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Lateral Transfers ... In Their Own Words

Trooper Aaron Baimbridge
I came to the Oregon State Police from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office where I worked in Patrol. There are several reasons why I made the switch.
 Trooper Aaron Baimbridge
I worked as a Fish and Wildlife Cadet for the Oregon State Police from June to December in 1998, 1999 and 2000. When I worked at the Sheriff’s Office, it wasn’t quite the same feeling as when I was a cadet for State Police. I enjoy the patrol area freedom of the Oregon State Police. The State Police also allows me to be proactive in detecting and deterring criminal activity instead of just being reactive as I was at my previous job.
Before I decided to come back to the State Police I looked into the job security aspect. I found State Police is on the increase in their budget, legislative support and on the increase in employees. I felt comfortable that I would be safe financially, leaving my seniority at the Sheriff’s Office to having little seniority at State Police.
With the good lateral package that the State Police was offering it was the chance I was looking for to come back to State Police where I started my law enforcement career over 9 years ago, back in Fish and Wildlife for the Oregon State Police.
Detective Howard Greer

 My name is Trooper/Detective Howard Greer, and I came from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. I served 18 years there on patrol, 8 of those as an FBI Certified Bomb Technician attached to the State Police. 
While I enjoyed my time with the S.O., my skills outgrew my position.  When OSP opened for laterals my Bomb Squad partners easily talked me into applying.  I replaced one of those partners a year later following the Woodburn Incident; we all miss him greatly every day.
The application process was fairly simple, the additional training and subsequent transition was very challenging.  It was worth the effort, which involved two months of specialized training and three months with a field coach.  I greatly enjoy working here with this highly professional crew.  Wages and benefits are completely acceptable and for the most part are on par with other agencies.
Currently I work in both the Arson and Explosives unit, switching between the two specialties.  I work on fire investigations, bomb squad missions, provide training for other agencies and maintain an extensive inventory of high-tech equipment.  We have a top-notch unit, expert personnel and exceptional tools.  We work very hard to promote public and officer safety in matters involving explosive related incidents. 
One of the best perks of this job is working with officers from fire and police agencies throughout the state.  Between traveling for investigations and various training classes, we get to see a lot of this beautiful state and meet a lot of wonderful residents. 
The Oregon State Police has many different sub-specialties which make this a fun, diverse, self-supervising and motivating place to work.  There is seldom a day that isn’t very rewarding.