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3 OSP Recruit Troopers Receive Awards During Oregon Public Safety Academy Graduation
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Three Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers, two assigned at the Newport office and one at the Central Point office, received awards today as they joined 39 other graduating police recruits representing state, county, and city public safety agencies in Oregon. The graduation marked the conclusion of 16 weeks of integrated basic police training from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem which provides statutorily-required training.

Ten OSP recruit troopers, 23 city police, and 9 county sheriff recruit officers made up the graduating Basic Police Class No. 311. During today's 11:00 a.m. ceremony, three OSP recruit troopers received special awards as announced by DPSST staff.

Recruit REBECCA VENABLES, age 22, who is assigned to the OSP Central Point Area Command office, was selected as the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. This award is presented to the top academic student of each graduating class following an evaluation process conducted by Academy staff in consideration of the student's academic performance throughout the entire training. Recruit VENABLES had a final average test score of 94.8 percent. The class average was nearly 89 percent.

Recruit MICHAEL HANSEN, age 26, who is assigned to the OSP Newport Area Command office, was selected to receive the Defensive Tactics Award which is presented to the student who excels in the area of defensive tactics by displaying exemplary skill in control and arrest tactics, verbalization, and professionalism while performing a myriad of training scenarios.
Recruit BRETT DANNER, age 30, who is assigned to OSP Newport Area Command office, received the Outstanding Health and Physical Fitness Award which is presented to the student who excels in the area of physical fitness, enabling them to perform their jobs of providing emergency services to others while serving as a role model for other public safety professionals.

The other seven graduating OSP recruit troopers are:
  • Coos Bay Area Command - Recruit James Koehler, age 29 (Patrol)
  • Florence Work Site - Recruit Darrell Sheets, age 45 (Patrol)
  • Klamath Falls Area Command - Recruit Allan Fruitt, age 38 (Patrol)
  • Klamath Falls Area Command - Recruit Donnie Miller, age 30 (Patrol)
  • Ontario Area Command - Recruit Clayton Stevens, age 27 (Patrol)
  • St. Helens Work Site - Recruit Kim Evans, age 23 (Patrol)
  • Tillamook Work Site - Recruit Clint Galusha, age 24 (Fish & Wildlife)
The ten new OSP recruit troopers were hired and trained following approval of funding during the 2007 legislative session with the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership. OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain noted the new troopers will help provide patrol and fish & wildlife enforcement support at several OSP offices, including some locations that are nearing a return to a minimal level of around-the-clock patrol coverage.