GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon State Police is adding new troopers to its patrol force but these recruits will not be able to patrol for several months.
The Grants Pass office will be receiving two new troopers and the Central Point office will be getting one. These new recruits are replacing retired troopers or those who have transferred out.
The recruits will go through several weeks of intensive training at an academy and will have to do additional training with a senior trooper.
For many years, OSP’s patrol division has been very low. The number of troopers in the Central Point office is half of what it was in the 80’s and in 2011, the department cut its patrol strength by ten percent because of a lack of funding.
In southern Oregon, the cuts to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has further impacted OSP. Four troopers from the Central Point Office are now back-ups in Josephine County. Current troopers are responding to calls for more violent crimes.
As Oregon still faces financial hardships, the OSP offices in southern Oregon say they are glad to have these replacement troopers and thanks Oregon legislators for doing what they can.
“Everybody is fighting for dollars up there for schools, senior programs, that sort of thing. You know, I really appreciate what the legislature and upper management has done allowing us to get more troopers down here,” said Oregon State Police Sgt. Jeff Proulx.
All 24 new troopers for Oregon will be sworn in this weekend in Salem.
According to an OSP press release, these are the areas troopers will be patrolling in Oregon.
* Bend Area Command office (1)
* Central Point Area Command office (2)
* Coos Bay Area Command office (1)
* Florence Work Site (1)
* Grants Pass Work Site (2)
* Klamath Falls Area Command office (3 – Patrol, 1 – Fish and Wildlife)
* Hermiston Work Site (1)
* John Day Work Site (1)
* Ontario Area Command office (1)
* Pendleton Area Command office (2)
* Portland Area Command office (3)
* Salem Area Command office (1)
* Springfield Area Command office (2)
* The Dalles Area Command office (1)
* Tillamook Work Site (1 – Fish and Wildlife)