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Thirteen OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating from Oregon Public Safety Academy Friday, October 16th
10/13/2009
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0258
 
Sergeant Bob Charpentier
Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4510

Albany, Astoria (3), Coos Bay (2), Newport (2), Oregon State University - Corvallis, Pendleton (2), and Salem (2) 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, October 16th.
 

Superintendent Timothy McLain noted that with the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership during the 2007 and 2009 legislative sessions, OSP has been working hard to hire and train newly authorized troopers to resume 24-hour coverage at key locations around the state. Last December, the OSP Central Point Area Command office was the first to return to around-the-clock coverage. Other OSP office locations in Portland, Albany, Salem, Springfield and Bend have also recently returned to 24 hour coverage with other offices getting closer in the coming months.
 
"This graduation marks further progress in returning 24/7 State Police coverage for Oregon's highways and communities," said Governor Kulongoski. "I congratulate these graduates and I am proud of their willingness to serve their state and local communities."
 
The thirteen OSP recruit troopers, eleven men and two women, join 22 city police and 3 county sheriff graduating recruit officers during Friday's 11:00 a.m. ceremony in front of family and friends. The 12 Patrol Services Division and one Fish & Wildlife Division graduating recruit troopers report to assignments at the following OSP worksites:
  • Albany Area Command – Recruit Steve Kenyon, age 40 (Patrol)
  • Astoria Area Command – Recruit David Herman, age 29 (Fish &Wildlife)
  • Astoria Area Command – Recruit Andrew Morgan, age 34 (Patrol)
  • Astoria Area Command - Recruit Greg Schuerger, age 33 (Patrol)
  • Coos Bay Area Command – Recruit Josh Mullins, age 25 (Patrol)
  • Coos Bay Area Command – Recruit Ben Looney, age 23 (Patrol)
  • Newport Area Command – Recruit Adam Shimer, age 24 (Patrol)
  • Newport Area Command – Recruit Brian Tucker, age 34 (Patrol)
  • Oregon State University / Corvallis – Recruit Brittany Phelps (Patrol)
  • Pendleton Area Command – Recruit Chelsea Adams, age 24 (Patrol)
  • Pendleton Area Command – Recruit Marcus Burt, age 28 (Patrol)
  • Salem Area Command – Recruit Casey Buckingham, age 32 (Patrol)
  • Salem Area Command – Recruit James Ward, age 24 (Patrol)
 
Starting January 2007, OSP recruit trooper training has included both OSP-specific training unique to the Department and the 16-week DPSST training program with newly hired city and county officers at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers' also go through a two to three month field training program with an OSP trooper.

 
The Basic Police Class No. 314 graduation ceremony marks the completion of the fourteenth 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. It will take place at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem.

 
Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to DPSST Deputy Director Eriks Gabliks at (503) 378-2332.
 
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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).