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Seven OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating from Oregon Public Safety Academy
05/21/2008
Lieutenant Eric Judah
OSP Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485

 
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0285

Albany, Central Point, Coos Bay, McMinnville, Ontario and Salem will each receive new Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers following their graduation from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) basic police training program, Friday, May 23rd. The morning graduation ceremony marked the completion of the fifth 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.
 
"We continue to be encouraged by the interest into our Department by many men and women who believe they 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."
 
Seven graduating OSP recruits will join 9 city police department recruits, 13 county sheriff office recruits, 3 tribal department recruits, and one Port of Portland recruit. Of the OSP recruit troopers, five are assigned to the Patrol Services Division and two to the Fish & Wildlife Division. The five Patrol Services Division recruit troopers are:
  • Central Point Area Command - Recruit Jessica Stotler, age 28
  • Central Point Area Command - Recruit Adam Walport, age 23
  • McMinnville Area Command - Recruit Creed Cummings, age 22
  • Ontario Area Command - Recruit Isaac Bolin, age 25
  • Salem Area Command - Recruit Kyle Olson, age 22
 
The two Fish & Wildlife Division recruit troopers are:
  • Albany Area Command - Recruit Kirk Burkholder, age 27
  • Coos Bay Area Command - Recruit Ryan Keeler, age 26
 
Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers will report at their assigned offices and begin a 2 - 3 month field training program with an OSP trooper. They will return to the Oregon Public Safety Academy at the end of July to attend a 4-week OSP Advanced Academy training program.
 
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 nearly 80 recruit troopers, some of which have yet to begin training. 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 back to OSP.
 
New applicants are required to participate in Entry Level Testing that includes 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 cutoff deadline for submitting applications to attend one of the above testing dates is June 11, 2008.
 
The Basic Police Class No. 301 graduation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem.
 
Anyone interested in becoming an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information on the OSP recruiting website.
 
Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to Jeanine Hohn at (503) 378-4404.