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21 Recruit Troopers to be Sworn in Sunday to Start Training and OSP Careers
10/15/2008
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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The latest group of newly hired Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit troopers brings diverse backgrounds and experiences with them when they are sworn in Sunday by Oregon State Police Superintendent Timothy McLain as they start new careers in law enforcement. These individuals are part of 112 recruit troopers hired and retained since July 1, 2007 through the Department's recruiting efforts.
 
"This new class of recruits demonstrates that if someone is dedicated and willing to work, they can become an Oregon State Trooper," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "This class of recruits includes many diverse backgrounds but all share the same desire to serve their communities and protect the citizens of Oregon."
 
The twenty-one recruit troopers will be sworn in October 19, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. before family and friends at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes in Salem. The recruits will receive 25 weeks of intensive academy-based training, including the 16-week Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) program with other agency recruits and pre- and advanced-DPSST training unique to the requirements of Oregon State Police.
 
"With the support of Governor Kulongoski and the legislative leadership we continue to take steps toward 24/7 coverage on Oregon roads through hiring impressive candidates and providing training that prepares them for the challenges ahead," said Superintendent McLain. "Oregon is making an investment in the Oregon State Police and we intend to make a difference on our highways and in our communities."
 
The 21 recruit troopers range in age from 21 to 45 (averaging 29 years old) and come from a wide range of life experiences and backgrounds including:
  • Sea World animal trainer
  • Real estate agent
  • High school basketball coach
  • Helicopter mechanic
  • Heavy equipment operator
  • Commercial airline pilot
  • Child welfare worker
  • Victim's liaison with a district attorney's office
  • EMT / Ambulance Driver
 
"This group is about as diverse as they come, and they bring many skills and experiences that may help in the future in ways we can never anticipate," said McLain.
 
Four recruit troopers have previous law enforcement experience and are coming to OSP as part of the Career Officer Lateral Entry Employment Program (COLEEP) that accepts qualified law enforcement employees from other agencies who have a minimum of three years of full-time job experience as a sworn, paid officer within the past six years. Officers hired through COLEEP may go through an accelerated four-week training program to help put experienced officers on the road sooner. Ten recruit troopers have college degrees and five have current or past military experience.
 
Nineteen recruit troopers will be assigned to the Patrol Services Division (PSD) and two others will be assigned to the Fish & Wildlife Division (FWD). After successfully completing their training they are assigned to report to the following locations:
  • Albany (1 - PSD)
  • Coos Bay (1 - PSD)
  • Florence (1 – PSD)
  • Klamath Falls (2 – PSD)
  • Newport (2 - PSD)
  • Ontario (3 – PSD)
  • Pendleton (2 – PSD)
  • Salem (1 – PSD)
  • Springfield (3 – PSD, 1 - FWD)
  • The Dalles (2 - PSD)
  • Tillamook (1 – FSD)
  • Tualatin (1 - PSD)
 
OSP recruiting efforts continue, boosted by a completely re-tooled recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com specifically designed to provide important information to prospective applicants, including the ability to complete an application online.

 
New applicants 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.

 
A future Entry Level Testing opportunity is scheduled for February 7 – 8, 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.