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OSP Announces New Area Commander for the La Grande Area Command Office

June 25, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us
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Effective July 1, 2014, the Oregon State Police (OSP) La Grande Area Command office will have a new area commander appointed by Superintendent Richard Evans Jr.

Lieutenant Steve Smartt, age 52, takes over as La Grande Area Commander following the retirement of Lieutenant Gordon Larson. Lieutenant Smartt transferred from the Coos Bay Area Command office where he worked his way through the ranks from trooper to lieutenant, a position he held since his promotion in October 2003. Smartt started his OSP career in 1990, working three years as a Criminalist in the OSP Forensic Services Division before transferring into the Patrol Services Division in 1993. Prior to promoting into supervisory positions, he worked at the Coos Bay office as a patrol trooper and Drug Enforcement Section detective.

The La Grande Area Command office oversees Patrol, Fish & Wildlife and Criminal division operations at three offices supporting public safety services in three northeast Oregon counties: Union, Baker and Wallowa counties. The three offices have a combined total staff of 37 sworn officers and five non-sworn employees.

Patrol troopers working out of the La Grande office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 168 miles of state and interstate highways. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within over 2,000 square miles of Union County. Detectives support local law enforcement with major criminal investigations and on interagency teams. They also provide primary criminal investigative services on state property and at state institutions.

Patrol troopers working out of the Baker City office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 267 miles of state and interstate highways. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within over 3,000 square miles of Baker County. Detectives support local law enforcement with major criminal investigations and on interagency teams. They also provide primary criminal investigative services on state property and at state institutions.

Patrol troopers working out of the Enterprise office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 120 miles of state highways. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within over 3,100 square miles of Wallowa County. Detectives from the La Grande Area Command office support local law enforcement with major criminal investigations and on interagency teams, and they also provide primary criminal investigative services on state property and at state institutions.


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