(Deputy Superintendent Maureen Bedell swears in the new recruit troopers)
Fourteen men and two women begin training for their careers with the Oregon State Police (OSP) when they are sworn in Sunday, March 16, 2014. OSP Superintendent Richard Evans will welcome the new recruit troopers during the ceremony with their family and friends present at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes in Salem.
The 9:00 a.m. ceremony marks the beginning of new and exciting careers for the 16 new recruit troopers selected from hundreds of applicants. They bring a vast range of life experience and backgrounds when they move into the Oregon Public Safety Academy where, over the next six months, the majority will receive extensive training to prepare them in helping keep Oregon safe for our citizens and visitors.
The new group of recruits range from 21 to 45 years of age, with an average age of 33 years old. Eight served in the military, eight have a college degree including one person with a PhD in International Public Law, and four are lateral entry hires with prior law enforcement experience. Three are bilingual in Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian languages.
New OSP recruit troopers go through 26 weeks of intensive academy-based training consisting of a four-week OSP pre-academy, 16 weeks of required Basic Police academy training, and six more weeks of Post Academy training. The 4 lateral entry recruit troopers are not required to attend the Basic Police Training and they will report to their assigned offices after the initial four-week OSP pre-academy training.
Upon successfully completing the initial training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, the recruit troopers are appointed to report to the following assigned OSP office locations:
* Bend Area Command office (1)
* Central Point Area Command office (1)
* Coos Bay Area Command office (1)
* Klamath Falls Area Command office (1)
* Newport Area Command office (1)
* North Plains Work Site (1)
* Pendleton Area Command office (2)
* Portland Area Command office (2)
* Salem Area Command office (2)
* St. Helens Work Site (1 – F&W)
* The Dalles Area Command office (1)
* Tillamook Work Site (1 – Patrol, 1 – F&W)
Anyone interested in future hiring for OSP recruit trooper positions can find information on our recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com.
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).