Twenty-one (21) new recruit troopers will be sworn in Sunday Oregon State Police Superintendent Timothy McLain at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, launching their new careers with the Oregon State Police (OSP). These new recruit troopers are the first group of 39 new positions authorized to be hired during the 2009 legislative session with the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership.
On September 20, 2009 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.
"The Oregon State Police is extremely thankful to Governor Kulongoski, the legislative leadership, and the people of Oregon for the support extended to our department during the last few years as we moved to rebuild an agency stalled by past staffing reductions and layoffs," said McLain. "We have brought on a lot of hardworking men and women with great character and commitment during the last two years as we hired and trained 100 new troopers. Each individual is helping us return to around-the-clock coverage at some OSP offices while serving as an integral part of Oregon's efforts to reduce crime, prevent harm to people, and help our law enforcement partners."
A brief look at the new 21 men who make up the OSP recruit trooper class includes:
* An average of 27 years of age
* Varied backgrounds including wildland firefighter, boy scout volunteer, waiter, and construction work
* Four have come from other law enforcement agencies and one who was a reserve officer
* Four have previous or current military service backgrounds
* Ten have associates or bachelor degrees
Upon successfully completing their academy-based training, 18 recruit troopers will be assigned to the Patrol Services Division and three in the Fish & Wildlife Division at the following OSP locations:
* Albany Area Command – 2 Patrol
* Astoria Area Command – 1 Patrol, 1 Fish & Wildlife
* Banks Work Site – 1 Patrol
* Bend Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Central Point Area Command – 2 Patrol
* Gold Beach Work Site – 1 Patrol
* Hermiston Work Site – 1 Patrol
* La Grande Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Klamath Falls Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Ontario Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Roseburg Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Portland Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Salem Area Command – 1 Patrol, 1 Fish & Wildlife
* The Dalles Area Command – 1 Patrol
* Tillamook Work Site – 2 Patrol, 1 Fish & Wildlife
This last weekend, September 12th and 13th, over 360 applicants took the Entry Level Test for upcoming hiring opportunities as an Oregon State Police Trooper. Included in that group was the largest number of female applicants to successfully complete this initial phase of testing.
More information about career opportunities is available on the OSP recruiting website at www.OSPTrooper.com