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OSP Troopers Recruiting at California Military Base Career Fairs
04/09/2008
Oregon State Police Recruiting Unit
Sergeant Erin Reyes
Office: (503) 934-0225
Senior Trooper Dave Randall
Cell: (541) 733-3352
Trooper Ken Terry
Cell: (503) 569-1968

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Looking for more than a few good men and woman interested in a law enforcement career, Oregon State Police (OSP) is coming to Career Fairs later this month in California at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms to recruit and test for future careers as an Oregon State Police Trooper. OSP recruiters will be available to answer questions, help with the application process, and conduct Entry Level Testing during a five-day visit April 23 - 27.
 

Oregon State Police is in the midst of an unprecedented, aggressive recruitment and training plan for many exciting law enforcement career opportunities made real through the support of Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership. Approved funding during the 2007 and recently completed 2008 legislative sessions provided 139 new trooper positions for the Patrol Services Division, Fish & Wildlife Division, and Criminal Investigations Division.
 
Governor Kulongoski joined OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain's encouragement to those who are considering a law enforcement career. "As we move to put more troopers on Oregon highways, I hope that the fine men and women who have bravely served in our military forces will consider a career with the Oregon State Police. Their unique set of skills and training would be an excellent fit with our efforts to build our state trooper force in Oregon," said Kulongoski.
 

"Check us out. Like many other law enforcement agencies in Oregon and around the country, OSP has many opportunities to serve communities in our beautiful State in positions critical to our safety and economic vitality," said Superintendent McLain. "The Department's operations are being boosted through budget and staffing-related decisions seeking to restore 24/7 patrol operations and adequate funding levels for those core services that support our greater public safety system."
 
Men and women interested in applying with OSP can meet with recruiters during the following dates:
 
* Wednesday, April 23rd at the Career Fair at 29 Palms Marine Corps Base.
* Thursday, April 24th, at the Career Fair at Camp Pendleton.
* Friday, April 25th, OSP recruiters will be available by phone to answer questions or receive completed applications by 1:00 p.m. Recruiters can be reached at (541) 733-3352 or (503) 569-1968.
* Saturday, April 26th, Phase I Entry Level Testing (physical and written) will be conducted at Camp Pendleton.
* Sunday, April 27th, Phase II Entry Level Testing (aptitude and psychological behavioral assessment) at Camp Pendleton for applicants that pass first phase testing.
 
No one will be allowed to walk in and take the Entry Level Testing without previously completing an application and being invited to the test.
 

Entry Level Testing starts with a physical fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile timed run. (Refer to OSP web site for specifics and standards for passing.) Applicants, who successfully complete the physical fitness tests, proceed to take a written test to evaluate basic educational competencies. Applicants passing the written test are invited to take an aptitude test and begin the background investigation process.
 
Those wanting to fill out an employment application before the career fair can get one on the Oregon State Police web site at www.OSPTrooper.com.
 
Other changes made by OSP to help meet recruitment goals without reducing standards of excellence include:
 

* A completely re-tooled recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com  specifically designed to provide important information to applicants. The new website has a special section that includes stories about new recruits who transitioned from military service to OSP;
* The ability to fill out an application online and immediately email it to OSP;
* Additional Entry Level Testing dates, and streamlining of the internal review process; and,
* New patrol vehicles with rear bumper decals reading: "BE A TROOPER www.OSPTrooper.com." 
 

In addition to the opportunities to those without previous law enforcement experience, the Department has a new program called the Career Officer Lateral Entry Employment Program (COLEEP) to accept qualified law enforcement employees from other agencies who have a minimum of three years of full-time job experience as a sworn, paid law enforcement officer within the past six years. Those officers hired as part of COLEEP will go through a four-week training program that will emphasize Department-related instruction and help put experienced officers on the road and in our communities sooner.
 

OSP recruit troopers are trained at the Department Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy in Salem. In addition to the 16-week mandated DPSST training, OSP recruit troopers receive eight weeks of Department-specific training.
 
More information about the Oregon State Police, career opportunities and how to apply is available on our website at www.oregon.gov/OSP.