Oregon State Police

The Senate passed the bill creating the Oregon State Police on February 25, 1931, and the House approved it on March 1, l931. The new Department began operations on August l, l93l.

The new law consolidated under one head the law enforcement activities previously performed by the State Highway Commission, the Secretary of State, the Fish and Game Commission, the State Fire Marshal, and the Prohibition Commissioner.

In addition to enforcing the traffic laws, the game and fish codes, the laws relating to arson and fire prevention, and the prohibition and narcotic laws, the State Police were charged with the enforcement of all criminal laws throughout the State of Oregon.

The Department was created to serve as a rural patrol and to assist local law enforcement agencies, and consisted of 95 sworn police officers. In 1993, the Oregon Legislature approved legislation that included the formerly autonomous organizations of the Oregon State Fire Marshal s Office, Oregon Emergency Management, Law Enforcement Data System, and the Oregon Boxing and Wrestling Commission within the Department of State Police.

The purpose of the Patrol Services Division is to "provide a uniform police presence and law enforcement services throughout the state with a primary responsibility for traffic safety and response to emergency calls for service on Oregon's State and Interstate Highways.

Oregon State Flag

The flag of Oregon is the only state flag with different
pictures on each side. On the reverse appears a beaver
the state animal. Both sides have a field of navy blue
with design in gold. The front picture includes a heart shaped
shield with an eagle on top, surronded by thirty-three stars.
( The number of states in 1859. ) The scene on the shield
shows the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, mountains,
forests and a covered wagon. A plow, wheat and pickax
represent farming and mining. Of the two ships: The one leaving
is a British ship and the one arriving is a United States ship
representing trade. The eagle represents the United States.
On a banner are the words "The Union" representing support
for the United States. Finally the flag is emblazoned
with the words "State of Oregon" above the picture and
the date of statehood "1859" below.


Exempt Base ~ 1927 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1928 Issue
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Oregon State Police 1932.
Using regular passenger plate. 5 1/2" x 12"
Embossed steel- White over Navy Blue Up to
six numbers over OREGON followed by JUNE30 1932
 

Exempt Base ~ 1933 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1933 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1934 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1937 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1938 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1939 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1940 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1941 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1947 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1949 Issue
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Exempt Base ~ 1950 Issue
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1956-1960 issue- Although the OSP did not begin running confirmed Publicly Owned plates until 1974, this issue is featured as a probability/possibility of use on some
OSP vehicles at that time.

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1960-1964 issue
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1965-1973 issue- Early version with 5 digits. Although the OSP did not begin running confirmed Publicly Owned plates until 1974, this issue is featured as a probability/possibility of use on some OSP vehicles at that time.

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1965-1973 issue- Middle version with 6 digits and dash separator. Although the OSP did not begin running confirmed Publicly Owned plates until 1974, this issue is featured as a probability/ possibility of use on some OSP vehicles at that time.
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1965-1973 issue- Late version with 6 digits and no dash separator. Although the OSP did not begin running confirmed Publicly Owned plates until 1974, this issue is featured as a probability/ possibility of use on some OSP vehicles at that time.
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1974- 2006

2006- Current issue
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Motorcycle plate - Current issue

National Troopers Coalition Plate

Picture courtesy of Bill Ceravola