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7 New OSP Recruits Graduating from Oregon Public Safety Academy; New Entry Level Testing Dates Announced
Lieutenant Eric Judah
OSP Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0285

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Albany, Bend, Coos Bay, Portland, Salem and Springfield 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, July 25th. The 11:00 a.m. graduation ceremony marked the completion of the sixth 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.

The seven new OSP recruit troopers are representative of the continuing unprecedented, aggressive recruitment and training plan for many exciting law enforcement career opportunities with the Department. These opportunities were brought to fruition 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.
OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain is encouraged with the progress the Department is making toward filling all of the new positions authorized by the legislature. "It is gratifying to see that we are not only filling the positions, but filling them with high quality recruits who are committed to a career in law enforcement. These newly hired men and women will be important parts of helping the Oregon State Police realize its vision of premier public safety services for Oregon," said McLain.

Seven graduating OSP recruits will join new police recruits representing 13 city police departments, 6 county sheriff offices, and one fire department. The five men and two women graduating OSP recruit troopers have assignments in the Patrol Services Division at the following locations:
  • Albany Area Command - Recruit Ray Stallsworth, age 34
  • Bend Area Command - Recruit Zach Mickel, age 29
  • Coos Bay Area Command - Recruit Tiffany Crutchfield, age 30
  • Portland Area Command - Recruit Scott Mcloed, age 34
  • Salem Area Command - Recruit Anthony Pagano, age 21
  • Salem Area Command – Recruit Jennifer Russell, age 25
  • Springfield Area Command – Recruit Hank Duren, age 38

Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers will immediately continue with a 4-week OSP Advanced Academy training program at DPSST before they begin a 2 – 3 month field training program with an OSP trooper.
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 94 recruit troopers. Stepped up recruiting efforts continue, boosted by a completely re-tooled recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com specifically designed to provide important information to prospective applicants, including the ability to complete an online application 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:
  • October 11 – 12, 2008 in Canby (Application cutoff date September 25, 2008)
  • November 1 – 2, 2008 in Pendleton (Application cutoff date October 20, 2008)
  • November 15 – 16, 2008 in Central Point (Application cutoff date October 20, 2008)
The Basic Police Class No. 303 graduation is 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.