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OSP Recruit Troopers from Springfield and The Dalles Receive Awards at OSP Post-Academy Graduation
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers assigned to work sites in Springfield and The Dalles were recipients of four special awards presented Saturday, March 7th, during the OSP post-academy graduation in Salem. OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain and Oregon State Police Foundation Chair Gerry Frank spoke to the 41 graduating recruit troopers recognizing their commitment and achievement in completing nearly 25 weeks of training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

The 39 patrol and 2 fish and wildlife 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. The authorization to hire and train 100 new OSP troopers will help OSP return to a minimal level of limited 24/7 patrol coverage.
Four special awards were presented during Saturday's graduation:
  • Academic Achievement Award - Recruit Trooper Ethan Sether (OSP Springfield)
  • Defensive Tactics Award - Recruit Trooper Jacob Luquin (OSP Springfield)
  • Outstanding Shooter Award - Recruit Trooper Brent Ocheskey (OSP The Dalles)
  • Superintendent's Leadership Award - Recruit Trooper Jacob Luquin (OSP Springfield)

Following graduation the recruit troopers reported back to their assigned OSP work sites at the following locations:
Albany (3 - Patrol Services Division, 1 - Fish & Wildlife Division)
Central Point (1)
Florence (1)
Gold Beach (2)
Klamath Falls (2)
La Grande (2)
Newport (1)
Ontario (5)
Oregon State University (2)
Portland (5)
Salem (2)
Springfield (5)
St. Helens (1 - Fish & Wildlife Division)
The Dalles (2)
Tualatin (6)

"These 36 men and 5 women are a big boost to our Department and the citizens of Oregon. Soon, all forty-one will be out on patrol providing critical public safety services in our State," said McLain.
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. In addition to the DPSST training, OSP recruit troopers receive four weeks of pre- and five weeks of post-advanced training unique to the requirements of OSP, totaling 25 weeks of academy based training.