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Become an OSP Trooper

The Oregon State Police is moving to a continuous recruitment process, beginning with our upcoming recruitment opening on November 2, 2021.  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.

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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 November 2, 2021, through January 19, 2022 (Class 22-04)

  • ELT dates December 18, 2021, and January 8, 2022
  • September 2022 Recruit School

Applications received January 20, 2022, through May 18, 2022 (Class 23-01)

  • ELT dates March 12, 2022, April 9, 2022, and May 7, 2022
  • January 2023 Recruit School

Applications received May 19, 2022, through August 17, 2022 (Class 23-02)

  • ELT dates July 9, 2022, and August 13, 2022
  • March 2023 Recruit School

Applications received August 18, 2022, through January 18, 2023 (Class 23-03)

  • ELT dates October 8, 2022, November 5, 2022, and January 7, 2023
  • August 2023 Recruit School

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

  • ELT dates March 11, 2023, and April 8, 2023
  • November 2023 Recruit School
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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
  • Individuals hired after October 18, 2021, are required to be fully vaccinated upon hire, unless granted an exception for medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief. See DAS Policy 50.000.03.
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 03/11/2021)
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
  • 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 6.67 hours of leave per full calendar month of paid employment with a maximum accrual of 72 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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WOC Sgt. Melody Richmond 

​​​Phone: 503-378-4931 

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Trooper Phil Richardson 
Phone: 503-378-8755​

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

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