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Six New OSP Recruit Troopers Graduate Feb. 24th From Oregon Public Safety Academy Training
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Training Division
(503) 378-4485
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Six new Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers will join 32 new recruit officers from county and city law enforcement agencies as they graduate Friday, February 24, 2012, from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police Training program.
The 11:00 a.m. graduation ceremony recognizes the completion of the statutorily-required 16-week Basic Police Training for the OSP recruit troopers, ten county sheriff deputies, 21 city officers, and one Inter-Tribal officer. The six OSP recruit troopers were part of a group of 9 individuals selected to start training in September 2011, but three members of the initial group did not complete the required training.
Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans congratulates all of the graduating recruits for their perseverance and commitment to complete the extensive basic training program.
"This initial training builds the foundation helping them make Oregon a safer place to live, work and play," said Evans.
The six OSP recruit troopers are assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the following locations:
  • Burns Work Site – Recruit James King, age 43
  • Hermiston Work Site – Recruit Joseph Dezso, age 27
  • Klamath Falls Area Command – Recruit Scott Sheldon, age 23
  • Portland Area Command – Recruit Christopher Coppa, age 27
  • Springfield Area Command – Recruit Joshua Wolcott-Peterson, age 31
  • The Dalles Area Command – Recruit Alexander Zuniga, age 30
Starting five years ago, OSP recruit trooper training incorporated Department-specific training and 16-week DPSST training program with newly hired city and county officers at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. In addition to their OSP training they receive before and after Basic Police Training, the OSP recruit troopers will join veteran OSP troopers for a two to three month field training program before they are approved for solo patrol.
As a result of the State’s budget concerns and recent hiring freeze, OSP has no other recruit troopers currently involved in DPSST basic police training.
The Basic Police Academy Class No. 328 graduation ceremony will take place at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem. A full list of the graduating recruits and the law enforcement agencies they work for is provided in at this link:
Questions regarding DPSST 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).