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Ten OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating from Oregon Public Safety Academy
10/14/2008
Lieutenant Eric Judah
OSP Training Division
Office: (503) 378-4485
 
Ms. Renee Bryant
Employee Services & Organizational Development
Office: (503) 934-0285
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Central Point, Grants Pass, Hermiston, Klamath Falls, Ontario, Portland, Springfield and Tualatin 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 17th. The 10:00 a.m. graduation ceremony marked the completion of the eighth 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 10 new OSP recruit troopers, along with 21 others set to be sworn in Sunday to start their training, are representative of the Department's continued commitment to recruiting and training following the approval of funding during the 2007 and 2008 legislative sessions. An investment by Oregon through the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership for an additional 139 new patrol trooper positions is helping get OSP back to a minimal level of 24/7 limited patrol coverage.

 
"We are getting close to having some OSP offices at a minimal staffing level where those areas will have a trooper on duty around the clock for a portion of each week. This is something we haven't seen for several years," said OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain. "The interest level in career opportunities with our Department continues to be high, and we will keep working to attract high quality applicants who want to be a part of the future of the Oregon State Police and our vision to provide premier public safety services for Oregon."
 
Ten OSP recruit troopers join 16 city police and 14 county sheriff graduating recruit officers during Friday's ceremony in front of family and friends. The eight men and two women graduating OSP recruit troopers have assignments at the following locations:
  • Central Point Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Benjamin Studebaker, age 31
  • Grants Pass Worksite (Patrol) – Recruit Jeff Zydel, age 35
  • Hermiston Worksite (Fish & Wildlife) – Recruit Ryan Wilson, age 24
  • Klamath Falls Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Travis Peterson, age 22
  • Klamath Falls Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Derrek Ellena, age 26
  • Ontario Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Joseph Godek, age 34
  • Portland Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Tracy Clark, age 35
  • Portland Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Kimberly Long, age 40
  • Springfield Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Todd Cutsforth, age 23
  • Tualatin Worksite (Patrol) – Recruit Paul Geark, age 25
 
Since July 1, 2007 OSP has hired and retained 112 recruit troopers. During this last weekend 210 applicants participated in Entry Level Testing at Canby High School, of which 78 passed the physical fitness and basic education tests moving them into the next potential hiring phase. Another Entry Level Testing opportunity is scheduled at the same location on February 7 – 8, 2009.
 
Those who submit applications for upcoming hiring opportunities are required to participate in the 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 at www.OSPTrooper.com) 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.
 
Anyone interested in becoming an Oregon State Police Trooper may obtain more information on the OSP recruiting website, including new Department video tour links at www.OSPTrooper.com
providing a glimpse at recruit training and the different work troopers do. The recruiting website also provides important information to prospective applicants and the ability to complete an online application.

 
Starting January 2007, OSP 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 now receiving 25 weeks of training including the 16-week DPSST training in between four weeks of pre- and five weeks of post-advanced training unique to the requirements of OSP. Following graduation, the OSP recruit troopers' training includes a two to three month field training program with an OSP field training trooper.
 
The Basic Police Class No. 305 graduation is at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway, in Salem. Questions regarding DPSST can be directed to Jeanine Hohn at (503) 378-4404.