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22 New Recruit Troopers to be Sworn In Sunday; OSP Completes Hiring to Fill 100 New Positions
05/21/2009
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0258
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police Superintendent Timothy McLain will swear in 22 new recruit troopers Sunday as they start training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, launching their careers with the Oregon State Police (OSP). This group of new recruit troopers completes the hiring to fill 100 new positions authorized during the 2007 legislative session with the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership.
 
"This class of recruits completes my commitment to put more troopers on Oregon roads," said Governor Kulongoski. "I want to thank these men and women for their willingness to serve and protect their communities and the State of Oregon."

 
On May 24, 2008 at 4:00 p.m., the new recruit troopers will be sworn in before family and friends at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes in Salem. The recruits will receive 30 weeks of intensive training, including the 16-week Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) training with other agency recruits and ten weeks of pre- and advanced-DPSST training unique to Oregon State Police (OSP) requirements.
 
"People living in our state and those traveling on our highways are already seeing the newly hired troopers and increased staffing levels as some patrol offices are at or approaching the levels needed to return to around-the-clock coverage. A more visible enforcement presence and availability to respond to driving complaints, crime reports, traffic crashes, and assistance requests from those needing help and other law enforcement agencies are just some of the benefits from having more troopers hired, trained and working throughout Oregon," said McLain.
 
A brief look at the new 19 men and 3 women who make up the OSP recruit trooper class includes:
  • An average of 26 years of age
  • Varied backgrounds including personal trainer, firefighter, construction worker, electrician, electronics engineer, web programmer, realtor, and bus driver
  • Four have previous law enforcement backgrounds, including 3 from out of state agencies
  • Seven served in one of the military branches
  • Four speak a second language
  • Thirteen have associates or bachelor degrees

 
Upon successfully completing their academy-based training, 20 recruit troopers will be assigned to the Patrol Services Division and two in the Fish & Wildlife Division at the following OSP locations:
  • Albany Area Command (1 - Patrol)
  • Astoria Area Command (2 - Patrol, 1 - Fish & Wildlife)
  • Burns Worksite (1 - Fish & Wildlife)
  • Central Point Area Command (2 - Patrol)
  • Coos Bay Area Command (2 - Patrol)
  • La Grande Area Command (2 - Patrol)
  • Newport Area Command (2 - Patrol)
  • Oregon State University (1 - Patrol)
  • Pendleton Area Command (2 - Patrol)
  • Portland Area Command (1 - Patrol)
  • Salem Area Command (3 - Patrol)
  • Springfield Area Command (2 - Patrol)
 
Anyone interested in potential future career opportunities as an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information on the OSP recruiting website at www.OSPTrooper.com.