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Four OSP Recruits Join City, County Recruits Graduating with DPSST Basic Police Class No. 300
Lieutenant Eric Judah
OSP Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0285

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Central Point, Grants Pass, Newport and Portland will each receive one of four Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers graduating from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) basic police training program, Friday, April 25th. The morning graduation ceremony marked the completion of the fourth 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 notes that the Department continues 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.

"The Department continues to look for men and women who have the skill and desire to be future Oregon State Police troopers," Superintendent McLain said. "This is an exciting time for those individuals who have what it takes for this job."

The following four recruit troopers will report to Patrol Services Division (PSD) assignments at these locations:
  • Central Point Area Command – Recruit Brandon Quirke
  • Grants Pass Work Site – Recruit Joshua Neville
  • Newport Area Command – Recruit Darrel Vanhoose
  • Portland Area Command – Recruit Matthew Fromme

Since January 2007, OSP has 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 required to receive 24 weeks of training including the 16-week DPSST training sandwiched between four weeks of pre- and advanced training unique to the requirements of OSP.
Since July 1, 2007 OSP has hired and retained 80 recruit troopers, some of which have yet to begin training. Recruiting efforts continue in and outside the State, including a recruiting trip planned at military Career Fairs later this month in California at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms. A completely re-tooled recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com was recently rolled out specifically designed to provide important information to prospective applicants, including the ability to fill out an application online and immediately email it to OSP.
On May 3rd and 4th, more than 180 applicants have confirmed their attendance for Entry Level Testing at West Albany High School. Entry Level Testing starts with a physical fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile timed run. (Refer to OSP recruiting website 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.
Additional upcoming Entry Level Testing dates are scheduled for:
  • June 21, 2008 at Jefferson High School in Jefferson
  • July 12, 2008 at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton
  • July 19, 2008 at Crater High School in Central Point
The Basic Police Class No. 300 graduation will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem. Superintendent McLain, whose father was a graduate of the first DPSST basic police graduating class, will give the keynote address to the graduates.
Anyone interested in becoming an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information on the OSP recruiting website at www.OSPTrooper.com.

Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to Jeanine Hohn at (503) 378-4404.