Code Enforcement and Fare Inspection Standard Operating Procedures
- To advise Field Operations Inspectors of the conditions warranting a request for Police assistance and the correct procedures to follow for requesting that assistance.
Statement of Principles:
- The Field Operations Inspector will act within the limits of his/her authority.
- Field Operations Inspectors are not law enforcement officers as defined under Oregon law and have no right, power, or authority to arrest another person except for that authority possessed by a private citizen. In performing their duties for TriMet, Field Operations Inspectors may not make or attempt to make arrests of persons on TriMet vehicles or property.
- Only Police have authority to enforce 28.15T of the TriMet Code – criminal activity on the transit system, including criminal trespass.
- Only Police have authority to cite, exclude, or arrest for violations of the law not identified by chapter 28 or 29 of the TriMet Code.
- Police assistance or response is not necessary or appropriate to examine a customer’s personal identification. Inspector may call for Police assistance to issue a citation or exclusion.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Field Operations Inspectors will use the following protocols when requesting Police. A Field Operations Inspector will have knowledge of emergency and non-emergency situations.
Emergency conditions include circumstances where Police or medical response is required if the Inspector, an employee, or a public citizen is threatened; when a medical emergency exists; or when an individual is not able to care for him or herself. In this condition, the Inspector will request Police by announcing “Priority” on the radio channel to OCC.
A trespass condition occurs when a person returns to TriMet property during the time that he/she is excluded. A person’s exclusion must be verified by an “R” check. Criminal trespass is against the law; therefore, only a Police Officer can cite, exclude, or arrest for criminal trespass. Note: refer to Operational Bulletin #02-01.
Non-emergency conditions mean there is no threat to safety; it is sufficient to provide your location and the problem by transmitting clear and brief information to OCC. OCC may dispatch a Field Operations Inspector to investigate a report of a person sleeping or of an intoxicated person. Based on the condition of the person and information provided, the responding inspector/supervisor will determine the necessary Police, fire or medical response and make the request for assistance to the OCC.