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Become an OSP Trooper

Use your training, experience and background to start a career with the Oregon State Police. Learn more if you are new to law enforcement, a lateral transfer, or want to understand the minimum qualifications and what may disqualify you to apply.

  • ​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).

​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.


New Sworn Recruits

Dollar Amount ​Pay Steps ​​​When
​$4,729 First Hire
$4,965​ ​Second ​​6 months
$5,213 ​Third ​1 year
$5,473 ​Fourth ​2 years
​$5,748 ​Fifth ​3 years
​$6,035 ​Sixth ​4 years
​$6,337 ​Seventh ​5 years
  • ​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 Training
    • 2.5% SWAT Training
  • 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 six (6 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


  • 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.


Additional Information for Lateral Transfers

  • 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. ​
  • Physical Testing (ORPAT)
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological and Medical Testing​

Pay adjusted based upon experience. ​

Statewide opportunities based upon specialized skills and training within the Patrol, Criminal, and Fish and Wildlife Divisions. ​

Eligible to promote to sergeant after two years of service with the State Police and a total of five years of law enforcement experience.​

  • ​Oregon DPSST certified officers’ lateral to OSP will be required to attend an OSP training that will last approximately 4 weeks for Phase 1.
  • Phase 1 is a “live in style” academy at DPSST. During Phase 2 recruits will be allowed to leave the campus upon completion of their training day. The training will be structured to accommodate the professionalism tenured lateral officers bring to the agency. Successful lateral appointees can expect this training to last four weeks for Academy Training and another 6-8 weeks for their Post Academy. 
  • Out of state certified police officers will be required to attend OSP specific training. You must have your out of state training records reviewed and approved by DPSST to qualify as a lateral.
  • Qualified out of state applicants must attend an additional two week DPSST Police Career Development Course (PCOD) within 12 months of their hire date.

Oregon State Police
Training and Recruiting Section
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317
​​​Phone: 503-378-4474

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


Oregon State Police
Human Resources
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
​​​Phone: 503-934-0441

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

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