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Oregon State explores options after OSP ends contract

OSU spokesperson Steve Clark said the university leaders first heard from OSP about their decision on Monday.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:02 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is exploring options after Oregon State Police announced they would be ending their contract on June 30, according to an OSU spokesperson.

One of those options includes contracting with another law enforcement agency.

OSU spokesperson Steve Clark said the university leaders first heard from OSP about their decision on Monday. He said they are working with state police to make the transition go smoothly and to find out their needs after they leave on July 1.

OSP said their decision comes as they have seen a decrease in their officers statewide. They said those assigned to OSU will be transferred to other areas of the state.

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Clark said a total of 16 people with OSP are currently assigned to the university, including 12 troopers. He said if they do contract with another agency, the university president will have the final say and will work with the board of trustees. 

"We think it's doable," Clark said. "Certainly eight months provides a fast-pace both for evaluation and making a recommendation to the university's leadership to make a decision."

Clark said during the 2018 fiscal year, OSU paid OSP around $2.5 million for their work on campus, not including their work during sporting events.

KEZI 9 News reached out to the Corvalis Police Department to see if they were interested in picking up the contract, but they said they could not comment. We also reached out to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, and the undersheriff told KEZI 9 News they just learned about the contract ending and have not formed an opinion yet.

"We don't have expectations of exclusions to whom we might consider and discuss the opportunity with," Clark said.

Clark said public safety remains a top priority of Oregon State University.

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