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OSP Recruit Troopers Receive Special Class Awards During Graduation
03/26/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers assigned to the Bend, Tillamook and Portland offices received awards today as they joined other graduating police recruits representing state, county, and city public safety agencies. The graduation marked the conclusion of over 16 weeks of integrated basic police training for thirteen OSP recruit troopers, 19 city police and 7 county sheriff recruits from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem which provides statutorily-required training.
 
One of the highlights of the graduation was the announcement that the recruit class raised $800 in support of a recruit officer from Troutdale Police Department who participated in the "Polar Plunge Portland" fundraiser for Special Olympics. A Special Olympics representative and three special athletes attended today's graduation ceremony and made a special presentation to the recruit class.
 
Three OSP recruit troopers received special class awards:
  • OSP Recruit Trooper Jacob Lorentz, age 26, a Patrol Services Division recruit assigned to the OSP Bend Area Command office, received the "Victor G. Atiyeh Outstanding Student Award", the highest honor that a student can receive from DPSST. This award is named in honor of the former distinguished governor of the state of Oregon, in whose term of office the current academy became a reality. This prestigious award is presented to the outstanding student of each basic class as selected by their fellow students and the academy staff. The student selected must display exceptional professionalism by demonstrating an exemplary attitude and outstanding achievement in leadership, academics, health & fitness and survival skills.
  • OSP Recruit Trooper John King, age 26, a Fish & Wildlife Division recruit assigned to the Tillamook work site, received the "Outstanding Health and Fitness Award" presented to the student who excels in the area of physical fitness and health, enabling them to perform the jobs of providing emergency services to others while serving as a role model for other public safety professionals.
  • OSP Recruit Trooper Caleb Borchers, age 36, a Patrol Services Division recruit assigned to the Portland Area Command office, was the recipient of the "Defensive Tactics Award" presented to the student who excels in the area of defensive tactics by displaying exemplary skill in control and arrest tactics, verbalization, and professionalism while performing a myriad of training scenarios.

 
The other graduating OSP recruit troopers are:
  • Albany Area Command – Recruit Chris Boeholt, age 33 (PSD)
  • Astoria Area Command – Recruit Joseph Warwick, age 27 (FWD)
  • Central Point Area Command – Recruit Zach McClendon, age 23 (PSD)
  • Central Point Area Command – Recruit Ryan Tague, age 23, (PSD)
  • Klamath Falls Area Command – Recruit Craig Rice, age 23 (PSD)
  • La Grande Area Command – Recruit Kenton Arbon, age 24 (PSD)
  • North Plains Work Site – Recruit Patrick Peltier, age 24 (PSD)
  • Ontario Area Command – Recruit Kevin Harris, age 32 (PSD)
  • Tillamook Work Site – Recruit Aaron Butcher, age 22 (PSD)
  • Tillamook Work Site – Recruit Geoffrey Smith, age 30 (PSD)
 
The thirteen graduating OSP recruit troopers will undergo another nearly 6 weeks of OSP specific training at DPSST before reporting to their listed office assignments.
 
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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).