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Clarification Statement Related to Media Reports About Possible State Budget Cuts
02/04/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The current media attention being generated by a budget exercise designed to simulate a worst case scenario has implied that some new Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers would not be hired in the future due to a lack of funding.
 
As a direct result of misperceptions or misinformation, OSP has received many calls today from prospective applicants who saw or read these news stories. Some of these calls came from applicants scheduled to attend this weekend's Entry Level Testing which is still scheduled.
 
The reductions listed on the Legislature's press release, including the elimination of the 39 trooper positions, have not been made and no decision or direction to make these cuts has been given. It should be noted that even in the exercise, OSP did not propose to ELIMINATE any positions. We merely proposed deferring the hiring of the final 39 positions authorized by the legislature into the next biennium.
 
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.