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Trooper Frequently Asked Questions

 Question: Applicant is unable to attend the scheduled written and physical abilities test.  Can the applicant be rescheduled for a different test event?
 Answer: Yes.  The applicant will be scheduled to attend the next available testing.
 Question: When is the next test scheduled for Recruit Trooper? 
 Answer: Our next scheduled testing dates can be found under the Trooper Testing tab of the website.  An applicant must receive approval to attend testing.
Question: Do I need to RSVP or confirm my attendance of one of the tests.
Answer: RSVP or confirmation is mandatory.  Even if you receive an invitation to attend one of our testing dates you will still need to RSVP or confirm your attendance.  If you do not confirm your attendance you will not be eligible to test.
 Question: Applicant is currently in the military with an anticipated separation date of more than one year.  When should the applicant begin the process? 
 Answer: It is generally best to begin the process within one year prior to separation.
 Question: Applicant received notification of the written and physical abilities test that is scheduled in Salem.  The applicant lives out-of-state.  May the tests be administered locally?
 Answer: No. At this time we are only testing in the Willamette Valley Area.
 Question: Applicant is currently a law enforcement officer with another agent (in-state or out-of-state). Does OSP accept lateral transfers?
 Answer: Yes. Must perform all physical, written and background request.(Click here for more information)
 Question: If the applicant is offered employment, will he/she be able to pick a worksite?
 Answer: The Applicants will be given an opportunity to list their top five (5) choices or indicate they are willing to work anywhere.  The Department attempts to match applicant preferences with the existing vacancies.  With the amount of openings currently available, most offices have openings.
 Question: If selected, how soon will applicants know their assignment? 
 Answer: Applicants are given station assignments when selected as a Recruit.  This notification occurs approximately 30 days in advance of starting recruit school. 
 Question: What is the Recruit Academy like?
 Answer: The Oregon State Police Recruit Academy is a "militry boot camp" style academy.  It is not only physically demanding, but is mentally demanding as well.  Recruits learn the importance of  "attention to detail" operating as a team.   
 Question: Are relocation expenses paid? 
 Answer: Not for entry level recruits or laterals.  Upon promotion to Sergeant, relocation assistance is possible. 
 Question: What does the written test consist of?
Answer: Basic math, fractions, story problems, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.  Additional information about our written test may be found here
Question:
What can I do to prepare for a career with OSP?
 Answer:
Be prepared for a physical fitness test and written exam.
 Question:
Does OSP have an upper age limit?
 Answer: No, minimum age is 21 year old and no upper age limit providing that you can pass the physical fitness requirements. 
 Question: What are the medical disqualifications?
 Answer: OSP uses the DPSST F-2 medical qualifications for police officers.  Click here http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/HR/r_med_stand.shtml for the medical requirements.
Question: Are tattoos allowed?
Answer: Yes, as long as they are not offensive to the public.