Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 122nd Basic Telecommunications Class.

The three-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public, meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT122 Graduation will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, in Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, the graduation will be closed to the public.  However, we would like to publicly congratulate Basic Telecommunications Class #BT 122 for a successful completion of their Basic Training.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #122:


Dispatcher Venus Allison

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department


Dispatcher Alison Backes

Junction City Police Department


Dispatcher Vanessa Bezak



Dispatcher Tana Crangle

Linn County Sheriff's Office


Dispatcher Carrie Crouse

Douglas County Sheriff's Office


Dispatcher Carsen Funkhouser



Dispatcher Hannah Gallagher

Willamette Valley Communications Center


Dispatcher Kyle Hodnett

Prineville Police Department


Dispatcher Brandy Hornbrook

Frontier Regional 9-1-1


Dispatcher Bethany Joseph

METCOM 9-1-1


Dispatcher Valeriya Karpova



Dispatcher Jamie Kerr

Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety


Dispatcher Abigail Lambert

Lane County Sheriff's Office


Dispatcher Caryn McLane

Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety


Dispatcher Angela Parga

Prineville Police Department


Dispatcher Terresa Park

Josephine County Sheriff's Office


Manager Teresa Parker

Oregon State University DPS


Dispatcher Karen Potts

Clackamas County Communications


Dispatcher Madison Rivers

Wasco County Sheriff's Office


Dispatcher John Simonson

Corvallis Police Department


Dispatcher Margarite Spooner

Oregon State University DPS



Dispatcher Rylee Vasfaret

Sweet Home Police Department


Dispatcher Mariah VeraCruz

Wasco County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Les Hallman serves as the Interim Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.