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Trooper Kristina Manley
My name is Trooper Kristina Manley, with the Oregon State Police. Previously I worked for the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy and Child Abuse Detective for four years. I had been considering a move, looking for more opportunity when I received a call from an OSP recruiter, Trooper Ken Terry,who I had had the opportunity to work with when he was a game Trooper in Tillamook County several years earlier. After speaking wTrooper Kristina Manleyith Trooper Terry, who told
me that OSP was now hiring laterals, I did a
little research on the agency and was impressed with what I found. In particular the main advantages I saw were the room for lateral movement within the department and the variety of different divisions, such as Fish and Game, Patrol, Criminal, Lottery, Traffic, and many more.
 
After applying I went through the testing process and was eventually offered a jop working at Oregon State University in the Patrol Division. I attending the Oregon State Police pre-academy along with my fellow lateral hires at DPSST in October. It was a new experience. I was impressed by the sense of tradition and the level of training that I received while there. While at times it was physically and mentally challenging, it was also incredibly rewarding. Am I glad I made the move? Absolutely. I have been at my station for about a month now and I can honestly say that I am happy with the decision that I made. When considering the move it was hard to leave a department that I had started my career at and was comfortable with. But the benefits of working for OSP far outweighed the risk and I am glad I made the move.