • HD 9 (Coos Bay) Rep. Caddy McKeown
  • HD 10 (Central Coast) Rep. David Gomberg
  • HD 11 (Central Lane and Linn Counties) Marty Wilde
  • HD 13 (Eugene) Rep. Nancy Nathanson
  • HD 16 (Corvallis) Rep. Dan Rayfield
  • HD 19 (Salem) Mike Ellison
  • HD 20 (Monmouth and Salem) Rep. Paul Evans
  • HD 22 (Woodburn) Rep. Teresa Alonso León
  • HD 25 (Keizer) Rep. Bill Post
  • HD 28 (Aloha and Beaverton) Rep. Jeff Barker
  • HD 29 (Hillsboro) Rep. Susan McLain
  • HD 30 (Hillsboro) Rep. Janeen Sollman
  • HD 31 (Clatskanie) Rep. Brad Witt
  • HD 32 (Cannon Beach) Tiffiny Mitchell
  • HD 38 (Lake Oswego) Rep. Andrea Salinas
  • HD 41 (Milwaukie) Rep. Karin Power
  • HD 48 (Happy Valley) Rep. Jeff Reardon
  • HD 50 (Gresham) Rep. Carla Piluso
  • HD 52 (Hood River) Rep. Jeff Helfrich
  • HD 53 (Sunriver) Jack Zika

We appreciate the good work that these candidates and elected officials have done in the past and look forward to them championing issues important to law enforcement in the State legislature.

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The Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of police officers, deputy sheriffs and other individuals in Oregon law enforcement agencies. ORCOPS serves as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve.

 

Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs Endorses Kevin Barton for Washington County District Attorney

ORCOPS ENDORSES KEVIN BARTON FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Contact: Daryl Turner, President
Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs
503.225.9760
info@orcops.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland, OR, April 23, 2018 – When candidates stand with us, we stand with them. The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPS) board has voted to endorse Kevin Barton for Washington County District Attorney.

As a respected leader and Chief Deputy District Attorney, Kevin Barton has the experience and a proven track record of serving Washington County, ensuring the safety and stability of the community. Working with law enforcement, civic groups, and community partners to prioritize public safety — safer schools, streets, and neighborhoods —Kevin Barton is the best choice for Washington County District Attorney.

We agree with Barton, everyone has the right to live in safety without fear or worry of crime. And, when crime occurs, justice should follow. We appreciate the good work that he has done in the past and look forward to Barton championing the issues that are important to law enforcement and Washington County.

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The Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of police officers, deputy sheriffs and other individuals in Oregon law enforcement agencies. ORCOPS serves as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve.

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Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs Announces Legislative Endorsements

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Contact: Daryl Turner, President
Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs
503.225.9760
info@orcops.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland, OR, April 17, 2018 – When candidates stand with us, we stand with them. The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPS) board has voted to endorse the following candidates:

For the 2018 Primary Election

  • Athena Goldberg – Candidate, Oregon Senate District 3
  • Senator Floyd Prozanski – Candidate, Oregon Senate District 4
  • Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward – Candidate, Oregon Senate District 17
  • Representative Caddy McKeown – Candidate, Oregon House District 9
  • Representative Nancy Nathanson – Candidate, Oregon House District 13
  • Representative Jeff Helfrich – Candidate, Oregon House District 52
  • Nathan Boddie, MD, MS – Candidate, Oregon House District 54

For the 2018 Primary AND General Election

  • Senator Betsy Johnson – Candidate, Oregon Senate District 16
  • Representative Jeff Barker – Candidate, Oregon House District 28

Additional general election endorsements will be made after the May Primary.

We appreciate the good work that these candidates and elected officials have done in the past, and look forward to them championing issues important to law enforcement in the State legislature.

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The Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of police officers, deputy sheriffs and other individuals in Oregon law enforcement agencies. ORCOPS serves as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve.

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Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs and Oregon Council of Police Associations Announce Merger

Contact: Daryl Turner, President
Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs
503.225.9760
info@orcops.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unifying the organizations brings together the two preeminent advocacy groups for Oregon’s law enforcement professionals

Portland, OR, March 27, 2018 – The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPS) and the Oregon Council of Police Associations (OCPA) are pleased to announce their merger. The combined organization will provide an even greater ability for law enforcement professionals in our state to connect Oregonians to the role they play in keeping our communities safe.

The newly merged organizations will continue to operate under the ORCOPS banner. Scott Dillon, the former President of OCPA, will continue his advocacy as a Vice President of ORCOPS.

“The core of ORCOPS’ mission is to serve as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve. That vital mission will be better served with one, consolidated voice”, said Daryl Turner, President of ORCOPS.

“With this merger, our consolidated voice on legislative matters will be significantly strengthened,” said Scott Dillon, Vice President of ORCOPS.

Both organizations have worked tirelessly to ensure our State lawmakers understand the work of law enforcement. We have seen recent success in maintaining fair and reasonable use of force standards, implementing flexible State policy that allows for local control over law enforcement tools such as body cameras, and ensuring that pension benefit promises are honored.

ORCOPS is proud of the amazing work our members do on a daily basis and look forward to continued advocacy for Oregon’s law enforcement professionals.

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The Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of police officers, deputy sheriffs and other individuals in Oregon law enforcement agencies. ORCOPS serves as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve.

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In Response to The Oregonian’s DPSST Investigative Report

Contact:
Daryl Turner, President
Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs
503.225.9760

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Portland, OR:  Earlier today, The Oregonian published a lengthy article about the role of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)—Oregon’s training and certifying agency for police officers, corrections officers, firefighters, private security personnel, and other public safety personnel.

However, there are several elements to this narrative that are either ignored or out of place, notably confusion about DPSST’s role in the public safety regulation and the failure to use the most relevant comparative statistics.

Most concerning, however, is the overarching premise that DPSST is meant to act as some sort of super-employer, its authority superseding local elected officials and local departments that would become secondary to State control over their day-to-day personnel processes. If this were the case, the State would have to drastically increase the DPSST budget, as well as pass new statutes that would guarantee their procedures meet due process standards. In fact, DPSST is only one vital element of a complex regulatory environment — one that spans multiple agencies and multiple levels of government. Looking at DPSST actions in a vacuum ignores a wide array of other discipline, penalties, and ongoing restrictions that are at work with regard to ensuring officer accountability.

As an organization representing rank and file police officers, deputy sheriffs, and other line personnel employed by Oregon’s largest police departments and sheriffs’ offices, we are committed to transparent discussions about our oversight systems. But for those discussions to have meaning, we must look at these structures objectively and acknowledge that each element is a part of a larger system — a system that, in its entirety, has been held up as a model of accountability around the nation. Drawing broad conclusions from singular cases in the name of sensationalism inappropriately tarnishes the reputation of thousands of dedicated law enforcement professionals in this State and the work they do on a daily basis; it does nothing to advance the discussion surrounding law enforcement service for our communities.

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The Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of police officers, deputy sheriffs and other individuals in Oregon law enforcement agencies. ORCOPS serves as a source of leadership within the law enforcement community and aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve.

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ORCOPS Launch Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Daryl Turner
(503) 757-8401

Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs Association Launched
A New Voice for Law Enforcement

(January 22, 2015— Portland, OR) -A new organization launched today to provide a voice for Oregon law enforcement officers. The Oregon Council of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPS) is comprised of the members of the Portland Police Association, Multnomah County Sheriffs Association, Clackamas County Sheriffs Association, Washington County Sheriffs Association, and Troutdale Police Association. The association is open to any Oregon law enforcement officers.

ORCOPS will work on public policy issues that impact law enforcement in Oregon and will also connect Oregonians to the role they play in keeping our communities safe. The formation comes at a time when Police are under deeper scrutiny in the wake of Ferguson.

“Our goal is to provide a voice for Oregon law enforcement and develop a greater sense of community respect for these officers who put their lives on the line every day,” said Daryl Turner, President of ORCOPS and of the Portland Police Association.

ORCOPS aims to serve as a place of leadership and build trust not only within law enforcement, but also between law enforcement officers and the communities where they serve.

To help start that engagement, ORCOPS launched a Facebook and Twitter account today Learn more at facebook.com/orcops.

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