State police poised for more troopers, filling gaps around Oregon

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton flips through charts and graphs showing the impacts of OSP's short staffing. In 2017, the agency was unable to respond to 11,880 calls for service due to staffing levels. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

SALEM -- For 26 years, Travis Hampton worked out of patrol offices for Oregon State Police. Year after year, he saw calls and car accidents increase as the disparity between the population and number of troopers grew.

Sitting in those offices, he thought about the work he would do if he ever climbed to the top of the ranks.

“I always made myself the promise that if I were ever in this position, I would make sure that citizens and legislators knew the dire straits we’re in,” Hampton said.

Hampton is no longer in a patrol . . .