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Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit
I worked in as a reserve police officer for the Silverton Police Department and also in juvenile corrections for the Oregon Youth Authority for two and a half years prior to joining the Oregon State Police.    
Sr. Trooper Carla Urbigkeit
I chose OSP after going for a ride-a-long with Trooper Maria Mignano and discovered a whole new world of law enforcement.  In just six short hours, we were involved in a pursuit, patrolled I-5, arrested a drunk driver, and pulled over semi-trucks.  That’s when I decided I wanted to be a trooper in OSP.  Maria demonstrated that the job was pretty exciting!
 
I have been working for the department now for nine years.
 
I was initially assigned to the Patrol Division in Ontario.  I worked there for one year, then I transferred to Burns for four years.  I am currently in assigned to Patrol in Newport, where I have been working for the past four years.  Two and a half years ago, I transferred into the Fish and Wildlife Division, Commercial Fisheries Enforcement.  Commercial fisheries enforcement offered another exciting and challenging component to my career as an Oregon State Trooper.   I have been involved with enforcing and preserving Oregon’s commercial fishing industry by conducting vessel searches, gear and species investigations, criminal investigations, ocean and on-shore vessel boarding, and off-load observations.
 
I have been a First Responder Instructor for six years, a Technical Collision Investigator for five years, qualified on the AR-15 rifle since 2005, organized the Shop-With-A-Cop program in Lincoln County for four years, assisted with coordinating the OSP Volunteer program (for Fish and Wildlife and State Park Volunteers), received the Harold Berg life saving award in 2006, and attended a four-week academy specializing in vessel operation, marine laws, boarding procedures, and vessel plotting/navigation at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia.
 
Sr. Trooper Carla Urbigkeit
In five years I see myself continuing to refine my law enforcement skills, no matter what  Division I work in.  I enjoy challenges and exploring all the different opportunities within this agency, but it’s just as important to be proficient in the division you are in and that takes time.
 
If I could offer any advice to women applying to be a trooper in OSP, it would be to get in and stay in good shape.  Be a model citizen and strive to be your best in all endeavors. You will need to be able to think clearly and hold your own when an incident turns up-side-down.  If you are physically and mentally strong, you will be on top of the game.  And for goodness sake, have a sense of humor!  Learn from the salty dawgs, filter out the good information from the not-so-good, and trust your instincts.