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Seventeen New OSP Recruit Troopers to be Sworn in Starting Training and OSP Careers
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Timothy McLain will open the New Year by swearing in 17 newly hired recruit troopers Sunday, January 4th, starting their new careers to serve communities and help protect the citizens of Oregon.

On January 4, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. before family and friends at the Oregon Public Safety Academy Hall of Heroes in Salem, each recruit will take their oath of office beginning 25 weeks of intensive academy-based training. Following four weeks of OSP specific training, each recruit trooper will continue their training during the 16-week Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) program with other agency recruits. Upon successful completion of the DPSST training program, they will move through an advanced-DPSST five week training program unique to OSP requirements.

"Since July 2007 our Department has been able to fill vacant positions and recent authorized new positions by hiring and retaining over 110 recruit troopers," said Superintendent McLain. "These seventeen individuals are part of the approved staffing increases supported by Governor Kulongoski and legislative leadership during the 2007 session. We will continue to carefully manage future hiring in light of the current economic situation while responsibly managing our budget and resources."

The 17 recruit troopers range in age from 21 to 39 (averaging 27 years old) and come from a wide range of life experiences and backgrounds. Four have law enforcement experience including one individual who is returning home to Oregon after working as a South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper. Nine individuals have military backgrounds.
The fifteen men and two women will be assigned to the Patrol Services Division. After successfully completing their training the recruit troopers are assigned to report at the following locations:
  • Albany
  • Bend
  • Burns
  • Capitol Mall – Salem (2)
  • Central Point
  • Klamath Falls
  • Newport
  • Oakridge
  • Ontario
  • Portland
  • Salem
  • Springfield (2)
  • St. Helens
  • Tillamook (2)

OSP has scheduled one more Entry Level Testing opportunity for February 7 – 8, 2009 in Canby. Information about OSP recruiting efforts is available on our recruitment website at www.OSPTrooper.com where prospective applicants can find more information and an online application.

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.

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