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Become an OSP Trooper

OSP is excited to announce a condensed Lateral Recruitment application process open from May 19, 2022, through August 17, 2022, at 11:59 P.M.

The academy training for this class will be a 6-7 week lateral academy, held at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  The academy is projected to begin in March 2023.

As part of a Conditional Job offer, Recruits will be assigned a Duty Station in Oregon.  Are you moving to join OSP? Moving costs may be covered! See DAS Policy 40.055.20 for details.

The hiring steps for the Lateral Recruitment are slightly modified.  

  1. NTN Testing (Waived for Lateral Applicant job announcement REQ-95532).
  2. ORPAT (Waived during Lateral Application process for job announcement REQ-95532.  If hired, the applicant must pass ORPAT prior to the completion of the training academy.)
  3. Complete job application.
  4. Pre-offer Psychological Exam and Risk Assessment (Required – Email to schedule one of the testing dates/locations below).
  5. Initial Interview (Waived during Lateral Application process job announcement REQ-95532).
  6. Background Investigation
  7. Command Interview
  8. Conditional Offer of Employment
  9. Medical Screening and Post-offer Psychological Evaluation
  10. Appointment

The only testing required is Step 4 (pre-psychological evaluation and risk assessment), which is a proctored exam and will be offered on the following dates.

  • Testing Dates: July 9, 2022, August 13, 2022, and August 20, 2022
  • Located: Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR.

Please contact to schedule one of the testing dates.

Click here to apply for the Lateral Recruitment


If you are not a current certified Law Enforcement Officer, don't worry, we also have an Entry Level Recruitment process open at the same time.  This is the information about the Entry Level Recruitment Process. The dates below indicate a projected academy start date for each time period. Entry Level Testing (ELT) to complete the required Recruit Trooper Hiring Steps 1, 2, 4, and 5 will be held at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), 4190 Aumsville Hwy, Salem, OR 97317, on the dates indicated below.  These are projected dates, please check back frequently for changes.

Click here to apply for the Entry Level Recruitment 

To schedule your desired ELT date, please email

Refer to the Recruit Trooper Hiring Steps section below for additional information and steps you can take now to prepare.

Applications received from May 19, 2022, through January 18, 2023 (Class 23-03)
  • ELT dates October 8, 2022, November 5, 2022, January 7, 2023, and January 21, 2023
  • August 2023 Recruit School

Applications received from January 19, 2023, through April 19, 2023 (Class 23-04)

  • ELT dates March 11, 2023, April 8, 2023, and April 22, 2023
  •  November 2023 Recruit School

Considering applying? Watch this: "Why Oregon, Why OSP"

Minimum Qualifications
  • ​Be a United States Citizen by birth or Naturalized United States Citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 21 years old within six months of application and must be at least 21 years old by date of hire.
  • Possess and maintain a valid license to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Applicants must be in good health and good moral character: moral character is defined as possessing the attributes of empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty, loyalty and additional virtues deemed to be morally good.
  • Meet all applicable medical and physical requirements.
  • Meet all applicable background, credit, and criminal history checks.
    • The criminal history check will include, but will be limited to, a review of your conviction arrest records for any violation of OAR 259-008-0010 (4)​ which would make you not eligible to be a certified police officer by Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
  • See our Tattoo, Body Modification, and Jewelry Policy
Trooper Hiring Steps

The hiring process for recruits is extensive. The time from application to appointment can exceed several months. There are ten steps in the hiring process. Read and review all steps and become familiar with the different tests and systems you’ll need to access before you begin. You can find all of the steps outlined here.

Automatic Disqualifiers

​An application will not be processed for any of the below listed reasons.

  • A felony conviction under state or federal law.
  • A misdemeanor conviction relating to domestic violence, sex crimes, fraud, or moral turpitude.
  • Other misdemeanor conviction within the last five years.
  • Conviction for minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage within the last 12 months.
  • Conviction for minor in possession of Marijuana within the last 12 months.        
  • Conviction for a traffic crime or a DUII diversion within the last five years.
  • Criminal (Felony/Misdemeanor) operator’s license suspension within the last five years.        
  • Three or more moving traffic violation convictions within the last two years.
  • Careless driving conviction within the last 12 months.
  • Conviction for an open container of an alcoholic beverage within the last 12 months.         
  • Conviction of a Class A traffic violation within the last 12 months.
  • Five or more traffic violation convictions, including suspensions, within the last three years.         
  • Operator’s license suspension within the last three years.
  • Possession, sale, distribution, manufacture, or use of an illegal drug within the last 10 years.         
  • Personal use of marijuana within the last 12 months with the exception of Cannabidiol (CBD) for purchase through the retail market.
  • Discharge from any branch of the Armed Forces classified as Other Than Honorable, Bad Conduct, or Dishonorable.
  • Currently No Valid Operator’s License.
  • Operator’s License Currently Expired.   
  • Operator’s License Currently Suspended.
  • Convicted Arrest Record in violation of OAR 259-008-0010 (4) Not Eligible to be Certified Police Officer by DPSST.

Each applicant must be of good moral fitness (moral character).  The following are indications of a lack of good moral fitness.

  • Illegal conduct involving moral turpitude.
  • Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
  • Intentional deception or fraud or attempted deception, or fraud in any application, examination, or other document.
  • Conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
  • Acts or conduct which would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubts about the individual's honesty, fairness, respect for the rights of others, or for the laws of the state and/or the nation.
  • Conduct that adversely reflects on the individual's fitness to perform as a law enforcement officer.
Monthly Base Salary (updated 01/31/2022)
Participating Members*
PERS-Eligible​Pay Steps​​​When
​Second​​6 months
​Third​1 year
​Fourth​2 years
​Fifth​3 years
​Sixth​4 years​​
​Seventh​5 years

​​6 years

*Recruit Troopers become PERS eligible after 6 months of employment.

Benefits and Additional Pay Opportunities
  • ​A comprehensive competitive benefit package link to: new employees’ page/compensation and benefits in this packet.
  • Pay adjusted based upon experience.
  • Additional applicable incentives:
    • 3% Associates Degree or Intermediate DPSST certification
    • 6% Bachelor's Degree or Advanced DPSST certification
    • Possible 5% differential for foreign language proficiency
    • 2.5% ACTAR Certification
    • 2.5% OSP SWAT Member (1.5% increase after 5 consecutive years of service on the team)
    • 2% MRT
    • 2% CID or F&W SIU
  • We provide all duty related equipment.
  • 12 sick days and 3 personal days per year.
  • A leave bank is established in lieu of traditional holiday leave. Each employee earns 8 hours of leave per full calendar month of paid employment with a maximum accrual of 96 hours.
  • Vacation accrual.
​​Years of Service​ ​Hours Per Month ​Days Per Year
​0-5 ​8 ​12
​6-10 ​10 ​15
​11-15 ​12 ​18
​16-20 ​14 ​21
​20+ ​16 ​24


Location and Duty Assignments
  • Openings in most offices in the state. 
  • You will know where you are assigned prior to recruit school.
  • Statewide opportunities available based upon specialized skills and training within the Patrol, Criminal, and Fish and Wildlife Divisions. ​
Additional Lateral Information
Lateral Steps
  • Lateral applicants will be required to attend Oregon State Police's Pre and Post Academies, averaging six weeks in length each. 
  • Qualified out of state lateral applicants who meet Oregon standards set by DPSST will not be required to attend the Basic Police Academy, but will be required to attend a 2 week PCOD academy through DPSST within a year of appointment.
  • Pay adjusted based upon experience. ​
  • Eligible for promotion to sergeant after two years of services with the State Police and a total of five years of law enforcement experience.

  • Full retirement available as early as age 50 with 25 years of service, or at age 55 with as little as 5 years of service with PERS.
  • Oregon PERS is transferable if you are a current member.



​​​Oregon State Police- Sworn Recruiting 
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

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Trooper Phil Richardson 
Phone: 503-378-8755

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Sr. Trooper Tiffany Crutchfield 

Phone: 971-301-3528

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Sergeant​ Melody Richmond 

​​​Phone: 503-378-4931 ​​

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday