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Twelve New OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating Friday From Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0285
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485

Albany, Florence, Gold Beach, La Grande, Newport, Ontario, Oregon State University, Salem, Springfield, and Tualatin will each receive new Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers following their graduation from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) basic police training program, Friday, January 30th. The 10:00 a.m. graduation ceremony will mark the completion of the ninth fully-integrated basic police class facilitated by DPSST - which provides statutorily-required basic training to newly-hired city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers.

OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain noted the twelve new OSP recruit troopers were hired and trained through approved funding provided during the 2007 legislative session aimed to add 100 new OSP troopers and help OSP return to a minimal level of limited 24/7 patrol coverage. This investment by Oregon through the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership is anticipated to ultimately help with hiring 139 additional patrol troopers.

"We are closing in on the target of hiring one hundred new authorized troopers. These additional new troopers were the reason why the Central Point Area Command office was recently able to return to around-the-clock coverage, and some other OSP offices are getting closer to returning back to 24/7 coverage as graduated recruit troopers complete local field training," said McLain.

These twelve OSP recruit troopers join 8 city police and 15 county sheriff graduating recruit officers during Friday's ceremony in front of family and friends. The graduating eleven men and one woman report to Patrol Services Division assignments at the following locations:
  • Albany Area Command – Recruit Casandra Hegney-Bach, age 26
  • Florence Worksite – Recruit Joseph Conklin, age 26
  • Gold Beach Worksite - Recruit Brandon Smithers, age 23
  • La Grande Area Command – Recruit Levi Macy, age 24
  • Newport Area Command – Recruit Anthony Jennings, age 26
  • Ontario Area Command – Recruit David Armstrong, age 27
  • Oregon State University – Recruit Richard Vu, age 48
  • Salem Area Command – Recruit Jeremy Hetland, age 30
  • Springfield Area Command – Recruit Joshua Wetzel, age 24
  • Tualatin Worksite – Recruit Casey Brogdon, age 22
  • Tualatin Worksite – Recruit Travis Neubauer, age 22
  • Tualatin Worksite – Recruit Nigel Schnackenberg, age 28 
Since July 1, 2007 OSP has hired and retained 127 recruit troopers. While continuing to carefully manage future hiring in light of the current economic situation, the Department is still recruiting men and women interested in being a part of the future of the Oregon State Police. Approximately 200 - 250 applicants are expected to participate at the next Entry Level Testing in Canby on February 7 – 8, 2009.

Those who submit applications for upcoming hiring opportunities are required to participate in the 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 at www.OSPTrooper.com 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.

Anyone interested in becoming an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information on the OSP recruiting website, including new Department video tour links at www.OSPTrooper.com 
providing a glimpse at recruit training and the different work troopers do. The recruiting website also provides important information to prospective applicants and the ability to complete an online application.

Starting January 2007, OSP integrated recruit trooper training with newly hired city and county officers for the 16-week DPSST training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. OSP recruit troopers are now receiving 25 weeks of training including the 16-week DPSST training in between four weeks of pre- and five weeks of post-advanced training unique to the requirements of OSP. Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers' training includes a two to three month field training program with an OSP trooper.

The Basic Police Class No. 308 graduation is at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem. Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to Jeanine Hohn at (503) 378-4404.