WARRENTON - The Oregon State Police have hired 25 recruits to begin training as OSP Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Troopers. The 23 men and two women will report today at the OSP Recruit School held at Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton. They will be sworn in Friday at 11 a.m. in a ceremony officiated by OSP Superintendent Ronald C. Ruecker.

"We welcome these men and women as they begin an exciting career with the Oregon State Police," Ruecker said. "Following this intense and excellent training, they will be ready to report to several locations around the state providing important public safety services to our citizens and visitors."

Those individuals who successfully complete the Recruit School training will graduate on January 20, 2006.

One of the recruits will be assigned to the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division in Astoria. Five others will become Fish & Wildlife officers in Albany, Arlington, Enterprise, Portland and Salem.

Nineteen recruits will be assigned to the Patrol Services Division in Albany, Arlington, Baker City, Bend, Capitol Mall (3), Florence, Gold Beach, Klamath Falls, Lakeview, McMinnville, Oakridge, Roseburg, Springfield (2), St. Helens, The Dalles, and Tualatin.

Each recruit will receive 880 hours of training over approximately 19 weeks at the OSP Recruit School in areas such as officer safety, interpersonal communications, firearms qualification, report writing, investigation techniques, and state laws. They were hired to fill vacant trooper positions following a comprehensive process that included testing, physical examination and psychological evaluation, interviewing, and a thorough background investigation.

Looking to the future, the Oregon State Police will be testing interested applicants for upcoming recruit classes. Anyone interested in becoming an Oregon State Police Trooper may submit an application before September 15 to be considered for Entry Level Testing scheduled for October 8. No specific date has been set for the next Oregon State Police Recruit School.

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