Even though the Oregon Legislature is not in session, ORCOPS is still working to ensure policymakers hear our voice and understand what matters to us.
We’ve just sent out the next round of questionnaires for state legislative candidates seeking ORCOPS’ endorsement for the 2018 General Election. We’ll be carefully reviewing each questionnaire and making endorsements based on each candidate’s answers. We also consider whether a candidate has been a consistent champion for law enforcement. It’s important that candidates know when they have our back, we have theirs.
To that end, ORCOPS is working to have a PTSD presumption placed into Oregon’s Worker Compensation policies. Currently, if a first responder is experiencing symptoms and receives a diagnosis for PTSD, the worker’s compensation system denies most of those claims. It can be very difficult to definitively prove that PTSD happened while on duty.
We will continue to work in preparation for the 2018 General Election and the 2019 Legislative Session. We are proud to represent Oregon’s rank-and-file law enforcement professionals and the work you do every day to keep Oregonians safe.
Daryl Turner, President
Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs