CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Starting June 30, 2020, Oregon State Police will no longer provide law enforcement services at the Oregon State University campus.
OSP announced the change on Wednesday, saying the change comes after months of considering the drastic decline of Oregon law enforcement resources and the need for police personnel at statewide offices.
“Considering our statewide obligations and concern for the safety of our own employees, the Oregon State Police has opted to allow our contract with OSU to lapse at year’s end, after the current contractual period expires,” OSP communications director Mindy McCartt wrote in a statement.
State police said they agreed to extend the contract until next summer at the university’s request. OSU will replace OSP resources in a measured manner, they said.
The change also comes weeks after a state trooper’s arrest of a 21-year-old Oregon State student near campus was captured on camera and went viral.
Genesis Hansen was initially stopped for allegedly riding her bike on the wrong side of the road on Oct. 13. But the situation escalated when Hansen refused to provide her name or information, which police said is required under state law. Hansen was arrested and cited for interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.
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The arrest caused a stir online, leading to accusations of racial bias. The NAACP held a gathering in support of Hansen, demanding accountability for what they called physical abuse by police. They said Hansen did not have to present her ID.
OSP has been the primary provider of law enforcement at the OSU campus since the 1980s.
State police said OSU has been a “tremendous partner” and “OSP treasures our relationships in the greater Corvallis Community.”
Moving forward, state police will work with the university on an exit strategy for policing resources.