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Nine OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating Friday from Basic Police Training Program
02/23/2009
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Oregon State Police
Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Albany, Bend (2), Coos Bay, Portland, Roseburg, Salem, Springfield, and The Dalles 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, February 27th. The 10:00 a.m. graduation ceremony will mark the completion of the tenth 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 nine new OSP recruit troopers were hired and trained through approved funding provided during the 2007 legislative session with the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership aimed to add 100 new OSP troopers and help OSP return to a minimal level of limited 24/7 patrol coverage.
 
These nine OSP recruit troopers join 25 city police and 10 county sheriff graduating recruit officers during Friday's ceremony in front of family and friends. The graduating recruit troopers report to Patrol Services Division assignments at the following locations:
  • Albany Area Command - Recruit Michael Sell, age 47
  • Coos Bay Area Command - Recruit Khristopher Brandon, age 35
  • Salem Area Command - Recruit Michael Lacer, age 23
  • Bend Area Command - Recruit Ernest Lemos, age 41
  • Bend Area Command - Recruit Robert Olson, age 31
  • The Dalles Area Command - Recruit Mathew Zistel, age 22
  • Springfield Area Command - Recruit Cale Day, age 29
  • Roseburg Area Command - Recruit Keenan Sullivan, age 29
  • Portland Area Command - Recruit Kevin Ferguson, age 25
 
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. 309 graduation is at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem. Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to DPSST Deputy Director Eriks Gabliks at (503) 378-2332.