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Six OSP Recruit Troopers Graduate May 4th Following 24 Weeks of Training in Salem
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Training Division
(503) 378-4485

Six new Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers completed nearly 24 weeks of academy-based training and will graduate Friday, May 4, 2012, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Following graduation, the new recruit troopers report to their assigned OSP offices.
Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans will join their family, friends and OSP representatives for the 1:00 p.m. graduation ceremony to recognize the completion of this phase of their intensive training program. The six OSP recruit troopers were part of an original group of 10 individuals selected to start training in September 2011. Four members of the initial group did not complete the required training.
"Although few in numbers, this is an impressive group of new recruit troopers. Their perseverance and commitment to complete this part of an extensive training program has built their foundation to help them with future challenges and responsibilities as an OSP trooper," said Evans.
The six OSP recruit troopers report to their assigned offices in the Patrol Services Division at the following locations:
  • Burns Work Site - Recruit James King, age 43
  • Hermiston Work Site - Recruit Joseph Dezso, age 27
  • Klamath Falls Area Command - Recruit Scott Sheldon, age 23
  • Portland Area Command - Recruit Christopher Coppa, age 27
  • Springfield Area Command - Recruit Joshua Wolcott-Peterson, age 31
  • The Dalles Area Command - Recruit Alexander Zuniga, age 30
Starting five years ago, OSP recruit trooper training incorporated Department-specific training and 16-week DPSST training program with newly hired city and county officers at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. In addition to the OSP training received before and after Basic Police Training, recruit troopers join veteran OSP troopers for about three months of a field training program before being approved for solo patrol.
The Oregon Public Safety Academy is located at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem.
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 toBE 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).
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