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Six Recruit Troopers Graduate Following 24 Weeks of Academy-based Training: Four Awards Announced
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Training Section
(503) 378-4485

Six Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers graduated Friday completing nearly 24 weeks of academy-based training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) in Salem. Four awards were presented during the ceremony attended by approximately 100 people including family, friends, OSP and other public safety representatives.
Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans and OPSA Director Eriks Gabliks, joined Training Section Lieutenant Mike Peterson and Sergeant James Neufeldt, to announce the presentation of four class awards:
  • Superintendent’s Leadership Award - Recruit Trooper James King (Burns Work Site office)
  • Academic Achievement Award – Recruit Trooper Alexander Zuniga (The Dalles Area Command office)
  • Lee Holan Defensive Tactics Award – Recruit Trooper Scott Sheldon (Klamath Falls Area Command office)
  • Top Shooter Award – Recruit Trooper Christopher Coppa (Portland Area Command office)
Joining those four individuals graduating Friday were Recruit Trooper Joseph Dezso (Hermiston Work Site office) and Recruit Trooper Joshua Wolcott-Peterson (Springfield Area Command office).
OSP recruit troopers receive nearly 24 weeks of training including the 16-week DPSST Basic Police training sandwiched between pre- and post- academy training unique to OSP requirements. They will report to their assigned offices and join veteran OSP troopers for about three months of a field training program before being approved for solo patrol.