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311.30 Off-Duty Responsibility of Officers

311.30, Off Duty Responsibility of Officers


  • ORS 133.235 Arrest by a Peace Officer
  • DIR 316.00 Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances
  • DIR 830.00 Arrest, Without Warrant



  • Under ORS 133.235 Arrest by a Peace Officer, sworn officers retain their authority 24 hours a day anywhere in Oregon. Members may encounter situations involving criminal conduct while off duty. Typically, members encountering these situations will be missing some or all of the equipment that they would have available when on duty. Members taking police action in these situations may risk injury to themselves and create confusion for bystanders and on duty officers arriving on the scene.


  • Members considering taking off duty police action should consider the following factors before making their final decision. The seriousness of the offense and the threat of injury, the availability of safety equipment, the availability of on duty assistance, the tactical situation and the immediacy of the need to prevent the crime or apprehend the suspect. Whenever possible, off duty members should defer to or obtain assistance from the appropriate law enforcement agency.


  • Members shall not make arrests, issue citations, or use their official position to gain an advantage in a personal conflict. Additionally, members are not required to perform their official duties when a personal relationship is involved. In said situations, members shall notify the agency responsible for the jurisdiction in which the event is occurring in order that members may be dispatched to investigate and take appropriate action.


  • Members taking official police action off duty (i.e., stopping or detaining a subject, making an arrest, showing police identification in an official capacity) shall document their activities in the appropriate Bureau report.