December 9, 2013
Sergeant Jeff Lewis
Training, Policy and Sworn Recruitment Section
Oregon State Police
Eriks Gabliks, Director
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
Nine Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers along with 29 recruit officers from other law enforcement agencies, including the oldest student to attend and graduate from the course, are graduating Friday, December 13, 2013, from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police training program. The graduation ceremony for the Basic Police Class 339 will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.
The thirty-eight (38) recruit graduating officers include 9 OSP recruit troopers, 15 city police recruit officers, 11 county sheriffs recruit deputies, 2 tribal law enforcement recruit officers, and the elected Klamath County Sheriff. According to Eriks Gabliks, DPSST director, at age 71, Sheriff Frank Skrah is the oldest student to attend and graduate from the Basic Police Course. Sheriff Skrah was selected by his classmates to speak on behalf of the class at the graduation ceremony that marks the successful completion of the 16-week training program for Basic Police Class 339.
The OSP recruit troopers are scheduled for assignments at the following locations:
* Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin – Springfield Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy – Florence Work Site office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Tony Halladay – Bend Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Patrick McCosker – Pendleton Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Stephen (Kyle) Michaels – Klamath Falls Area Command office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Melody Plews – Oregon State University office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Rodney Thomas II – Tillamook Work Site office (Fish & Wildlife Division)
* Recruit Trooper Dean Trent – Gold Beach Work Site office (Patrol Services Division)
* Recruit Trooper Jason Walters – The Dalles Area Command office (Patrol Services Division)
The graduating OSP recruit troopers began their academy-based training July 20, 2013, when they reported for an initial 4-week OSP pre-academy training program. They then joined other law enforcement recruit officers for the 16-week Basic Police training program from which they are graduating. The OSP recruit troopers will report for a brief period of field training at their assigned offices and then return back to DPSST in February 2014 for a six-week of OSP Post-Academy training program.
The Basic Police Class No. 339 graduation ceremony marked the completion of the Basic Police training for the multi-agency integrated class facilitated by DPSST, which provides statutorily-required basic training to newly hired city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers.
Anyone interested in future potential hiring opportunities to become an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information at the OSP recruiting website, www.osptrooper.com, or call the OSP Training / Sworn Applicant Processing Section at (503) 378-4175.
Questions regarding DPSST training and services 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).
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