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Inspector Teresa Bloom
My goals since I was nine years old were to join the United States Army and to become an Oregon State Trooper.  I grew up in Gilchrist Oregon and was inspired to become a State Trooper by a close friend’s father, Sgt. Jim Rector.  In my small town the only police presence was that of the Oregon State Police and those Troopers showed strength, honor, professionalism, and dedication to duty which I have never forgotten. 
 
I joined the Army when I was 17 years old and spent five years on active duty in Hawaii, and Ft. Bragg North Carolina.  When I joined the military there was a minimum height requirement of 5’4’’ to be a military police officer and due to the fact that I am only 5’3” I had to pick a different field, but I found other challenging adventures to pursue, such as; jumping out of airplanes, repelling out of helicopters, “rucking” hundreds of miles, shooting lots of weapons, and keeping my second dream of becoming a Trooper in my sights.
 
 
I have also worked as a wild land firefighter for the Forest Service, a land surveyor, and the most challenging and rewarding job as a mother of two.      
 
After my children were a bit older, I buckled down and re-focused on my own goals.  I knew that the Oregon State Police only hire the best and so I worked hard to prepare myself for the job and to show them I belonged among the ranks.  I used my GI Bill to attain an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice; I attended a nine month Police Reserve Academy at Umpqua Community College, and maintained a high level of physical fitness.    
 
I was hired by OSP in September of 2004, and my first assignment was in the Patrol Division at the Coos Bay office, which I feel gave me a well-rounded start to my career.  Although we are all “Troopers” around the State each office has its unique qualities, experiences, and responsibilities based on the communities we serve.  In 2006 I transferred to the Patrol Division in Roseburg.  While stationed in Roseburg I also worked as a Detective on an Interagency Narcotics Team and as a Detective in the Major Crimes Division.  In March of 2010 I was promoted to Sergeant supervising detectives in the Criminal Division where I worked with a great group of detectives not only on our department, but also with other law enforcement agencies, for just over 2 ½ years.  I was promoted to Inspector in Professional Standards in 2012 and transferred to General Headquarters in Salem where I am currently assigned.      
      
During my time with Department I have been afforded many opportunities.  The Department has sent me to specialized training all over the State, I have had the opportunity to work the Oregon State University football games, I have been a patrol tactics instructor, a field training officer, and a member of camp staff at the academy on many occasions.  I have found training to be a very rewarding experience and participating in camp staff has allowed me to see others working hard and fulfilling their dreams and achieving their goals.    

Outside of being a Trooper, I am also a mother of two wonderful children who I am very proud of.  My son is a student at Oregon State University and my daughter is soon to graduate from high school and start her own adventures.      
 
My career with the Oregon State Police has met all expectations of my long time dream and continues to fulfill my life with purpose, pride, honor, and family.  There is no career better then being an Oregon State Trooper.  One of the best aspects of being a female Trooper is that I am not treated or looked at as a woman, but an equal partner who is held to the same standard as the men.  I encourage any woman who feels like she is up to the challenge of succeeding in this field, apply with the best to be the best.  OSP STRONG