CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Oregon State Police is opening up its recruiting process after an 8 month statewide hiring freeze. OSP says it’s looking to fill about 50 positions.
New troopers will fill in spots of long-time patrol officers who have already retired or plan to. The department is using its e-recruit electronic application system again because of its success last year. In October, the department set a goal of 800 applications and within 6 hours it was filled up.
Sgt. David Beck with the Central Point office says new hires will end up going to counties that need them the most. He’s not sure if Josephine or Jackson counties will get any more troopers because most offices in the state need help. Though the number of troopers in the Central Point office is half of what it was in the ’80′s.
The application process is lengthy. If you pass the minimum requirements after applying online, there’s another application process with a background check, written exam and physical test. Applications will open up starting September 13th at 9 a.m.