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Eight OSP Recruit Troopers Graduating Friday from Oregon Public Safety Academy
11/12/2008
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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Albany, La Grande, Portland, St. Helens, Salem, The Dalles, 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, November 14th. The 10:00 a.m. graduation ceremony marked the completion of the ninth 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 8 new OSP recruit troopers follow in the foot steps of ten OSP recruit troopers who graduated in October following the approval of funding during the 2007 and 2008 legislative sessions. Since July 2007, OSP has hired and retained 112 recruit troopers as the State's investment through the support of Governor Ted Kulongoski and legislative leadership continues forward for an additional 139 new patrol trooper positions.
 
"The state's investment in public safety is about to pay off," said OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain. "Beginning in January, we will have 50 fully trained new troopers on solo patrol throughout the state. When all 139 Troopers are trained and on the road, we anticipate making significant impacts to improve transportation safety and help reduce criminal activity."
 
The eight OSP recruit troopers join 23 city police and 6 county sheriff graduating recruit officers during Friday's ceremony in front of family and friends. They will report to assignments at the following locations:
  • Albany Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Kevin Markey, age 39
  • Albany Area Command (Fish & Wildlife) – Recruit Ronald Clement, age 27
  • La Grande Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Travis Moody, age 26
  • Portland Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Herman Monarch, age 29
  • St. Helens Work Site (Fish & Wildlife) – Recruit John Vogel, age 33
  • Salem Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit John Wolfenbarger, age 21
  • The Dalles Area Command (Patrol) – Recruit Zachary Bohince, age 21
  • Tualatin Work Site (Patrol) – Recruit Scott Kinch, age 25
 
Oregon State Police has another Entry Level Testing opportunity scheduled at Canby High School 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. 306 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.