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OSP Recruit Troopers Receive Awards at DPSST Basic Police Class No. 304 Graduation
Lieutenant Eric Judah
OSP Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Three Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers received awards today as they joined 37 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.
Six OSP recruit troopers, 23 city police, 10 county sheriffs, and one fire agency investigator made up the graduating Basic Police Class No. 304. Three OSP recruit troopers received special awards announced by DPSST staff during the ceremony.
Recruit BRANDON PETERS, age 35, was selected as the recipient of the Victor G. Atiyeh Outstanding Student Award, the highest honor that a student can receive from DPSST. The Victor G. Atiyeh Outstanding Student Award is presented to the student in each basic training class who is selected by the DPSST staff, instructors, and fellow students as the most outstanding student overall.
The student selected must display exceptional professionalism and ethics, as well as a positive attitude throughout basic training. The student is evaluated on demonstrated leadership, teamwork, the willingness and ability to shoulder responsibility, academic standing, performance in survival skills, and overall health and fitness. Recruit PETERS is assigned to the Portland Area Command office.
Recruit TYLER BECHTEL, age 34, was selected as the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award, presented to the top academic student of each graduating class. The evaluation process, conducted by Academy staff, considers the student's academic performance throughout the entire training. Recruit BECHTEL, who is assigned to the Portland Area Command office, had a final average test score of 95 percent.
Two class awards, the Defensive Tactics Award and Excellence in Physical Fitness Award, were presented to Recruit TIFFANY MAKIN, age 34, who is assigned to the Albany Area Command office. The Defensive Tactics Award 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. The Excellence in Physical Fitness Award 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 three graduating OSP recruit troopers were:
  • Recruit RYAN NEUENSCHWANDER, age 22, assigned to the Central Point Area Command office
  • Recruit DESSA DEFOREST, age 39, assigned to the Portland Area Command office
  • Recruit JOSHUA BOATNER, age 24, assigned to the Salem Area Command office
Since July 1, 2007 OSP has hired and retained over 90 recruit troopers, and an additional 35 individuals have received conditional job offers for recruit schools scheduled October 2008 and January 2009.
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. Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers' training includes a 4-week OSP Advanced Academy training program at DPSST and a 2 – 3 month field training program with an OSP trooper.
Those who submit applications for upcoming hiring opportunities 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)
  • February 7 – 8, 2009 in Canby
  • April 4 – 5, 2009 in Canby

Anyone interested in becoming an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information on the OSP recruiting website at www.OSPTrooper.com.