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OSP Central Point Office First to Resume 24/7 Trooper Patrol Coverage
01/09/2009
Lieutenant Brian Powers
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 233
 
Captain Randie Martz
Southwest Region Commander
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 238
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Following up on a commitment to put state troopers back on 24/7 patrol, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski joined Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Timothy McLain in announcing that the Central Point Area Command office is the first OSP office to get troopers back onto area roads around-the-clock.
 
"This marks an important reversal in a troubling trend of declining state police on our roads," Governor Kulongoski said. "It took years to reverse this trend but Oregon is now firmly on path to ensure our communities have 24-7 police coverage to help keep our families safe day and night across the state."
 
On December 28, 2008, OSP staffing increases boosted by newly hired and trained recruit troopers reached a minimum level at the Central Point Area Command office to put troopers on the road around-the-clock on Interstate 5 and secondary roads in Jackson County. OSP Area Commander Lieutenant Brian Powers stressed that the office is at a minimal staffing level that can place at least two troopers on duty per shift.
 
"Since July 2007 nearly 5,000 applications were received as we aggressively recruited men and women for future careers with our Department. During that time we have been able to fill vacant positions and recent authorized new positions by hiring and retaining over 120 recruit troopers," said Superintendent McLain. "Through the support of Governor Kulongoski and legislative leadership during the 2007 session, putting troopers on our major freeways and state highways around-the-clock is now becoming a reality. This is the first step as we get closer at some of our other OSP offices in key locations to be out there to help day and night."
 
Superintendent McLain swore in 17 new recruit troopers January 4th starting their training program before they report to one of 14 OSP offices. Upon graduation, one of these new recruit troopers will help further boost the Central Point Area Command office staffing. Superintendent McLain also emphasized that 50 new recruit troopers completed their academy and field training and were on the road by January 1st patrolling highways around the State.
 
As of January 1, 2009, the OSP Central Point Area Command office now has 22 sworn state troopers assigned to patrol approximately 260 highway miles in Jackson County. Prior to July 2007, the office had 10 patrol troopers. In addition to the patrol troopers, the office has nine detectives and four fish and wildlife troopers. "Our detectives and fish and wildlife troopers don't hesitate to help out on the road when needed," said Powers.
 
Lieutenant Powers also oversees OSP operations at the Grants Pass work site providing public safety services and assistance in Josephine County. The nine patrol troopers and two fish & wildlife troopers help patrol approximately 130 miles of highway and freeway 22 hours each day. Recent cutbacks to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office have placed OSP as the primary responder for emergency calls in the county during day shift hours. Prior to July 2007, this work site had 8 assigned patrol troopers.
 
Department staffing increases helped OSP troopers increase patrol-related contacts last year. In 2008, over 237,000 traffic contacts were reported, a ten percent increase from 2007. OSP DUII arrests also jumped from 4,211 (2007) to 4,478 (2008).
 
Information about continuing OSP recruiting efforts is available on our recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com  where prospective applicants can also find an online application.
 
New applicants are required 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 for passing.) Applicants, who successfully complete the physical fitness tests, proceed 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.
 
"In light of the current economic situation, the Oregon State Police will continue to carefully manage future hiring while responsibly managing our budget and resources," said McLain.