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Forty-One (41) OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating from Training Academy
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0258
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485

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Forty-one Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers will be graduating Saturday, August 1st, marking the end of nearly 25 weeks of training they received at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Joining OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain for the 10:00 a.m. graduation ceremony in front of family and friends will be retired Superintendent LeRon Howland.

Starting January 2007, OSP integrated recruit trooper training with newly hired city and county officers for 16-weeks of training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. In addition to the Academy training OSP recruit troopers also receive four weeks of pre- and five weeks of post-advanced training unique to the requirements of OSP. The August 1st graduation marks the end of the post-advanced training and the completion of the 25 weeks of academy-based training.

Of the 41 graduating recruit troopers, thirty-eight previously graduated from the 16-week Basic Police Training program conducted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). The other three graduates, two patrol troopers and one fish and wildlife trooper, were hired for lateral entry to the Department and have already completed the OSP pre-academy training. Twenty-eight (28) graduating recruit troopers previously completed a two to three month field training program with an OSP trooper and were working solo patrol prior to returning for the post-advanced training session. The remaining ten recruit troopers either will start their field training or were currently within the field training program prior to returning to complete this training session.

Superintendent McLain expressed his gratitude to Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership for their support during the 2007 and recently completed 2009 legislative sessions.
"These men and women wouldn't be here if it weren't for our Governor and elected officials in the legislature. Through their support we were able to hire and train them with approved funding provided during both legislative sessions, keeping OSP on track to returning back to a minimal level of limited 24/7 patrol coverage," said McLain.

"Our commitment towards 24/7 state police coverage for Oregon has not wavered," said Governor Kulongoski. "I am proud of these dedicated recruit troopers who spent a significant amount of time away from their family and loved ones as they trained hard to serve our state and their local communities."
Thirty-eight (38) recruit troopers are assigned in the Patrol Services Division (PSD) and 3 are assigned to the Fish & Wildlife Division (F&W). They will report back to their assigned OSP work sites at the following locations:
* Albany Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Bend Area Command (3 – PSD)
* Burns Work Site (1 – PSD, 1 - F&W)
* Capitol Mall Office (2 – PSD)
* Central Point Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Coos Bay Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Florence Work Site (1 – PSD)
* Klamath Falls Area Command (3 – PSD)
* La Grande Area Command (1 – PSD)
* Newport Area Command (3 – PSD)
* Oakridge Work Site (1 – PSD)
* Ontario Area Command (1 – PSD)
* Pendleton Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Portland Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Roseburg Area Command (1 – PSD)
* Salem Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Springfield Area Command (4 – PSD, 1 - F&W)
* St. Helens Work Site (1 – PSD)
* The Dalles Area Command (2 – PSD)
* Tillamook Work Site (2 – PSD, 1 - F&W)
"These men and women will soon be out on many of our highways providing much needed enforcement and responding to help when needed," said McLain.

The Oregon Public Safety Academy is located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem. Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to DPSST Deputy Director Eriks Gabliks at (503) 378-2332.