Oregon does not require law enforcement agencies to psychologically evaluate job applicants before they become officers. But new legislation would change that.
A new bill would require all agencies in the state to psychologically evaluate officer candidates, and another aims to address the mental health of officers already wearing a badge.
Most law enforcement agencies conduct the screenings anyway. Researchers say around 14 percent in the state do not. They're mostly in rural or remote areas.
Troy Clausen, the undersheriff of Marion County, said reform is needed.
"People in our career field, they are burning out and blowing out," he told a KATU reporter Thursday. "When you see infants die in motor vehicle accidents, when you're exposed to home fires where people die and you have to sift through evidence that way, when you deal with explicit, graphic rape cases or sexual trauma to juveniles, to youth, those things, they live with you. They wear with you basically."