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OSP Superintendent Chris Brown to Swear In 9 New Recruit Troopers; First New Recruits Hired in 1 1/2 Years
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Training Division
(503) 378-4485
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Chris Brown will swear in 9 newly hired recruit troopers Sunday, September 18, 2011, before family and friends at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes in Salem. This group marks the first time in eighteen months that OSP has been able to hire and begin training new recruit troopers.
Prior to January 2010, OSP was actively recruiting, hiring and training new recruit troopers as part of approved staffing increases supported during the 2007 legislative session. The State's budget realities put the brakes on hiring new recruit troopers to fill vacant positions until the completion of the 2011 legislative session, during which 65 sworn trooper positions were eliminated in the agency's approved budget. Retirements have caused staffing levels to dip below the currently authorized number.
"We look forward to this group completing an extensive training program so they can start their law enforcement careers and begin doing what they signed up to do, which is helping our partners and making a difference for the citizens of Oregon," said Brown.
Following the swearing in ceremony, the eight men and one woman recruit troopers begin 26 weeks of intensive academy-based training. Following the first four weeks of OSP specific training, recruit troopers go through the 16-week Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police training program with other agency recruit officers. Upon successful completion and graduation from the Basic Police training program, OSP recruit troopers continue training at the academy with an advanced OSP six week training program.
The group of new recruit troopers range in age from 23 to 45 years and come from a wide range of life experiences and backgrounds. Two have previous law enforcement experience and three have military backgrounds. Upon successfully completing this initial training, they will be assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the following OSP office locations:
  • Burns
  • Hermiston
  • Klamath Falls
  • Oakridge
  • Ontario
  • Pendleton
  • Portland
  • The Dalles (2)
OSP is planning future hiring of more recruit troopers to fill vacant positions at several locations around the state. Information about OSP recruiting efforts is available on our recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com where prospective applicants can find more information and an online application.
One of the first steps for future applicants is to participate in Entry Level Testing that includes a physical fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups, and a two-mile timed run. (Refer to OSP recruiting website for specifics and standards). Applicants, who successfully complete the physical fitness tests, proceed on to take a written test to evaluate basic educational competencies. Applicants passing the written test are invited to take an aptitude test and begin the background investigation process.
Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks at (503) 378-2332.
The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).