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Ten OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating from Oregon Public Safety Academy
03/25/2009
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Oregon State Police Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485
 
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0258

Albany, Newport, Pendleton (2), Salem, Springfield (4), 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, March 27th.
 
OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain noted the ten new OSP recruit troopers were hired and trained following approval of funding during the 2007 legislative session with the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership. The approved funding is helping OSP return to a minimal level of 24/7 patrol coverage by adding 100 new troopers. A final group of approximately 20 newly hired recruit troopers this biennium will start their training program in May.

 
The ten OSP recruit troopers join 17 city police and 16 county sheriff graduating recruit officers during Friday's 11:00 a.m. ceremony in front of family and friends. The 9 Patrol Services Division and one Fish & Wildlife Division graduating recruit troopers report to assignments at the following OSP worksites:
  • Albany Area Command - Recruit Jeffrey Freitag, age 28 (Patrol)
  • Newport Area Command - Recruit Adam Kowing, age 21 (Patrol)
  • Pendleton Area Command - Recruit Jerrad Little, age 22 (Patrol)
  • Pendleton Area Command - Recruit Ryan Sharp, age 22 (Patrol)
  • Salem Area Command - Recruit Eric Edelbrock, age 28 (Patrol)
  • Springfield Area Command - Recruit Kyle Bachmeier, age 25 (Patrol)
  • Springfield Area Command - Recruit Edward Imholt, age 28 (Fish & Wildlife)
  • Springfield Area Command - Recruit Michael Pelkey, age 25 (Patrol)
  • Springfield Area Command - Recruit Gerald Ellis, age 26 (Patrol)
  • The Dalles Area Command - Recruit Joshua Addesa, age 25 (Patrol)
 
Starting January 2007, OSP recruit trooper training has included both OSP-specific training unique to the Department and the 16-week DPSST training program with newly hired city and county officers at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers' also go through a two to three month field training program with an OSP trooper.
 
The Basic Police Class No. 310 graduation ceremony marks the completion of the eleventh 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. It will take place 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.